Beginners Guide Training Course - Bushwalking

6 February 2023

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is pleased to be offering an introductory course for aspiring leaders who have no (or very little) prior experience or formal training in leading bushwalks. 

This 1½ day course provides a mix of theory and practical sessions and participants will receive adequate training and information to safely lead walks on marked trails. 

Thanks to the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) the course is free. 

Participants will receive:

A comprehensive guiding manual

1.5-day contact time with theory and practical components including:

  • Preparation and planning for walks
  • Risk management plans
  • Emergency planning and response protocols
  • Equipment for day and overnight walks
  • Appropriate food for multi-day treks
  • Group ratios, health and safety
  • Judging the fitness and ability of groups appropriate to the walk
  • Group leadership skills and communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leave No Trace and minimal impact
  • Record keeping
  • Working within the guidelines of the AAAS and GPGs

Checklists and cue cards

Tips and insights from over 20 years of training volunteer guides

The training requires some pre-reading to maximise the time available during the course for conducting practical exercises such as navigational skills, fitting a backpack correctly, how to use a fuel stove and other hands-on exercises.

Course dates:

  • Mundaring - Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 April
  • Albany - Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 May
  • Wongan Hills - Monday 29 & 30 May
  • Dwellingup - Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 June
  • Carnarvon - Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 June

To register your interest please complete this form.

This training is supported through a Hiking Participation Grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC).