Outdoor Adventure Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed. Even with a qualification, further experience or on-the-job training is sometimes needed.

Tasks

  • 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 whitewater 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

Job Titles

  • Bungy Jump Master
  • Fishing Guide
  • Hunting Guide
  • Mountain or Glacier Guide
  • Outdoor Adventure Instructor
  • Trekking or Bushwalking Guide
  • Whitewater Rafting Guide
  • Other Outdoor Adventure Guides
  • Bungy Jump Master

    Directs, supervises and controls bungy jumping activities for individuals.

  • Fishing Guide

    Plans, organises and provides guided fishing trips for individuals or groups.

    Specialisations: Fly Fishing Guide, Ocean Fishing Guide

  • Hunting Guide

    Plans, organises and provides guided hunting trips for individuals or groups.

  • Mountain or Glacier Guide

    Plans, organises and provides guided trips for individuals or groups on mountains or glaciers.

    Specialisations: Climbing Guide, Ski Guide

  • Outdoor Adventure Instructor (also called Outdoor Adventure Leader)

    Provides adventure-based experiential education in outdoor adventure and bushcraft.

    Specialisations: Abseiling Instructor, Adventure Challenge Instructor, Hang-gliding Instructor, Outdoor Education Teacher, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Paragliding Instructor, Rock Climbing Instructor

  • Trekking or Bushwalking Guide

    Plans, organises and provides guided bushwalking and trekking trips for individuals or groups.

  • Whitewater Rafting Guide

    Plans, organises and provides guided rafting and kayaking trips for individuals or groups on whitewater rivers.

  • Other Outdoor Adventure Guides

    Includes Caving Guide, Cycle Touring Guide, Horse Trekking Guide, Sea Kayaking Guide, Skydiving Instructor

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    2,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    69.7%
  • Female Share

    30.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    55.8%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia have a large share of Outdoor Adventure Guides.
  • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.8 hours per week.
  • The average age is 37 years (compared to 40 for all careers). Around 3 in 10 worker are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 1 in 3 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearEmployment Level
2005900
20061100
2007800
20081000
20091000
20102300
20112600
20122300
2013800
20143100
20152600
20202900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Careers Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earningsn/an/a

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs Average
Full-time65.869
Part-time34.230.8
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.140.2

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training36.8
Arts and Recreation Services33.7
Health Care and Social Assistance14.1
Administrative and Support Services5.4
Other Industries10.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
StateOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs Average
NSW42.931.8
VIC25.225.5
QLD3.419.8
SA6.96.7
WA19.411.1
TAS1.72
NT0.51.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
Age BracketOutdoor Adventure GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.9-5.45.4
20-2424.8-9.99.9
25-348.1-23.323.3
35-4416.4-21.621.6
45-5442.9-21.121.1
55-590.0-8.68.6
60-640.0-5.95.9
65 and Over0.0-3.73.7

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryOutdoor Adventure GuidesCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males60.5Males53.8
Females39.5Females46.1

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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Most occupations in this group require a Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Sports Development Officers usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest education level. Registration or licensing is required for most of these occupations.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Outdoor Adventure Guides who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are physically fit.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    81% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and Training

    76% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  3. Psychology

    71% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  4. English Language

    70% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Biology

    56% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    90% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    84% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    77% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  5. Handling and Moving Objects

    76% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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