What does it take to excel in the glamorous outdoor profession of a Game Ranger?
First comes safety, especially on walking safaris, which require a cool head, a respect for dangerous game and a thorough knowledge of animal behaviour. A good guide can read situations, react in an instant and avoid putting his clients in harm’s way. We all know what it is to feel fear. The difference is that professional guides are trained to handle it.” explains Brian Jackman, travel journalist.
“Most of the time, though, your guide is there to interpret the natural world, a bush-wise genius who can read animal tracks as others peruse a newspaper, put a name to every bird and be an inspirational source of knowledge on everything from elephant behaviour to the secret world of the termite mound.”
Does that sound like someone you’d love to be?
Embarking on your FGASA Level 1 Qualification at the Shamwari Game Reserve is a really exciting opportunity, as the well-established reserve is world renowned and attracts rangers, vets, ecologists of the highest standard. The 25,000 hectare Game Reserve will be your classroom, and is extensive, diverse and home to some incredible wildlife. Shamwari also has the Born Free Foundation there, where there are rescued big cats.
You will get to track wildlife, both on foot and in the game viewing vehicles. You will also get to learn weapon handling and 4 x 4 driving skills, which is always really popular.
Do I need any particular skills or experience?
Participants are not required to have previous field experience, just a willingness to apply themselves and learn in the natural environment.
This course offers the best in Ranger Field Guide Training for entry-level candidates wanting to enter the industry as a professional field guide or for the enthusiastic amateur looking to build on the interest and passion in the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful guide.
What is involved in this world class Game Ranger Course?
The course is divided into two main components:
1 – Practical Element: The content of the course is guided by the FGASA syllabus to ensure that participants achieve the necessary competencies during their time on the course. You will take part in and conduct practical excursions into the reserve itself and surrounding areas on nearly every day you are on the course, both on foot and in vehicles.
2 – Theoretical Element: Lectures may be conducted either in the classroom or outside in the biggest classroom of all – the wonderful African environment. This element of the course does require work and the pass rate for the theoretical element of the FGASA Level 1 is approximately 75%.
Will I have any free time during my 60 day Course?
The course is an intense experience, “work hard, play hard” being the motto, and offers the best in theoretical teaching plus practical outcome-based experiences. It does require participants to study in their free time in order to achieve a successful outcome. However, there are two breaks scheduled over weekends, which participants can use this time to explore the Eastern Cape and the stunning surrounding areas.
Why is the Shamwari Game Ranger Course cheaper than others?
The Shamwari Game Ranger course is based at a lodge in some of the most prime and pristine areas of Shamwari’s 25,000 hectares. However, as the course is only based at one location, it is less expensive than other courses, which are often split over 2 game reserves, which does incur additional costs.
What do I get at the end of the Course?
Students come from all over the globe for this 60 day experience. Those that go on to achieve the competencies that are taught during the course will have this achievement recognised by the award of the FGASA Level 1 qualification – an internationally recognised qualification, and the first step into the Field Guiding industry.
The additional skills that are taught on this unique course are invaluable extras when it comes to achieving entry into a competitive job market. These include weapons handling, first aid, 4×4 driving, snake handling and wine tasting.
There is a graduation ceremony to complete the training course. Although this is not a formal affair, it is always clear, listening to the stories during the evening, that the groups experience an intense bond, in a way resembling an army training course – they are very close and have gone through the mill together, and got each other through. Everyone appears to have fulfilled a role of some sort, and knows where they fit in.
There is the kind of magic that happens on this course – you learn, you excel, you achieve and you have an awesome time doing it. You will make friends for life here and the majority will take the first step on their journey to a new career and new world.
Do something amazing and experience the 60 Day Shamwari Game Ranger FGASA Level 1 Course !