FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the EGA course compare to RYA I or RYA II?
The RYA I (Royal Yacht Association) course is aimed at those seeking a basic understanding of powerboating. The course is 1-day long and participants have to be a minimum of 8 years old.
The RYA II course is aimed at those wanting to be able to handle a powerboat in familiar waters by day. The course is 2-days long and participants have to be a minimum of 12 years old.
The Comprehensive Guide Course is specifically aimed at those looking to gain the competence and confidence to join the expedition industry. Participants learn with the exact gear used by the expedition industry, namely Zodiac Mark 5 boats with Yamaha engines. Alongside the in-depth driver training is the use of VHF radios and satellite phones for expedition operations. Use of GPS, compass, maps and charts for navigation in expedition environments and working as shore party (working with small boats/zodiacs). The course is 5-days of training and 3-days of certification and participants have to a minimum age of 18 years old.
Do the EGA offer training or assessments?
Both. We offer a range of courses covering core principles in expedition guiding. We also offer certification using qualifications from the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA).
Will I get a job after the course?
Our courses have been specifically designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the expedition industry. During training, our instructors are able to offer unique insights into gaining experience and work as an expedition professional.
Do I need to do the assessment?
Not everyone is looking for certification to match their skills and knowledge. If you are looking at gaining work as a professional guide, we highly recommend completing the assessments and gaining the certification.
Do I have to have previous experience to do the course?
No, our courses are designed for those with little or no experience. Built into the course are pre-course learning elements that can be done online before you begin your course. This way you have the foundations you need to build on during the actual course.
Is there something I can do before the course to prepare?
Once you sign up for the course we will send you the pre-course online learning module(s). These are designed so you can begin your professional development straight away.
Where is the training delivered?
We have training bases in Vindekilde, Denmark and Hokitika, New Zealand. We also offer a range of online learning.
Is there a minimum age for the course?
Yes, you need to be at least 18 years of age.
Do I need to bring my own gear?
Yes and no. As a professional guide, the industry will expect you to supply and be proficient with some gear. We supply the core items such as our zodiac (small boat), life jackets, VHF radio's, satellite phone, maps and charts. You'll need to arrive with a handheld GPS, compass and wet weather gear. We're happy to advise on the best personal gear when you sign up for a course. Being competent and confident with this equipment is essential as an expedition guide.
I’m already a guide, are there more advanced training options?
Yes, our comprehensive guide course can cater to those currently in the expedition industry. We also offer courses with more advanced zodiac training and skills.
Are the EGA and the PTGA the same thing?
No, the Expedition Guide Academy offers training and certification. The PTGA is a qualification authority. We use PTGA qualifications when we offer certification.
Does the PTGA offer training?
No, they set the qualifications framework and specifics for certification and qualified assessors run the assessments. Assessors typically work for companies that are members of the PTGA or certified Training and Assessment Providers (TAP's). The EGA is an accredited TAP.
Please feel free to send us an email with your questions. We realise seeking training and development can be a daunting process so we're here to help.