This program is designed to take someone with good basic knowledge of Bushcraft and take them to a more thorough grounding in the key subjects. You will have the opportunity to assist and eventually lead sessions at a basic level with different clients. You will also be able to make use of my experience to help you get the most out of your time. With the focus on fire, shelter, food, water, tool use, cordage, along with a variety of other woodland skills you will not only learn many of the techniques, you will gain the confidence to use them and how to adapt them to suit the needs of different clients. Although not fixed the course is likely to take an individual between 18 months and two years to complete.
Year 1 3-4 x 2 day slots of training plus a few opportunities to assist on courses.
You are encouraged to ask for opportunities in order to complete the Criteria and your portfolio of evidence.
Students wishing to be considered will have attended a Bushcraft for Practitioners course or have satisfied me that they have sufficient other experience. This may include attending significant courses from reputable other providers (not introductory weekends) or having the IOLs Bushcraft Competency certificate.
Head of Centre, Forest School Leaders, Countryside Wardens, Heads of Outdoor Centres, Firemen and even Special Forces have been on and are currently on the scheme.
I feel that Dave has created a valuable programme and framework with the Instructor Mentoring Scheme. It enables personal development and progression to a stage where participants have a genuine level of confidence and ability, enough to comfortably lead sessions independently. For me it has been an extremely useful and fulfilling experience.
Having had a long term plan to be able to deliver Bushcraft programmes to various groups at a basic level, I felt that my own skills needed developing and fine tuning. Having been on a WSC ‘Bushcraft for Practitioners’ course I had kept in regular contact with Dave. I was pleased to hear that he would be launching an ‘Instructor Mentoring Scheme’ as it seemed to fit the bill to enable me (with an extremely busy life) to hone my skills to a level that ‘I’ was happy with. The ‘I’ is in my opinion the key to the way in which Dave works. Exams and tests all have their place but the onus for me is that Dave works with you, at your own pace, guiding you, encouraging you to discover things for yourself and gain a fuller understanding of the subjects. Dave gives you plenty of opportunities to deliver sections of various courses to many diverse groups. This, in my humble opinion, is the key in building subject confidence, knowledge and self-development.
Training days are usually put together in twos and are arranged to try and suit you where possible (not weekends).
Price £900. This is broken down into two payments of £450. The second payment will be asked for about 12 months into the scheme when hopefully you are still wanting to continue.
So if this sounds just what you are looking for contact me for a chat.