Eco & Adventure Tourism Guide Training by lindash


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									                           SECOND YEAR
The second year of the Eco & Adventure Tourism Guiding program combines
industry experience working as a guide with a tourism business, followed by a 6
month intensive advanced skills course aimed at equipping graduates to work as
senior guides, track rangers and/or outdoor instructors/leaders.
Duration:       Industry experience (full-time or part-time) November - April
                Training: full-time for approximately 24 weeks May - November
Location:       Training component will be based at Drysdale Campus South
Qualification: Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation
Entry requirements:
Essential: Completion of the first year of the Eco & Adventure Tourism Guiding
course, or a high-level of skills and experience in two or more outdoor
recreation activities; a minimum of one year/season of adventure guiding
experience or employment as an outdoor instructor; excellent physical fitness.
Developing and coordinating outdoor programs; extended trip planning; leading,
instructing and facilitating groups; program risk management; wilderness first aid;
coordinating emergency response; rock-climbing and abseiling skills; advanced
weather interpretation, river kayaking, white water rafting and river rescue
techniques; expedition sea kayaking.
Based at Drysdale Campus South the course consists of a combination of
lectures, field excursions and practical activities aimed at equipping students with
the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as senior guides, outdoor
instructors, or outdoor recreation program co-ordinators. The course includes a
substantial practical component at field sites around Tasmania, including the
Mersey, Forth, Picton and Franklin Rivers, and a range of rock-climbing venues.
                                                                                       Eco & Adventure Tourism
                                                                                            Guide Training
All courses have a cap of $990 tuition fee per calendar year of training ($275
with concession). You do not pay HECS. Additional fees apply for uniforms,
text books and industry certificates.
                                                                                             Tasmania 2010
                                                                                          Certificate Courses
                                      ECO & ADVENTURE TOURISM GUIDING – FIRST YEAR

Ecotourism Guiding – half year course                                                Eco & Adventure Guiding – full year course
Duration:        Full-time for approximately 17 weeks – February to July             Duration:       Full-time for approximately 35 weeks – February to November
Location:        Hobart and Launceston                                               Location:       Hobart or Launceston for the first half of the course and
                                                                                                     Hobart only for the second half
Qualification: Certificate III in Tourism (Guiding)
                                                                                     Qualifications: Certificate III in Tourism (Guiding)
Entry requirements:
                                                                                                     Certificate IV in Tourism (Guiding)
Essential: attendance at a pre-selection interview.
Desirable: a passion for natural and/or cultural heritage places; a desire to
                                                                                     Entry requirements:
share your knowledge and passion with other people; a commitment to
                                                                                     As per the Ecotourism Guiding course plus:
protecting the environment; a desire to gain employment in the Tourism
                                                                                     Essential: skills and experience in a minimum of one outdoor recreation activity
industry; a strong work ethic; a good level of physical fitness.
                                                                                     acquired over a period of one or more years; a very good level of physical
Content:                                                                             fitness.
Customer service; cultural awareness; safety – risk management and senior
first aid; legal responsibilities; ethical behaviour; the Tourism industry; verbal   Content:
and non-verbal communication techniques; an interpretive approach to giving          As per the Ecotourism Guiding course for the first half of the year. In the
presentations; conducting tours and activities; collecting and updating tour         second half of the year additional subjects include: trip planning; leadership and
information; tour leading; environmentally sustainable practices; Tasmanian          group facilitation; risk management and remote area first aid; search and
geology and landscapes; native flora and wildlife; Aboriginal and colonial           rescue; communication equipment; navigation; weather interpretation; on and
history and heritage; food hygiene, campsite catering and Responsible Service        off-track bushwalking; river kayaking; river rescue and sea kayaking.
of Alcohol (RSA).
Delivery:                                                                            As per Ecotourism Guiding course plus outdoor activity training at field sites
Based at a Drysdale campus, the course consists of a combination of                  such as the Mersey, Forth, Picton and Huon Rivers, Freycinet, Cradle Mt Lake
lectures, field excursions and practical activities aimed at equipping students      St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks and the Central Plateau
with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as Ecotour               Conservation Area.
Guides. The course includes day and multi-day excursions to a range of
national parks and sites of natural and cultural heritage significance around        Job outcome – Eco & Adventure-tour Guide:
Tasmania.                                                                            As per Ecotourism Guiding. Graduates of the full-year course will also have
                                                                                     the opportunity to work as Adventure-tour Guides. Like Ecotour Guides they
Job outcome – Ecotour Guide:                                                         are expected to interpret special places to the visitor. However, some of these
An Ecotour Guide is someone who connects the tourist with the natural and            places are wild and remote, requiring specialised skills to lead people safely
cultural values of the places they visit. Guides do this by interpreting the         through what are often challenging environments. Adventure-tour Guides use
special features of each place, sharing their passion for these places with the      a range of specialised outdoor recreation skills to guide their clients safely
visitor, whilst minimising their impact on the environment. They are                 along rugged walking tracks over multiple days, down remote wilderness
responsible for the safety and wellbeing, enjoyment and education of their           rivers, or paddling along stunning coastlines exploring secluded bays and
clients, while at the same time protecting the environments they work in.            estuaries. They are employed as bushwalking guides, cycle-tour guides, sea
Ecotour Guides are employed on cruise boats, mini-bus tours, walking tours,          kayaking guides, white-water rafting guides and Parks & Wildlife Service track
wildlife tours, at historic sites, wilderness resorts and in national parks.         rangers.

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