Guiding for KMT | Guide School - Kayak More Tomorrow

 

KMT Guide School

Do you dream of changing your profession and immersing yourself in the world of professional sea kayak guiding?


Do you qualify to be a KMT Sea Kayak Guide?
The position of a KMT Sea Kayak Guide is a leadership position; it is in no way a trainee position. Kayak More Tomorrow expects that all salaried sea kayak guides can do the job without any further training, coaching, or guidance from KMT’s internationally certified guides; we insist that every guide is IFSKGIA certified and meets the standards below:

Any KMT sea kayak guide has assured that this statement is true: A KMT Sea Kayak guide has the necessary training, experience, skills and abilities to provide the KMT standard of service to all KMT clients; as a KMT sea kayak guide I am an expert paddler with the highest international level of on-water paddling skills and abilities.

Kayak More Tomorrow has a clear and unwavering expectation that any and all sea kayak guides have extensive experience, training and practice in the following areas:

  • Gear care, maintenance, repair and cleaning
  • Unflawed customer interaction and service
  • Guiding sea kayak trips safely in all weather conditions and sea states
  • Instructing sea kayak lessons from beginner to advanced paddling skills; including specialty classes such as, for example Eskimo Rolling, Surfing, etc.
  • Teaching, instructing, training and mentoring participants in KMT’s guide school
  • To have an understanding and the knowledge of a guide’s workload on any type of trip
  • To gain local knowledge: a guide is expected to familiarize himself with all the coastal waterways he/she will be guiding on and to get to know what to expect in terms of weather, winds, tides and currents, etc. It is expected that this knowledge is acquired at the expense of the sea kayak guide; should be done prior to the start of the paddling season. At no time will Kayak More Tomorrow provide a sea kayak guide familiarization/exploratory time during the season.

If the above doses not yet describe your guiding abilities, then begin your guiding career at KMT’s Guide School. Our guide school offers you the chance to learn, practice and gain experience guiding in the classical sense.

If you have a burning desire to advance your guiding skills or want to begin working on obtaining your international guiding licence then spending the summer in Western Norway may be just what you are looking for. So, prove to us your motivation to make a start in the outdoor industry and we will to help you on your way to a new and exciting career.   

As a participant our KMT’s guide school you will have the chance to:

  • Work with real clients
  • Be instructed by the industries best and most experienced guides
  • Mentored sea kayak technical skills sessions
  • Log your guiding experience towards your international guiding certification
  • Learn the intricacies of the sea kayak industry starting from the ground floor.

And, as a student you will receive:

  • Free accommodation
  • Earn tips
  • Cash bonus for completing the 15-week guide school, which will go a long way to cover your expenses of being in Norway.

 

Sea Kayak Guiding is a Profession
Our client’s expect that their guides have the necessary training and experience to make the right decisions at all times. All those who paddle with a guide notice the immense difference from our highly qualified IFSKGIA guides to those who have little to no qualifications; it is therefore that we at kayak more tomorrow are committed to the education and the training of sea kayak guides.


KMT Guide School
Kayak More Tomorrow’s guide school encompasses 15 weeks; during this time aspiring sea kayak guides will be educated in all facets of sea kayak guiding; as well they will receive hands-on guiding experience. Through a comprehensive program that teaches sea kayaking from the perspective of the professional guide; the curriculum is certified by the International Federation of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors Associations (IFSKGIA). 

Demanding and rewarding, it delivers in-depth coverage of wilderness kayaking, navigation and leadership skills with a strong emphasis on decision making and risk management. The instructors for this course are themselves accomplished guides with many years of commercial guiding and expeditionary experience. Operated in the dynamic waters of Western Norway, this course is for anyone planning to pursue a career in sea kayak guiding.

