APU Outdoor Adventures offers a guide-training program for students interested in becoming a guide. We encourage those interested to attend an adventure trip with us to see what we are about. Our aim is to serve APU undergraduate students by providing opportunities for them to experience the wilderness, practice personal fitness, and integrate times of quietness into their life. We educate our participants as well as develop leadership in our guides to equip them to continue working in the Outdoor Industry.
As a guide receives more training, they move up in rank from year to year. Our most experienced guides have Wilderness First Responder training (or WEMT), a Class B Driver’s License, have been to several of our Guide Trainings, and attend our weekly guide meetings. Many of them have taken the Hiking class, Camping class, Winter Practicum and/or have spent a semester at the High Sierra campus.
Guide trainees must participate in three trips per semester and are invited to join our weekly guide meetings. Based on the trainees’ involvement, they may be considered for other guide positions the following year.
Assistant guides helps senior guides plan and implement one trip per semester. This position is not paid, however the cost of some trips will be covered and you will have all the other benefits of the senior guides. Funds are available to help offset the cost of an assistant guide’s training fees.
To become a senior guide, a student must complete a year as an assistant guide; however, there are exceptions based on competence and ability. Senior guides will be paid per trip, depending of the size of the trip and number of participants, and will be assisted by an assistant guide. Usually senior guides have WFR training, a Class B Driver’s License, and attended at least one Guide Training week in May.
Listed below are some of the development opportunities for guides:
|Guide Refresh, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles||Sept. 11–12, 2015|
|Fall Guide Training, Joshua Tree National Park||Nov. 20–22, 2015|
|Winter Guide Training, TBD||Jan. 14–17, 2016|
|Wilderness First Responder Course (WMA)||May 9–15, 2016|
|Guide Training School, Ansel Adams Wilderness||May 17–25, 2016|
During the school year, guides commit to the following:
- Lead, co-lead, or assist, at least two trips each semester, including gear preparation and clean-up.
- Attend a weekly staff meeting.
- Complete your required assignments/events.
- Applicants must be supportive of the goals and mission of a Christian, liberal arts education.
- Applicants must have completed 28 units at APU by the end of the spring 2015 semester, with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- No one may hold a guide position while on academic or disciplinary probation.
- Applicants must be able to participate in the training program (listed above).