Leadership

Naming conventions

Bushwalking naming conventions

The activity leader naming convention enables this activity standard to be related to Part I – Core Standard requirements.

The leadership naming conventions for bushwalking activities are:

‘’Bushwalking guide” is equivalent to Leader in Part I – Core standard.

‘’Assistant bushwalking guide” is equivalent to Assistant leader in Part I – Core standard.

Competencies

This section outlines the competencies that activity leaders should have.

Competencies overview

The Australian AAS refers to units from the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package for descriptive statements of the knowledge and skills required of activity leaders.

The Training Package units are used for the sole purpose of providing descriptions for the knowledge and skills required. It is not intended to imply or require that specific formal training, assessment or qualification is the only means of gaining or recognising knowledge and skills.

Providers can recognise activity leaders as having the ‘ability to apply knowledge and skills to achieve expected results’ (i.e. competencies) in a number of different ways as detailed in Part I – Core Standard Recognition of competence.

The Training Package units listed can be found by searching for the units on the training.gov.au/Home/Tga website. The code provided with the unit name assists in this search.

Bushwalking competencies

Also refer to competencies section in Part I – Core Standard.

The following table outlines the recommended competencies activity leaders should have when leading bushwalking for specific walking trail classes.

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Common bushwalking units All Part I – Core Standard units plus All Part I – Core Standard units plus
Operate communications systems and equipment PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment PUAOPE002B
Plan for minimal environmental impact SISOOPS304A
Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site SISOOPS202A

 

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Classes 1-3 All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus
Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment SISOBWG201A Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment SISOBWG201A
    Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment SISONAV201A
Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment SISOBWG303A

 

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Class 4 All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus
Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment SISOBWG201A
Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment SISONAV201A
Apply intermediate bushwalking skills SISOBWG302A
Guide intermediate bushwalks SISOBWG405A
Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment SISONAV302A
Manage risk in an outdoor activity SISOODR404A
Coordinate emergency responses SISXEMR402A
Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies SISXOHS402A
Plus environment specialist unit where appropriate See below

 

 

 

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Class 5 All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus
Apply intermediate bushwalking skills SISOBWG302A
Apply navigation skills in an intermediate environment SISONAV302A
Manage risk in an outdoor activity SISOODR404A
Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies SISXOHS402A
Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site SISOOPS202A All class 4 units plus
Apply river crossing skills SISOBWG404A
Plus environment specialist unit where appropriate See below

 

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Class 6 All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus All Part I – Core Standard units, all common bushwalking units plus
All class 5 units plus
Guide bushwalks in a controlled environment SISOBWG303A
Coordinate emergency responses SISXEMR402A
All class 4 & 5 units plus
Apply bushwalking skills in uncontrolled landscapes SISOBWG406A
Guide bushwalks in an uncontrolled environment SISOBWG510A
Navigate in uncontrolled environments SISONAV403A
Plus environment specialist unit where appropriate

 

See below

 

 

Walking

Trail

classification

Assistant Bushwalking Guide (Assistant Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Bushwalking guide (Leader)

Unit describing skills and knowledge

Code

(or the equivalent)

Specialist units
Apply advanced bushwalking skills in alpine areas SISOBWG507A
Apply advanced bushwalking skills in arid areas SISOBWG508A
Apply advanced bushwalking skills in tropical areas SISOBWG509A

 

For activities that involves overnight camping also refer to the Camping activity standard.

Recognition of competence

Bushwalking recognition pathways

Refer to considerations for recognition pathways outlined in Part I – Core standard.

Supervision and management during the activity

Bushwalking supervision and management

Procedures should be used to reduce the potential of participants becoming separated or lost.

Group size

Bushwalking group size

The following table outlines the maximum group size that should be used when leading bushwalks for specific classes of bushwalks.

Also, refer to considerations for determining group size in Part I – Core standard.

Bushwalking day overnight
class minors adults minors adults
1-2 N/A N/A 22 22
3 46 46 22 22
4 23 23 22 22
5-6 19 19 19 19

 

Bushwalking minimum group size

The minimum group size should be three for class 4, 5 and 6 bushwalks.

Activity leader to participant ratios

Bushwalking recommended supervision ratios

The following table outlines the supervision that should be used when bushwalking.

Also, refer to considerations for determining supervision requirements in Part I – Core Standard.

  Bushwalking day overnight
class Leader requirements minors adults minors adults
1-2        
1 responsible person or activity leader depending on context   1-22    
2 responsible person minimum or activity leaders depending on context 1-30      
3 responsible persons minimum or activity leaders depending on context 31-43      
1 activity leader       1-15
1 leader and 1 assistant leader minimum     1-20 16-20
Maximum group size (also refer land owner/manager requirements) 46 46 22 22

 

 

  Bushwalking day overnight
class Leader requirements minors adults minors adults
3        
1 activity leader   1-22   1-15
1 activity leader and 1 responsible person minimum 1-30      
1 activity leader and 2 responsible persons minimum 31-43      
1 leader and 1 assistant leader minimum     1-20 16-20
Maximum group size (also refer land owner/manager requirements) 46 46 22 22

 

 

  Bushwalking day overnight
class Leader requirements minors adults minors adults
4
1 leader   1-21   1-15
1 leader and 1 assistant leader minimum 1-20      
1 leader and 2 assistant leaders minimum N/A      
1 leader and 1 assistant leader minimum     1-20 16-20
Maximum group size (also refer land owner/manager requirements) 22 22 22 22

 

 

  Bushwalking day overnight
class Leader requirements minors adults minors adults
5-6
1 leader        
1 leader and 1 assistant leader minimum 1-10 1-17 1-10 1-17
1 leader and 2 assistant leaders 11-16   11-16  
Maximum group size (also refer land owner/manager requirements) 19 19 19 19

 

 

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