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Outdoor Council of Canada Hiking Leadership Programs

The Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) Field Leader courses provide future guides and leaders with the foundations for judgement and decision making, enabling safe and enjoyable experiences outdoors. The Field Leader (Hiking) program offers a systematic approach to planning and managing a hiking activity for one day.

Together with experienced OCC Instructors, Yervana’s programs offer a blend of flexible online learning, together with practical skills building in the field.

What You’ll Learn

OCC Field Leader programs are designed to empower students to ensure physical and emotional safety for their participants, manage logistics, solve problems as they arise, and provide meaningful experiences outside.

These courses serve as a foundation for mindful leadership, participant-centered experiences, intentional programming, systematic planning, team building, effective communication and learning through reflection

You can expect to come away from your OCC Field Leader course with learnings in the following areas:

Motivation | Visioning | Pre-event planning | Last minute checks | Group Management | Debriefing


All of Yervana's OCC courses include:
A nationally valid outdoor leadership certification.
A one-year membership to the OCC.


Who are OCC programs for?

OCC Field leader courses are designed to benefit any Canadian who is interested in leading others outdoors.

Whether you’re preparing to host your own adventures as a Yervana Local, or lead outdoor activities as part of a community organization, outdoor club, camp or school, an OCC Field Leader course will prepare you to organise those low-risk terrain outdoor trips.

For graduates, these programs offer certifications that demonstrate your competency to lead trips and ensure your program is managed according to industry standards. It’ll equip you with skills to map, develop, and accelerate your career.

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About the OCC

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The Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) is the umbrella organization for the Canadian outdoor sector. OCC members represent the thousands of individuals and businesses who bring Canadians outdoors. Every year, these people offer powerful experiences to millions of Canadians.

The OCC advocates for outdoor programs and their staff to be recognized for their true value, and aim to eliminate the unfair risk perception associated with outdoor activity through their work showcasing the risk management expertise within the sector.

Why Book With Yervana

Trusted Locals

Every Adventure is reviewed by our team, and every Local is vetted to ensure they carry the relevant qualifications and permits to host their Adventure.

Secure Bookings

All bookings are paid for securely online or via our app. You can manage your booking and connect with your host directly via our secure platform.

Flexible Cancellations

We know that things can change unexpectedly and planning ahead can be tricky right now. Find out how we’re making things easier in our reviewed cancellation policy.

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