  • Client orientation
  • Kayak design overview
  • Packing and Loading
  • Group travel formations
  • On-water group management
  • Cooking and food storage
  • Campsite selection and management
  • Paddling mechanics
  • Strokes and stroke instruction techniques
  • Bracing techniques
  • Chart reading and symbols
  • Tides and currents
  • Trip planning
  • Compass types and use
  • Natural ranges
  • Clothing and gear for guides
  • Wilderness skills
  • Weather Theory 
  • Weather forecasts and interpretation
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Daily planning and presentation
  • Minimum impact camping
  • Ethics for guides

 

  • Towing
  • Capsize recovery
  • Capsize rescues
  • Risk management ashore
  • Onshore travel
  • Leadership styles
  • Conflict resolution
  • Wave and surf theory
  • Surf landing and launching
  • Group management in following seas
  • Concepts of service
  • Communications systems
  • Gear repairs on-water
  • Emergency repairs ashore
  • Navigating in fog
  • Dead reckoning
  • Introduction to GPS
  • Risk assessment and avoidance
  • Emergency management
  • Emergency evacuation planning and procedures
  • Non-emergency evacuation options
  • Log keeping
  • Gear maintenance

On this course you will learn a wide range of guiding skills and get the opportunity to practice technical hard and soft skills in the field while guiding:

  • sea kayak cruise passenger excursions
  • day trips
  • multi-day trips
  • Instructing lessons, teaching the basics in paddling techniques.

And; you will develop sound judgement and decision making skills while gaining the confidence necessary to successfully lead groups of paddlers at sea. 

This intensive 15-week program covers all aspects of guiding sea kayakers at sea; includes the following components:

  • Theory
  • Weekly technical paddling skills instructional sessions
  • Daily personal practice sessions
  • Practical guiding experience

Note: it is very important to get in as many on the water practice sessions as possible during the 15 weeks of the courses duration, as this the only way that you will master the technical skills required of a sea kayak guide; where you will be assessed on your progress on a weekly basis.

Kayak more tomorrow’s commitment to the quality of its guide school is unwavering. Our guide school is accredited by IFSKGIA; upon completion of KMT’s guide school participants will have qualified for certification as an IFSKGIA Associate Sea Kayak Guide and Instructor. See the Associate Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor qualification guidelines below:

IFSKGIA Associate Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor
To obtain certification as a IFSKGIA Associate Guide an individual must be accepted into IFSKGIA Guide training program and have completed IFSKGIA’s guide course.

Step 1.   - Evaluation and admission to IFSKGIA guide leadership course

Step 2.   - Completed and passed IFSKGIA’s guide leadership course (15 weeks)

Step 3.   - log as a guide apprentice 60 days of commercial sea kayak guiding on class 1-2 seas (IFSKGIA) through an apprenticeship position with a IFSKGIA accredited company; under the mentorship of a IFSKGIA Senior Guide.

A IFSKGIA associate guide is a limited certification, in which the certified associate guide has 3 years to complete the requirements needed to qualify for certification as certified a IFSKGIA guide & instructor

A IFSKGIA Associate Guide:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Completed steps 1-3 of IFSKGIA guide training
  • Logged a min. of 100km on class 1-3 seas, in which a min. of 25km is on class 3 (IFSKGIA)

IFSKGIA certified associate guide and instructor are required to:

  • Complete all the guiding requirements; pass the guides’ exam, and IFSKGIA’s technical skills evaluation within 3 years of obtaining a IFSKGIA Associate Guide certification.
  • Member in good standing, by paying IFSSKGIA’s yearly membership fee
     

Kayak More Tomorrow’s Guide School Program
The first steps on your professional path to becoming a sea kayak guide. You will develop your sea kayak leadership abilities, expand your knowledge, skills and experience to a professional level. So join our guide school and transform your love of the outdoors into a full time career. 

KMT’s guide school is an opportunity suited only for those who are very motivated to become an internationally certified sea kayak guide. You must be able to demonstrate intense motivation, dedication, and commitment.

KMT’s guide school is not an employment position at KMT, however with guide school commitments, self-practice sessions, and working at the center it is more than a full-time job; rest assured, this is your chance to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and become the best guide you can be through involving yourself to all aspects of the outdoor industry of sea kayaking.

