Outdoor adventure guides organize and conduct expeditions for sports enthusiasts, adventurers, tourists or resort guests.Outdoor Adventure Guides plan, guide and coach groups and individuals in outdoor adventure activities. They work for adventure tourism companies, resorts, parks, lodges or campgrounds, or they operate their own small businesses. They might take clients white water rafting, fishing, hunting, or mountain climbing, depending on the season and on their skills. Often the work is seasonal, and, depending on the type of guiding, the hours can be irregular.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.
Outdoor adventure guides don’t typically need any formal post-secondary education to work as an outdoor adventure guide. Pursuing education in a related field however, can provide you with skills, knowledge and competencies that can be very helpful in this career.
if you plan on running your own outdoor adventure business, having coursework in marketing, management, and business administration can be extremely helpful.
In order to execute your job duties with competence, you’ll need to be armed with certain skills, including:
• Ability to deal with physical demands of the position
• Previous experience in the relevant sport or activity is required
• Ability to work in teams
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent instructional skills is required
• Good organizational skills
• Leadership skills
• Working knowledge of terrain, environment and local area
• Good customer relations skills
• Working knowledge of relevant legislation
• Knowledge and mechanical skills necessary to maintain your equipment
• If self-employed, need skills in small business (such as marketing, accounting, management, etc.)
Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.
• Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Outdoor Adventure Guides is expected to be low (equal to or less than 5,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce). Further information about job openings and projected employment growth is available on the Help page.
• Employment for this occupation rose strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose very strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Outdoor Adventure Guides to November 2020 is expected to grow moderately.
• This is a very small occupation (2600 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities may be quite limited in some regions.
• Outdoor Adventure Guides have a below average proportion of full-time jobs (65.8 per cent). For Outdoor Adventure Guides working full-time, average weekly hours are 36.1 (compared to 40.2 for all occupations). Unemployment for Outdoor Adventure Guides is below average.
If you want to become an outdoor adventure guide, it’s important to know that your personality is just as important as any certifications that you can bring to the table. Does the following describe you?
• You have a passion for the outdoors
• You work very well with people
• You are able to handle stressful situations well
• You have a keen interest in providing your guests with an amazing outdoor experience
• You are willing to put the time in to continuously refine your outdoor skills and knowledge
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