TRAINING FOR GUIDED WALK LEADERS

Guided walks take many forms, and tend to run on an axis between a simple walk done predominantly for the exercise and social benefits, through to walks with specific themes or with a more complex message to put across. Many walks are run by volunteers, and the walks are often being led on behalf of an organisation.

Leading any guided walk successfully is a real skill, and requires amongst other things thorough preparation, local knowledge, people and group management skills and the ability to articulate clearly to the group.

Our training courses are important for three key reasons:

- For the guide, they provide confidence and a range of skills and knowledge that will
  enable them to run a successful and enjoyable walk
- The participants are provided with a quality experience in which they feel safe, well
  looked after, well informed, involved and entertained
- The organisation behind the walks benefits from having reliable guides who are
  confident and enjoy the challenge of leading walks, and from knowing that they are
  being represented in the best possible way. This can lead for example to increased
  membership, a more professional profile and improved public image

THE COURSE

Each day course is tailored and run at a location of your choice. The content is agreed with you before the course takes place, but the key topics normally covered include:

- Paperwork and preparation
- How to meet and greet your group
- How to remember names
- Health and Safety
- What to take with you
- 5 things every walk leader should carry with them
- Managing individuals within the group
- Group management
- The invisible elastic rope
- Speaking with confidence
- Special interest walks and imparting your knowledge
- Emergency procedures
- Minimising environmental impact
- How to represent your organisation
- How to finish your walk

The course is dynamic and uses a combination of role play, short lectures and shared experiences. After a short indoor introduction, the majority of the course takes place outside on a walk, with a plenary indoor session. Everyone is involved and encouraged to participate fully, but no-one will be asked to do anything they are uncomfortable with.

Courses normally start at 9am and finish at 5pm, but this is flexible.

ABOUT THE COURSE LEADER

John White is a former Lake District National Park Ranger and qualified lecturer who has also worked as a mountain guide, and has set up a wide range of events and training for organisations including the Olympic Delivery Authority, Loughborough University and Thames Tideway Tunnel. John has also held the post of Director of Conservation and Development for the Chiltern Society and has set up and run a wide range of walks and activity programmes. The practical experience of leading well over 1000 guided walks provides the background to this excellent course.

PRICE AND DATES

Day courses are suitable for a maximum of 12 participants and cost between £395 and £495 depending on location. We provide course paperwork and a certificate of attendance, you provide a suitable room for the start and finish of the course. Courses are available any day of the week, year-round, subject to availability.

Further information and full course details are available by email or call John on 07970 138591