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Repetitive Learning or learning by rote has long been replaced by ‘Learning by Doing.’ Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making to deliver a training module. This has become an established method to accelerate learning.
Simulations use real-life scenarios that depict several challenges, which a participant will eventually face after the course completion. It is only natural that mistakes happen during the course of learning, and using simulations is like taking kids to a playground, and getting them to have fun, try new things and learn, in a safe controlled environment.
By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first-hand experience of practicing what has been taught. This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.
There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mindset. Experiential Learning is one of them. Management guru Henry Mintzberg pointed out long ago that, “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it”.
The high focus on collaboration and learning from each other benefits the participant as it increases engagement. On the other hand, since the participant is immediately involved in the problem-solving activity or event, the level of ownership of the outcome is high.
Each experience is built around a sport that takes you outside your comfort zone, so there is inherent risk involved in all In the Wild experiences. However, our coaches have a wealth of experience, training, and certifications, to help ensure your safety is a priority.
All CliffHanger Academy’s In the Wild experiences are lead by seasoned coaches, ranging from 7 to 25 years experience in the sport. For snowboarding, we have trained under the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI). For rock climbing, we have trained under the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). For surfing, we have trained with some of the best coaches in Australia. For Muay Thai, we have trained and been blessed by American Muay Thai legend Wayne Gregory, who was the first American to win at the famous Lumpinee Stadium in Thailand as well as the first fighter to be certified to teach under the world-renowned Fairtex fight camp in the United States.
Additionally, our coaches are CPR and AED certified as well as Wilderness First Aid certified and hold personal training certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).