Training Courses and Resources

Minimal Impact Bushwalking Training day in the bush


Navigation and bush skills

  • Check with your local bushwalking club and the Bushwalking NSW website for scheduled courses in navigation and bush skills. Some clubs require members to undergo training in first aid and navigation before admitting them to full membership.
  • Blue Mountains Climbing School run courses in navigation, climbing skills and self-rescue
  • Some local community colleges run first aid and navigation courses.
  • See your local bookstore, library, or an Internet store for books on navigation and bush skills.

First Aid

  • Provide First Aid course, previously known as Apply First Aid and Senior First Aid, covers what to do in urban situations. It covers CPR and emergency treatment for a variety of conditions.
  • Remote Area First Aid course is longer but more suited to bushwalkers, providing advice on a larger variety of situations, with special reference to treatment when an ambulance is not readily available.
  • Re certification must be done every three years if you have done the course for employment or other accreditation reasons. It is a good idea to do it anyway, as new ideas and treatment methods are adopted.
  • CPR courses cover resuscitation only.
  • Employers will often cover the cost of a first aid course. Medical funds may also pay a benefit for first aid training. Some clubs subsidise members to train in first aid.
  • See the First Aid Training page of this website for more details of courses recommended by Bushwalking NSW
  • St John Ambulance run weekly Provide First Aid, Re certification and Remote Area First Aid courses in all areas. The Provide First Aid course covers what to do in urban situations. St John also sell first aid books and first aid kits. Phone 1300 360 455
  • Surf Lifesaving NSW organise Provide First Aid and resuscitation courses.
  • Your local swimming pool or leisure centre may run courses.
  • A number of commercial providers also run first aid courses.


  • Abseiling courses are run by commercial operators, particularly in the Blue Mountains area west of Sydney. Check the web. Ensure you choose an operator which employs qualified and experienced instructors.

Kayaking and Canoeing

  • Contact your local kayak or canoe club for information on beginners courses
  • Paddle NSW run courses for all skill levels.

Minimal Impact Bushwalking Training

Bushwalking NSW, with the help of The NSW Environmental Trust, offered FREE training courses in 2019 for those who love nature and want to continue to enjoy it in it’s awesome natural state. There are currently no plans to offer this course again, but Sign up to hear about future training dates.

This one-day training course will help you to ‘walk softly’ and leave a minimal impact as well as know the best safety preparations to make before you head outside. Sign up for an already scheduled training session or register for a future session and commit to helping to preserve our stunning bushwalks and stay safe out on the trail!

It’s Sweet to Walk Soft

Do you love enjoying pristine nature?

Would you like to know how we can keep it that way?

Walking softly means using a few handy tips and tricks, that show you care for nature.

Walking Safely

Did you know that the biggest secret to walking softly is actually in the preparation?

Apart from having a great time enjoying nature, arguably the most important part of any bushwalk is preparation and safety. And this is also the biggest factor in minimising our impact.

Let our knowledgeable trainers help you to avoid problems and focus on enjoying the moment.

  • Who do I walk with?
  • Who do I tell?
  • What gear do I need?
  • What if I become lost or injured?
  • Do you know what to do in an emergency?


‘Bio-security’ means protecting the environment, economy, and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and weeds. It is risk management for the environment and it is a shared responsibility amongst those who want to enjoy it.  Topics our course covers will include:

  1. Strategies and simple solutions to help safeguard bio-security while enjoying the outdoors
  2. Learn how to report significant or unusual pests, diseases, or weeds
  3. Help to protect and preserve Australia’s native flora and fauna

Learn New Skills

Walk away from the training having learned something new about minimal impact bushwalking. Initiatives and topics may include:

  • Reduce environmental impact on the land by “Leaving no Trace”
  • When nature calls: how to toilet in the bush
  • How to prepare for day or overnight treks

Available training dates:

Sign me up to hear about future training dates.