How do I become a guide school participant?
To qualify an applicant needs to demonstrate that they not only have the motivation to put in the time and effort required to learn all the skills required of a sea kayak guide, they must also demonstrate that they will dedicate their best efforts to all their tasks at KMT Ålesund.

Send a cover letter explaining why you think you’d be a great fit for Kayak More Tomorrow's Guide School along with your resume to: office@kmtnorway.com "Guide School Participant" in the subject line of your email.

All applications for our 2017 Guide School must be submitted prior to March 31, 2017; please note: We receive many more applications for our guide school each year than we have spaces for; therefore, it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

Kayak More Tomorrow’s guide school runs from: May 15 through August 27, 2017; all slots will be filled by April 1, 2017.

A suitable candidate for a KMT’s guide school is an individual that is highly motivated to put in the time and effort required to learn and practice all the skills required of an internationally certified sea kayak guide. This includes learning and mastering sea kayak technical paddling skills, guiding skills, judgment and decision making skills, guide etiquette and teamwork; as well gain as much valuable experience guiding as possible.
 

The Process:

The Preliminary Skype Interview
Once our recruiting team has reviewed your application they may contact you to set up a brief skype interview. 

KMT’s European hiring interview & workshop
For European applicants only; is mandatory if you want to be considered for KMT’s Guide School

Kayak More Tomorrow’s guide hiring interview & workshop takes place in Ålesund, Norway every year.  All Europeans that want to be considered for a sea kayak guide position or entry to KMT’s guide school are required to attend. 

KMT’s hiring interview & workshop is an intense 4-day interview session during which you will interact with other applicants and Kayak More Tomorrow staff in a variety of exercises that involve problem solving, teamwork, sea kayak mechanics and a little bit of public speaking, as well a brief sea kayak technical skills assessment will be conducted. It’s challenging and a lot of fun. 

To attend KMT’s guide hiring interview & workshop you need to apply for either a sea kayak guide position or entrance to KMT’s guide school, see our website for application details.

If you are European or residing in Europe and cannot attend KMT’s hiring interview & workshop prior to the season that you have applied for, then please wait to apply for the season in which you are able to attend.   

The cost of travel to and your stay in Ålesund during the KMT’s hiring interview & workshop is the sole responsibility of each applicant.

 

As a guide school participant, these are our expectations of your workload:
Kayak more tomorrow invests heavily in its guide school; as such expects that each guide school participant returns this investment through putting in their best efforts whiles participating in the 15-week guide school. It is our aim to create the best sea kayaks guides in the outdoor industry of sea kayaking.  

Working as an outdoor leader (sea kayak guide) entails long working hours in all kinds of weather. Kayak More Tomorrow expects that all guide school participants are familiar with the rigors and long working hours of the outdoor industry. As with everything in life the more effort you put in to the guide school the more you will get out of your summer.

All guide school participants are required to work at KMT Ålesund; the following is what a work shift may consist of:

Rentals  
Kayak More Tomorrow Ålesund rents out sea kayaks, SUP boards, and bikes.
KMT provides a short introduction and safety information for all rental activities; it is expected that this information is properly conveyed to our rental clients before they depart from the center.

Quality control
You shall ensure that the sea kayak centre is presentable at all times, this includes keeping the kayaks clean & dry (sponged out), stored correctly and in good repair, as well as, keep all other equipment cleaned, dried and stored neatly and properly.

Equipment Care 
You shall take equipment inventory, for all kayak more tomorrow equipment regularly (min. once a week). This includes sea kayaking equipment, camping equipment and food preparation equipment (camping kitchens) any discrepancy shall be reported to kayak more tomorrow management immediately. 

Sea Kayak Centre Duties
You shall keep the sea kayak centre clean and presentable at all times; you are also expected to assist with other duties and chores that keep the centre of operations running smoothly. 

Advertising and sales
You shall distribute and replenish kayak more tomorrow information to local businesses and other regional contacts; take appropriate action to promote and sell kayak more tomorrow paddling programs. 

Financial duties
Receive cash, Visa and MasterCard payments from clients and ensure that kayak more tomorrow program agreements are filled out correctly.

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

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