Tour Guide Course Module One: Safety sample page
What to do if you encounter a dangerous creature
(And I mean the non-human kindJ!)
In most cases freeze, and breathe in slowly and quietly.
Then move away steadily – in the opposite direction. Don’t run, or draw attention to yourself by shouting or waving your arms: the animal’s instinct is to chase: Most creatures, insects or snakes will not harm you if they sense no danger to themselves. Shrieking, jumping around or running will alert the animal into protecting itself – probably by attacking you.
If you encounter a wild animal, look it in the eye and try to make your self seem bigger – open your coat, stand up on tiptoe. If you can, hide behind a tree, out of the wind (so your scent doesn’t carry).
To avoid encounters:
- Keep your distance.
- Don’t camp near rivers or ponds.
- Don’t approach wildlife.
- Talk while you walk.
- There’s no need to stamp your feet heavily but don’t tread lightly – snakes can feel the earth vibrate and will move away from you.
- Keep your hands to yourself – don’t poke around in hollow logs, leaf piles and so on.
- Shake all bedding, sleeping bags and rugs before and after use.
- Wear a wetsuit to minimise the effects of jelly fish stings
- Stay still – don’t disturb the water by splashing or flapping about
- Never go into water where signs warn of danger (you’d be amazed at how many people do).
- Stay within safety nets.
- If a beach is deserted there’s usually a reason why – look for notices before entering the water
Finally, remember the most dangerous creature on the planet is the mosquito – killing more than any other creature on the planet, followed by the fly. Wear repellent!
By contrast, in Australia -which has the highest percentage of dangerous creatures of any country- there is only one death per year caused by a shark, and only two per year from snake bites
Dangerous creatures, either from their poison, their sting or their bites:
Bears, sharks, jellyfish, snakes, spiders, elephants, buffaloes, scorpions, crocodiles, hippos, big cats, pufferfish (only if eaten), stingrays, frogs, flies…and mosquitoes
Self test questions:
- What is the most dangerous creature on the planet?
- What’s usually the best thing to do if you encounter a dangerous creature?
Tour Guide Course Module Two Sample page
Writing notices made easy
How a tour guide can write effective notices
- Writing notices on tour is one way of imparting information – however, never rely on a notice to give important information unless you have told the whole group to look there by a certain time and date
- Place your notice somewhere prominent – preferably close to reception, and make sure the group know where. Ask them to check by a certain time every day, just before or after hotel meals is a good choice
- Use your employer’s notice paper – it’s good advertising too – so the group can recognise it easily. Use blutack rather than sellotape /scotchtape, but not pins unless there is a pin board – hoteliers won’t like it if you damage their decor
- Write clearly, in bold letters, and keep it short
- Keep your notices in plastic wallets
- Suitable information for a notice:
departure times, exact locations of meeting points, things to take, costs (how much money needed for the next two/three days), where to change money, reminders, tips money, your mobile number, hotel or sightseeing metro station name, special events (sunset time at lovely viewpoint, time of monks’ walk early morning, and so on…)
NOT timetables, maps … anything they need to copy out rather than note in a few words or can memorise is not suitable for a notice!
Self test question
What kind of information is suitable for a notice?