Guiding a Trip for the First Time
There are some outdoor enthusiasts who on
occasion will provide their knowledge of a particular
area to others by hiring themselves out as a guide.
Typically in most states a person has to be registered
and certified by some governmental group or agency
before they can guide others into the outdoors but
even for these first time guides who are newly
certified there are still a few items of business that
should be taken care of first.
Before an amateur or begging professional guide
ventures out into the outdoors with a group of people who are paying that guide for their service there
are a couple things that should be secured. One of these items is a working knowledge of the area that
you will be guiding people through.
Knowledge of the area
Usually, an outdoor person will know what dangers or potential hazards are present in an area that they
frequent. However, there are also the situations that arise when a group of people know that a certain
person is an outdoor adventurer and then wrongly assume that that person knows all there is to know
about another, completely different area or geography.
For example, if a group of friends want to hire a guide to take them through the desert country of
southwestern America and know of an outdoor enthusiast who spends most of their time in the various
mountain ranges of the American west, that outdoor amateur guide may not be familiar with the skills
and techniques required to successfully navigate the party through a terrain that is vastly different than
the one he or she is accustomed to.
For this type of situation it is still possible for the outdoor enthusiast to offer their guide service to the
group of friends as long as that potential guide does the required research into local hazards. This is
possible because of the continuity of survival skills and outdoorsmen-ship that exist in all environments
So while each area or landscape provides separate and individual challenges, there are also generalized
continuities to outdoor skills that exist in any environment. In other words or when seen in practicality,
the ability to provide the necessities of life, food,
water and shelter, exist in all outdoor environments
however the ways in which these needs are
accomplished may vary from environment to
environment.Therefore, if an armature guide or
outdoor enthusiasts is offered the job of guiding a
group through unfamiliar environments, the very first
act for this individual should be to conduct sufficient
research into the practices and techniques of survival
in the new geographical area.
Another important aspect to consider before guiding
others outdoors for the first time is the legal and liability feature included in taking others under your
protection. This will include precautions that can be implemented through the drafting and submission
of legal weavers as well as completing a form of compliance training.
Compliance training will ensure that you will have legal protection against liabilities that may arise
during or after your trip. By having a firm action plan in place and by taking care of the legal aspects of
guiding a group of others outdoors, a beginning or amateur guide can successfully be prepared to lead
other’s outdoor adventures.
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