INTENSIVE FIELD COURSE
This multi-disciplinary comprehensive training and certification program is geared towards individuals wishing to pursue a career as Wilderness Guides in the growing adventure tourism field. It is an intensive combination of both the Certified Assistant Guide Course, and the Certified Wilderness Guide Field Course, and condensed into and intensive, action packed course. For Certified Assistant Guides, it may be taken as their Wilderness Guide course (CWG).
The course provides class time and a hands-on approach to wilderness guiding in an actual expedition environment. From the time they register for the course, candidates are involved in all the stages of the expedition, from planning, to transportation, to undertaking, and debriefing. The core subjects of the Certified Assistant Guide course are learnt and reviewed, with an emphasis on Risk & Emergency Management, Expeditionary & Outdoor Leadership, planning, Sustainability & Conservation, Wilderness Survival and Wilderness First Aid.
Students will learn how to properly plan, prepare for and undertake an expedition with time spent actually leading the course in the field.
Day 1 • Meeting at 0900am on location. Equipment checks and briefing. Intensive Class time, homework in the evening. Camping on location.
Day 2 to Day 6 • Classroom Instruction. Debriefing and Prep for Field module. Camping on location.
Day 7 to day 15 • Jungle Expedition, training, and exercise. Back country Jungle camping - Complete Jungle Immersion!
Day 14 • Debriefing. Return to local airport.
Please note: the schedule may vary in order to avoid conflicts with other parties/operators, based on environmental factors, as well as individual candidates' needs and preferences and course location.
Technical Level & Physical Demand
A high level of physical fitness is required for this expedition in order to sustain several hours a day of continuous strenuous physical activity. This course may also involve some elevation gains and elevation losses, some temperature variations, difficult travel on scree and boulders, challenging obstacle and river crossings, side hilling, as well as bushwhacking.
Location: Panama - Chagres National Park - Nearest Int'l Airport: Panama City.
Location: Amazon - Amazon Basin, Brazil - Nearest Int'l Airport: Manaus, Brazil
Inquire for scheduling details.
Following successful completion of the course, candidates will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to guides clients in a wilderness environment. This includes, but is not limited to, skills relating to regulatory compliance, cultural and nature interpretation, meteorology, risk and emergency management, expeditionary and outdoor leadership, sustainability and conservation, and finally, wilderness survival.
Certification is achieved by scoring 366 points or higher (75% or higher) on the Wilderness Guide Practical Assessment (WGPA). This assessment is conducted by a Certified Wilderness Instructor throughout the duration of the course.
• 19 years or older
Previous backpacking experience is required.
16-Day Course, excluding travel to course location.
What is included
Unlike our expeditions tailored to the public, items such as transportation, equipment, or food are not included in our courses in order for candidates to be exposed to the logistics of wilderness guiding.
Faclity fees, permits and all required course materials • Backcountry use and camping fees and permits • Backcountry participating camping • PAWGI certified Wilderness Instructor • Tuition fees ($995), Expedition fees (vary based on price option), WGPA fees ($495), Documentation Fees ($10), PAWGI certification fees ($195) • First Aid Kit, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), GPS, and Satellite phone.
What is not included
Airfares • Transporation from/to course site • Expedition food (minimum of 1,500 Calories per day) • Required Personal Equipment • Travel & Cancellation insurance, medical insurance.
To register: Fill out the registration form. If you are taking the CWG field course, please specify course location.
If you wish to take the Assistant Guide Course (CAG), please specify North American or Europen course option.
Ukaliq Dispatch/General inquiries:
Toll Free CAN/US 1 844 687 7251