Training – Austrian Courses, Leadership

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Click the headings below for each type of course:

Akademie Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders
GetReady Courses for Aspiring AAC(UK) Tour Leaders
Übungsleiter Assessment Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders
Update courses for AAC(UK) Tour leaders


 

 

Alpenverein-Akademie COURSES for AAC(UK) Tour Leadedrs

These leadership courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck. Details of these English-speaking courses can be found on the following links:

Details of the different types of Tour leader courses are outlined below, together with the application process for each. Participants must be 2021 members of the AAC(UK) and have been members in 2020 and/or 2019.  They must also be at least 16 years old. If you are approved for any of these courses, the course costs will be met by the Alpenverein-Akademie and the AAC(UK).  You must pay your own travel costs to Austria and any incidental costs and provide any equipment required.  For more information about the courses, click on the course titles above. Choose a course and click on ‘Details’. The course content can be found under the tab ‘Inhalte’ whilst the skills and experience required can be found under the tab ‘Voraussetzungen’.

If you wish to speak to someone about the Get Ready or Übungsleiter Courses before applying, contact the relevant Head of Discipline:

Members must agree to the Akademie’s Standard Terms of Business which can be found on the AV-A page in the left hand column under ‘AGB englisch’.

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GetReady Courses for Aspiring AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

GetReady Courses are preparation courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. These are not assessment courses, but prepare candidates for the skills needed for the Übungsleiter courses.  Those who successfully complete the course are expected go on an Übungsleiter course within 2 years of course completion.

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Übungsleiter Assessment Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

Übungsleiter Courses are assessment courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. The emphasis is on refining and assessing the skill sets that candidates already have, with a particular focus on leadership and safety. This is particularly important for the Skihochtouren and Hochtouren awards, both of which require competence in rope techniques. Candidates are expected to have plenty of relevant Alpine mountain experience.  Those who successfully complete the course are expected to lead a tour for AAC(UK) members in Austria within 2 years of course completion.

June 16 – 20: Übungsleiter Bergwandern (Trekking), Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

For those interested in leading walking tours. Training covering how to familiarise groups with topics like surefootedness, balance and fitness in a systematic way, along with first aid.  8 places.

 

June 27 – July 2: Übungsleiter Hochtouren, Warnsdorfer Hütte, Krimml

Training covering the topic of high altitude mountaineering, focusing on leading as well as rope and rescue techniques. 5 places.

 

September 13 – 18: Übungsleiter Mountain Bike, JUFA Steinach, Steinach am Brenner

For those interested in leading mountain bike tours. You will learn to plan tours safely and in an environment-friendly way.  Riding  techniques and equipment are also focal points of this course. 6 places

 

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Update courses for AAC(UK) Tour leaders

Update courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie and are designed for those with an Übunglsleiter qualification, which needs to be updated every 4 years.  Those who successfully complete the course should lead a tour for the AAC(UK) within 2 years of course completion.

June 24 – 27: Update Hochtouren, (Hut to Hut) Vent, Ötztal

A high level training for ambitious alpinists. 5 places.

 

July 1 – 4: Update Bergwandern, (Hut to Hut) Hochzirl, near Innsbruck  

The course refreshes knowhow in a mountain walking context.  6 places.

 

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Disclaimer

Climbing, hill and country walking, hiking, scrambling, mountain biking, mountaineering, klettersteig and snow sports (and any other similar activities) (the “Activities”) organised by Austrian Alpine Club (UK) (“AAC(UK)”) are physically challenging and carry risks that AAC(UK) cannot entirely eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury or death. In taking part in the Activities you acknowledge and accept these risks, being responsible for your own actions, involvement, health condition and safety.  All event participants must follow any safety warnings or instructions displayed or given to them by a leader or organiser (and ask a leader or organiser if anything is unclear). In the absence of any breach of duty by AAC(UK), participation in the Activities is entirely at participants’ own risk.


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