New Zealand Adventure Guide training program
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Outdoor Guide Training & Industry experience

Duration

12 Weeks

Location

New Zealand

Description

On every adventure traveller’s bucket list, New Zealand’s awe-inspiring mountains, beaches and vast landscapes won’t disappoint.

From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, this comprehensive course will give you 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb, guide and survive in the outdoors.

2020

17 Jan - 9 Apr

2020

11 Sep - 3 Dec

2020

18 Sep - 10 Dec

2021

22 Jan - 16 Apr

This 12 week program is broken into 3 x 1 month modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Your time will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining world-recognised guiding qualifications, plus industry experience in the adventure tourism industry. All this will give you the best entry into the outdoor industry possible, or simply an advanced skill set for becoming a more confident outdoor adventurer.

 

This NZ program gains participants the following guiding qualifications:

  • NZOIA Bush Leader

    PLUS

  • NZOIA Rock Leader OR/ 
  • NZOIA Canyon Leader (Queenstown only)


You'll also get:

  • Pre-hospital Emergency Care Qualification (PHEC)
  • Swift Water Rescue Safety Level 1
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding 

Don't have 12 weeks to spare?? Check out our 6 week option! 

 

PROGRAM INFO

 

While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be cultural activities and exchange; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  

 

Whether you are looking for a stepping stone into the adventure tourism career pathway as a guide, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in the most amazing places on earth, the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program is an epic, constructive, and rewarding way to spend 3 months in New Zealand! 

 

You’ll love arriving into Queenstown – it’s a great place for hiking mountains, swimming in lakes and rivers, pub crawls, live music, locals food and drink specials, frisbee golf and fireside chats. Queenstown is filled with an exciting mix of backpackers, ski seasonnaires, outdoor enthusiasts and local legends.

 

 

If you’re heading to Nelson, a lovely chilled small town beach culture awaits you, reggae music, sunshine, golden sand beaches and friendly faces!

 

Includes

  • 12 week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in Queenstown, or Nelson, New Zealand
  • 12 weeks accommodation
  • 10 weeks most meals (Last 2 weeks self catered)
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Employer networking opportunities and paid work placements available
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • 2 x NZ Outdoor instructor association leader qualifications (hiking + rock climbing or canyon leader)
  • Pre-hospital emergency care qualification
  • Swift Water River Rescue Level 1 Certificate
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Live, learn, socialise and join the thriving resort community of Queenstown

Prerequisites

  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!
  • Canyoning option - swimming ability

Note spaces on this program are extremely limited! Most of our candidates apply 8-12 months in advance of start date. 

 Adventure Guide training program in NZ

Reviews

20171008NZAGP0550

Becoming an adventure guide in NZ

Cyril Delteil, France

Coming from France I was worried about my English, but being here everyday and speaking with native speakers means my English has improved so much, alongside my outdoor skills.
20171013NZAGP0704 Dana

Exciting & Adventurous Times!

Dana Ester - Florida, USA

"If you're considering this program, just go for it! I've always wanted to come to NZ, this course was the perfect opportunity to come here but also further my adventure career goals. If you push yourself, this course will help you get where you want to go."
20170925NZAGP0144 1000w

Climbing, exploring, loving NZ

Michel Affkerback, Germany

The highlight of the course so far for me is learning to climb multi-pitch by myself, or with a friend, and knowing what to do. If you are into the outdoors and thinking of becoming a guide, do this course! It's based in beautiful New Zealand and you'll learn a lot.

STRUCTURE

A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.

WEEKS 1 - 2: Orientation and Hiking

INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP + HIKE MODULE ONE

Welcome to Queenstown! We spend a few days having a group orientation where the group will get to know each other, settle into accommodation and have a typical kiwi BBQ and few beers. Over the next few days you'll all discuss the learning outcomes for the program, spend time participating in team bonding exercises, play various games and have time to explore your new back yard whilst taking part in an organised scavenger hunt! It's a really great few days and will solidify lifelong friendships with your Pure Ex family really quickly!

