Creating a Gateway
to an exciting life

for red-blooded people with infectious enthusiasm

BY Louis Willemse

Introduction

Guiding equips red-blooded young people with the stepping stones to recognize and exploit windows of opportunity. 

You are unique. The course provides an opportunity to expand this uniqueness while contributing to your team, community and the world.

To be considered for the selection process to our next fully-accredited February 2019 FGASA course, conducted with the support of Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve and Nomad tours, mail us an exciting CV.

Value-driven education
focuses on

Success of people, organizations and communities

we are associated with

&

On-going innovation to keep ahead of rapidly

changing tourism demands

Respect for

50 %
Ourselves
60 %
Others
70 %
Our constitution and the law
80 %
Cultural and natural environment

Be universally employable

Fields of study

Getting past the aptitude test is the very first step. Once accepted into the programme, we will explore the following exciting fields:

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Cosmology and Astronomy

The science of the origin and development of the universe. Celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. Stay in tune with a rapidly evolving space program.

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Geography and Geology

Study the physical features of the earth, its atmosphere and human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities.

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Weather Forecasting and Interpretation

The art of applying science and technology to predict the conditions of the atmosphere for a given location and time.

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Ecology - Marine and terrestrial ecology

Relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

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Botany and Biomes

A large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. Terrestrial biomes, typically defined by their climate and dominant vegetation, include grassland, tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and deciduous and coniferous forests.

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Animal and plant behaviour and tracking

The study of how animals interact with each other and their environments. (Remember humans are animals too)

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History

A study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
The driving forces of history: Greed | Power | Fear | Environmental change | Spirit of adventure

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Overlanding

Self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.

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Navigation and Advanced Map Reading

The art of accurately ascertaining one's position and planning and following a route. Determining position by observing landmarks, Stars, planets and the sun. We will construct and use an astrolabe, Viking compass and Indian Kamal.

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Cuisine and Etiquette

Trained by professional chef. A must have skill for anyone. Includes wine education.

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Photography and Art

The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

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Advanced First Aid

Help given to a sick or injured person until full medical treatment is available. Includes Emergency Management.

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Basic Science and Math

Intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

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Information Technology

Spread sheets, presentations, communication by letter and email, report writing.

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Budgeting planning and control

Bookings, itinerary planning and writing.

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Leadership and Management

Leaders exhibit honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and ethics. Leaders act in line with how they speak, have clear communication skills and earn the right to be responsible for others’ success.

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Public Speaking

Public speaking, lecturing, effective presentations, research, general knowledge.

Once you know what a window of opportunity is, you suddenly see hundreds

How do we do it?

We conduct education in a series of waves. Students have to ride the wave before it breaks and then have to paddle like hell to get into the next wave. Each wave represents an investment in progressive education to equip guides to ride bigger and better waves. The period between waves is used for self-study and/or practical field work. The candidate needs to drive this. Each wave of success leads to better benefits and opportunities. For example, a guide who makes it to wave five is ready to guide on luxury tours, but a guide should first prove he/she can ride wave four to be considered.

Attitude
Enthusiasm
Success

My Exciting Life

I have been involved in education for a large slice of my working life.

  • SA Navy - Ashore and at sea. Qualified as a British Royal Navy gunnery and weapons specialist.
  • IBM - Equal Opportunity Programme in 1972 to 83
  • IBM - Customer education and Business System Planning
  • Flying instructor - I produced many Private and Commercial pilots (Two for the Botswana Department of Agriculture)
  • FGASA - Since circa 2003. I do this freelance which gives me time for research and practical tour guiding
  • Adventurer - Travelled the length and breadth of India and Nepal for two years. Explored southern Africa by Jeep and bicycle for four years. Visited many African countries while at sea.

Esteemed Partners

We are not in the business of training professional guides. We are preparing people for a life beyond guiding.

Get in touch

We are not in the business of training professional guides. We are preparing people for a life beyond guiding. We are in the business of helping red-blooded young people recognize and exploit windows of opportunity through the medium of guiding. There are no roads a competent guide cannot embark on.

Services

  • Level 1, 2 & 3 Field Guide Mentorship
  • Marine & National Culture Guide Training
  • Tailor-Made On-Site Programmes

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"... Expect much from yourself and little from others. Thus, you will be spared much vexation..." ~ Confucius