Eco & Adventure Guiding
The vast majority of tourists to Tasmania come to experience the State's exceptional natural and cultural heritage - from its stunning wilderness areas and unique wildlife, to its colonial-built heritage.
It is through participation in ecotours and adventure tours that many tourists experience the delights and challenges of Tasmania's special and wild places.
The key to connecting visitors with these extraordinary places is the tour guide.
The Tasmanian Polytechnic's eco and adventure guiding qualifications can lead to a range of employment opportunities, including:
An ecotour guide connects the tourist with the natural and cultural heritage areas they visit by interpreting the special features of each place, sharing their passion for these places with the visitor, and minimising the impact on the environment.
Ecotour guides are responsible for the safety and wellbeing, enjoyment and education of their clients, while at the same time caring for and protecting the environments they work in. They are employed on cruise boats, mini-bus tours, walking tours, wildlife tours, at historic sites, wilderness resorts and in national parks.
Adventure Tour Guide
Like ecotour guides, adventure tour guides interpret special places for the visitor, however some of these places are wild and remote, requiring specialised skills to lead people safely through what are often challenging environments.
Adventure tour guides use a range of specialised outdoor recreation skills to guide their clients safely along rugged walking tracks over many days, down remote, wilderness rivers or paddling along stunning coastlines exploring secluded bays and estuaries.
You can be employed as bushwalking guides, cycling guides, white-water rafting guides, sea kayaking guides and track rangers.
The same set of outdoor recreation and people skills used by an adventure tour guide can lead to employment in areas other than the tourism industry.
Outdoor instructors are employed outside the tourist season to assist schools with their outdoor education programs, community groups and welfare organisations with their personal development programs, and corporate training businesses with their leadership and team-building services.
Outdoor instructors are employed to run a range of outdoor recreation activities including bushwalking, river kayaking, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, rock climbing and abseiling, caving and high and low ropes courses.
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- Certificate III In Tourism (Guiding)
- Certificate IV In Tourism (Guiding)
- Certificate IV In Outdoor Recreation
- Eco and Adventure Guiding (Short Courses)
Short Courses on offer are:
- TCIA Rockclimbing/Abseiling Instructor Training
- TCIA Rockclimbing/Abseiling Instructor Assessment
- Rock Rescue
- Indoor Climbing Guide
- Swift Water Rescue
- Basic River Guide - Rafting
- White Water Guide - Rafting
- Sea Kayaking Expedition Skills
- Mountain Bike Guide
- Interpretation Skills for Adventure Tour Guides
- Wilderness First Aid
- Wilderness First Aid Refresher