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. Content: 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. Delivery: 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 Fees: 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: 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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