6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides

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Lead statement

Outdoor sport and recreational guides organize and conduct trips or expeditions for sports enthusiasts, adventurers, tourists and resort guests. They are employed by private companies and resorts or may be self-employed.

Example Titles

  • canoeing guide
  • dude wrangler
  • fishing guide
  • hot air balloonist
  • hunting guide
  • mountain climbing guide
  • outdoor guide
  • outfitter
  • rafting guide

Main duties

Outdoor sport and recreational guides perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan itinerary for trip or expedition and arrange transportation or transport individuals or group to site
  • Assemble and inspect necessary equipment and supplies, such as camping gear, rafts, life jackets, fishing tackle and food
  • Lead or escort individuals or groups and advise on safety and emergency measures, techniques and the use of equipment
  • Provide instruction for activities such as canoeing, rafting and mountain climbing
  • Advise on specific regulations such as hunting and fishing laws and boating regulations, follow environmental guidelines and prevent violations
  • Provide first aid in emergency situations
  • May prepare meals for group and set up camp.

Employment requirements

  • Knowledge of a particular terrain or body of water, demonstrated ability in the guided activity and relevant licences are required for employment in this group.
  • Hot air balloon pilots require completion of 10 hours of ground school, 16 hours of pilot-in-command experience and a Balloon Pilot Licence issued by Transport Canada.
  • Certification in first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) may be required.

Additional information

  • Outdoor sport and recreational guides usually work on a seasonal basis.