Field Leader (Hiking) course

Wilderness Committee event
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:00am - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

This course is a certification course for leaders taking people into simple hiking terrain. The focus is on building the skills required to plan and deliver a quality experience for your group on a hiking trip, while staying safe and being prepared. Successful graduates will be certified as a Field Leader (Hiking) and will be included in the national Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leaders Registry.


3 Spots Available!

May 26-27, 2017
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Wilderness Committee office
46 East 6th Street, Vancouver

Day 1 (Friday) will be mostly classroom based, with an afternoon outdoor walk.
Day 2 (Saturday) will start with a classroom lesson, followed by a day hike to practice the various leadership roles required to put your planned trip into action, and conclude with a final exam.

This course is focused on hiking leadership for low-risk hikes and other land-based activities, but the skills learned will be directly transferable to leading groups in every conceivable outdoor environment. So while the terrain is aimed at beginner leaders, experienced leaders looking to refresh, certify, or reality-check their skills will have much to learn and are very welcome. This course is aimed at beginner leaders, so we do not expect you to be an 'expert hiker'. We will be spending a few hours outside each day, but we will not walk more than about 4 km over easy trails.

There is no prerequisite for this course. Participants are required to read the manual prior to the course, and answer the included quizzes.

IMPORTANT: You will receive an attachment to your confirmation email that contains a link to the materials you must read before the course starts. If you do not get the email please check your junk mail.

Cost Includes:
Instruction, e-manual, and for successful graduates one-year membership in the Outdoor Council of Canada (value of $25 and is required annually to maintain registry listing).

Withdrawal / Transfer Policy
Withdrawal or transfer more than 7 days before the course is subject to a $25 fee.
No refunds or credit on or after this date.

Transportation Details
We will provide transportation from the Wilderness Committee office to our hikes and back again.

Medical Form, Waiver
In order to participate in this program you are required to sign an Adult Waiver or Youth Informed Consent. You will also need to fill out the online medical form.

Additional Information
You must be at least 16 years of age to take this course.

Questions? Contact the Instructor via email at