WTMC runs instruction courses throughout the year, with an emphasis on learning new skills and helping you be safe in the outdoors. A few things to note:
- For liability reasons, instruction courses are restricted to club members only.
- Instructions courses are run by experienced club members or contracted to external provider, depending on instructor availability and level of risk. Actual content and duration will be confirmed before the course.
Sign up for courses via the links below or the trip schedule.
To express interest in a course that is not listed on the schedule, please fill in this form. You will be informed when sign up opens.
If you are interested in helping with training, either to coordinate or run a course, please check the Volunteering page or email the Chief Guide to discuss. Courses are more likely to occur if we have volunteers to help organise them!
|Tramping Skills||Indicative content||Next course||Online resources|
|Leading club trips: Organisation and group management|
– know how to navigate admin processes to organise a club trip (e.g. sign up, payment and transport and food)
– understand the safety processes in place for club trips
– be equipped to plan a tramp, including basic map reading and weather forecast
– be equipped to manage a group and deal with issues on the track
|Wed 24 Aug|
|MSC Trip Planning|
MSC Tramping Skills
|Basic tramping skills to stay safe on the track and in the bush;|
– clothing, equipment, food
– weather, basic navigation
– river and water safety
– emergency procedures
– hazards, tramping skills
MSC Gas and Fire
MSC Environmental Care
|Navigation||Navigation skills to travel on track and off track:|
– map and compass features
– being aware of track features and landscape to support navigation
– orientating the map using a compass
– setting a bearing from a map and following its direction off-track
– capturing a bearing to an object, triangulate tofind out where you are
(Day or Weekend)
|River Safety||How to assess whether a river or stream is safe to cross|
Choosing not to cross
How to identify safe crossing points
Practice techniques to safely cross a river
|Sat 29 Oct|
|MSC River Safety|
|Outdoor First Aid||Basic first aid skills, with tramping specific scenarios||No date|
|MSC Basic First Aid|
|Packrafting||Introduction to packrafting, suitable for beginners|
EXTERNAL COURSE: Please liaise with the provider directly for any queries
|Enhance Your Skills||Other skills|
|Alpine Skills||Short Description||Indicative duration||Online resources|
|Beginners alpine skills, necessary to join Alp 1 club trips|
– Clothing, equipment, food, hydration
– Weather and reading the alpine terrain.
– Trip planning, navigation and route selection.
– Moving on snow and ice without and without ice axe and/or crampons.
– Alpine hazards.
– Leadership, decision making and risk management.
(3 evenings +
|Avalanche Awareness||Skills to stay safe in avalanche terrain, including:|
– Identifying avalanche terrain
– Gathering snowpack and weather information
– Companion rescue
|Sat 27 August|
|MSC Avalanche Safety|
NZ Avalanche Advisory
|Alpine Leadership||To lead club alpine trips|
Alpine risk identification and management