nature guides: role of a guide
Are you ready for a safe trip on the shores?
Try this quiz!
BEFORE the day of the walk
- Do a recce
of the area a few weeks before the walk: to work out
- The walk
route (this should avoid trampling sensitive areas and soft
areas which will give visitors difficulties).
evacuation route and procedures for bad weather and for injuries.
interesting key features to develop the walk around.
on changes on the site.
- During sign
up for the walk, send visitors a list of what to wear and bring
along for their safety and comfort. Here's some
tips for a shore trip.
- Prepare a
simple first aid kit, get updated contact numbers of emergency
starts: The pre-walk portion is the most important part of the
walk. Spend time and effort to connect with your visitors and half
your job is done.
more about the visitors
- Why did you
come? How did you hear about the walk?
- What can
I show you?
- What do you
- Have you
been to a seashore before?
- Why you are
volunteering to be a guide
- What you
hope to achieve FOR THE VISITORS during the walk (don't start
your messages yet)
the group that you are volunteering with
what to expect during the tour
- How long
(check that this fits their schedule)
- Some of the
visitors are prepared: have gone to the loo, proper footwear,
drinking water, hat, spray insect repellent away from the shore
and other people.
Care for the visitors during the walk
- Remind visitors
to wear hat, drink water, have a stop to drink, look at the view,
take group photo.
- When talking
to visitors, guide to FACE the sun so visitors don't have to do
- Don't make
visitors stop for a long time in the sun or unsafe places, e.g.,
a group effort
- Be aware
of the group in front of you and behind you.
- Don't block
the flow of people by taking too long at one location. This forces
the group behind you to 'over take' your group and thus widens
the area of damage to the shore.
before the walk starts
- Do NOT touch
anything. "You can point things out to me, but don't touch unless
I say it's OK for you to touch it"
- Check footwear.
- Don't take
off your shoes.
- Tell me if
you are not feeling well, especially if you had touched something.
- If the weather
looks chancy: explain evacuation processes in case of bad weather.
- A good safety
briefing avoids medical emergencies.
- Lead the
way, bringing them through a safe and comfortable route that was
decided upon by the group before hand. Don't wander everywhere.
- If there
isn't a second guide, appoint a responsible adult to be last man.
begin with a 'sensing station' to emphasise that every inch
of the shores is alive! "We should watch where we step".
this just before the walk begins.
- Once this
is internalised, guides do not have to spend the rest of the walk
yelling at visitors not to wander off.
- Here's some
tips on how to do a first station.
Set a good
example as a gentle visitor to the shore
be a good
guide and don't be a bad guide.
At the end
of the walk
- Give a round
up of exciting, interesting finds so they feel the had a special
walk. "This is the first time I have seen...", "Today we sure
saw a lot of ...", "Wasn't it lucky that Mr X spotted ..."
things they can do as ordinary people.
on 1-2 simple things ordinary people can do.
over-lecture. Don't give a long list.
- Point out
web resources for those who want to find out more.