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 FOR 2019 INSTRUCTOR COURSES ARE NOW OPEN

  • The application deadline for 2019 instructor courses is November 15, 2018
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2019

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

March 31 – April 23, 2019

Tuition: $2,975

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$2,975
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Equipment Deposit

$250

Duration

24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Leadership
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Certifications

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

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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

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What Our Grads Say

“The NOLS experience—at least for me—crystallizes one universal truth about leadership: that the essential criterion for leadership is uncertainty. It is in these situations where true leadership is defined. NOLS empowers us to embrace uncertainty, to overcome obstacles and to see opportunity through challenge. NOLS reminds us to explore, to be curious and creative in our thinking and problem solving. NOLS highlights the value of mindfulness, reflection, and adaptability. NOLS reinforces the importance of compassion and empathy and reminds us that we are all is this together.” 

— Joe O., NOLS Southwest Instructors Course grad

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