W.G.A. specializations

The Wilderness Guide trainings provide knowledge about the different topics that are needed in order to perform as a guide at an adequate degree. But as there is so much knowledge it is not to make the student a complete expert on everything. In order to overcome this limitation it is responsibility of the students to sharpen their skills and knowledge in order to become better guides. This self-learning process we call specializations and every student can chose the areas that they see fit (Each certification level requires a certain number of specializations from the student).

There are many areas where a Wilderness Guide can specialize so we are not listing them all, but some examples are:

Specializations in the category Land:

  • Hiking & Backpacking
  • Equestrian travel
  • Bushcraft & Survival
  • Tracking
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Glacier travel

Specializations in the category Water:

  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Sea kayaking

Specializations in the category Snow & Ice:

  • X-country Skiing
  • Kite (as a transport form)
  • Mushing
  • Winter travel & Survival

Specializations in the category Nature & Culture:

  • Meteorology
  • Interpretive Guiding
  • Ecology, history, geology
  • Native/Aboriginal knowledge & skills

Specializations in the category Safety& First aid:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Rope rescue
  • Search & Rescue
  • White water rescue technician