Guide (Outdoor Adventure)

Outdoor Adventure Guides plan, guide and coach groups and individuals in outdoor adventure activities. They may specialise in one particular activity or offer a variety of activities for clients. They must be able to instruct clients in outdoor adventure activities, ensuring the safety of the entire group.

Duties and tasks

  • Conduct basic training, safety information and techniques needed prior to engaging in activities
  • Guarantee that activities are set up to minimise risk; provide first aid in the case of injury and follow safety and emergency procedures if needed
  • Inform participants of proper clothing, gear and equipment to bring on outdoor adventure activities
  • Organise and instruct individuals and groups in activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, hiking, hunting, fishing, and kayaking and rafting
  • Serve as reference for clients on region, safety risks, available activities and points of interest
  • Set up necessary equipment, inspecting equipment to ensure it is in proper working condition and safe for use
  • Setting up and coordinating group tours and activities, processing payments and designating meeting points

Skills required

  • Coordination Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Outdoor Adventure Guides typically work varied schedules based on private group needs or on establishment hours of operation. They may be required to travel overnight guiding long trips and weekends when clients come to do adventure activities. They spend long hours outdoors and should be familiar with outdoor safety and natural conditions.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian School of Mountaineering
Ecotourism Australia
Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia

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