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Generic Adventure Site Guide

A skills programme for the professional adventure guide

This accredited program can be used as a foundation academic course for all adventure based activities including mountaineering, paddling, bungee jumping, kite boarding, surfing, 4x4 trails, canopy tours, mountain biking, etc.


Obtaining this qualification, along with a guiding technical competence, allows a guide to register with the Department of Tourism and work as a legally registered adventure guide in South Africa.

What is the Generic Adventure Site Guide course all about?

Although there are various levels and types of qualification, there is only one program that is ‘generic’ for adventure guides and allows a multiple of activity disciplines to be guided. This is the Generic Adventure Site Guide (GASG).

Although termed a "site" guide, the guide is not restricted to a geographical site as the word site applies to his or her adventure speciality that can be practiced in any place in the Republic. The word "generic" applies to the set of adventure tourism skills, knowledge and abilities that apply in all adventure guiding and does not restrict it to one activity.


However the guide is assessed ‘in context’ of the activity they wish to offer. The guide must be assessed under the specific adventure skills program (TG/ADVSITEGD/4/0080) registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) by CATHSSETA which encompasses range of adventure unit standards in order to be rated an adventure tourist guide.


While this may sound complicated it is actually the best way to professionalise the guide with the skills, knowledge and abilities that guides do need.

Which unit standards are covered in the GASG training & assessment?

The following SAQA registered National Qualifications unit standards for part of this skills programme:


335803 – Research and design a guided experience at a prominent tourism site (Optional)
335801 – Conduct a tourist guiding activity
262320 – Manage and organise groups
262317 – Lead participants through an outdoor recreation andadventure activity
262305 – Plan and implement minimum environmental impact practices (Optional)
262246 – Set up and operate a camping site (Optional)
255914 – Minimise and manage safety and emergency incidents
246740 – Care for customers
335816 – Conduct a guided adventure experience

How do I complete GASG training & assessment?

Option 1:

Attend a training course

with Venture Forth...


We offer traditional classroom-based courses run over 6 days at our lecture venue. We can also run private courses for companies or groups

Option 2:

A self-directed home study

with help from Venture Forth...


Home study, at your own time. With materials and support provided by Venture Forth. You submit the tasks as you go and then attend a day of coaching with an instructor.

Contact us for a consultation or to sign up

Option 3:

Self-drected online e-learning

directly with AQN...


Online study, at your own time. With materials and support provided by AQN. You submit the tasks as you go and then attend a day of coaching with an instructor from Venture Forth.

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