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IOL Woodland Skills Leader Certificate

4 day Bushcraft leadership training course, fully accredited by IOL.

  • 500 British pounds
  • Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NE.

Service Description

​Do you want to effectively deliver the woodland based skills of Bushcraft & Survival? If your answer is "yes", then this course is for you! This course is fully accredited by the IOL, or Institute for Outdoor Learning. ​This 4 day course covers the essential woodland based skills of Bushcraft and Survival instruction. 3 days of training and 1 day of assessment provide an ideal course for those wishing to deliver these activities within their own instruction and teaching. ANDY LEWIS BUSHCRAFT & the IOL have identified a need for schools, scout groups, youth groups and outdoor centres to access training for their staff, which not only develops and proves competence but, which ensures the safe and effective leadership of such activities. Other awards exist which prove competence, but which do not imply the ability to lead. Or leadership qualifications are in place, but these can be difficult to access, due to excessive time/expense. ​The Woodland Skills Leaders course (WSL) has been created to provide a basic level of certification for leaders, to ensure the safety of participants & the effective delivery of woodland based Bushcraft activities. The topics covered and assessed are: ​ The safe and effective use of tools (bow saw, axe, sheath knife) in the woodland environment, and there effective and safe instruction to a group. Lighting and managing fires in a woodland space, and it’s use to complete basic tasks; boiling water and cooking basic foods. Appropriate risk/group management strategies for camp fires are also included. Building shelters from natural materials and using man made resources, such as tarps, including the ability to effectively use and teach the use of cordage/knots/lashings etc. ​Following a successful assessment a WSL attendee will achieve following learning outcomes: ​To demonstrate both personal competence, and leading/instructional ability, in the woodland skills of; tool use, fire lighting, shelter building, flora and fauna identification and natural craft skills. To develop the ability to create appropriate; lesson plans, risk assessments and operational policies necessary to lead woodland skills sessions. Develop knowledge and ability of; instruction & group management strategies related to woodland skills, environmental considerations of woodland skills training and the leave-no-trace ethos, appropriate models of teaching & learning and integrating woodland skills into wider outdoor learning practices.

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Cheshire, UK

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