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Offline frank

Tour Leader
« on: June 16, 2024, 03:26:16 pm »
So back in 2020, I got the idea that I wanted to lead bike tours.  I've been trying to beef up my resume ever since to make myself a reasonable candidate.

I took the (then available) Leadership Training Course.

I saw that ACA was looking for "basic first aid training, with wilderness first aid for certain trips."  I am now certified as a Wilderness First Responder and an EMT.

There was a request for Leave No Trace training, so I went and got a Leave No Trance Master Educator (Level 2) certificate.  (I not only practice Leave No Trace, I train trainers in Leave No Trace.)

I have done several tours with Adventure Cycling Association, including van supported and self contained trips.

This year, I am doing 5 long distance (approximately 20 people / 300+ miles / 7 days) self contained tours with another outfit, and I am an assistant.  (I don't get paid, but I don't pay for the tour either.)

I've had interviews with several major outfitters, but so far no offers.  Adventure Cycling hasn't shown any interest at all.

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Tour Leader
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2024, 06:55:46 pm »
Frank, welcome to the ACA Forums!

Since they do not seem to be leading as many self-contained tours as in the "golden years", they may only need 1 or 2 new ones a year.  I assume existing tour leaders get 1st dibs. 

As you say, there are other groups out there so keep trying.

Tailwinds, John