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Become a Guide

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If you think becoming a guide sounds cool, then please stop by Outdoor Adventures and introduce yourself or attend one of our Tuesday evening meetings that take place at 7pm in UC 129. We'd love to see you there.

Levels of Achievement

Guide In Development: At this level guides in development are expected to attend trainings and meetings designed to prepare them to become a guide. This is the building block to becoming a guide. Students may go through this program at different speeds based on their commitment level to becoming a guide. Missing critical trainings will result in waiting for the next time that training is offered to be able to complete the training program and progress to guide status. Guides in Development will also be encouraged when there is availability to go on adventure trips as an apprentice to learn from Lead Guides.

Guide: Guides in Development may progress to a Guide position, indicating their proficiency in the use of activity specific equipment, ability to instruct, lead and manage groups, and demonstrate a competence in technical skills. Two of the following three certifications need to be obtained before moving to guide level: Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, California Class B drivers license.

Lead Guide: Guides may progress to a Lead Guide position, indicating their proficiency in being able to instruct and train upcoming guides and guides in development in their required proficiencies. A Guide may become a lead in one or all of the following specifications: General Guiding; Rock Climbing; Boating; and Backcountry. This is the highest level that can be obtained by a student guide as is generally reached in the Junior or Senior academic year. Progression to Lead Guide is obtained after sufficient training, experience guiding, proof of proficiency, and successful interviewing with current Lead Guides and ELAC staff.

Specific Qualifications:

Backcountry Wilderness Trips: Due to the more remote nature of these trips, both guides must have their WFR certification and have attended one or more backcountry training trips and proven competent in the skill sets outlined for backcountry guides. For trips further away than a 5 hour drive, two class B drivers should be on the trip.

Rock Climbing Lead Guides: Guides must have attended a rock climbing training and proven competent in the skills required to be an assistant guide on a rock climbing trip. Lead rock climbing guides serve as the lead risk manager and rigger and guide has successfully completed the PCIA's Base Managed Climbing Instructor or Single Pitch Climbing Instructor courses or the AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor course and fully demonstrated their skills to a full time staff.