Course description


22050910_1757803057563924_3110212224107059518_oINTERNATIONAL  WILDERNESS GUIDE

In our programs we concentrate on guiding skills in the ‘Northern Wilderness’. International in this case means; the wilderness areas of Canada, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the Northern / Central parts of the USA, including Alaska.

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Download: International Wilderness Guide CSWI

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Canadian  Survival and Woodstravel Instructor

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This Wilderness Guide Course is the result of a collaboration between the Interpretive Guides Association (Canada), Mahikan Trails (Canada), Painted Warriors (Canada) and Voshaar Outdoor & Education (Netherlands). After completion of the course and certification, the participants are  qualified to guide individuals and/or groups in the wilderness (Remote and/or semi remote) , but also in the Mountain National Parks of Canada (eg. Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho) if the IGA exams are passed.

The certifications received after this course are recognized and honored by the Interpretive Guides Association, the Wilderness Guides Association, the Rocky Mountain Parks and Parks Alberta

This site is focused on the Part-time Course. For the Full-Time 3 year Outdoor College check the pages on our Dutch website http://www.mbooutdoor.com
This Full Time study (3300 hours in 3 years) is by far the most complete Outdoorsports and Wilderness Education in the world.

Levels:

WGA Guide

CSWI Level 1: Wilderness Guide
(Semi-Remote or Remote, depending on Skills, Experience and Knowledge)
WGA Wilderness Guide Level 1
Includes IGA Interpretive Guide Specialization

CSWI Level 2: Advanced Wilderness Guide
WGA Wilderness Guide, Boreal Forest Level 2 and Specialization Winter Travel & Survival.
(Semi-Remote or Remote, depending on Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

CSWI Level 3: Professional Wilderness Guide with 4 season qualifications (Remote)
WGA Wilderness Guide, Boreal Forest Level 3

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We use the same Standards as the Wilderness Guide Association. To become a WGA guide a student must teach and/or guide under supervison of a WGA Level 3 Guide after the course(s).

Our courses are focused on ‘hands-on’ practical training of skills, learning by experience and a high level of Nature Awareness.

Subjects Level 1, Level 2 and/or Level 3

1- Orienteering, route finding & route selection

2- Hiking & backpacking

3- Wilderness camping

4- Bushcraft & Survival / Wilderness living skills

5- Flora, fauna & tracking

6- Ecology, history, geology, park management, interpretation IGA

7- Wilderness First Aid ( 20 hours course)

8- Search & rescue

9- Knots, lashings

10- Rules & regulations

11- Canoeing

12-Risk & Emergency Management

13-Leadership

14- Snowshoeing (Level 2-3)

15- Wintertravel & survival (Level 2-3)

16- Avalanche Awareness (Level 2-3)

Participant logbook:

 Wilderness Guide Logbook Skill Training

Wilderness Guide Logbook Day hike

Wilderness Guide Logbook Backpacking

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Subjects Canadian Survival- and Woodstravel Instructor Level 1-2 and 3
To become a professional Wilderness Guide (Level 3) all these subject are well trained and tested.

For the testing, an overall exam will be conducted at the end of each program (Level 1-2 and 3).

Tracking

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1. Animal
-Species Identification
-Gait and Stride Pattern
-Gender Identification
-Ageing/dating Tracks (Winter focus in winter and summer focus in summer, but each season will be discussed)
-Finding tracks through difficult terrain (grass, hard mud patches etc)
-Other signs (scat, kill sites, food availability, terrain, season)

2. Human
-Height of human
-Approximate emotional state (calm, panic etc)
-Finding tracks through difficult terrain (grass, hard mud patches etc)

 Animals.

We will cover various animals, their habitats, behaviour and biology.

1. Predators

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-Black Bear and Grizzly.
To include species identification, bear awareness  (staying safe in bear country), biology, behaviour, habitat and special considerations
-Wolves and Coyotes
-Cougars
-Lynx
-Wolverine
-Marten
-Fischer
-Weasel Family

   2. Ungulates

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-Moose -Elk / wapiti
-Mule Deer
-White-tailed Deer
-Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep
-Mountain Goat
-Woodland Caribou

4. Rodents

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-Beaver
-Muskrat
-Squirrel
-Snowshoe Hare
-Pika
-Porcupine

5. Birds

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 Plants.

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1. Food
” Plant Identification
” Uses of different plants for food sources
” Tea ” Poisonous Plant cautions.
” Determination of edibility of a plant
” Medicinal uses of plants. These will cover well known medicines.
2. Hardware Uses
” Making use of plants as tools.

Wilderness Living Skills.

1. Shelter
”  Lean To’s
” Quincy and Igloos
” Snow Coffins and Tree Wells
” Others

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2. Fire
” Flint and Steel
” Matches and Lighters
” Bow Drill
” Fire Construction and Maintenance
” Signal Fires
” Material Gathering

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3. Knife and Axe Craft   

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4. Tools & Gear

5. Crafting

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Fishing 

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” Rules and Regulations
” Fish Identification
” Equipment
” Location
” Making Hooks
” Making use of materials on hand for fishing

Prepare Meals from the Bush & Outdoor cooking     

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 Wilderness Navigation.

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1. Modern Tools
” Map and Compass
” GPS
” Terrain (Route Finding)

2. Primitive/Traditional Tools
” Sun (sun stick, sun compass)
” Celestial Navigation
” Various plants

Canoeing.      

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” Flat water
” Rescue

  Snow Shoeing.

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” Uses (terrain type)
” Technique on flat surfaces
” Hill Techniques
” Repair and maintenance

Avalanche awareness

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Wilderness First Aid.

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Hunting and Trapping.

Note: We won’t be hunting animals ‘for real’. But techniques will be learned in case of a survival situation.

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1. Basic Hunting
” Ethics of hunting
” Traditional hunting weapons
” Making a Traditional Hunting weapon
” Learning about the animals we would be hunting and the techniques  for each one.

2. Basic Trapping
” Ethics of Trapping
” Various traps and snares
” How, where and why to set traps and snares
” Learning about the animals we would be trapping and the specific  traps and techniques for each one.
” Practice finding areas to set traps in
” Practice setting traps

Rope and rescue

Knots and lashings
Search & Rescue.

IGA Courses:

Interpretation

Geology, glaciology and climate

Ecology of the Rocky Mountains

History

Park management Group management

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