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CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Training 2023

Bear Viewing with Respect, Trust and Understanding


The CBVA Level 1 Guiding training will change the way

you interact with bears...




So, why study bears as a naturalist?

The Commercial Bear Viewing Level 1 training is not only for becoming a Bear Viewing Guide. This training is IDEAL for anyone who spends their time in nature professionally or for enjoyment and adventure. 

Who wouldn’t like to spend more time viewing wildlife? 

The CBVA Level 1 training  is ‘ALL ABOUT THE BEARS’ and how to minimize your impact as visitors with respect, trust and understanding. 

Bears, especially grizzly bears are recognized as an umbrella species, which means by learning about them, you indirectly learn about other species and ecosystems that grizzlies use for their daily, weekly and yearly requirements.


If we haven't met yet

My name is Daryl Dancer, the Bear Country Naturalist, not to be confused with Naturist. CBVA Level 3 Guide and Instructor. Bear Viewing is my profession. Grizzly bears are my passion.

Think of me as a bear (interpreter, translator, protocol officer) instructing humans on proper BEAR etiquette, because if you are still reading, I think you’re figuring out, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEARS!

Bears are intelligent, unique and tolerant individuals and when you treat them with respect and understanding that’s when the magic begins.

CBVA Level 1 student, Jo-Anne Oucharek, wildlife photographer, experienced this magic on a recent photography trip to Alaska, “Taking the bear viewing course with Daryl, really opened my eyes to the behaviour of bears… I was blown away with how the trust between us and the bears happened.”

When you join the CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide course you’ll receive…

* Over 30 hours of LIVE Interactive Group Coaching 
* In-person Field Session
* Invitations to Pre-Season Review Sessions
* Invitation to End of Season “Lessons Learned” Debrief Session
* Bear Viewing Guide Resource Manual
* CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Certificate
* CBVA Bear Safety and Awareness Certificate
* Invitation to Bears and Brew Monthly MasterClass
* Email support
* One year CBVA guide membership and log book

If you are ready to participate in the CBVA Level 1 Guide and Bear Awareness Certification training...

Your mission if you so choose to accept, in 30 hours or less, is to step into the CBVA training so you can begin your journey into the secret lives of bears. Choose one of three options listed below, so you can experience the magic of viewing bears with respect, trust and understanding.

The magic Jo-Anne experienced is only a click away. See you on the other side.

Option 1 - You want to do the full-meal deal, both the CBVA Level 1 Guide and the Bear Aware Certifications. Then click here  "Yes, I Want to Do This"

NOTE: To receive your CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Certification
you must attend all theory sessions and the Field Session Component
of the certification is compulsory...

If you already have your Level 1 Guide and are looking to review the best viewing practice guidelines, but haven't completed the CBVA Bear Aware Certification to add to your portfolio. This link is just for you. Click here

REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 2022.
ONLINE CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 2023.

COMPULSORY IN-PERSON FIELD SESSIONS ARE FOR STUDENTS WANTING TO BECOME LEVEL 1 BEAR VIEWING GUIDES BEGIN MARCH 2023.  STUDENTS FOR OPTIONS 2 AND 3 ARE WELCOME TO JOIN FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $100.

Need More Information?

The Commercial Bear Viewing Level 1 training is not only about becoming a Bear Viewing Guide. This training is for anyone who spends their time in nature professionally or for enjoyment and adventure. 

Who wouldn’t like to spend more time viewing wildlife? 

The CBVA Level 1 training  is ‘ALL ABOUT THE BEARS’ and how to minimize your impact as visitors with respect, trust and understanding. 

On completion of this training you'll know:

  • Bears are great communicators and will let you know if you can stay or if you should go. 
  • Understanding bear behaviour is a transferable skill that can be applied to all wildlife you might have the privilege to encounter.
  • How to move a group through the landscape in ways that will minimize the impact of your presence.
  • The difference between a viewing opportunity or if it has become a potential safety situation and how to respond.
  • The bear-human emotional dynamics that can occur in an encounter and how to manage those emotions.
  • How to interpret bear behaviour and how they use their surroundings to meet their daily, weekly and yearly requirements.

Take a look who has taken this training

Here  is a list of companies and individuals that completed this CBVA  Level 1 certification training.

