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Steps towards qualifying as a guide

  1. Aspirant Guides must determine whether they require training or whether they have the necessary past experience to qualify without further training [also taking due notice of the Fundamental and Core units applicable to all forms of guiding]. In South Africa you can qualify as Tour Guides, Marine Guides, Field Guides or Adventure Guides. Paddle Guides are a subcategory of the latter and they may specialize in flat water, swift water or sea water. They can train as Shore Crew [Level 1], Site Guides [Level 2] or Guides [Level 4]. The Levels are registered on the National Qualifications Framework and is roughly equal to the following previous educational levels:

    Level 1: Standard 5
    Level 2: Standard 8
    Level 4: Matric

    Adventure Guides [Paddling:Sea] may be registered as Site, Regional or National Guides, depending on their experience and training.

    All aspirant learners must:
    a. be at least 21 years old
    b. be a South African citizen or have a valid work permit
    c. have an approved first aid certificate which is accepted by the department of labour [eg from Red Cross, St John's etc]
    d. make sure their trainers are accredited by a THETA accredited trainer.
    e. sign a Code of Conduct
    f. pay a Guide Registration Fee [not to be confused with the Training Fees charged by the independent Trainers and Evaluators]
    g. supply 4 x passport-sized colour photos
    h. apply at any Provincial Registrar

  2. After training has been obtained, or if the aspirant guide judges him- or herself to be competent, an assessment is arranged. Some differentiation will be made between the assessment of learning and the assessment of past experience.

  3. The Applicant will provide a portfolio of past experience and learning. In Paddle [Sea] Guiding, certain hours of assistant guiding will be prescribed if there is no relevant past experience of guiding.

  4. The Assessor will evaluate the portfolio as well as the learner's competence.

  5. The Assessor makes a recommendation iro the amount of credits achieved.

  6. The Assessor writes a report for quality assurance purposes.

  7. The Assessor completes the Declaration of Competence Form and submits it for external quality assurance.

  8. The Quality Assurer signs off the Declaration of Competence Form and submits it to THETA.

  9. If found to be competent, the applicant is issued with a national guide certificate. If not, the applicant is advised to improve certain competencies for re-evaluation.


National Certificate in Tourism: Adventure Guiding: Paddling[Sea]
The following is an outline of the competencies required to become a guide. The Fundamental and Core units are basic to any form of guiding. The Elective units determine the specialization of the guide, in this case, sea paddle guiding. The levels and credits assigned determine the qualification as either a Shore Crew [level 1], Site Guide[Level 2] or Guide [Level 4]
a. Fundamental Units
1. Operate a computer
2. Do basic research
3. Understand social issues
4. Operate in a team
5. Apply basic written and oral communication skills
6. Use numeracy for self-organisation
7. Understand and apply personal values and ethics
8. Organise oneself in the workplace
9. Work with persons with special needs
b. Core Units
1. Introduce South Africa to tourists
2. Understand and interpret our natural and cultural heritage
3. Participate in sustainable tourism
4. Operate in a business environment
5. Oversee arrival and departure of customers
6. Customer care
7. Maintain occupational health and safety
8. Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS
9. Create a guided experience for customers
10. Operate within the national and international legal framework
c. Elective Units
1. Conduct a guided adventure experience [sea kayaking] for a customer.

Consult the TASKS [previously RECSKASA] Training Manual for the Content.

To obtain a copy of the 150 page TASKS Training Manual for Sea
Kayak Guides, please email info@seakayak.co.za. There is a cost of R 90.00.

 
 

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