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WILDERNESS GUIDE LEVEL 1

The Wilderness Guide Level 1 is an extensive and well-rounded training experience that goes beyond just acquiring outdoor survival skills. Throughout this 4 to 6-week course, you will gain technical expertise in leadership, outdoor survival, wildlife awareness, first aid in remote areas and navigation techniques by immersing in a range of ecozones, providing you with authentic, real-life situations that will truly test and enhance your capabilities. 

The course has a core training of 3 consecutive weeks, and four elective modules to choose from based in different key study areas (Cold environments, Arid environments, Jungle environments, and Wildlife & Positive Guiding) followed by a practical period.

Wilderness Guides having a bonding break from the course
Participants hiking through the mountains during the wilderness training

Besides preparing and training on your hard skills, a positive learning curve and developing your soft skills as a natural leader are key, becoming aware of and conscious about your personal limits and growth. An open mind, open will, open heart together with a reasonable physical shape are fundamental requisites to be able to join our training. 

As part of our values, EWES enables regeneration through authentic connection with life and the world that surrounds us, including environment, wildlife and communities.

You will also become part of our growing international network, the EWES Forest. This network offers opportunities for both professional and personal growth, fostering connections with like-minded individuals who share your passion for nature and wilderness adventures. Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey with us and become a wilderness guide?

Hiking through during the ewes' survival immersion course
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Taught in English, B2 required

Taught in the wilderness, good shape required

Maximum participants per course 12

NEXT COURSE DATES

The first 3 modules are to be taken in consecutive dates only.

SPRING

March 24 - April 13, 2025

AUTUMN

Sept 22 - Oct 12, 2025

WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID

6 days – 66,5 hours 

Alta Garrotxa, Spain

2nd Week

- Stabilisation, treatment and evacuation guidelines.

- Accident scene management.

- Basic life support systems.

- First aid related to environmental threats.

- Musculoskeletal threas.

- Evacuation procedures.

- Wilderness medicine & medical kits.

THEORY

6 days – 57 hours 

Alta Garrotxa, Spain

1st Week

- Natural leadership.

- Risk management.

- Equipment.

- Nutrition.

- Wilderness ecology and nature conservation.

- Business development.

- Navigation.

- Expedition planning.

WILDERNESS GUIDE & SURVIVAL INTRODUCTION

7 days – 81,5 hours

Andorra, Spain

3rd Week

- Mountain navigation.
- Shelter building.
- Axe and knife handling.
- Firemaking.
- Wildlife observation.
- Group dynamics.

- Personal development.

- Natural leadership.

LEVEL 1: ELECTIVE MODULE

7 days – 84 hours


Arid or Cold Environments are mandatory to certify by the WGA

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COLD ENVIRONMENTS

Flatruet, Funäsdalen, Sweden

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2

ARID ENVIRONMENTS

Doñana National Park, Spain

3

WILDER NATURE

Tarcu Mountains, Romania

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COLD ENVIRONMENT

FROM 950 EUR

Sweden

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

01

02

Be aware of and conscious about your personal limits and growth

Possess a positive attitude at all times

03

Be able to transmit sustainable practices to minimize environmental impacts

04

Function as a key figure and communicator in social and culturally sensitive situations

05

Possess a profound understanding of participant’s behavior and apply leadership techniques  in order to manage group dynamics

06

Be able to plan, evaluate risks and execute multi-day activities in wilderness areas

07

Possess survival and other outdoor skills relevant to specific environments

08

Be able to develop and execute business cases relevant to the work field

Wilderness guide teacher explaining how to make fire in the wild
Wilderness training guides learning about tree aging

2.750€

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ELECTIVE MODULE

INCLUDES

Personal interview and evaluation

5 Online Sessions

Module 1, 2, 3

Safety protocols and insurance

At distance guidance by EWES Experts

Course manual

Practical period guidance and evaluation

Official EWES certifications

Lodging area at the base camp (Sadernes)

DOES NOT INCLUDE

Travel expenses to the modules

Food during the course

Personal equipment

Personal costs

Specific accident insurance

Elective module

OPTIONAL

Rent specific course equipment

Additional elective modules can be taken at an extra cost