Explorers Connect

Expedition Leadership Course
7th-8th Dec 2019

Make a life-changing step and join other like-minded people to learn the hard and soft skills needed to lead expeditions and find out how to get a job in the adventure industry.

Duration: 2 days | Location: Bristol | Price: from £214



The training course is designed to be a launch pad - by the end you'll have gained vital new skills and also be more informed about the next steps to take to deliver your own expeditions from start to finish. We're expecting that you'll already have an interest in and be active in the outdoors (either professionally or personally) however as for every EC adventure no particular experience is necessary, just an open mind and appetite for learning!

The course is particularly designed for:

  • People who want to lead their own expeditions or overseas fieldwork projects (professionally or personally)

  • Leaders who have worked in the outdoors (e.g. 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 course covers the following major areas:

  • Expedition planning

  • Expedition leadership

  • Working in the expedition industry

  • Connecting to sponsors and the media

  • Meeting others in your position



You'll start by learning about the theory and logistics of organising and leading an expedition and you'll be taken through all the necessary steps, from making an initial plan on paper to applying and executing your ideas actively in the field. You'll look at the main documents which make up the core of any expedition plan, such as the Risk Assessment and the Crisis Management Plan. You will also look at other essential considerations such as food and kit provisioning, and using real-life interactive demonstrations you will learn about dynamic safety management to help you keep calm when you're out in the wilderness.

The course is structured around both scenario-based and practical exercises to look at the soft skills which are vital in leading and organising expeditions. You'll examine and learn about different styles of leadership and their appropriateness to various expedition types. In addition you'll also look at making the most of opportunities in the expedition industry and go through the options for qualifications, training and placements.

During the weekend you will be taught by leaders who have led numerous expeditions and have been teaching expedition skills for over 20 years. There will be plenty of opportunities for informal networking and discussion with each other and the instructors. This bridging course is not one to miss!

To find out more about how the content of the course can be practically applied in the field, you can read Thorsten Schillo’s blog on ‘How to become an Expedition Leader’.



Your course leader is explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk. The leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing, Belinda uses her life-long passion for adventure and the great outdoors to offer life-changing experiences to other people.

Belinda has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China's Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, lead dozens of youth development expeditions around the world and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain. An expert expedition leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Belinda has managed remote trips for, amongst others Ray Mears, Chris Ryan & Bear Grylls.

Find out more about the core values that run through all Explorers Connect trips here.


The course will be held at a location in central Bristol (BS1) - more details will be provided in your joining instructions after booking. We'll provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the course, and the venue will be close to a few cafes and supermarkets so you can buy lunches, you may also bring your own food if preferred.


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  • Two full days of world class teaching from experienced expedition leader and Explorers Connect founder, Belinda Kirk

  • Regular opportunities for informal networking and discussion sessions with the Belinda

  • Coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the weekend


  • Dates: This course runs from 8.45am on Saturday 7th December to around 4pm on Sunday 8th December

  • Price: £214 for members, £229 for non-members

  • Terms & Conditions: Click here for our cancellation policy and full Ts&Cs

  • Deposit (optional): If you would prefer to book your place with a deposit, call the office and we can arrange this for you (0117 405 7497). N.B. To benefit from member rates throughout a payment schedule, your membership must remain live. If it is due to lapse and you don’t plan to renew, you may prefer to pay in full upfront.

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Fantastic course, bridges the gaps in knowledge not provided by other skills courses
I can already tell the connections I’ve made on this course will be valuable in the future
Find out what it takes to lead rather than follow.
An excellent introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to lead expeditions and adventurous journeys... I feel super inspired and excited to make the next steps


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.