Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland


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Outdoor Recreation Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and white-water rafting.

Outdoor recreation guides spend most of their working time outdoors. They are required to work in all weather conditions and in all types of terrain. Locations may include national parks, rivers, mountains, forests, at sea or underwater.

Job titles include: Bungy Jump Master, Fishing Guide, Hunting Guide, Mountain or Glacier Guide, Outdoor Adventure Instructor, Trekking Guide, Whitewater Rafting Guide, Outdoor Adventure Guide, Caving Guide, Cycle Touring Guide, Horse Trekking Guide, Sea Kayaking Guide, Skydiving Instructor, Bushwalking Guide, Outdoor Adventure Leader, Outdoor Education Teacher, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Paragliding Instructor, Rock Climbing Instructor, Fly Fishing Guide, Ocean Fishing Guide, Climbing Guide, Ski Guide, Abseiling Instructor, Adventure Challenge Instructor, Hang-gliding Instructor



Key Responsibilities

  • meeting members of a tour on arrival and making introductions
  • organising and supervising groups involved in outdoor adventures such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and white-water rafting
  • setting up and maintaining equipment, and ensuring that equipment is safe and in working condition
  • demonstrating and providing instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation
  • providing advice on safety measures, and ensuring that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants
  • responding to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and taking appropriate further action if required
  • answering questions and advising on local interest points within a specific region
  • may maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work.

Education, Training and Skills Pathways

  • You usually need relevant experience to work as an Outdoor Adventure Guide. While formal qualifications aren’t essential, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in outdoor recreation may be useful.
  • Qualifications include: Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Outdoor Recreation.

Other requirements

  • a first aid certificate is essential.
  • may also need a Bronze Medallion before guiding certain outdoor adventure tours. 
  • ability to handle a 4WD and have a bus driver’s licence is useful.

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