This Adventure Travel Guide training course has been designed specifically to provide you with the basic tools to make critical assessment & decisions on a guided day tour/trip in a low-threshold environment. You will learn to ensure the safety, comfort and providing a quality experience for clients with the main themes of natural & cultural history interpretation, customer service & group management & sustainability. Please note that this course does not include technical training or any medical training as these areas are well served by training available elsewhere.
Complete course content below:
Course Location: Solund, Norway. The Adventure Travel Guide Introductory Level 1 Training Course will be held at Solund leilighetshotell, 6924 Hardbakke, www.solund.com
Solund is a municipality that comprises a number of islands that are located where the famous Sognefjord meets the Atlantic Ocean. The largest islands are (not in particular order); Sula, Ytre Sula, Steinsundøyna, Losna, Rånøyna, Nesøyna and Ospa. Solund is the smallest municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county and is also the only municipality that is not connected to mainland Norway.
How to get to Solund:
There are two daily departures by express from Bergen to Krakhella, from here there is a bus to Hardbakke. If you arrive by car from Bergen running either E39 to Instefjord or via Mongstad, where you take the ferry Leirvåg-Sløvåg and follow the road to Rutledal. From Rutledal goes the ferry to Krakhella, which also express boat from Bergen arrives. If you come from the east or north, run through Førde to Lavik and further west to Rysjedalsvik where the ferry goes to Krakhella.
Course Dates: Start evening day 1 and finish afternoon day 3
Course Language: English. The course instructors have years of experience as outdoors guides with Njord and other companies. They come from the US and Norway.
Adventure Travel Guide – Introduction level training course:
This is an introductory training for anyone who is interested in guiding at a professional level to international markets.
The course spends significant time covering topic areas including Customer Service & Group Management, Natural History & Cultural History Interpretation & Sustainalbilty as is outlined in the Adventure Travel Guide Qualifications & Performance Standard http://www.adventuretravel.biz/education/guide-standard/ supported through the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in 2016.
The Adventure Travel Guide Introduction level training course is fast paced and engaging and designed only to give you an introductory and basic level perspective as to what is necessary to provide a quality guiding experience to an international market. You’ll spend some of your time (hopefully) outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios.
In addition to scenarios, you’ll participate in engaging and lively discussions that will encompass a wide range of topics including trip briefings, equipment fitting and personalization, meal preparation & presentation, EDC for guides, content delivery (interpretation), sustainability (Leave No Trace ethics & principles).
You will complete this course with tools and confidence to arrange, provide, facilitate, manage and guide a quality day tour. The Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced Guide courses take these skill and knowledge areas further and are for those who are looking to guide multi-day excursions (two nights or more).
You’ll be taught by dynamic educators who have extensive experience in guiding and working in the outdoors in a variety of places around the world, with a diversity of different clientele. This 20-hour course is ideal for all professionals who are looking to up their game and meet the standards of working with an international clientele within the adventure travel guiding field. An LNT Awareness certification is included.
Class time & Scenarios: The Course language is English. The course is laid out to be 20 hours over 2.5 days. We will start at 19:15 on day 1 finishing approx 22.00 including dinner. Day 2 will start at 09.00 and go to 21:00 including dinner. Day 3 will start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00. Considerable time will be spent indoors learning about the different topics. Discussions about leadership, group dynamics and quality assurance as it pertains to customer satisfaction and saftey are part of this course.
Approx 5 hours on day 2 and 3 will be spent outdoors with practical sessions and scenarios.
What to bring: Please see the suggested personal clothing and equipment list below. The arranger, the Kayak The Fjords company network, will bring sea kayaking equipment needed for an outdoor excursion.
What can you expect of us? Expect dynamic instructors with lots of backcountry experience. Expect to spend lots of time in dialogue and going over examples that will enhance your knowledge on what to do when encountering certain scenarios. Expect daily feedback from us instructors. Expect intense but rewarding days.
You can expect a curriculum that is evidence-based, not just copied out of a textbook. As this course is a pilot course and at an introductory level, we hope to provide you with a general overview that will get you started on your way to providing a professional program. We as instructors both actively work in the field as guides and management within in house guide training and training provided to the public. We as instructors also partake in a variety of different boards that include guide practitioners from around the world. This means you’re getting the latest findings and protocols in the industry.
What do we expect of you? We expect you to be on time each day. We expect you to come prepared each morning. We expect you to be respectful of other participants and our staff – both in the classroom and during all scenarios. We expect you to take good care of all equipment provided as well as the facilities we are taking the class in. We hope you will ask us if you don’t understand. We expect you to actively participate in all discussions and share what you feel appropriate, so that we may learn from each other.
We ask that all participants’ cell phones and computers will be turned off during class time. No smoking during our class time (which includes outside scenario time).
A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.
PETS/DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE COURSE. THIS INCLUDES LEASHING THEM OUTSIDE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
No alcohol or smoking is allowed on site during class hours.
Suggested Equipment List:
Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst & Do the Best with What you have is one of our many memorable mottos. The weather on the west coast of Norway can be challenging any time of year!
Having quality clothing and equipment is important. Come to class each morning prepared with the possibility to be outside.
For Entirety of Course both Inside & Outside
– Water Bottle
– Thermos (apprx 1l.)
– Waterproof field notebook (Write in the Rain type) & Pen x 2
– Headlamp with extra batteries
– Buff or Neck Gaiter
– Sunglasses and Sunscreen
– Casual clothing for classroom lectures
– Outdoor clothing for outdoor activities
– Personal First Aid Kit
– Rain Jacket (Gore-Tex or Rubber Slicker)
– Rain Pants (Gore-Tex or Rubber Slicker)
– Insulated jacket or clothing
– Insulation Layers such as synthetic thermals/ wool thermals
– Small backpack
– Beanie/ Cap (Wool or Synthetic)
– Outdoor Camp Cup (12-16 oz.)
– Reference Books (natural hx. cultural hx. field guides that you may use in your area)
– Big Smile, Good Attitude, Lots of Questions & Stories & Open Mind
Also bring to the classroom:
Note pad, pens or pencils, indoor shoes.
Customer Service & Group Management
Natural & Cultural History Interpretation
09:00 Customer Service Experience
Kayak Excursion (weather permitting)
Addressing Needs & Issues
Standard Guide Equipment/Resources
Sustainability (Leave No Trace)
09:00 Content Delivery
Coastal Walking Activity