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Adventure Guide Program - 6 weeks, Western USA

Hike, Rock, First Aid + Swift water rescue


6 Weeks


Western USA


This is the shorter version of our Adventure Guide program, for those that don't have a full 12 weeks to spare.

You will complete 2 weeks of Bush training, 2 weeks of Rock training, International Wilderness First Aid + Swift Water Rescue Level 1! All jam-packed into 42 days based the southwest of the United States! This is a perfect program for those looking to experience the best of the west, in a shorter amount of time and at a lower cost than our full 12 week program.


2 Dec - 13 Jan



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


Whether you are looking for a glimpse into what the Adventure tourism industry could offer, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places on earth, the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program is an epic, constructive, and rewarding way to spend 6 weeks in Western USA! 


If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Southwest. Known for it’s surreal geological features, vast landscapes and limitless adventures, you’ll never want to leave. 


  • Modules on Hiking and Rock Climbing
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • International Wilderness First Aid training and qualification
  • SWIFT Water Rescue level 1 training and qualification
  • Live, learn, socialise in the best of the west!
  • 6 weeks shared accommodation
  • 6 weeks food allowance


  • 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!

Note spaces on this program are limited



Stacy's time in New Zealand

Stacy, Michigan USA

If you love the outdoors and being active, traveling and furthering yourself, I reckon the Adventure Program through Pure Exploration is for you! I really enjoyed the chance to experience New Zealand like a local and not a tourist and having the chance to get off the beaten path. The instructors were awesome, knowledgable and very legit! I look back at where I started, what I accomplished, and where I am now within that 3 months and it is crazy!

Katherine's reflection of the Adventure Guide Program

Katherine, Colorado USA

"I walked away with some really good friends, and some great skills that I anticipated learning, and some that I didn't anticipate learning!"

Curtis summarises his Adventure Guide Program experience


I found Pure Ex, through a facebook ad. I took a shot at signing up and 100% do not regret. I was apart of the Sept 2018 Adventure guide program. Where i met 12 new friends and tackle the beauty of New Zealand, South Island. Recommend to anyone whose looking for something new and exciting. If you're a nature lover any of these programs are calling your name!


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: Orientation

Orientation is a bit like your first week at college. You will get to know the local area, 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!

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Southwest. Known for it’s surreal geological features, vast landscapes and rad adventures, you’ll never want to leave. Utah is home to several of America’s favourite national parks often referred to as the Mighty 5, making this state the perfect place to begin our Western adventure.

Zion National Park, was established in 1919 and was Utah’s first official nature reserve. Renowned for its steep red cliffs, Zion offers delight for hikers and climbers alike. Get ready to explore the depths and the heights of this expansive 2,000ft deep canyon while gaining crucial outdoors skills. Nearby you’ll find Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands and Capital Reef National Parks, for some breath-taking options for exploration in your downtime.

Never ending vistas, limitless sky and desert rock will be your backdrop for the next 6 weeks! Let’s go!

WEEKS 2 - 4: Hiking, climbing & International Wilderness First Aid

Start your journey into the vertical world with an introduction to rock climbing & abseiling equipment, techniques and get hooked! Your days will be spent camping with loads of climbing day trips, swimming, socialising and games.

You’ll also begin developing technical skills in navigation building on your existing knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.

On the fourth week participants will undertake International Wilderness First Aid training. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will receive an internationally recognised qualification. This course 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 and natural interpretation skills

Rock Module Two covers: Lead climbing, top-roping systems, abseiling, transitions and 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 International Wilderness First Aid qualification, and it will instill in you a general sense of confidence around water.



Each week will include*

  • 5 days of Technical Training
  • 1 day of Self-Directed 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 enjoy your time on program and would like to extend to the 12 week, you can always reach out to your Program Advisor to explore this option further. 

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 - An accelerated, practical immersion program, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry.

Adventure Guide Programs - Perfect for those looking to develop hiking and climbing skills further, in the regions all around the world.



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