A Level 1 – guide knows about his/her limitations and possibilities as level 1 guide and his/her responsibilities towards nature and customers. He or she can make risk assessments, safety plans and provide solutions for problems for a variety of basic activities in different environments and can guide a group in all in semi remote areas. All activities are organized within the capabilities, experience and specialized training of each guide.
Level 1 Guide should be trained in:
- Risk & emergency management
- Survival & Bushcraft
- Flora & fauna / Ecology
- Culture & Conservation
- Wilderness Camping
- (Wilderness) First Aid
- Hiking & backpacking
- Rules and regulations
A guide can apply for Level 1 certification after:
- A minimum of 28 training days
- A minimum of 28 days of (assistant) guiding under supervision of an approved organization (with overnight experience)*
- A minimum of 1 specialization
- The guide must have a valid WFA certificate
*1) Level 1: 28 days of any documented and suitable guiding experience with references either from the employer/supervisor or from the clients, supervised and signed off by a Level 2 or 3 WGA guide or another experienced guide from a suitable organization or association. At least 14 days should be under direct supervision.