Introduction to Field Guiding

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Learn with the top-rated FGASA provider. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.

next start date 18 October 2021

course frequency Every 2 months

DURATION 4 weeks

TIME COMMITMENT 7–10 hours per week

FORMAT Self-paced, online

AGE 16–99 years old

PRICE £600

LANGUAGE English

PRICE £600

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Overview

There’s a reason we’re the top-rated FGASA provider. More than 90% of our graduates get a job upon earning their FGASA NQF4 qualification, formerly known as the FGASA Level 2. This is due to our well-maintained connections with ecotourism employers across the African continent and our ability to develop new field guides of the highest-calibre using our superior learning experiences. Unlike other FGASA courses of its kind, where learners self-study all training materials, we provide an engaging, experiential experience delivered by experts with over 50 years of combined experience in the field.

Join our online FGASA course to attend masterclasses led by directors of conservation organisations, managers of private nature reserves and professional field guides who have led thousands of safari drives and walks. Along with your classmates, fellow rising stars in African ecotourism, ask our experts questions and receive answers informed by many years of experience. These discussions are designed to not only allow you to master the subject matter, but to create meaningful connections with leaders in the field. This allows you to kickstart your professional network, an essential aspect of modern-day employment as most vacancies today are filled through referral.

In addition to providing tons of opportunities for social learning, our course is designed to keep you motivated throughout by providing regular progress milestones in the form of quizzes. Learning is also facilitated through the discussion of real-world case studies to ground the theory in the practical application of field guiding.

We want you to become the kind of field guide lodges reserve for their top clientele and who garners recommendations wherever you go. The five Special Knowledge and Skills (SKS) modules included in this course are designed to develop you into this kind of exceptional field guiding professional. Completing the View Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) and Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) to develop the advanced safety skills required to give clients the up-close-and-personal wildlife interactions they’re asking for. You’ll also be able to astonish clients with your knowledge of the African wild by completing the Birds, Botany and Arthropod SKS modules.

Please note that to join this course you will first need to first pass our Nature Enthusiast FGASA online course. Once you have successfully passed both of our online courses and your FGASA Apprentice Field Guide theory examination, your next step to becoming a qualified field guide is to apply this knowledge on-site in the African wild. You can do this by joining us at the Bushwise campus in South Africa’s Limpopo region, not far from Kruger National Park.

Course details

Course specifics
  • 4 weeks

  • 7–10 hours per week

  • Self-paced

  • 18 - 99 (We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.)

  • English

  • Nature Enthusiast FGASA online course

What you’ll learn

On completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the professional field guide
  • Lead and engage large groups of diverse people from around the world
  • Understand the recommended ethical guiding practices and carry out an ethical guided experience in the natural environment
  • Carry out research on suitable sites in preparation for your guests
  • Ensure the health and safety of your clients on a guided experience.

Join this online course to attend live lectures delivered by leaders in their field who have over 50 years of combined experience. These include directors of
conservation organisations, managers of wildlife reserves and experienced field guides. See the African wild through their eyes, informed by in-depth knowledge developed over many years.
Listen to their stories and learn from their successes and missteps. Ask them questions and receive personal feedback.

Why choose us?

You’ll be joined in these classes by others from around the world who are just as passionate about African nature and wildlife as you are and are on the same learning journey. With them, discuss real-world case studies that put the theory you’re learning into context.

Complete regular quizzes so that you can see your growing expertise, and assignments to apply your acquired knowledge to things you might see and experience while in wild African spaces.

You’ll complete the first 4 official FGASA modules. Topics covered include the best practices of field guiding, radio procedures, rifles and advanced rifle handling, and viewing potentially dangerous animals.

But, like all Bushwise courses, we cover so much more than the basics. By attending our masterclasses, you’ll gain specific insight into
elephant, pangolin and vulture conservation. You’ll also learn about how anti-poaching initiatives are run and about innovative conservation strategies. This course is designed for everyone, from students, new graduates or career changers who are looking to start a career in
African wildlife, to working professionals or retirees interested in citizen science projects.

