Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Expedition Leader Course 22-23 April 2017

Join other like minded people on a 2 day course learning the hard and soft skills needed to lead expeditions and work in the the expedition industry. The training course is designed to be a launch pad. We hope that by the end of the weekend you'll have gained new skills but you will also be more informed about what you should do next.

We're expecting that most of you will be active in the outdoors (either professionally or personally) however no particular experience is necessary.  The course is held in Bristol.

This is who the course is designed for: 

  • People who want to lead their own expeditions or overseas fieldwork projects (professionally or personally)
  • Leaders who have worked in the outdoors (eg military or outdoor education) and want to move across into expedition work
  • People who have participated in an expedition as a team member and are interested in getting to the next stage
  • Anyone who wants to develop their expedition skills

The major areas the course will cover will be: 

  • Expedition planning
  • Expedition leadership
  • Working in the expedition industry
  • Connecting to sponsors and the media
  • Meeting others in your position

The course looks at the logistics of organising and leading an expedition and follows the stages through from planning on paper to applying this paperwork actively in the field. We will look at the main documents which will form a central part of any expedition plan such as the Risk Assessment and the Crisis Management Plan. We will also look at other planning such as food and kit provisioning. And through extended scenarios we will learn about dynamic safety management in the field.We use scenario based exercises and practical exercises to look at the soft skills which are vital in leading and organising expeditions. Assessing styles of leadership and their appropriateness to different types of expedition. We'll also look at opportunities in the expedition sector and structures for qualifications and training.

During the weekend we will be joined by experienced expedition leaders who will share their knowledge. The main instructor has been leading expeditions and teaching expedition skills for 20 years. 

We will all be staying together so there will also be plenty of opportunity for informal networking and discussion. 

If you'd like more information drop Belinda an email on belinda@explorersconnect.com In previous years the course has been fully booked months in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

When and Where?

Course will start at 9.00 am on Saturday 22 April but you can stay with us on Friday 21 April if you wish. 

The course venue is in Bristol. 


To book your place please pay a £75 deposit using the "BOOK NOW" button below

£195 per person if an £75 is deposit paid on or before the 20th Feb 2017

£210 per person if £75 deposit paid after 20th Feb 2017

£10 discount for EC CLUB members**

Price includes

  • 2 full days teaching and informal networking with experienced instructors
  • Refreshments during the course

Price does not include

  • Basic accommodation: available at the course venue (camping / bunk in shared room) at £5pppn for Friday/Saturday night
  • Meals during course

If you have any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

 IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership

I really enjoyed the course. I found it informative and useful. A good jumping off point for things to come. Overall it was a great course and good to meet more people and make more friends Paul 2016

Everything covered and more. Staff were highly professional with lots of experience to share. Daniel 2016

The course has given me a much greater knowledge of where I am and what I need to do to get where I want to be. This was my main reason for coming and I am very happy with the outcome. Anna 2016

Excellent course, great teachers and good structure. Met some great people for the future too. Freya 2015

Provided information that couldn't be accessed online. Very knowledgeable and approachable staff for one-to-one advice. James 2015

I had a great time and got loads out of it. Well done, it was superb. Jack 2014

Cracking weekend; a sincere thank you for organising it. I found it both informative, thought provoking and fun and hope it remains a viable training weekend for future years. For those who have an honest interest and enthusiasm, its a perfect package to get them on the right path. Jason 2014

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Expedition Leadership course last weekend. Found it very informative and really enjoyed listening to your experiences. I took a lot away from it and realised that I probably don't want to lead expeditions commercially, although what I learnt at the weekend will be useful for my own personal trips with friends. I also identified a few personal development opportunities around handling situations and people which I think is always better when coupled with real life experiences. Ben 2014

**If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so.  It's only £40 per year to access loads of local events, exclusive trips only open to CLUB members, great discounts on our weekends – as well as loads of other adventure related discounts. See http://www.explorersconnect.com/club for details