Our six week back up Trails Guide course aims to prepare students who have already completed their FGASA Level 1 Nature Guide Qualification to attain the FGASA Back Up Trails Guide Certificate. Our approach has a strong practical focus on trails guiding and our specific mix of wilderness “soft skills” and “hard skills” ….skills which have been entrenched into our own Wilderness Trails guides for generations.
"Over the past sixty years, the Wilderness Leadership School has nurtured and developed some of the most skilled trails guides on the continent. Our backup trails guide course aims to share some of these skills and knowledge with students who intend on advancing their guiding careers as trails guides. Our course focuses on preparing students to achieve their back up trails guide certificate but goes beyond this in developing a range of "hard skills" which are critical for safety and "soft skills" which are critical for facilitating a meaningful Wilderness and Trail Experience. Much of our time is spent on trail in the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, an incredible experience in its own right, learning from some of the most experienced trails guides in Africa!
The course includes a largely practical component, time on trail logging encounters with dangerous animals.
Course modules covered include:
Students Should have:
Our practical training is the core of the experience and where as a trainee guide, you get to put your theory into practice.
Our practical training includes:
The Wilderness Leadership School Headquarters and training facility is located next to the Coedmore Castle inside the 625 acre Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve. An area steeped in history and amazing biodiversity, including 23 km of trails, over 250 species of birds, various mammals and home to a wide variety of endemic and near endemic fauna and flora.
Residential students are accommodated at our training facility (a registered heritage site) in shared double rooms with communal bathrooms and communal kitchen area. Our training room is fully equipped with a library, plenty of recreational space, WiFi and you get to wake up each morning in one of the most magical places!
On practical training sessions in the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, you sleep under the stars and are trained in the context of our typical Wilderness Trail Experience.
Course costs includes:
Cost per student (6 weeks)
15 May - 30 June 2019
90 Coedmore Ave
Yellowwood Park, Durban
+ 27 (0) 31 462 8642 / +27 (0) 832 255960