Level 1

Wilderness Guide  -Level 1- 

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Participants need the Wilderness Leader or Hike & Survival Instructor course or Outdoor Instructor Course (or an equivalent) to start the CSWI course.

An equivalent course (or courses) must contain at least the following subjects
– First Aid Certification
– Map, Compass and GPS
– Bushcraft & Survival
– Knots & Lashings
Participants with an equivalent course will be tested, before they can participate in the CSWI – Level 1- Course

CSWI -Level 1- is a 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.

The Wilderness Guide specialization course (CSWI Level 1) takes place during 18 days in Canada and 3 weekends preparation in the Netherland. 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.

WGA Guide

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 IGA course is part of the program. 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
–   4 Days Netherlands ( 2 x 2 days)

Course participation qualifications

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

Wilderness Guide Level 1, CSWI program € 3390,

Overnight accommodation
Course study materials
Transportation in Canada
WGA membership
IGA membership
IGA Interpretive Guide Course

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

Payment due upon registration :
€ 1000,-

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

Subscribe: See Menu

Included course (digital) study material:

– Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
– The way of the wolverine, The Handbook for Wilderness Guides ( author: Raoul Kluivers)
– Manual Wilderness First Aid.

Personal equipment:

Check out the equipment page for needed personal gear.


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