Wide Aware is in the process of designing a three day training programme for training and certification of activity instructors in the outdoors. The current scenario with instructors is that there is no specific training that they undergo. Some instructors do the mountaineering courses in an effort to get some skills, but they are not particularly relevant to taking groups into the outdoors.
As a result, there are a lot of hit or miss processes.
This programme we are planning is a three day initiative designed specially for instructors who use outdoor adventure activities to support experiential learning objectives. While the course is still being designed, some of the intended content includes:
- How to handle activities
- How to execute programmes
- Handling ropes
- Belay systems
- Sequencing activities for optimal design
- Ratio of instructors to participants for various kinds of programmes
- Attitudes toward participant management
- Strategies and skills for working with different age groups
- Participant observation, interaction and guidance
- Risk management
Other possibilities being considered are orienteering, first aid, and some other subjects.
This programme is not intended to develop facilitation or training related skills, but restricts its scope toward activities in the outdoors and the role of the instructor conducting them.
The programme is planned for November at the YMCA campsite at Mulshi.
This programme is well suited for anyone who would like to develop skills for working with groups and conducting activities in the outdoors. Feel free to comment here with your feedback or if you would like to be informed when the final dates are announced.
Update: This programme has already happened. We are now announcing a programme for facilitators in the outdoors.