Certified Wilderness Guide – Central & South America



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 designed specifically for guides operating in the Central Americas region of the world. 
Course Description
The course provides both class time and 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. All the subjects addressed with strong emphasis on Risk & Emergency Management, Expeditionary & Outdoor Leadership, Sustainability & Conservation and Wilderness Survival. 38 hours of practical instruction is provided during the first week of the course. The second week of the course involves practical assignments and assessments.

Course Schedule Classroom module

Day 1 • Meeting and Introduction. Course outline. Instruction
Day 4 to 5 • Instruction (with homework). grading and debriefing.

(Students may opt to postpone the following wilderness module for no more than 2 years, no certification is achieved until completion of wilderness module)

Day 6 • Rest / Preparation for Wilderness Module / Overflow Day

Course Schedule Wilderness Module

Day 1 • Meeting at 0900am. Equipment checks and briefing. Departure to trail head. Backcountry camping.
Day 2 to Day 7 • Expedition/Instruction (38 hours). Backcountry camping.
Day 8 to Day 10 • Expedition/Review/Assessment. Backcountry or provincial campground camping. Debriefing.

Please note: the schedule may vary in order to avoid conflicts with parties/operators, based on environmental factors, as well as individual candidates’ needs and preferences.

Technical Level & Physical Demand
An excellent level of physical fitness is required for this expedition in order to sustain several hours a day of continuous strenuous physical activity in a tough off-trail jungle environment. This course may also involve substantial elevation gains and elevation losses, major temperature variations, wet and humid conditions, difficult travel on scree, boulders, roots, and fallen trees, challenging obstacle and river crossings, side-hilling, as well as heavy bushwhacking and mud.

Panama – Earth

Train Course Outcome
Following successful completion of the course, candidates will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to guide 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.CertificationCertification 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. Certification is restricted to within the following countries: Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Cuba and Jamaica.

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