Outdoor Council of Canada - Field Leader Training & Certification Program

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A new standard for Outdoor Leadership

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Field Leader (Hiking) Course

Successful graduates will be certified as OCC 'Outdoor Field Leaders' with a 'Hiking' specialization.

This course is suitable for anyone wanting the FL (Hiking) certification, or planning to become an instructor of this course.


Saturday,Feb. 27th, 9:00am - 4:00pm **Potentially Online**

Sunday, Feb 28th, 9:00am - 1:30pm **In-Person - Outdoors in Calgary Area**

Course Fee: $175

**Instructions for payment will be sent out to you upon registration**

Course fee includes; instruction, student manual (as a pdf), and one year's membership fee to the Outdoor Council of Canada.

Please note: You are required to read the manual and answer the quizzes in it before you come the the course. Once you have registered you will be sent an email containing a link to the manual and quizzes.

Course Content:

The course will be split between in-class learning (65%) and field exercises (35%). The learning format will be primarily guided experiential learning. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the role of the leader and leadership style
  • Integrating ‘activity’ ‘participant’ and ‘venue’ characteristics so as to promote event quality and safety
  • Constructing an activity plan
  • Identifying hazards and mitigation strategies
  • Communication and team building between participants, co-leaders and other stakeholders
  • Group management in the field
  • Enhancing situational awareness for quality and safety management
  • Emergency response
  • Post trip debriefing and facilitation

Prerequisites: The only prerequisite for this course is a love of the outdoors and a passion to share that experience with others.

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation fee for COVID-19 related cancellation or postponement. Otherwise, there is a $25 administration fee to cancel up to 7 days prior to the start of the course. No refund available after 7 days prior.

Field Instructor Contact Information:

Court Rustemeyer | 403-969-8243 | prairies@outdoorcouncil.ca

Outdoor Council of Canada: Executive Director of the Prairies (AB, SASK, MAN)

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