Southwest Instructor Course

Credit: Jared Steinman

Southwest Instructor Course

This 24-day instructor course combines foundational leadership training with a 16-day backpacking expedition in the Gila Wilderness and focused top-rope rock climbing in Arizona’s iconic Cochise Stronghold. You and your coursemates will travel using both traditional and lightweight backpacking techniques in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness—America’s first designated Wilderness area. Your Southwest 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 instructor course will prepare you to work wilderness backpacking courses for NOLS.

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2018 INSTRUCTOR COURSES

  • The application deadline for 2018 instructor courses is November 15, 2017
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2018
  • We will begin taking applications for 2019 instructor courses on August 15, 2018

Dates

Dates

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Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition
TBA
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Equipment Deposit
$250
Duration
24 days
Minimum Age
21 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Risk Assessment
  • 2 Leadership
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End
Tucson, Arizona
Fly in/out
Tucson, Arizona
Skills learned

Backpacking

Lightweight Backpacking

Rock Climbing

Additional Details

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