Skills Snowmobile Operations Guide in Canada

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a snowmobile operations guide in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Outdoor sport and recreational guides (NOC 6532).

Expertise

People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Escort groups on outdoor sport and recreational trips
  • Assemble camping gear and supplies
  • Advise on specific regulations such as hunting and fishing laws and boating regulations, follow environmental guidelines and prevent violations
  • Plan trips
  • Prepare meals
  • Set up and take down camps
  • Provide outdoor, wilderness and wildlife instruction
  • Prevent legislation violations
  • Set up emergency shelters
  • Assist clients/guests with special needs
  • Address customers' complaints or concerns

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation.

Reading
  • Refer to books to identify fish species, flora and fauna. (2)
  • Read industry magazines to promote their professional development. (2)
  • Read training materials to learn new skills and knowledge. (2)
  • Read provincial angling guides to increase knowledge of local areas. (2)
  • Search equipment manuals (e.g., motor) to follow manufacturers' instructions and troubleshoot mechanical problems. (3)
  • Interpret legislation and regulations to comply with provincial (e.g., licensing, angling) and federal (e.g., Fisheries Act, Canada Customs) requirements. (3)
Document use
  • Refer to pictures in angling guides and books to learn about local species of fish. (2)
  • Issue fishing licences to comply with legal requirements. (2)
  • Read tables in government reports to obtain conservation data such as creel counts and fish counts. (3)
  • Complete accident report forms to document incidents as required for legal or insurance purposes. (3)
Writing
  • Write supplies and equipment check lists to prepare for trips. (1)
  • Write notes to remember ideas and comments. (1)
  • Record data in government surveys to provide conservation information. (2)
NumeracyMoney Math
  • Handle cash and make change. (1)
  • Exchange between Canadian and American currencies for American clients. (2)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Plan trip schedules to establish times for departure, travel, fishing activities, meals and return. (3)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure the length and girth of fish and calculate their weights using a formula. (2)
  • Convert from metric to imperial measurement systems (e.g., kilograms to pounds) and vice versa to accommodate the information needs of American clients. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • Calculate average weight and fish size. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the weight of a fish by sight. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time required to travel between two points on the water, considering factors such as weather conditions and the weight of the water craft. (2)
Oral communication
  • Interact with clients to provide information during pre-trip and post-trip meetings. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers (e.g., other guides) to collaborate in planning and operating trips. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to purchase goods and exchange information on products. (1)
  • Interact with other resource users such as hunters and local residents to exchange information about local conditions. (1)
  • Interact with clients to provide instruction on conservation techniques and safety procedures. (2)
  • Interact with clients to develop rapport by responding to their expectations, needs and limitations. (2)
  • Interact with clients to share stories and knowledge of the area (e.g., history, fishing information, flora). (3)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • A client makes a complaint. Freshwater angling guides must clarify the nature of the problem, and identify potential solutions in consultation with the client. (2)
  • The motor breaks down and the group is far from camp. Freshwater angling guides use their mechanical skills and knowledge to identify the cause of the problem and fix it as quickly as possible. (2)
  • There are no fish to be found in a bay where they are usually plentiful. Freshwater angling guides have to find fish while maintaining the group's energy and enthusiasm. Freshwater angling guides use their experience, knowledge of the area and fish finders to locate fish stocks, moving to new locations as required. (2)
  • A medical emergency arises when a client is injured. Freshwater angling guides assess the situation and develop possible contingency plans, considering resources available (e.g., radio, signalling equipment). They choose the best course of action and communicate this to clients, delegating tasks as required. Freshwater angling guides document the emergency and steps taken as soon as possible and contact the appropriate authorities. (3)
Decision Making
  • Make decisions about client and personal safety to minimize the risk of accidents. (2)
  • Make decisions about trip logistics such as where to go and how long to stay. (2)
  • Decide what section of the water to fish in when other water craft are present. They use knowledge, experience and judgement to make decisions and assess the results. (3)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Freshwater angling guides have some variety in their work activities but within routines for their pre-trip, guiding and post-trip duties. Their work priorities are determined by employers, client expectations and legislative requirements. There are recurring disruptions (e.g., fish population, poor weather) that require them to adjust daily schedules. They order tasks for efficiency. The work plan of freshwater angling guides is only somewhat integrated with that of others as they work alone or independently most of the time. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Recall the names and faces of clients and any special requests they have made.
  • Recall prior mechanical breakdowns when solving current problems.
  • Memorize regulations, and any annual changes, to comply with provincial (e.g., licensing, angling) and federal (e.g., Fisheries Act, customs) requirements.
Finding Information
  • Speak with area residents and observe other anglers to find out where the fish are. (2)
Digital technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, they use fish finders. (1)
Additional informationOther Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Freshwater angling guides mostly work independently or alone when preparing for trips and guiding clients. They may work with a partner or as part of a team occasionally. Freshwater angling guides participate in formal pre-trip and post-trip discussions with their outfitters/employers and co-workers to discuss methods for improving work processes, product quality, allocation of responsibilities or goals.

Continuous Learning

Freshwater angling guides continue to improve their skills and knowledge such as learning more about the history of an area.

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