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WALK LEADER SKILLS WORKSOP
February 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
This unique walk leaders workshop will give you the skills and knowledge to enable any individual to lead a group of 15 people or less.
We feel that it is time to embrace technology, therefore this workshop will include apps, and navigation techniques that can be achieved using a smartphone. If you enjoy studying a paper map and using a compass, then this workshop may not be for you.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
- Those who want to lead a group of friends safely on a local walk.
- Those keen to add a bolt on to their existing business ie: Dog walkers, event organisers etc)
- Local health walkers who would like to increase their skill knowledge.
- Those looking at setting up a walking club in the future and would like an introduction into the work that may be involved in running a club.
- Those looking to go on their own adventures
- Those who are not keen on walking with a group but would like to safely explore new areas.
9.30am – Registration, coffee and introductions.
10am – 12.30pm – MORNING SESSION
- The main responsibilities of a walk leader and techniques when out of a hike.
- How to compile a risk assessment
- Suggested rules for those that have dogs on your walks.
- Stiles, road crossings and road walking (the difference between the highway code and the countryside code).
- Understanding a map and the different symbols & terminology on a map.
- Understanding the weather, including weather warnings, windchill etc.
- What should you carry in your walk leader pack?
- What about insurance?
- First aid qualifications / accident and emergency procedures.
- The importance of a new walker briefing
12.30pm-1.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30pm – AFTERNOON SESSION
- Creating an event on Eventbrite, Facebook & Google, along with some marketing and social media advice for new businesses. (Limited information due to time constraints).
- Creating a route from your home town with some challenges.
- We will then venture outside for a 5 mile walk (so please come prepared). During this walk you will be tested on some of the aspects we talked about in the morning session. Each individual will also have an opportunity to lead the group.
3.30pm – 4.00pm
- Refreshments provided
- Debrief of the walk
- Feedback forms
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?
- Walk leaders kit bag
- Lunch (or you can purchase lunch in the pub, or nearby cafe's).
- Suitable clothing for walking
- A smartphone and charger.
- If you have an OS Explorer Map 207 (South Northants & Newport Pagnell, map then that would be great).
- Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets).
- Workbooks and materials.
- Access to a WhatsApp Group for continued support after the workshop.
- A certificate of achievement
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.