The following courses are offered through Hike Ontario (hikeontario.com) and sponsored by TVTA.
Safe Hiker Course
7hours + Fee
Provides the novice hiker the knowledge necessary to keep them safe while out hiking
The Safe Hiker Program is also a prerequisite for the Certified Hike Leader course unless exempted by demonstrated previous experience.
Hike Leader Training
8 hours + Fee
To be eligible to take this course and, thereby become a Certified Hike Leader, you must have completed the Safe Hiker Program or have demonstrated a level of hiking competence and experience including having completed a minimum of five day hikes and present a letter of reference and/or recommendation from a recognized authority. (i.e. a certified Hike Leader, a hiking club, etc.)
NOTE: TVTA requires that once the training is completed and you want to lead hikes for our club you must become a paid TVTA member. TVTA will reimburse the fee for this course when you have planned, posted and led three hikes.
Wilderness Day Hike Leader Certification (WDHL)
8 hours + Fee
To be eligible to take this course and, thereby become a Wilderness Day Hike Leader, you must have completed the Certified Hike Leader course, have lead a minimum of five day hikes in remote/wilderness areas, and present a letter of reference and/or recommendation from a recognized authority, (i.e. a certified Hike Leader, a hiking club, etc.), and have current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates (Wilderness First Aid Recommended).
TVTA will reimburse the fee for this course when you have planned, posted and led one Wilderness hike.
Definition: Wilderness Day Hikes are hikes that are more than 2 hours from road access.
Wilderness Trip Leader Certification (WTHL)
34 hours + Fee
To be eligible to take this course and, thereby become a Wilderness Trip Hike Leader, participants must have completed:
Hike Ontario Certified Hike Leader course, Hike Ontario Wilderness Day Hike leader course document a minimum of having led five day hikes in remote/wilderness areas document a history of camping present 2 letters of reference/ recommendation from a recognized authority, (i.e. a certified Hike Leader, a hiking club, etc.) attesting to the candidates’ hard and soft outdoor skills and particularly their hike leadership skills. (Hard skills involve camp craft eg. fire lighting, cooking, knots, safe site location, first aid in the field, route finding/map and compass etc. Soft skills involve leadership, interpersonal, communication, problem solving, organizational etc. skills) hold current Standard First Aid and CPR certificate (Wilderness First Aid recommended).
First Aid Training
The club will reimburse a board-approved sum to a maximum of 4 people each year to help defray expenses from their Basic First Aid training. We will also reimburse a board-approved sum (suggested maximum of $250) to help defray expenses for an Advanced/Specialized First Aid course for an annual maximum of 2 people. Preference is given to active hike leaders. First Aid Coordinator is Pat Joosten. Contact email@example.com to have your name put on a list.