Become a Hike Leader
If you are someone who loves to hike and you enjoy sharing that love with others, consider signing up for hike leader training that is being offered by the Toronto Bruce Trail Club (TBTC) in conjunction with Hike Ontario.
Most of the content will be provided virtually via Zoom. Here is the schedule for 2023:
- Thurs April 6, 2023 and Thurs April 13, 2023, 6:30 – 9:00pm (via zoom)
- April 22, 9:30am -12:30pm – outdoor session (in park in GTA, tbd)
- Session on inputting hikes into the BTC hike calendar, offered online in the evening by TBTC hike leaders (final date tbd, but to take place within one month of Hike Ontario sessions)
Course Content includes risk management, leadership, trail guides, navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, hike planning, and practical problem solving on a group hike. A student manual will be provided electronically in advance of the first session. Participants will complete an assignment between the two sessions and present a portion of it during the second session.
Additional requirements: “Level C” first aid training, including CPR/AED, must be completed in order to qualify for leading TBTC hikes. As well, three apprentice hikes and a graduation hike to be completed within one year of the Hike Ontario training. These hikes are to include an urban hike, a car hike, and a bus hike (or two of one and one of another), each with a different hike leader, and potential hike leaders will be assessed on their performance. Finally, a Graduation Hike, designed by the potential hike leader and approved by the TBTC Hiking Director, must be executed. A hike leader will accompany the graduation hike and provide an assessment.
Cost: TBTC members’ costs are covered by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Potential hike leaders must cover the cost of First Aid training, but are eligible for partial reimbursement once all hike leader certification requirements are completed.
To register for the Hike Leader training, please contact Jacquie Van Dyke at firstname.lastname@example.org after March 15. You must be a current member of the TBTC and have participated in several of its organized hikes. The number of spaces is limited so register early. Please provide Jacquie with your first and last name, your email address, and your BTC number (which will be verified).
Contact Jacquie Van Dyke (TBTC Hike Leader Training Committee Chair) at email@example.com.
Level “C” first aid training, including CPR/AED must be completed before you begin leading hikes. Once you have led three hikes, you will be reimbursed for the first aid course.
Be familiar with the Toronto Section of the Bruce Trail. You should also have participated in at least three organized hikes offered by the TBTC. This way, you will have seen how hikes are led.
After completing the hike leader course, you are expected to serve as an assistant leader on three hikes. Then one further hike which you plan and lead but with a certified leader in attendance.
The cost of the course, offered by the TBTC in conjunction with Hike Ontario, is $60. This cost will be covered by the Bruce Trail Conservancy upon course completion.