A learner who has achieved one or more of these unit standards will be able to implement operational knowledge and skills within a conserved area in the subject field of the completed unit standard/s. The course focuses on the skills needed by a guide operating in a natural or conservation area. The learner will also be in a position to lead and mentor other learners (at this level) in the attainment of guiding objectives in the context of the nature guiding in an area with potentially dangerous animals. A learner will also be able to make valuable contributions to nature based tourism operations. The qualification has been developed to assist professionalism across the nature guiding industry.
Students will learn:
Students qualifying against the skills programme will be able to:
- Accurately identify reasonably clearly defined spoor of small to large animals.
- Systematically follow the track of a large ungulate or similar animal.
- Estimate the age of spoor as less than a day, one to two days or older.
- Establish needs, limitations and expectations of tourists
- Identify and assess locally accessible heritage resources and plan a guided experience
- Provide informed and entertaining commentary
- Apply a set of professional ethics
- Ensure the health and safety of tourists on the guided experience with legal requirements
- Ensure legal requirements pertaining to the guided experience are adhered to
- Reflect on the guided experience
- Prepare to conduct a guided nature experience on foot in areas where potentially dangerous animals may occur
- Interpret the behaviour of animals in the broader ecological context in terms of human safety
- Lead a guided experience to view potentially dangerous animals
- Demonstrate firearm action drills in the event of an attack by an animal