Caving Trip Leader Training

You need skill and confidence to lead a group into a cave and Backcountry Institute will help you develop these qualities in this 2-day course. We know that leadership skills are essential to execute a safe yet productive caving trip. Our experienced instructors will cover planning and preparation, group leadership techniques, safety precautions, basic rescue, and equipment maintenance. You and your cavers will have a more enjoyable trip as you learn to move your group more efficiently. We'll discuss local caves so you can better plan your next trip. Wear clothes you don't mind getting completely filthy. MUST HAVE SOME CLIMBING OR CAVING EXPERIENCE. Be sure to bring appropriate camping gear.



The ACA course is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring the opportunity to develop their rescue skills. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, taken within the context of both group and personal safety, are emphasized throughout the course. This class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios. The scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience.


ACA Whitewater Canoeing Instructor Course (OC)

American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor Certification workshops are designed for individuals who want to teach flatwater, moving water, or whitewater kayaking, canoeing, SUP or swiftwater rescue.   Each ACA Instructor Certification course has two parts: an Instructor Development Workshop, in which the Instructor Trainer presents teaching techniques and works to improve the paddling skills of aspiring instructors; and an Instructor Certification Workshop, in which the aspiring instructors teach a mock flatwater, moving water, or whitewater course.


CVD Coaching the Van Driver

Many organizations mistakenly assume that van driving is no different than driving a personal car, and they expect their employees (or volunteers) to assume van-driving responsibilities without any training. The fact is that most commercial vans are very different than passenger cars – they are bigger, heavier, have larger blind spots, and require longer following and stopping distances. Training drivers to compensate for these differences can help keep them on the road and on the job. Coaching the Van Driver is a comprehensive training program that meets that need. Must show valid driving license, and be 21 year of age. Course Includes classroom materials and one on one practical van driving experience.


Mountain Bike Instructor Training

Basic skills for teaching mountain biking and in a mountain setting with children.  This course is geared for those who wish to safely lead groups in a variety of off-road environments.  And you don't have to be an expert to participate.  Intermediates are welcome.  It integrates trail management, bike maintenance, trail ethics, riding techniques, trail equipment, hydration, and emergency maintenance.  SOME EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  Bring your bike and helmet.


Archery Instructor

Learn essentials in this 8 hour course, like setting up and operating a safe archery range, teaching young archers to shoot successfully, and teaching techniques. This course is ideal for archery instructors at seasonal camps or individuals who work at youth instructional programs. Other topics include group control, games, contests, and formatting for individuals and groups. Receive a 4-year certification from the National Archery Association. No experience required. Fee includes materials and one night of accommodation. Participants must provide a mailing address three weeks prior to course start date so pre-course materials can be sent. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


Basic Rifle Instructor Certification

Experience the personal satisfaction of teaching others the basics, knowledge, skills and attitudes that will lead to a lifetime of safe, enjoyable and successful involvement in firearm and shooting activities. Participants will learn how to give competent instruction to run and manage a safe well-equipped range. This 20-hour course teaches safety marksmanship, proper shooting techniques (whether prone, kneeling or standing), and instructor methods for group control and formatting. Prerequisites: To become a certified instructor, you must be 21 years of age. To become an assistant instructor, students must have a solid background in firearms and demonstrate experience in shooting, hunting, or other firearm related activities. Bring eye & ear protection (if you have it). Receive a Rifle Instructor Certificate from the National Rifle Association. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


Wilderness StarGuard

Course Length: 16 Hours (2 Days)   Efficient lifeGuarding two year certification for pools lakes and rivers.  Recommended for backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.  Prerequisites: •16 years of age  •Current certification in WFA, Adult CPR •Swim 100 yards  •Retrieve a submerged ten pound object  •Tread water for three minutes.  •This nationally delivered curriculum meets or exceeds the lifeguarding guidelines and water safety training of the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).


Overnight Horseback Trail Riding Trip Leader Certification

Prerequisite - You must be an experienced rider.  Packing, the proper amount of supplies, and organizing transportation logistics are some of the potential problems that one faces when planning an overnight horseback trip. Let Backcountry Institutes professionally trained guides educate you on how to run a trip. Participants will develop the skills and confidence needed to correctly plan and execute a successful horse trekking adventure. An explanation of all facets of camping with horses will be covered that includes horse selection and preparation, trailering, supplies, grooming, analysis, safety, MIC, trail etiquette, outdoor cooking, and riding skills. Each participant is closely matched to a horse for his/her size and ability. All supplies and horses and Western saddles are provided. Bring appropriate camping gear. Must have experience riding. Camping Fees included.


Fly Fishing Instructor Certification

Fly-fishing is a beautiful art, but it's difficult to master and even harder to teach others. This course is invaluable to those intending to become an instructor. Taught on our stocked trout pond, and local streams our experienced instructors will address fly-fishing skills and teaching techniques. There will be simulations on our athletic fields. After lunch, students will head to the pond to get some hands-on practice and catch some real fish. If you catch and clean 'em our chef will prepare 'em for your table. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


Fencing Instructor Certification

Learn the skills and techniques necessary to execute this complex sport. Explore different teaching methods necessary to enhance and maximize your students' performance. The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the recognized national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencing League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. in August of 1982. The mission of the USFA is to develop fencing to achieve international success and to administer and promote the sport in the USA. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


Rock Climbing Instructor Workshop

This is important for all climbing staff at camp and a great overview of top rope climbing, safety and setups..  We have an AMGA instructor teach the whole gamut of top rope climbing instruction.  Some of it may be over the heads of some newer staff, but participants will be exposed to the whole of this field so that as they progress on staff, they will be in a better place to grow in their activity field.


Rock Climbing 201 Course

This two day course is ideal for climbers wanting to learn more advanced skills such as gear placement and building anchors with artificial gear (Stoppers, Cams, Hex's Tri-Cams, etc) and to look at some basic necessary skills such as self rescue and problem avoidance in single pitch climbing. This course will also start looking at following pitches to prepare you to belay and follow lead climbers in a trad single or multipitch setting.





Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga

2500 Morgan Mill Road

Brevard, North Carolina  28712

(828) 884-6834

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