Ben Nevis guide qualification and training, knowing you are in safe hands

You want your Ben Nevis Guide to be experienced and qualified. But how do you know?

The UK’s most senior guides and instructors are often members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI). Only those with the higher qualifications and experience can join AMI.

The Association is creating a scheme to ensure all members keep  up-to date by attending courses and extra training. 

Over the last year Simon, our senior guide has attended courses on scrambling, geology, mountain flowers and managing avalanche risk as well as running professional First Aid  courses for AMI and Mountain Rescue members through our sister company Highland First Aid Ltd

Association of Mountaineering Instructors, Ben Nevis Guides

'..the basic qualification is the Summer Mountain Leader..'

Ben Nevis Guide being trained

The Association of Mountaineering Instructors is supported by climbing equipment manufactures such as DMM. 

Apart from the chance to keep skills up to date and learn new ones the Association of Mountaineering Instructors is also popular with guides and instructors because it creates a network to meet and support like minded individuals. 

The film below , by a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, who is based in Snowdonia, show a little of what we do  at work. 

'Ben Nevis Guide Qualification'

The basic qualification for working on Ben Nevis and the Scottish mountains in summer conditions is the Summer Mountain Leader, for Winter you need to make sure your guide has a Winter Mountain Leader qualification. For scrambling and rock climbing make sure they have the Mountaineering and Climber Instructors Qualification. Our main guide, Simon holds all these and a range of other outdoor adventure training and coaching qualifications. 

We mainly employ local guides as we know them, they know the mountains and routes and they will be upto date with any changes in access, routes and conditions. 

All mountaineering qualifications require that you do 16 hours of First Aid training every 3 years, Simon, our senior guide delivers this training to other guides, instructors and group leaders. 

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