Become a TRiP Leader

Become a TRiP Leader for UF

  • Want to learn the skills to guide others in the wilderness?
  • Want to develop transferable leadership skills in a unique way?
  • Want to become a member of an incredible community of people?

Applications are now closed for the Spring 2023 Outdoor Leadership Course. We’ll be recruiting again in Fall 2023. If you’re interested in becoming a Trip Leader and want to learn more, fill out this interest form here to stay up to date on Trip Leader recruitment. 

OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP COURSE INFORMATION

Pricing information is for Spring 2023. Prices subject to change.

COST: $530 + Separate Payment for Wilderness First Response (WFR) $575*

Course Cost Covers:

  • 3-Hour Weekly Class
  • Experiential Training Trips
    • Backpacking Training (Overnight) (January TBD)
    • Mountain Bike Training (3/4)
    • Stand Up Paddleboard and Canoe Training (3/25)
    • Sea Kayak Training  (4/8)
    • Surf Training (4/22)
    • Week-long Backpacking Training (iMMERSiON) (5/7-5/12)
  • Transportation from CORE to activity location, group and personal gear, all food on overnight trips
  • Epi Pen Administrator Certification

Notes:

  • You are required to attend monthly TRiP meetings.
  • You are required to attend all trainings and certifications listed above in order to enroll in the course.
  • You must have a United States driver’s license, three years of driving history by August 2023, and no major moving violations.

Wilderness First Response – $575

Eight-day course provides medical training to respond to emergencies in the wilderness.

  • Typically held over Spring Break.

Financial Assistance for the OLC/WFR:

OLC CORE Grant: The OLC CORE Grant provides an award of $240 to apply to the cost of the CORE Grant for students that demonstrate financial need. Applications will open in Fall 2023.

College Scholarships

  • Bright Futures AND Florida Prepaid: If you have both scholarships and take the class for credit, then you will get reimbursed like you would for other classes. You can then use the reimbursement money to pay for either the Course Cost or the cost of WFR.
  • Bright Futures OR Florida Prepaid: If you have one or the other and take the class for credit, the scholarships will just cover the cost of the credit hours, not the Course Cost or the cost of WFR.
  • CLAS Students: Can apply for the Beyond120 experiential scholarship using this link. This can be used to defray or cover the cost of WFR.
  • CALS Students: Can apply for the VP Promise Financial Assistance next Spring after being accepted into the OLC using this link. This can be used to defray or cover the cost of WFR.
  • Honors Program Students: Can apply for the Wentworth Travel Scholarship next Spring after being accepted into the OLC if they are in good standing. This can be used to cover the cost of WFR.
  • Current Recsports Employees: Can apply for the Jim Bryan Grant next Spring after being accepted into the OLC. This can be used to defray or cover the cost of WFR. You will not be hired on as a TRiP Leader until you successfully complete the OLC, so you must already have a job within Recsports to apply for this grant.

Learn More at OLC Information Sessions (dates will be announced in Fall 2023).

Want to stay up to date on the OLC?

Follow us on Instagram at @coreuf. Any questions? Reach out directly to Trevor Wentworth, Education Program Assistant, atORE (1441 Bledsoe Drive): twentworth@ufsa.ufl.edu.