LOWLAND WALK LEADERS COURSE
Learn how to create and lead your own walks using technology.
DATES: Saturday 26th September 2020
This unique lowland 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. We will also work with OS maps (but the digital kind). If you enjoy studying a paper map and using a compass, then this workshop may not be for you.
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Walk leader training for beginners. We focus on basic skills such as navigation, group management and emergency procedures using technology.
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.
- Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets).
- Workbooks and materials.
- Access to a WhatsApp Group for continued support after the workshop.
WHO IS THIS EVENT 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 a route from your home town with some challenges.
- We will then venture outside for a 3-5 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
- A laptop with wifi capabilities.
- Lunch (or you can purchase lunch in the pub, or nearby cafe's).
- Suitable clothing for walking
- A smartphone and charger.
LOCATION AND PARKING
The workshop venue:-
The Saracens Head, 219 Watling St, Towcester NN12 6BX
Free parking at the hotel/pub, or there is a long stay car park along Northampton Road, Towcester which is a short walking distance away.