Share your passion for storytelling and connect travellers with the natural and cultural values of the places they visit.
This qualification is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to lead groups and interpret Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.
When enrolling in this course, you will need to select a focus area from either the ‘Tour Guide’ or ‘Adventure Guide’ stream.
If you choose the Tour Guide stream, you will learn how to connect tourists with the natural and cultural values of the places they visit, while the Adventure Guide stream will focus on the skills you need to guide groups in challenging and adventurous locations, on remote wilderness tracks, in sea kayaks or on mountain bike trails.
Stream 1: Tour Guide
Being a Tour Guide enables you to connect visitors to a wide range of amazing natural and cultural places by interpreting the special features of the place, sharing interesting stories, and looking after the needs of your clients.
In this stream, you’ll learn how to work as a Tour Guide – leading tour groups, preparing and presenting tour commentaries or activities – and how to capture your audience’s attention with engaging presentation skills and first-rate storytelling. You’ll get hands-on experience in developing interpretive activities for clients, and also learn about the social and cultural sensitivities you need to be aware of when conducting a tour for diverse groups. In this course, you will also have the opportunity to further develop your own knowledge of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and develop and maintain the general and regional knowledge required by guides through a range of field excursions, practical activities and lectures.
Stream 2: Adventure Guide
In the Adventure Guide stream, you will learn how to lead groups into challenging and adventurous locations on remote wilderness tracks, in sea kayaks around our stunning coastlines, or on mountain-bike trails across Tasmania.
Throughout the course, you will undertake a range of multi-day bushwalks to a number of Tasmanian National Parks and Reserves in which adventure tours are conducted. These include Maria Island, Bay of Fires, Freycinet Peninsula, Cape Pillar and the Overland Track.
You’ll also have the opportunity to select a second ‘adventure tourism pursuit’ in which to train – either sea kayaking skills in enclosed waters, or mountain-biking skills on easy trails.
As part of your training, you’ll also undertake a Wilderness First Aid course, and learn how to identify relevant hazards and assess and control safety risk.
On successful completion of this course (in either stream), you will have the skills you need to seek employment as a qualified Tour or Adventure Guide across a range of tourism operations.
Interested in starting this course?
- Eco-Tour Guide
- Walking Tour Guide
- Bushwalking Guide
- Mountain Bike Guide
- Sea Kayak Guide
- Tourist Attraction Tour Guide (e.g. historic site, museum, cruise-boat or brewery)
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