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Outdoor Guide

Outdoor Guide

“If you enjoy nature and working with people, this could be the career for you.”

Outdoor Guide

Outdoor guides lead groups of people on activity sessions; they normally focus on their own specific areas of interest such as fishing, hiking, photography, bird watching or nature expeditions.

Work is normally undertaken in a self-employed capacity by advertising locally or through travel agents. Some local authorities, charities and conservation bodies - such as the RSPB - do employ people.

The job of the guide is to suggest any specialist equipment that may be required, locate suitable locations to carry out activities and follow good conservation practice. You would also be responsible for the health and safety of the group and provide any first aid if any accidents were to happen.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • high levels of competence in outdoor activities
  • patience and the ability to inspire confidence and give encouragement
  • a responsible attitude and awareness of health and safety
  • improved communication and people skills
  • opportunity to gain practical qualifications in kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and first aid

Your future

  • over 80% of culture, media and sports occupations will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • 99% of Sport and Adventure students moved forward into a positive destination including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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