Outdoor Training Course

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TRiP and RecSports introduce the new Outdoor Leadership Course available through the College of Education.  This course takes place during the Spring 2016 semester. We will teach you the fundamentals of becoming a wilderness guide.  We will accept 20 students into the course, and each student who successfully completes the course will have the opportunity to become a TRiP Leader and an employee of RecSports.

Information Session:  November 3, 2015 @ 8:00pm at Southwest Recreation Center

What to expect in this course:

Course name:  Outdoor Leadership
Day & Time:  Spring 2016 Semester, Fridays 10:40 – 1:40, location TBA
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification

Students will participate in the WFR course during Spring Break

February 27 – March 5, 2016
The course will take place in Gainesville, Florida.

3-day Canoe trip on the Suwanee River, Florida

The class will split into 2 groups.  Trips go out on:

  • January 29 – 31, 2016
  • February 5 – 7, 2016

Make sure you are available on both weekends to ensure an equal divide of the group

8-day Immersion Training consisting of rock climbing and backpacking in Alabama

Dates of trip:

April 30 – May 7, 2016

Weekly class time:  Fridays, Period 6 – 8 (12:50 – 3:50pm) at Southwest Recreation Center & Lake Wauburg

Technical skills
Group facilitation
Leadership theory and development
Leave No Trace

What you need for this course:

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • 2 Pairs of non-cotton socks
  • Non-cotton base layers
  • 1 long sleeve, 1 pant
  • Fleece Mid-layer
  • Pullover or zip-down
  • Warm outer layer/jacket
  • Gloves for warmth
  • Headlamp
  • Digital watch
  • Compass

Cost of the course:

$650, includes:

  • Canoe trip
  • Immersion training trip
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification

How to apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to jackiem@recsports.ufl.edu
Once the selections have been made, each applicant will be notified of their status.  Accepted students will be given instructions for enrollment into the course.
Application deadline:  November 8, 2015 at 11:59pm

**If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the TRiP Coordinator at (352) 273-2406, or email jackiem@recsports.ufl.edu.You can also inquire with the Program Assistant for Education, Brennen Zinckgraf, at brennenzinckgraf@gmail.com.