Outdoor Leadership Course

Duration: 16 Days
Certification: WFA & CPR (Valid for 2 Years)

A decade ago, a career in the outdoors was unimaginable, but times have changed and such a career is now an achievable reality. Typically, in India, the route to a career in the outdoors has been to complete basic and advance mountaineering courses with one of India’s premier mountaineering institutes. In following this path, one is able gain the essential ‘hard skills’ of mountaineering but may fall short of developing the ‘soft skills’, which are equally essential when forging a successful outdoor career. By bringing together training in areas of both hard and soft skills, the Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education & Environmental Study has created a holistic course that aims to meet the training needs of aspiring outdoor enthusiasts who plan to work at summer camps, outdoor adventure companies, etc.

Course Details

Course instructors will closely follow participant’s progress and continually offer feedback. Participants will be evaluated on their performance & the manner in which they handle themselves individually & as team members.

  • Types of Ropes and their Specific Use
  • Handling & Storage of Ropes
  • Basic Knots and their Usage

During the first 3 days of the course, harness use & rappelling will be taught and emphasised. Additionally, types of Anchors & Anchor Systems will be introduced.

Topics like patient assessment & extended care, injury/illness identification &management (shock, chest wounds, spinal injuries, head injuries, wounds, fractures, cold injuries, athletic injuries, heat injuries, lightning, altitude, drowning, anaphylaxis, bites, stings, basic patient care, moving injured patients, etc.) will be covered. During the trek, practice sessions will be done through role playing and scenarios. The entire WFA curriculum (minimum 16 hrs) & CPR (minimum 4 hrs) will be taught spread over the 16 days. Successful participants will get a WFA & a CPR card, valid for 2 years.

Different leadership styles and roles are discussed. Being able to choose the right style for specific situations while leading is a skill. Active followership is also a skill that will be addressed.

Knowledge of local flora and fauna and their English names. On-going discussions on the role of the Village Panchayat, Van Panchayat and how these bodies can directly affect the land surrounding villages.

Pack packing, campsite selection, tent pitching, staying warm & dry, cooking & stove use will be taught and discussed on a daily basis. Basics of compass use and map reading will also be covered.

The importance of personal hygiene and practices that lead to good health will be stressed daily. Contamination of food & water due to poor personal hygiene, personal grooming, being presentable, avoiding smell from sweat & especially shoes & feet will also be addressed daily.

Interpersonal skills. Dos & don’ts in behaviour with clients, e.g. be friendly yet give clients their personal space. Attention to details in camp, like a clean kitchen will be discussed as an “ongoing” subject.

Story telling & informed conversations to help a traveller relate to their new surroundings in a better manner, helping them be sensitive to different cultures, rituals and people.

The 7 principals of Leave No Trace Ethics ®; Plan Ahead and Prepare; Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces; Dispose Waste Properly; Leave What You Find; Minimize Camp Fire Impact; Respect Wildlife; & Be Considerate of others will be taught, discussed and practiced.

Causes for conflict; negative effects of conflict especially in a group scenario& Conflict Resolution will be addressed during the course.

Good & Bad Expedition Behaviour will be taught with on-going examples to demonstrate how in a wilderness setting, when the going gets rough, bad behaviour can ruin a trip.

Tools on decision making will be discussed, keeping in mind the travellers’ point of view, their skill and fitness levels. Decision making with regards to trail conditions, weather and group strengths.

  • Tools on effective & meaningful communication with clients as well as co-workers.
  • Equipment care and maintenance
  • Care and maintenance of equipment like stoves, tents, zippers, climbing gear, etc. will be addressed.

Care and maintenance of equipment like stoves, tents, zippers, climbing gear, etc. will be addressed.

Hazard identification and evaluation in the context of camp site selection, river crossings, landslide crossings, rock-fall areas, extreme exposures, etc. will be covered.

At the end of the course, each participant will receive a written course evaluation, a diploma and WFA & CPR cards. (WFA & CPR certification has a 2-year validity)

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