Leader Training

Leader Training is offered two times a year by the main chapter of the Sierra Club San Diego. The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. The mission of the Outings Program is to share our passion of the outdoors with others and show them all the greatness that our outdoors has to offer through hiking, camping and backpacking. If this sounds like you, we welcome you to apply to become a Chapter Outings Leader (COL).

If you have any questions after reviewing the information below, please contact Stefanie Maio via email at: sd.col.training@gmail.com.

Chapter Outings Leader I Training
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023 – NEW DATE

If you would be interesting in leading for the Sierra Club and become a Level 1 Chapter Outings Leader (lead hikes and car camps), here’s what you need to do:

1. Have been on at least four Sierra Club outings.
2. Be a Sierra Club member.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Attend the Level 1 Chapter Outing Leader training class.
5. Obtain a Red Cross Standard First Aid card or equivalent before proceeding to step six.
6. Plan, publish and execute 2 evaluation outings one year from the date of your training .

The COL 1 Training sessions will be held in May and October each year. You will get classroom training on COL practices and policies, group management, how to publicize your outing and well as outdoor training to review the classroom training through scenarios.

Class size is limited.  Please submit the application through the link below.
Applications will be accepted for the June training until June 2, 2023 and applicants will be notified by June 9, 2023.

COL 1 Leader Training Application

Chapter Outings Leader 2 Training
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023 – Date is tentative based on securing a location

Would you like to lead backpack trips for the Sierra Club or the Wilderness Basics Course? To do so, leaders are required to take COL 2 training. COL 2 training is offered twice a year. To sign up for this training, you must meet the first 3 criteria:

  1. Be a COL 1 with all certifications current.
  2. Have led at least 4 Type I trips (this includes your two COL 1 evaluations).
  3. Have graduated from the Wilderness Basics Course or its equivalent.
  4. Have a current Wilderness First Aid Certificate by the time of the evaluation backpack.
  5. Plan, publish and execute 1 evaluation backpack outing within 2 years of taking the training

The class will be a fun day learning advanced leader techniques for planning and executing wilderness backpacking trips, plus a nice hike in Mission Trails Park!

Space is limited. Please submit your application through the link below.
Application will be accepted for the October training until May 13, 2023 and applicants will be notified by May 20, 2023.

COL 2 Leader Training Application

First Aid Certification

If you are looking to take or update your first aid certification, basic first aid courses are offered through a variety of places including the Red Cross. If you are considering doing both your COL 1 and COL 2 within two years, you may want to consider taking a Wilderness First Aid Course like one that is offered through Kevin Opheim. Please note that due to covid-19 restrictions, online first aid training is currently acceptable for your initial certification. However, this is subject to change.


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