It takes skills, knowledge and experience to be a competent bushwalking leader. How much depends on the difficulty of the proposed walk and the competence of the participants.
This website is intended to support leadership training within bushwalking clubs. The practical advice, reference material and learning activities can also act as a prompt to individuals wishing to arrange and conduct group walks in the Australian bush.
There is no substitute for actually leading a walk. Most organised bushwalking clubs will arrange for a new leader to work with an experienced mentor. Use the resources on this site to guide your thinking about how to prepare and what to do as a leader of a group on a bushwalk.
About the modules
The eight modules available from the menu are based on material used by Bushwalking Victoria in full day or weekend Leadership Training workshops. Because of the limited number of participants who can attend these sessions, a grant from the Victorian State Government has enabled the development of this website.
Bushwalking clubs can use the slides and presenter notes from one or more modules to conduct local training for existing or potential leaders. Printed handbooks, checklists, links to the BWV Bushwalking Manual, other external links as well as some multimedia learning activities are designed for use by participants in club training as well as by individual members of Bushwalking Victoria.
Icons indicate the potential use for the various resources.
Use in face-to-face training within member clubs
Read or interact on individual screen
Print document for later reference
This detailed printed guide for club trainers and individual users of the site describes various different ways of utilising these resources.
All material is copyright to Bushwalking Victoria and may be used only with acknowledgement.