New courses are constantly on offer. Below are summaries of courses on offer annually. Click on what interests you.
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Held at our base on the Vaal, several times a year.
Held at our base on the Vaal in school holidays
The best way to learn to be a professional river guide is to do a trip with one of South Africa’s most experienced rivermen: Prof Graeme Addison. You will be taken through the AsAfrica River Guide Curriculum and mentored during the expedition. Learn by doing all the things that guides must do to organise, play safe and report back.
No experience is required for any of these course. They are credits towards the Generic Adventure Site Guide skills programme – the only legal route to become a qualified working guide. Review the course curriculum here.
Orange River 7 days in 2022
The stunning Orange Gorge with its waterfall and surging rapids lies about 130km west of Kakamas in the desert on the edge of the Namib. In this rocky moonscape, camps are made under brilliant starry skies, with hikes to scenic viewpoints. Class 2-3-4. The route covers about 80km of varied rapids.
Trainees arrive a day before the trip departs and leave a day afterwards, giving time to learn the routines of expedition work. Friends or other clients may accompany us.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID – 5 days
Learn to handle emergencies in the outdoors, far from help. Training is by Adventure Medics, expert first responders who support boating, biking and hiking events in South Africa. The course covers all body systems and goes into scenarios of outdoor accidents and casualty evacuation. The final day includes methods of casualty evacuation to get injured persons to places where Emergency Services can take over.
Anyone may attend. If you are aiming to become a pro guide in any field (from abseiling to ziplining, hiking to rafting etc) you must have a current wilderness first aid certificate.
YOUTH ADVENTURE PROGRAMME – 10 days
Join this school holidays set of courses to learn the professional techniques and ethics of adventure. Anyone 14-25 interested in organising or leading trips in the outdoors may attend. The course comprises two days mountain biking (easy routes), two days hiking in the Dome Bergland, and four days river rafting on the Vaal. The setting is the magnificent Vredefort Dome about an hour south of Johannesburg.
You can do all or any of these courses.
First Aid – 5 days
Run at our base near Parys, the course covers all body systems. First responders, far from help in the wilderness.
Cycling – 2 days
Off-road trails in the Dome, from veld paths to mountain tracks. Learn what it takes to organise and lead cycling adventures.
Hiking – 2 days
We hike in the mountains of the Dome World Heritage Site near Parys. Techniques of trail guiding, environmental care and safety.
Rafting – 4 days
Vaal River course at Otters Haunt, Parys. The course follows the river guide curriculum and is the preparation for Assessment.