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    By Sarah Morton
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    The Wilderness Guide Training Programme

    Here at Wilderness Scotland we love a new concept, and especially a new wilderness concept, none of which get us more excited than one we have pioneered ourselves.

    Last week saw the launch of our brand new Wilderness Guide Training Programme, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Developed and led by our very own Director of Training, Myles Farnbank and in partnership with Wild Scotland, we are delighted to offer, the Wilderness Guide Training Programme. The programme offers structured and comprehensive training for professional outdoor guides in the softer skills needed to become a more rounded guide – in turn ensuring clients are immersed in a complete wilderness experience.

    The Complete Wilderness Experience

    The Wilderness Guide Training Programme has been carefully designed to better equip guides to interpret the stunning landscapes and diverse cultures in which they work. A growing trend is for clients to seek out true wilderness experiences. This programme offers professional outdoor guides best-practice training on increasingly important issues such as sustainable tourism, leave no trace awareness, nature conservation and Scottish geology and astronomy.

    The programme, which was piloted in 2011 was short-listed in the Community Conservation category of the Guardian Green Travel List 2011 and also received highly commended in the ‘Most Innovative Sustainable Tourism Initiative 2011’ category of the Association of International Tour Operators (AITO) Sustainable Tourism Awards 2011.

    Nothing Quite Like It

    Delivered as a unique 12-day module course, there is flexibility for guides to take the courses in any order with completion leading to a CPD certificate for each module completed and a WGTP certification on completion of all modules.
    Now is the perfect time to take part in the Wilderness Guide Training Programme, as it is heavily subsidised, being in its first year of running. Myles, who has over 20 years experience of Scotland’s outdoors said: “We are excited to be running the WGTP in association with Wild Scotland as there is nothing else like this currently available in the UK. We felt it important to place emphasis on sustainable tourism, ecology and the environment, and this course is a departure from the hard skills, which other courses focus on. Feedback from a pilot scheme run last year has been very positive and we look forward to welcoming more guides this year.”

    If you are interested in learning more about the Wilderness Guide Training Programme, please get in touch with Myles: [email protected] who will be happy to answer any questions you might have and sign you up!

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