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 1-4: Intro TO ADVENTURE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP
Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next eight weeks. You’ll get an in-depth briefing and training on hiking and guiding, giving you the core skills needed for the training ahead. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way!
You’ll begin developing technical skills in navigation and bushwalking, day hikes, overnight hikes, bushcraft, interpretation,flora and fauna.
As your intro to Rock climbing we cover top-roping, abseiling, safety, equipment, intro to lead climbing, systems, transitions.
We’ll build on your existing knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.
WEEKS 5-9: GET TECHNICAL
It’s time to start putting your skills and knowledge to the test, as we start to push your limits and see if we can create some outdoor diamonds!
BECOME AN EXPERT
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!
Bush modules include Multi-day hikes, trip planning, practising leading and getting mileage for your logbook
Rock modules include consolidation and practice of skills learnt in module 1 and 2 and incorporating leading others.
At the end of this module, you will have received training to satisfy leader qualifications in the above two disciplines
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN:
Advanced guiding skills
Hiking core skills
Rock climbing core skills
Outdoor survival techniques
WEEKS 9-12: Assessment & Leadership days
As well as completing your 2 x disciplines to an exam passing standard (as discussed on the previous page), you’ll also complete a Wilderness First Aid certification!
Fill up your logbook with leading or assistant-leading your peers for hiking and climbing excursions. Get some real experience with what it takes to plan, risk assess and successfully lead a day expedition
CRUNCH TIME.... EXAMS!
Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your leader assessments. We’ve had a fantastic pass rate so far of 98%, so as long as you do the hours and are fit and healthy and raring to go, you’ll be sweet!
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.
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! Paid work positions would be located in New Zealand.
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
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.