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become an ExpEDITION LEADER...
Follow the steps of Eiríkr hinn rauði (Eric the Red). Be an integral part of an expedition to rediscover Grænland (Greenland), while being trained and certified as an Expedition Leader (aka PAWGI Certified Wilderness Guide or CWG) by a PAWGI-certified Wilderness Instructor, together with an IFMGA-certified Mountain Guide and Wildlife Biologist (and yeah, they are, of course, Úlfhéðnar)
The combined expedition and course is endorsed by the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI). It is designed for exceptionally fit and resilient bros who want to become Expedition Leaders, and therefore need to gain advanced wilderness knowledge so they can pursue a career as expedition leaders and guides.
This course leads to the only wilderness guide certification recognized internationally. It also combines North American as well as a European risk management approaches allowing your to adapt your operations to any territory.
The 14-day course, normally completed at the end of summer, provides a hand-on approach to wilderness guiding in an actual expedition environment in Grænland (Greenland). From the time you register for the course, you are involved in all the stages of the expedition, from planning, to transportation, to undertaking, and debriefing.
All the subjects addressed during the Farmaðr/PAWGI Certified Assistant Guide course are reviewed, with an emphasis on Risk & Emergency Management, Expeditionary & Outdoor Leadership, Sustainability & Conservation as well as Wilderness Survival.
You can expect to sustain several hours a day of continuous extremely strenuous physical activity, with substantial elevation gains and elevation losses, extreme temperature variations, very difficult travel on scree and boulders, challenging obstacle and river crossings, side hilling, as well as extensive bushwhacking.
Following successful completion of the course, you will have acquired the professional skills and knowledge necessary to guides clients in remote and extreme wilderness environments. This includes, but is not limited to, skills relating to regulatory compliance, cultural and nature interpretation, meteorology, risk and emergency management, expeditionary and outdoor leadership, sustainability and conservation, and wilderness survival.
Certification as a Certified Wilderness Guide is achieved through the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI), by scoring 366 points or higher (75% or higher) on the Wilderness Guide Practical Assessment (WGPA). This assessment is conducted by a Certified Wilderness Instructor throughout the duration of the course and expedition.
Participation in this course/expedition is very selective, and you must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for training:
- 19 years or older
- Farmaðr/PAWGI Certified Assistant Guide certification
- Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification
- Exceptional physical fitness
- Previous expeditionary or military experience
Cost is $9,990 and can be subsidized up to 90% under specific conditions. Cost includes return transportation to/from Oslo, Norway, all permits, all tuition, expedition, and certification fees, medical, accident, and repatriation insurance, safety equipment (firearms, PLB's, Satellite Phones, First Aid Kits), and all expedition food (3,000 Calories per day).