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Level 1

Wilderness Guide  -Level 1-

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A four week course in map, compass, GPS, route selection, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, wilderness camping, food care and preparation, equipment care and handling, survival skills, bushcrafting, small party rescue, rope rescue, wilderness first aid, wildlife tracking, flora and fauna species identification, ecology, history, geology and park management.

This course duration consists and takes place during 18 days in Canada and 10 days in the Netherlands. The Canada location is impressive. The home base camp is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We have access to the Foothills, Jasper national park, Switzer provincial park, Banff National park and the Wilmore wilderness park.  Incredibly beautiful areas with unlimited possibilities.


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For the testing, an overall exam will be conducted at the end of the program, including a 24 hours solo skill challenge.

Subjects solo skill challenge.
– Orienteering and Route finding
– Flora and Fauna species identification
– Shelter building
– Fire lighting
– Leave no Trace
– Mental and physical fitness
– Time management

Theoretical knowledge and practical skills standards:
We use the ‘Way of the Wolverine’ as the guideline for these items.


NB: From 2017 the course will be different than previous editions.
Because the CSWI Level 1 course is now part of our 3 year Outdoor University program, the starting level will generally be higher than previous years (practical and theoretical). These students have a 3 year weekly training program focused on  Outdoor Sports and Wilderness Guiding. At the start of the third year these students go to Canada for the CSWI Level 1 Course.

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CSWI Level 1 : WGA Wilderness Guide Level 1


Course description:

Training and knowledge of survival techniques, Wilderness First Aid, navigation, flora, fauna and tracking, gear and wilderness living skills.The Basic Knowledge IGA course is part of the course. Check the other pages for the complete course discription and information. Next to the course in Canada the course includes training in the Netherlands where the participants will be prepared for the training in Canada.

Length  and duration of the course:

18 Days Canada:
Banff NP
Jasper NP
Willmore Wilderness
Rocky Mountain Foothills

Optional, but recommended (depending on personal skills, experience and knowledge): 10 Days Netherlands (weekends). During these weekends in the Netherlands we will focus on:
– Wilderness First Aid
– Rope Rescue
– Canoe rescue
– Fire lighting and shelter building (Bushcraft & Survival)
– Oriëntering (Map, Compass and GPS)

All these subjects must be well trained before the final 18 days in Canada.

Course participation qualifications

-Participants must be in good physical and mental health.
-Participants must speak English.

2016 € 3190,-

Overnight accommodation
Course study materials
Transportation in Canada (from and to Banff)
WGA membership
IGA membership
IGA basic knowledge course

Not included:
Meals, food, beverages
Travel insurance
Return ticket Canada (Calgary)
Transportation from the airport to Banff
Accommodation upon arrival and departure.
WIN card and fishing license for Canada, are optional and are not included in the fee.

Hike & Survival and/or Outdoor Instructor course participants will  receive a discount of € 250,- when participating  in the CSWI -Level 1- course.

Payment due upon registration: € 1000,- The balance due must be received before April 15th 2016.


Dates: See Menu
(the CSWI level 1 course is organized every year)

Contact us via email, and we will send you a registration form.

Registration Deadline: March 22, 2016



Included course (digital) study material:

– Mammals, birds, plants and trees of the Rockies / Alberta
– The way of the wolverine, The Handbook for Wilderness Guides ( author: Raoul Kluivers)
– Manual Mountain rope rescue
– Manual Wilderness First Aid.

Included equipment:
– Craft Knife

Personal equipment:

Check out the equipment page for needed personal gear.