An instructor supervises a casualty evacuation exercise during a river course

AsAfrica employs as trainers and assessors men and women with proven advanced skills and extensive experience in adventure guiding.

Read about our Director, Prof Graeme Addison, here.

Instructors and Assessors are recruited as Subject Matter Experts when courses are advertised, and details of the staffing personnel are supplied.

Wilderness First Aid instructor Hugo Barendse is one of several outside experts that are retained to run courses and do assessments.


The five ideal qualities that we look for in our outdoor adventure leaders are:

  • Leadership: Ability to guide and motivate participants while ensuring their safety.
  • Knowledge and Expertise: In-depth understanding of outdoor activities and survival skills.
  • Safety Awareness: Strong focus on risk management and emergency preparedness.
  • Communication Skills: Clear and effective communication to provide instructions and feedback.
  • Adaptability: Flexibility to handle changing conditions and unexpected situations.

Give and take

The programmes we design are applied and developed by each instructor in terms of their individual approach, but the core content remains the same. Assessments must be done according to fixed checklists.

Participants have a personal responsibility to apply themselves and not expect to be spoonfed. In the adventure field, personal initiative and the need to question roles and routines are a fundamental part of safety.

QUOTE:  “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary.