The course begins with an introduction to the skills required by professional field guides.
Then you’ll learn how to create a guided experience for clients. This will include learning how to cater your drive or walk to the client’s interests and manage client expectations. You’ll see how conducting research beforehand can help you make strategic decisions before the drive and take key opportunities during the drive by thinking on your feet.
You’ll also learn how to care for clients on your drive and walk. This will include learning how to make clients feel at ease, make yourself approachable and solve problems. You’ll learn several communication skills to help you accomplish this.
The next module is all about how to ensure safety throughout the safari drive and walk. You’ll learn how to prevent emergencies and to manage these incidents in case they do occur.
Then, you’ll learn how to conduct the guided experience, from the pre-briefing to the debriefing stage and all the phases in between. Learn best practices in field guiding. You’ll also find out how to integrate your extensive knowledge of the natural environment into the guiding experience you wish to create.
Then complete a module on radio procedure. This will include learning how to use a two-way radio and what the radio procedures are for a wildlife sighting. You’ll also be able to brief your guests on how to use the radio in the case of an emergency.
Then, learn how to review your walks and drives after they have been completed. Learn to reflect on what went well and how you can create more of that as well as what can be improved.
You’ll also complete a module on basic and advanced rifle handling. This will give you advanced training in how to handle a bolt action rifle. The module includes learning about how to show the utmost care for safety when working with firearms. You’ll also learn how to clean and take care of rifles.
Finally, you’ll learn how to give clients the best experience possible while keeping them safe at all times by completing the viewing potentially dangerous animals module. Learn how to interpret the behaviour of potentially dangerous animals so that you can anticipate any potential dangers.
Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunities to attend masterclasses on a range of more in-depth topics such as in-depth discussions of Southern African insect, arachnid, birds and reptile species, elephant, pangolin, snake, vulture conservation and research, anti-poaching initiatives, trailing animals on safari walks, trailing and following animals, bird photography, African folklore and relevant operational strategies used in the management of nature and wildlife reserves such as contraception as a management tool.
Module 1: Introduction to Field Guiding
Module 2: Radio Procedures
Module 3: Rifles and advanced rifle handling
Module 4: Viewing potential dangerous animals
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
This course includes material related to these Goals