OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION
It is a great privilege to lead people in the field and requires varied skills. To ensure that our standards are met our guides all have achieved the UC Recreation Certificate in Outdoor Leadership. The course begins at the beginning of fall quarter (September) and concludes at the end of spring quarter (May) the course consists of day (Saturday or Sunday) and evening classes (Thursday), day trips as well as overnight trips (Fri/Sat/Sun).
This program will provide for the transition of Outback Guides from Assistant Guides (trainees) to Secondary Guides (paid Staff) in conjunction with opportunities provided to assist on trips offered to the wider community, as well as their own personal development through self- guided practice and trip participation.
To be eligible to apply to be a Guide you need to be a first- or second-year student, or first year transfer student. You need to be available for training on Thursday evenings 5pm to 8pm as well as on weekends. We also highly encourage participation in our Guide Meetings, weekly at 6pm on Tuesdays.
Steps to becoming a guide
- Attend the Outdoor Leadership Certificate information session
- 2020 info session: October 12th, 6pm
- Complete online Guide Application
- Due date: October 18th
- Be selected for the Guide Training Program Known as the Outdoor Leadership Certificate
- Complete Guide Training Program / Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Course Training Fee $400; academic credit optional)
- If the financial commitment is a barrier for you, please mention that in your application and we will reach out to you with alternative options.
Technical Skills Unit:
- Preparing a Trip: Itinerary and Packing
- Backpacking Immersion Weekend
- Wilderness Navigation
- Backcountry Cooking and Nutrition
- Bloodborne Pathogens & Illness Injury Prevention Program (IIPP)
- Stove Maintenance
- CPR & First Aid
- Intro to Sea Kayaking Mission Bay
- Sea kayak Skill Development La Jolla Shores
- Kayak Roll Clinic
- Intro to to Rock Climbing Mission Gorge
- Anchor Skills Clinic
- Advanced Anchor Skills Clinic
- Rescue Skills Clinic
- Intro to Surfing
- Intro to Canoeing
Leadership & Interpersonal Skills Unit:
- Leadership and Group Management
- Decision Making and Risk Management
- Fun and Structure
- Teaching and Presenting
- Group Facilitation
- Life Career Renewal
- Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice
- Management Skills Retreat (Laguna Mountains or Anza Borrego Desert State Park)
Adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.