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Outdoor Council of Canada - Winter & Overnight Modules (Combined Course)

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You must have certification of the Field Leader 'Hiking' Module to complete this course. Please email if you have any questions.

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The Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) is a nationally incorporated, non-profit, member-owned organization. The OCC has been founded to encourage, promote, and facilitate safety-oriented outdoor education and recreation programs, along with leadership opportunities, which are accessible to every Canadian.

What is the purpose of the Outdoor Council of Canada?

The purpose of the OCC is to ensure that the long-standing tradition of Canadian tradition of connecting with, and involvement in, the natural world is maintained and nurtured in practical and accessible ways. The decline of Canadian’s outdoor activities is a cause of concern since:

* Experiential education in natural environments provides unique and valuable learning opportunities.

* Connection with the natural world and the understanding of our impact, and dependence upon the outdoors has decreased.

* Low physical activity levels of individual’s results in increased absenteeism from work, lowered productivity rates, and an increased strain on the Health Care system due to wellness costs.

* The use of our National Park system, and support for our natural heritage has deteriorated..

Winter and Overnight Module (Combined)

Field Leader (Winter):

This certification is an extension of other Field Leader Courses. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for cold environments. The Field Leader (Hiking) is a prerequisite to this module. Students will be required to read a 40-page manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Graduates of the FL (winter) module are qualified to lead one- day trips in low-risk winter environments as defined by the OCC (Matrix)

Field Leader (Overnight):

This certification is an extension of other Field Leader courses. Students must have completed at least one other Field Leader course prior to registering. This module will review and deepen the event cycle and offers effective group management techniques for longer outdoor trips. Students will be required to read a manual and complete attached quizzes before attending the module. Graduates of the FL (overnight) module are qualified to lead longer trips in low-risk terrain classes relevant to their activity.

Course Prerequisites: Field Leader (Hiking)

Course Fee: $325 - E-Transfer - prairies@outdoorcouncil.ca

(Covers material, equipment, certification and campground/hut fees)

Course Location: Kananaskis, AB (Exact directions will be emailed out)

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 within 48hrs prior.

Field Instructor Contact Information:

Contact/Info: Court Rustemeyer | 403-969-8243

Email: prairies@outdoorcouncil.ca | courtrustemeyer@gmail.com

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


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The Field Leader program offers outdoor leadership certification courses for entry level leaders. These courses, based on industry standards, provide a comprehensive introduction focused on the roles and responsibilities of the outdoor leader.

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