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Courses we recommend

American camps love certificates

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So if you want to stand out from the crowd we suggest taking one of the following courses (these are areas which are high demand)...



  • Swimming and water safety teachers are in high demand. Contact AUSTSWIM Aotearoa to enrol in a course today. We highly recommend the AUSTSWIM accredited courses - Recognised UK, Asia, USA, Australia. Please take a look at the details here

PO Box 619 Kaitaia, New Zealand 0441
Phone: 0508 AUSTSWIM
+64 29 7705252
Fax: +649 409 4659

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You could also approach your local pool to see if they will consider giving you the National Pool Lifeguard Award Training - some will, some won't. You'll need to say it's for Camp America.

  • We have a contact for Bronze Medallion Royal Lifesaving Certification - please contact
    for the closest instructor to you.
  • You can also preview the criteria for passing this - THEORY and PRACTICAL


Swim Ed may also be of some assistance in gaining a Certificate 

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- our contact there is;

Sharon Burger Director SwimEd Ltd
Mob: +64 27 479 4633 (027 4 SWIMED) or Email:

First Aid & Leadership Courses with St John

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We have partnered with St John to get you guys qualified in First Aid but they also have some cool youth leadership courses too.

This direct booking link gets you booked into the nearest first aid course easily, just choose a location that suits you.
Or contact us for Camp America group Courses that give you a discount (dates and locations not as flexible though)

Check our Events Page for the next Camp America First Aid course


For a small amount of money and your time you will then be 'certified' in a skill that is in demand at camps.


Wellington Equine Skills Certificate

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Brush up on your skills and knowledge and increase chances of selection into your Camp America dream program with this Equine Skills Certificate. 

This three day course will build confidence by working with our qualified instructors and amazing horses & ponies. We have outdoor trails, an indoor arena and top class facilities. You will receive a certificate of completion and letter of reference at the end of the course. Take advantage of our special offer and sign up now to secure your place. 

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Spaces are limited!


$250 if you sign up by the end of October (normally $300) 

Day 1: 8am-4pm 

Day 2: 8am-4pm 

Day 3: 9am-3pm

Topics covered

  • Risk assessment: safety, recognition how to deal with incidents
  • Stable management: feeding, horse health, grooming, tacking up, rugs 
  • Teaching theory: expectations for the beginner, novice and intermediate rider, basic dressage & jump theory, teaching different age groups, use of games in the learning process, goals for your students, lesson plans

For more information and to register please email


The NZ Certificate in Assistant Outdoor Leadership is a national qualification developed by Skills Active.

This qualification is a step towards working in the outdoor recreation, outdoor education, summer camp and adventure tourism industries.

This aim of this course is to prepare students to be able to assist to lead outdoor recreation, education and adventure tourism activities.

It focuses on:

  • Leadership skills
  • Technical skills including a ropes course, mountain bike and tramping
  • Risk management for group and outdoor activities
  • Group management for working with children/youth
  • Facilitation skills for working with children/youth

It is free but it is full time and you'd be done in time for camp.  Early February 2020 intake.

FAQ's here: 


Contact Details

+64 9 632-1138

Camp America:
Suite 106, The Zone,
23 Edwin Street,
Mount Eden,
Auckland, 1024, New Zealand

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