You’ll get an in-depth briefing providing you the core skills needed for the training ahead. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way!

Hike Module one will introduce you to day-hikes, overnight hikes, navigation, weather and map reading then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.

WEEKS 3 – 4: Rock Climbing and Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)

INTRO TO ROCK CLIMBING + PRE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE (PHEC) TRAINING 

On your third week we get you all kitted out to spend some time on the rock face climbing! In rock module one you get stuck into training on equipment, safety, top-roping and an intro to Lead climbing. Weather dependent we usually spend the week over towards Wanaka, where we explore some of the sweet rock faces they have over that side of the mountains!

On the fourth week we spend time in Queenstown, where participants will undertake Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) training. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will receive an internationally recognised qualification. PHEC is known as "the beast" of first aid training and is the industry standard for adventure industry professionals. It's delivered by leading outdoor safety and emergency care professionals who we have worked closely with for a number of years and is ideal for those who are looking to lead groups in an outdoor environment. Participants become familiar with the use of advanced emergency care equipment such as oxygen, defibrillators and BP cuffs as well as other resuscitation techniques. 

WEEKS 5 - 6: Further hiking, rock climbing and SWIFT water rescue training

At this point of the program, we take it up a notch. It’s time to test your limits and push those new skills. We take you to a few more challenging locations where you’ll have to pull together as a team to get through, and where you’ll really start to see the value in ensuring processes are followed and back-up plans are in place!

Hike Module two covers: Multi-day hiking, camping, nutrition, leadership, navigation, flora and fauna, interpretation

Rock module two covers: Lead climbing, top-roping systems, abseiling, transitions, clifftop safety 

Two days are also spent in the water, with our custom SWIFT water rescue training. This course will teach you the skills needed in order to read and understand water patterns, water safety, rules and regulations, environmental and cultural practices, as well as how to conduct river rescues. It's a great course to compliment the PHEC qualification, and it will instill in you a general sense of confidence around water.

 

WEEKS 7 - 10 Leadership

HIKE MODULES THREE AND FOUR are when you start practicing leading your group, trip planning and gaining some mileage for your logbook! A couple more multi-day adventures await 

ROCK MODULES THREE AND FOUR again you will start leading your group, route planning, safety assessments and risk management. A couple of awesome road trips to find the best hidden crags! 

 

WEEKS 11- 12 Client days and assessments

CRUNCH TIME! 

Time to complete logbook requirements to enable you to sit your upcoming NZOIA Bush and Rock Leader assessments

We will set you up with leadership days to run hiking and climbing excursions, from trip planning, safety, pickups, equipment, working with clients, and leading groups! 

Get some real experience with what it takes to plan, risk assess and successfully lead a day expedition

Assessments take place in the final week of the program, a 2 day Bush Assessment and a 2 day Rock Assessment. We have an amazing 98% pass rate, so if you have put in the time and energy - by the end of the program you will 

be a certified NZOIA Rock and Bush Leader

To top off your 12 weeks with us we host an epic graduation dinner. 

For those looking to stay on in NZ and seek employment we provide plenty of support and assistance to get you hooked up with our industry partners. 

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN

Each week will include*

  • 4 days of Technical Training
  • 1 day of Self-Directed Learning
  • 1 day for Classroom Learning
  • 1 day for Admin or as Free Day

*The order of days will change each week and as your training progresses. This is simply a general outline.

WHAT'S NEXT?

If you're keen to maximise your time with us, you might want to consider the following paid add-ons...

Guaranteed* work placement position - NZD$1,500
If you pass your assessments, and have demonstrated a great attitude and potential for guiding, this is when we support your preparation and assist you in being placed into your paid work!

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas.

NOTES

This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements

*Guaranteed work placement positions are available as a paid add-on to your course fee, paid in full along with your course fee. We will assist you wherever possible in obtaining employment post course, on the conditions that you have passed your relevant assessments, hold a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand, and have demonstrated a good attitude. You will be placed with one of our partner companies.