What is the SWMLTS?

The SWMLTS provides appropriate training and assessment for leaders of groups in the south west region who do not need a national walking leader qualification. 

The scheme will help leaders develop a range of skills and knowledge to safely manage groups. This could be for day walks or multi-night trips in summer or winter conditions.

What does the scheme involve?

The scheme has a range of levels depending on the participants experience. This helps leaders to develop their skills gradually and makes sure they have the right skills and experience to lead young people

SWMLTS syllabus

Find more information on the different levels in the SWMLTS syllabus.

Who can use the scheme?

Anyone can join the scheme, this includes:

  • local authority employees wishing to lead young people
  • organisations who want to certify their own staff*
  • voluntary organisations
  • the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) award
  • schools and colleges
  • further and higher education establishments

*The local authority will accept no liability for use outside their legal areas of responsibility.

Training courses

Register with the SWMLTS to take part in courses

Register with the SWMLTS to take part in courses. The registration fee is £35.

Complete the SWMLTS registration form and send it to Carey Outdoor Education Centre (details in the form). Make cheques payable to Dorset Council.

Apply for a SWMLTS course

Complete the SWMLTS course application form and return it to Carey Outdoor Education Centre.

 Once we get the form and fee, we'll send you a SWMMLTS folder and publications.

SWMLTS course dates in 2021

Find dates for our 2021 courses:

Summer Moorland Leader training with camping endorsement 2021

Dates

The dates are:

  • Saturday 8 May and Sunday 9 May 2021 on Dartmoor
  • Saturday 11 September and Sunday 12 September 2021

Venue

Dartmoor

Cost

The costs are:

  • £120 for Dorset maintained schools and Dorset DofE centres
  • £161 for non-Dorset schools, colleges and DofE centres

Summer Moorland Leader assessment with camping endorsement 2021

Dates

The dates are:

  • Saturday 24 April and Sunday 25 April 2021
  • Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June 2021
  • Saturday 9 October and Sunday 10 October 2021

Venue

Dartmoor

Cost

The costs are:

  • £120 for Dorset maintained schools and Dorset DofE centres
  • £161 for non-Dorset schools, colleges and DofE centres

Coastal and Countryside Leader training with camping endorsement for 2021

Dates

The dates are:

  • Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July 2021

The training due to take place on 27 and 28 March 2021 has been cancelled because of Covid restrictions.

Venue

Carey Outdoor Education Centre

Cost

The costs are:

  • £103 for Dorset maintained schools and Dorset DofE centres
  • £137 for non-Dorset schools, colleges and DofE centres

Coastal and Countryside Leader assessment with camping endorsement for 2021

Dates

The dates are:

  • Saturday 8 May and Sunday 9 May 2021
  • Saturday 25 September and Sunday 26 September 2021

Venue

Carey Outdoor Education Centre

Cost

The costs are:

  • £103 for Dorset maintained schools and Dorset DofE centres
  • £137 for non-Dorset schools, colleges and DofE centres

The Dorset price is for Dorset local authority schools and DofE Award Centres operating under Dorset Council's license.

Bespoke courses

We can arrange bespoke courses for groups. Contact the centre for further details and a quote.

Outdoor Education Administrator at Carey Outdoor Education Centre

Name: Serena Unsworth
Email: serena.unsworth@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01929 552265
Full contact details

Find the centre


Carey Outdoor Education Centre
Carey Road
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 7PB

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