If you’re interested in starting a professional field guiding career, this course is your first step.

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Learn with the top-rated FGASA provider. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.

next start date 18 October 2021

course frequency Every 2 months

DURATION 4 weeks

TIME COMMITMENT 7–10 hours per week

FORMAT Self-paced, online

AGE 16–99 years old

PRICE £600

LANGUAGE English

PRICE £600

enquire

Testimonials

We pride ourselves on the success of our students. Their success starts with the quality and depth of our courses. Our online courses are no different.

We value the power of reviews and the importance they play in decisions for our prospective students.

Take some time to read what our alumni have to say. The testimonials from students around the world who completed our online courses will hopefully help you in making your decision to join the Bushwise team.

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Info

Learn with the top-rated FGASA provider. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.

next start date 18 October 2021

course frequency Every 2 months

DURATION 4 weeks

TIME COMMITMENT 7–10 hours per week

FORMAT Self-paced, online

AGE 16–99 years old

PRICE £600

LANGUAGE English

PRICE £600

enquire

The Bushwise difference

Bushwise’s founder is a passionate conservationist. After her long and fruitful career in conservation, she realised there is a need for professional field guides to help ethically sustain the wonderful planet we call home. This passion gave birth to Bushwise in 2006, and we have been delivering the cream of the crop to the safari industry in qualified field guides.

It’s our passion, love and dedication for mother earth that drives us to constantly evolve in our learning methods. As a result, there is a substantial difference in experience and education that you receive at Bushwise, and that is why we deliver field guides of the highest standards. This is why we can confidently offer an employment guarantee to all our South African students

Highest quality
field guide trainer in South Africa

Bushwise is well known in the industry as a provider of the highest quality field guide trainer in South Africa. This online course aims to provide a level of quality and support which is no different.

Responsive and
efficient support that goes above and beyond

The Bushwise team is extremely passionate about nature and the field guiding industry, and focuses on providing support above and beyond other providers. Whether it’s assisting students to reach specific learning-based milestones, or providing support towards a new career path in the safari industry.

Expert-lead personal learning experiences

Bushwise’s online courses are unique due to the amount of personal and guided learning time the student gets. There are weekly live webinars hosted by the instructors, allowing you to engage with students in discussions and Q&As. There are also student forums available to interact with fellow students, discuss topics of interests, ask questions and learn new things.

Info

Learn with the top-rated FGASA provider. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.

next start date 18 October 2021

course frequency Every 2 months

DURATION 4 weeks

TIME COMMITMENT 7–10 hours per week

FORMAT Self-paced, online

AGE 16–99 years old

PRICE £600

LANGUAGE English

PRICE £600

enquire

Syllabus

The course is made up of 4 official FGASA modules, 3 of these are additional NQF4 modules.
One module will be completed by week, as listed below:

Week 1

What is a guided experience, and what skills are required as a field guide.

Managing clients’ interests and expectations through research, knowledge and making changes on your feet as required.

Communications skills, how to be approachable and solve problems.

How to prevent emergency situations, but also how to act, react and manage these incidents if they do occur.

Week 2

From your pre-briefing to the debriefing and all the things in between. How to integrate your knowledge to your guiding activity, and best practices to apply in field guiding

Two-way radio techniques, sighting procedures and how to use a two-way radio in the field. You will also be able to give a brief to your guests on how to use the radio in the case of an emergency.

Focused on how you can improve your guided experience and reviewing your guiding activities.

Week 3

Learn with the utmost care the rules and safety of firearms, how to clean and take care of your rifle. You will be advanced in handling a bolt action rifle.

Week 4

Learn the important knowledge of how to interpret the behaviour of potentially dangerous animals, giving you the competence to provide your clients with a well-informed, safety-conscious experience.