Environment & Nature > Field and Nature Guide

FGASA Level 1

Start Date:

30 September 2015

End Date:

30 November 2015


62 days

Last Day for Registration:

30 August 2015

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Course Location:

Greater Kruger National Park (south-western sector) (PRETORIA)

Course Description:

This FGASA Level 1 Course was designed specifically with the prospective Field Guide in mind, but the knowledge gained will also enrich holidays spent in the bush for every nature enthusiast over the age of eighteen. The course is offered partly by distance learning and partly as a direct contact session in a magnificent, untouched wilderness area flanked by the ‘great grey-green, greasy’ Limpopo River (Rudyard Kipling)...imagine being able to eat, sleep and breathe the bush for a whole month!

Our training syllabus is aligned with the FGASA syllabus for Level 1 qualification which is the minimum entry requirement into the workplace as a Field Guide. The following subjects are covered: Introduction to guiding in the natural environment, Creating a guided nature experience, Geology, Astronomy, Weather and Climate, Basic Ecology, Basic Taxonomy, Introduction to the Biomes of Southern Africa, Botany and Grasses, Arthropods, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fish, Birds, Tracking, Mammals, Animal Behaviour, Conservation management and historical human habitation, Introduction to rifles and approaching dangerous game, level 1 First Aid.

You will initially be required to spend time reading and researching in order to complete assignments on Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds and Savanna Flagship Species. In addition, you will be required to spend time completing the FGASA Level 1 workbook, which will be marked before you start on the practical component of the course. Whilst on the practical, students conduct all the game drives and walks under the supervision of our instructors.

Course Requirements:

Students who wish to obtain the full FGASA Level 1 qualification are required to complete the FGASA level 1 workbook, pass the FGASA level 1 theory examination, complete and pass Level 1 First Aid and be found competent in terms of field skills demonstrated during the practical assessment - all of which are included within our course.

Course Tags:

Field Guide, Nature Guide, Wildlife, FGASA

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