To all current and aspiring trip leaders: Mark down the weekend of May 6th and 7th on your calendars!
This is your chance to ramp up your trip leading and outdoor adventure skills in time for the coming summer season. The T&L Committee, along with a group of our veteran section leaders, are hosting a 1 1/2 day Comprehensive Trip Leading Workshop, which incorporates many of the aspects of the TNF course in a condensed format.
During the weekend you will have the opportunity to learn not only the ins and outs of trip leading and the many soft skills associated with leading people into the outdoors, but in addition we will be covering essential topics such as:
- group management skills,
- dealing with common injuries,
- working with communication devices,
- navigation & route finding,
- emergency shelters and bivy’s,
- legal aspects,
- liability and trip waivers,
- post accident/incident work and reporting,
- risk management,
- case studies of past accidents and where things went wrong.
The weekend workshop will start at 8:30am on Saturday, May 6th at the ACC Canmore Clubhouse and feature a couple of in house sessions at the Club House followed by a communal dinner and a group discussion after dinner.
The Sunday will be spent almost entirely outdoors going through through a number of scenarios and group training, as we all head out on an actual trip (most likely a Bow Valley scramble) in smaller groups. We have booked space at the Clubhouse for our group, including accommodations, so we will all enjoy a joint dinner and sleepover at the Clubhouse.
This will be a very interactive weekend where the various exercises are meant to engage you and foster an atmosphere of joint learning in the sharing of information among the group. The Sunday trip in particular will allow every participant to take turns in leading and problem solving on the go.
This course is offered at a cost of $100.- per person and includes the Saturday night accommodation at the Clubhouse and Pizza dinner on Saturday night, as well as course materials. This course is also subject to the sections subsidy policy, under which you are eligible for a refund of the $100 if you run a trip for our section within 12 months of taking the course and submit the trip waiver to the section treasurer. So the workshop should be free for you active leaders.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend a fun and educational weekend with your fellow section trip leaders!