Wilderness Guide -Level 1-
Participants need the Wilderness Leader or Hike & Survival Instructor course or Outdoor Instructor Course (or an equivalent) to start the CSWI course.
For equivalents in Canada contact our partners Mahikan Trails and/or Painted Warriors.
The IGA Interpretive Hiking Guide Course can be done in Canada and in the Netherlands before or after the training in Canada.
The equivalent course (or courses) must contain at least the following subjects
– First Aid Certification
– Map, Compass and GPS
– Bushcraft & Survival
– Knots & Lashings
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, search and 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 preparation in the Netherlands OR in Canada. 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, Kananaskis, and the Wilmore Wilderness park. Incredibly beautiful areas with unlimited possibilities
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
Practical skills standards:
We use the ‘Way of the Wolverine’ as the guideline.
– IGA apprentice Interpretive Guide exam (If you don’t pass the IGA exam, there is still the possibility to earn your Level 1 certification)
– Mountains 101 Online course and exam (mandatory from 2020)
– A Theoretical exam conducted by Voshaar Outdoor
CSWI Level 1 = WGA Wilderness Guide Level 1 (Front Country) or WGA Boreal Forest Level 2 (Back Country). If you want to apply for WGA Level 2 Boreal / Nemoral you need to participate in the 6 days wintertraining in the Jura, before or after Canada.
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 and an optional training in France, where the participants will be prepared for the training in Canada.
Length and duration of the course:
– 18 Days Canada
– Preperation in the Netherlands, 4 days (exclusive the IGA Interpretive Hiking Guide Course, an extra 4 days )
– Wilderness First Aid in the Netherlands or Canada depending on the scedule (If in the Netherlands, it’s an extra two days)
– Optional training in France, Jura (winter) or in the Alps (spring)
Course participation qualifications
-Participants must be in good physical and mental health.
-Participants must speak English.
Wilderness Guide Level 1, CSWI program € 3390,-
€ 300,- discount if the IGA AI or PI Interpretive Hiking Guide course is done before (or after, only in Canada) at own expenses.
If you live in Canada, I suggest contacting Raoul Kluivers at firstname.lastname@example.org (cc email@example.com) . Rates are different for Canadadians (due to several reasons, like car ownership and preparation in Canada instead of Europe)
Course study materials
Transportation in Canada
IGA Interpretive Hiking Guide Course in the Netherlands
Canadian Red Cross WRFA course and exam
Meals, food, beverages
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.
Mountains 101 course and exam (about CAD 60,-)
Payment due upon registration :
Dates: See Menu
(the CSWI level 1 course is organized every year)
Register: See Menu
Included course (digital) study material
– The way of the wolverine, The Handbook for Wilderness Guides ( author: Raoul Kluivers)
– Manual Wilderness First Aid.
– IGA Handbook
– Reader Tracking
Not included, but mandatory:
– Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben Gadd
– Bushcraft, Mors Kochanski
Check out the equipment page for needed personal gear.