Nova Scotia Essentials Level Program
This program is geared towards individuals who already have some outdoor leadership experience or training and are looking to expand their current skill set with the intention of working in the outdoors. Upon the successful completion of this program, participants will also be able to participate in the Training Academy Mentorship Program to support their career goals for one year after the start of their program. Depending on prior experience, Essentials level participants may be eligible to pursue employment as an assistant or intern guide/instructor, including positions at Outward Bound Canada.
Access vs. Intensive Format
We know that you have a busy life with many different responsibilities. So, in order to make this program more accessible, we are offering two different formats: Access or Intensive.
The Access format takes place over the span of several groups of days while the Intensive format takes place over a series of consecutive days. All meals and accommodation will be provided during any overnight programming.
Centre-based Learning Workshops
In addition to the modules previously mentioned, some additional workshops that you can look forward to include:
Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to pursue some of the following certifications, depending on their region:
- Wilderness First Responder (80 hours) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid (40 hours)
- Sea Kayak Guides Alliance Assistant Overnight Guide certification (AOG)
- Outdoor Council of Canada Field Leader
- Wilderness Mental Health First Aid (offered as an online module in the Spring and Fall)
*Please Note: WFR, Assistant Overnight Guide and Paddle Canada Advanced Skills or Instructor Courses are only available on a limited basis upon the completion of the Essentials level program, and are based on the individual’s need and career objectives.