Trekforce Expedition Leader Training Course

Duration: 16 weeks | Location: Wales, Costa Rica, Panama | Price: £8200.00

Begin an intensive month of training in the mountains of Wales before heading to the jungles of Costa Rica. Designed to push limits, bring out your unique leadership qualities and strive for excellence in outdoor leadership, this unique and challenging course can pave the way for exciting outdoor careers across a wide range of industries. The ultimate adventure travel experience.


Phase 1 – Wales

Start your adventure in the UK’s ultimate outdoor pursuits playground of Snowdonia. Here you will meet the fresh-faced and enthusiastic fellow adventurers that you will be sharing the next 4 months with. Under the guidance of your instructors you will start to get to grips with your kit and living and working as part of a team. In the first few days you will be introduced to basic navigation and complete your Activity First Aid certificate. You then progress to your Summer Mountain Leader Training and log some all important mountain days. These first two weeks are great preparation for those with limited adventure experience and ensure everyone is on a level playing field ready for their departure to Costa Rica.

Phase 2 – Costa Rica and Panama

Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. You will start with the basics of fire lighting, machete use and learning to operate safely in the rainforest. After enhancing your skills with survival training from a local indigenous guide you will spend your first night alone in the jungle.

The physical challenges will come thick and fast, individually and as a team with multi-day treks, jungle navigation exercises and the ultimate test of your skills: “belt kit” – a three day solo survival experience which is seen as a rite of passage for all Gapforce Expedition Leaders.

Medical and incident management

Learn to think fast, stay calm and look after your team in a crisis with Gapforce’s rigorous expedition and wilderness medical training. Training scenarios take place day and night, in jungle, caves and rivers to prepare you for any eventuality.

Key competencies development

Enhance your skills in a variety of activities including cycling, kayaking, snorkeling and trekking. Learn how to keep teams safe in a range of environments and develop your skills in coaching others in the outdoors.


Our instructors will coach you throughout the course in a multitude of leadership theories to help develop your own personal brand of leadership. There will be ongoing feedback and assessment from your instructors and also your peers as part of this process to maximise your growth.

You will also gain experience behind the scenes to see what planning goes into creating a trip of a lifetime, before building and running a short itinerary of your own.

At the end of an arduous and rewarding four months you may be successful in securing work with Gapforce leading groups across the globe.


Comprehensive leader training on a huge variety of modules

Nationally recognised certification and training including RGS Off-Site Safety Management, RLSS Water Safety and Activity First Aid and Summer Mountain Leader Training.

In-house certification in expedition leadership, expedition and wilderness medicine, expedition planning and incident management.

Gapforce instructors coaching and mentoring you throughout the course.

A leadership development journal to structure and evaluate your progress.

Expedition and wilderness medicine handbook.

Comprehensive pre-departure support.

All ground transport from arrival in Wales to departure from Costa Rica (flights not included)

All accommodation

3 meals a day

A detailed log book of your achievements during the course – vital for employers.

24/7 UK emergency backup.


The Gapforce Expedition Leadership Course is made up of nationally recognised and in-house qualifications that prepare you to run expeditions.

Nationally Recognised Certifications:

Mountain Leader Training

Activity First Aid

RGS Off-Site Safety Management

RLSS Water Safety

In-house qualifications:

You will be further assessed in four key areas:

Expedition Leadership

Expedition & Wilderness Medical Training

Expedition Planning

Incident Management

You will also be trained and evaluated in the following:

Jungle Leadership

Kayaking Skills and Leadership

Trek Leadership

Spanish Skills

Water-based Activity Leadership

Cycle Skills and Leadership

In addition to these qualifications and your skills training, the course provides leadership experience in an intensive environment that can be beneficially taken into any field. Our emphasis on your personal development will ensure a tailored and transformative experience.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a final grade and may be eligible for work with Gapforce as either a Leader or Assistant Leader on one of our global programmes.

You will also receive your log book complete with your certificates and a summary of your achievements from your instructors, a valuable keepsake for your future career path.