This course blends a combination of self-paced online learning with a digital meet-up and 2 days in the field to meet AIARE's course outcomes.
– Average 6 hours of self-paced online learning
– One 2-hour pre-course zoom (usually the Tuesday before your course, check in google classroom)
– Two field days (typically from 8a to 4p)
Once you have paid for your course, you'll receive access to a google classroom. This classroom is where you'll have access to the online portion of the course as well as a number of other important resources including all course logistics.
On average, the online portion of the course takes students about 6 hours to complete. We encourage students to not wait until the last minute to complete this portion of the course as it covers many important topics. Breaking the online learning down into smaller chunks will help make the course a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We have made a recommendation on how to do this in the google classroom. Since many of the online topics are fundamental to the field sections, completion of the online learning prior to the first field day is mandatory.
Your course includes a pre-course zoom. This time will be used for introductions, to review course logistics, and to review course topics as well as answer any questions that may come up during the online learning.
The first field day is "lead" by the instructor(s) and the time is used to learn how to conduct solid departure checks, evaluate terrain, make observations, utilize safe travel protocols, and practice companion rescue. On the second field day, students combine everything they have learned to develop and "lead" their own tour. The instructor(s) will "follow", while occasionally pausing the group to help refine their skills and take advantage of teachable moments.
Day 2 Debrief:
The final course debrief wraps up the course and may occur in the field or at a nearby establishment.