  • West Coast Adventure College
  • North Island College
  • Sea Kayaking Guides Alliance of BC
  • Campbell River Whale Watching
  • Homalco Culture & Wildlife Tours
  •  ‘Namgis BATI - Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative
  •  Coastal Spring Fishing Lodge
  • Nimmo Bay Resort
  • Grey Wolf Expeditions
  • Wildlife photographers
  • GrizzlyBear Advocates
  • Nature Lovers
  • International Guides
  • Potential Bear Viewing Guides
  • Kayaking Guides

NOTE: To receive your CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Certification
you must attend all theory sessions and the Field Session Component
of the certification is compulsory...

When you join the CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide course you’ll receive…

* Over 30 hours of LIVE Interactive Group Coaching 
* Face to Face Field Session
* Invitations to Pre-Season Review Sessions
* Invitation to End of Season “Lessons Learned” Debrief Session
* Bear Viewing Guide Resource Manual
* CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Certificate
* CBVA Bear Safety and Awareness Certificate
* Invitation to Bears and Brew Monthly MasterClass
* Email support
* One year CBVA guide membership and log book

"This training opened my eyes to the behaviour of the bears, because I think that's what the training does for you, I'm a wildlife photographer, and that's kind of why I stepped into this training. I  thought the training that I had was absolutely incredible. And I feel very fortunate that it helped me not to impede what the bears were doing, because I watched other people in the area affect the bears behaviour."

Jo-Anne, Wildlife Photographer

When you register for the CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Certification and Bear Awareness Certificate your investment is…. $775   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LEVEL 1 BEAR VIEWING.   

When you register for the CBVA Bear Aware and Viewing Options your investment will start at $570   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BEAR AWARE AND VIEWING PRACTICES

FAQ's

What if I can't make it to all the live session?

No worries, if you can't make a live session you will be able to replay the session you missed. 
Once you enrol in the CBVA Level 1 course you will have continuous access to all the training
material and any updates.

How much time do I need to set aside for the theory classes and the in-person field sessions?

The theory sessions will take place on Zoom with classes beginning at 9 AM until 2 PM over three days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The one day in-person field session is usually held on a Saturday or Sunday with everyone meeting at 9 AM with the day ending around 4ish PM.

Where will the in-person field sessions take place?

At the moment, field sessions will take place the last weekend of March in the Cumberland Community Forest and if there is enough interest there will be two field sessions the last weekend of April in Golden, BC.  

What if I can't make it to the in-person field sessions?

Sometimes life gets in the way and you are unable to attend the required field session. LET ME KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS. I'm here to help and make sure you get certified. So if your schedule is holding you back from taking the course. reach out and we will figure something out.

Are you ready?

It's time to step into the CBVA training so you can minimize your impact on bears and other wildlife you might have the privilege to encounter.

Don't miss out this training with Daryl is offered only once a year. The next time this will be offered in 2024.

Reserve your seat today, so you can experience the magic of viewing bears with respect, trust and understanding. 

 "Yes, I Want to Do This"

STILL NOT SURE THIS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Drop me a line and we can jump on a quick call to answer your questions. Email me at daryladancer@gmail.com to book an ASK YOUR QUESTIONS session.


13 Modules

BCN Training Classroom Zoom Link

This is the place to access the BCN Training Classroom via Zoom.

BCN Training Classroom Link to Zoom

Meeting ID: 941 3890 8999

Passcode: grizzlies

Choose Your CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Theory Session

Click on one of the links below to choose the Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Theory Session that best suites your schedule!

NB:  The online theory sessions start at 9 AM and finish daily at 2 PM Pacific over the 3 days.  These sessions are being recorded for viewing at a later date. It is recommended that you attend the sessions each day, however, I realize that life does get in the way.  Just keep me informed.

Session 1 - 17 January to 19 January 2023

Session 2 - 7 February to 9 February 2023

Session 3 - 28 March to 30 March  2023

Session 4 - 18 April to 20 April 2023    

Choose Your CBVA Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Field Session

Click on one of the links below to choose the Level 1 Bear Viewing Guide Field Session that best suites your schedule!

NB: Field sessions start at 9 AM and finish around 4 PM Pacific. 

Field Session 1 - 25 March 2023   Location: Comox Valley

Field Session 2 - 26 March 2023   Location: Comox Valley

Field Session 3 - 29 April 2023.     Location:  Golden, BC

Field Session 4 - 30 April 2023      Location:  Golden, BC

NOTE:  If these dates and locations don't work for you please
let me know via email  daryladancer@gmail.com additional dates
maybe added in each location.

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