Framework for Walking Guide/Leader Training
The training of walking guides in the European Ramblers’ Association (ERA)
As stated in the “Declaration of Marcoussis” dating back to May 2005, a common European standard for the training of walking guides is necessary.
1. Why do we need qualified training?
- To be familiar with the route in detail, the weather conditions and any particular aspects of the chosen environment.
- To prepare oneself by judging the physical fitness of the party, the schedule and by acquiring knowledge of the terrain to be crossed.
- To provide oneself with the right equipment to ensure protection and safety for the party.
- To act in an appropriate way that conserves effort, by remaining aware of possible risks and by respecting the surroundings.
- To adapt oneself to evolving conditions, the abilities of the party, changes of route and knowing when to turn back if conditions deteriorate.
To respond to these demands, leader training is an absolute necessity. A training programme with a common core in each country must evolve towards a suitable level of competence for managing and organising rambling as an activity.
- Technical skills
- Social skills
- Respect for the environment and the cultural heritage
The pleasure to be found in rambling is assured by respecting certain rules and the social group context is the best environment in which to contribute to this by a thorough organising of the activity and high quality management.
2. The training of walking guides / Guides to protected natural areas
4. What walking-specific knowledge should a walking guide have?
- 18 years old
- Proof of required participation at the First Aid course (dating back no longer than three years)
- Physical fitness to attend the training
- Condition to attend training events (Walks)
Topics of the training
The day walk / guided tours:
Environmental experience, target-group-oriented walk planning
Walk of several days:
Organization and realization, follow-up
Planning of a walking tour:
Nutrition, condition, clothing and first aid for walkers, behaviour in case of emergency
Communication and leadership didactics:
The walking map/leisure map: structure and content, interpretation and handling.
Basic design requirements for terrain forms
Behaviour in the open terrain, meteorology
Duties of the walking guide, legal and liability questions, travel law, insurance for foreign countries
Management questions, calculation and taxes
Mankind – culture – landscape:
Development of regional economy (handcraft, industry, transportation, services)
Basic information of the regional history, development of the cultural landscape (buildings, architectural styles)
Nature-historical basis of the region:
Mankind – culture – landscape:
Practical exercises in teamwork and role-playing
Nature and adventure pedagogics:
Planning of guided tours, recognition and presentation of natural phenomenons
Adventure oriented presentation of landscape
Closing discussion adventure pedagogics
Discussion of the homework which accompanied the course
Solution of questions on a questionnaire (multiple choice):