Alaska Instructor Course

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Alaska Instructor Course

This instructor course will not be offered in 2019. Check out the courses that will be offered on the Course Finder.

This 24-day course combines focused leadership training with a backpacking expedition and exposure to specific Alaska wilderness travel skills. Special focus will be put on crossing fast-moving, glacially-fed Alaskan rivers, and potentially crossing bare glaciers. The Alaska instructor course will build on the outdoor and education experience you already have, while allowing you to fine-tune your teaching and leadership skills. Successful completion of this course will prepare you to work wilderness backpacking courses for NOLS.  

Learn more about instructor courses with NOLS here

APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 INSTRUCTOR COURSES ARE NOW CLOSED

Check back in August for the 2020 instructor course application. 

Here is a sample of the instructor course questionnaire.

Dates

Dates

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Specifics

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Tuition

TBA
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Education
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Palmer, Alaska

Fly in/out

Anchorage, Alaska

Skills learned

Backpacking

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification

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What Our Grads Say

“I've had a few days to reflect on the experiences of my first course. I've thought about many things, but mostly I have thought about the students. How they pushed themselves physically. How they gained self-awareness through their words and actions. How they learned to be comfortable in an environment that was initially far beyond their comfort zone. In a month of working with these students, I saw them grow and learn a great deal about themselves and their capabilities.” 

— Hayden E., NOLS Alaska Instructor Course grad

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