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As outdoor professionals and guides for over a dozen years, Sentinel Outdoor Institute’s founders have worked closely alongside local guides on nearly every continent.  It was from this unique perspective that the need for continued, high quality education and training for local guides around the world became apparent.  Their desire, need and capacity for such training inspire SOI’s enthusiasm and drive for improving safety and education in all outdoor pursuits.  It is with a great sense of responsibility and honor that SOI serves guides throughout the world in their education and training.

 

CHECKOUT ARTICLE ON FIVE VALLEYS BACKCOUNTRY SKI PATROL

This winter season we’ve been excited to support Five Valleys Backcountry Ski Patrol – they’re a pretty unique ski patrol, not limited to a ski area they respond to emergencies anywhere, and are focused on backcountry search and rescue. An article on FVBSP was just posted on the Mountain. Check out the article and support…
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NEW SEASON BEGINS

Last year was great In 2014, we visited some old favorites like Tanzania and Rainier, and some new ones like Kenya and Glacier.  We also worked with some new groups like the Hadza and Datoga of Lake Eyasi, the community of Philipsburg, and the raft guides of Glacier National Park.   See where we’re heading…
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KENYA AT LONG LAST

Though we have been teaching Kenyan students since the beginning, we hadn’t yet taught in the country itself.  Well, that all changed this year!  With Shikuku at the helm, we began making arrangements back in December, talking with potential partners and past students, putting together materials.  We aimed for Naro Moru, the base of most…
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SERIOUSLY GREAT NORTHERN

Great doesn’t describe our newest partnership.  An energetic adjective combo like “freakin awesome” is much more appropriate.  We spent 7 days with the Great Northern Glacier River School training old guides, new guides, aspiring guides and recreationists in general whitewater skills, search and rescue techniques, first aid, and how to minimize environmental impacts through it…
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SELOUS SAFARI

This season in TZ, we had the great privilege to travel to Dar es Salaam to train Selous Safari Company management and staff in first aid.  They’re a top notch organization and it was an excellent class.  It’s good to see managers present and involved in training,  it’s a prime opportunity for bonding and a demonstration…
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HAVE WE NOT SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE WFR?!!

Ah yes, the annual TZ Wilderness First Responder.  A great group as usual, though this year was exciting with more diversity than ever before.  Well rounded group with male and female students, wazungu, Tanzanians, Kenyans and even Ugandans!  Diversity adds to the discussion and improves the course in all aspects.  Thanks to all of the…
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LAKE EYASI – WE’RE TAKING THE TRAINING TO THEM – PART II

5:15 am my alarm rudely wakes me.  We pack a few things and meet up with Momoya.  He is taking us to the Hadzabe for a hunt.  We drive deeper into the bush now feeling, incredibly, even more remote.  After a 30-minute drive down a rough road, we park and begin to walk.  The approach…
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GLACIER TRAININGS COMING SOON!

We’ve teamed up with the Great Northern Glacier River School to provide a number of courses this June.  The Glacier River School is widely known for providing some of the top instruction in technical whitewater rescue.  Their dedication to training excellence makes them an ideal partner, and we are joining them this June to compliment…
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ANOTHER GREAT LEAVE NO TRACE COURSE

We held another successful LNT course in Olasiti led by SOI Instructor and LNT Master Shikuku Ooko and TNC Africa Conservation Coordinator Alphonse Mallya.  As usual this course was free for all students who were beginning the WFR the following day.  We also recently partnered with the Kilimanjaro Guides Association and were excited to see their…
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LAKE EYASI – WE’RE TAKING THE TRAINING TO THEM – PART I

Last year we had the incredible opportunity to put on a benefit course in Arusha for Hadza, Datoga and Maasai guides.  Our goal was to help them become the primary ambassadors to their own cultures, to improve their skills as guides in order to ensure they increasingly benefit from tourism and introduce their cultures to…
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