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Wilderness Guide Training Programme Launched

Wild Scotland is delighted to announce the new Wilderness Guide Training Programme (WGTP).

This new programme, developed by the industry for the industry, is aimed specifically for professional outdoor guides working on a wide range of leisure trips and instructional courses.

The 12 day course held over 3 residential blocks is the first course of its kind in the UK and offers structured and coherent training for wilderness guides in non-technical areas whilst complimenting existing technical skills development and coaching qualifications.

Piloted in 2011, the WGTP has received recognition as one of the 20 most innovative eco-tourism projects of the year on the Guardian Green Travel List 2011, and also received Highly Commended as runner up in the ‘Most Innovative Sustainable Tourism Initiative 2011′ category of the Association of International Tour Operators (AITO) Sustainable Tourism Awards 2011.

Some comments from participants:

“well researched, nice approach and great getting out and about, some really good instant take away stuff to use”
“inspiring thought provoking and interactive – great way to learn”
“shame we couldn’t have done more, great take away and use stuff straight away, fantastic for the pragmatists”

Dates for the 2012 programme are shown below and full details of the course can be found here.

Options Modules (2 days)
When: 28th – 29th April 2012
Where: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

Habitat Modules (4 days)
When: 19th – 22nd May 2012
Where: Glenuig Inn, Lochaber.

Core Modules (6 day programme)
When: 9th – 14th December 2012
Where: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

The non residential fee of £450 includes lunches on all three residentials, transport to venues within the residential blocks, all course materials, handouts and a certificate.

It is possible to take the residential blocks across two seasons so don’t be put off if you can’t make all the 2012 dates.

Modules can also be taken individually as stand alone CPD courses. The fee for attending the modules as stand alone courses is £100 (£80 for IOL and Wild Scotland members) for a two day module and £50 (£40 for IOL individual and Wild Scotland members) for a one day workshop.  These costs include tea and coffee and CPD certificate, but do not include lunch or transport within the course.

To register or find out more about course, contact Myles Farnbank at Wilderness Scotland who are leading the 2012 programme.


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