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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GUIDE TRAINING & QUALIFICATION COURSE

Duration

12 Weeks

Location

Patagonia

Description

Patagonia. An adventure lover’s spiritual home. Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking unreal. It’s the ideal place to perfect your
outdoor skills. This 12-week comprehensive outdoor course in the world’s most scenic landscapes will give you 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb and guide in the outdoors.

2021

29 Oct - 21 Jan

2022

28 Jan - 21 Apr

2022

28 Oct - 19 Jan

2023

13 Jan - 7 Apr

WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE GUIDE PROGRAM?

An Adventure Guide Program is the first step in your dream of becoming an outdoor adventure guide. Your time on this 12-week course will be split between practical and theoretical training, while you explore Patagonia and gain world-recognized hiking qualifications and rock climbing certifications!

 

This program gains participants the following guiding qualifications:

  • Industry standard Trekking Leader Qualification
  • Industry standard Rock Climbing Supervisor Qualification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
  • International Wilderness First Aid Certification

 

WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?

Adventure lovers, welcome home. Considered by many as the ultimate adventure travel destination, we know you’ll instantly love this place. Clean air, wide spaces, unreal mountainscapes, your camera is going to get a work out as much as your legs! While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be community and social events; personal development; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.

 

To become a global adventure guide, you will embark on a remarkable journey of learning, experiences and coaching. Patagonia's diverse and spectacular outdoors will be your classroom, with lessons on leadership, technical skills, group dynamics and group psychology, hiking, rock climbing, and strategies to help in every area of life

 

Adventure Guide Program Patagonia

 

WHY PATAGONIA?

An exciting discovery of the Argentinian town of El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park will inspire your inner adventurer and smash any doubts you had about making the big trip south to Patagonia. In the heart of the region, you’ll be blown away by the scenery of the Fitzroy and Cerro Torre ranges!

 

El Chaltén is known worldwide as the National Capital of Trekking in Argentina, making it the perfect backdrop for your hiking and climbing adventures. From short day hikes to more challenging multi-day trekking, El Chaltén has it all. Walk along the trails through forests or along the lakes, and take in the jaw-dropping views of mountains and glaciers along the way.

 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

This outdoor adventure course is suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career to become a outdoor adventure guide, or simply to challenge their own understanding of what it means to take on the wild. Gain skills you'll use your whole life as a hiker, climber and lover of exploring untouched regions. Bring on the adventures!

Includes

  • 12 week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in El Chaltén, Argentina
  • Accommodation and food allowance during training
  • All technical equipment, in-program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • Industry standard Trekking Leader qualification
  • Industry standard Rock Supervisor qualification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Personalized small group experience with maximum of 12 students
  • Enjoy the experience of living in an isolated region of South America!

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!

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. 

WEEK 1: ORIENTATION

The program begins in the humble mountain village of El Chaltén, Argentina. This is the gateway to Patagonia’s most famous treks and the Los Glacieres National Park. All areas that you will come to know well and feel forever connected to.

Orientation is a bit like your first week at college. You will get to know the local area, learn local customs and culture, get to know your program mates, and really absorb the plan for your program.

Your Pure Exploration program leader will lead you on tours, challenges, games and practical tasks to help turn you into a team, immerse you in Slovenian culture, learn ‘how things are done round here’ and help you find your way around town! By the end of the week you’ll feel as though you’ve known your program mates for a lifetime, and will be getting used to sharing daily life with them!

MONTH 1: INTRODUCTION TO ADVENTURE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP

TREKKING INTRO & CORE GUIDING SKILLS IN LOS GLACIERES NATIONAL PARK

Hiking, camping, geology, flora & fauna, history and natural interpretation skills all start with a walk and a tent! So you will too. An exciting local discovery process around the town of El Chaltén and Los Glaciarers National Park will inspire your inner adventurer and smash any doubts you had about making the big trip south to Patagonia. In the heart of the region you’ll be blown away by the scenery of the Fitzroy and Cerro Torre ranges and love learning the core skills which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your outdoor life.

Professional guiding is a little different to what most hobby outdoors people think - a lot more involved than just the skills required for the sport! You’ll learn about risk assessment, leadership theory, nutrition, weather analysis, and group dynamics among much, much more. This module includes some classroom elements to introduce theoretical components of professional instructing & guiding. This short stage is followed by full-on practical tasks, challenges and field assignments.... Intensely practical, fun and learning by discovery.

You’ll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, riding horses across stunning landscapes and chatting to locals about the ups and downs of living life in one of the world’s most dramatic regions.

MONTH 2: BECOME AN EXPERT

BECOME AN EXPERT

HUEMUL CIRCUIT, LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK


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! After getting loads of practice in the bush and on the rock. You will continue developing your abilities in the outdoors. In small groups, you’ll receive training to satisfy qualifications in Hiking Leader and Rock Climbing Leadercertifications.In these four weeks, you’ll hone your skills in alpine hiking environments. Time in the saddle can’t be beaten in regards to preparation, and you’ll experience a range of weather conditions, situational scenarios and group simulations to prep you for anything. This is the true nuts and bolts of the course where you’ll emerge a true leader, skilled practitioner and confident and enthusiastic guide!

MONTH 3: PEER ASSESSMENT AND EXAMS

ADVANCED HIKING MODULES

Your last month will have you dive deeper into the heart of Sierra de Santiago with a 10 day excursion that's split into 2 multi-day hikes. You will be based in the small town of Potrero Redondo in Nuevo Leon, from where you will explore surrounding trails and set up camp along the way with the help of the local guides. Ramble down the trails and scramble over boulders to hidden swimming holes and waterfalls.

 

PEER LEADERSHIP

Throughout your program we will facilitate time to jump into guiding! You’ll have the opportunity to lead one another and practice teaching your new found rock and bush skills! Each individual will have a minimum of 5 days as a lead or associate guide in bush walking and rock climbing.

 

ASSESSMENTS

Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your 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!

As well as completing your 2 x disciplines to qualification standard (as discussed on the previous page), you’ll also complete an International Wilderness First Aid Certificate to add to your repertoire.

 

REFLECTION

After assessments are over, there is some great time at the end of program to rest, reflect on your adventure, celebrate at a fun graduation dinner and start planning your next epic international mission with your new best mates! We absolutely love seeing where our Pure Ex grads end up, some in guiding roles, some continuing travelling, some back to study or their careers, some joining us to work for us or our partner company Pacific Discovery! Some find the trajectory of their life has completely changed post-program, and head off to climb more mountains with new friends, new priorities and new values. The journey is just beginning!

NOTES

This is a sample guide to what you can expect to do on the program. Please note that activities, locations and the order in which the activities occur may be subject to change, due to seasonality, operational requirements or health & safety.

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

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

Outdoor Instructor Program - This is an accelerated, practical immersion program, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry.

Adventure Guide Program New Zealand - A fan favourite and for good reason! Mountains, beaches and everything in between! Become a certified where it all began!