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Backcountry Institute - May 2008 Sampling


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Professional Backcountry Institute staff teach valuable training courses. All training satisfies American Camping Association Standards and offers participants an introduction to trip leading and a variety of outdoor courses.

Here are several courses offered in May, 2008.

RGT Raft Guide Training

May 27 to May 29

Staged on the Big Pigeon and French Broad Rivers, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this course offers intensive training for individuals interested in guiding raft trips. The emphasis is on basic river safety, hydrology, and proficient paddling techniques and proper skills to maneuver and negotiate various river features.

Participants receive a Backcountry Institute Raft Guide Training Certificate.

Bring weather-appropriate clothing and overnight camping equipment. (Camping Gear will not be provided). Students must be strong swimmers.

No Previous Experience Necessary.


CTL Caving Trip Leader Training

May 27 to May 29

Skills and confidence are needed to lead a group into a cave and Backcountry Institute will help to develop these qualities in this 3-day course. Leadership skills are essential to execute a safe and productive caving trip.

Experienced instructors will cover planning and preparation, group leadership techniques, safety precautions, basic rescue, and equipment maintenance. Participants will lead more enjoyable trips once they learn to move their group more efficiently. There will be discussions on local & regional caves for better planning of future trips.

Wear clothes you don't mind getting completely filthy.

Must have some caving or climbing experience.

Be sure to bring appropriate camping gear


BKI Basic Kayak Instructor Training

May 27 to May 28

This is a great course for experienced flat water kayakers who want to earn an instructor certification! Previous experience or training is necessary or can be earned with Backcountry Institute Basic Kayak Instructor Training.

The course covers appropriate teaching methods and basic safety concerns for instructing introductory Kayaking skills on flat water. Learn how to apply this knowledge. Bring weather appropriate clothing, boat, paddle, PFD, & helmet if you have one. Equipment will be provided if necessary.

Experience Necessary.

Students can take the Backcountry Institutes Basic Kayak Fundamentals course to satisfy experience requirements.

See all Backcountry Courses

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(This post was edited by stephenwinbaum on May 1, 2008, 12:16 PM)


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