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Trails Guide Mentorship

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who has completed the Observer Trail requirements.


An Apprentice Trails Guide is required to log 100 hours with 40 encounters and then a further 50 hours and 10 encounters in the workplace.

FGASA Trails Guide Mentorship
Training Information

Trails Guide Mentorship

Once you have completed your Observer Trails, you enter the Apprentice Trails Guide Programme. Apprentice Trails Guides need to log a minimum of:

– 50 hours on trail as 2nd Rifle led by the Mentor (log a minimum of 20 encounters)
– 50 hours as 1st Rifle with the mentor as 2nd Rifle (log a minimum of 20 encounters)

The mentor (approved FGASA Professional Trails Guide or SKS (DG) Guide) functions as back-up and is the responsible guide in charge of the trail.

This can be in the workplace during guiding based activities, during a FGASA endorsed course, or during Wilderness or Backpacking Trails in areas where free-roaming dangerous game occur.

The Apprentice Trails Guide can accumulate some or all these hours while acting as 1st and 2nd rifle on trails where other candidates (who are not yet in the apprentice programme) are accumulating their observer hours.

Logging of 1st and 2nd rifle hours is interchangeable, in other words you do not have to log all 50 2nd rifle hours first and then all 50 1st rifle hours next.

A minimum of 40 encounters is needed with at least one encounter from each of the animal categories during the 100 hours as 2nd Rifle or 1st Rifle on trails.

Once the above has been completed the Apprentice Trails Guide needs to obtain 50 hours as 1st rifle in the workplace with guests (not in a training context) with a minimum of 10 encounters from at least 3 animal categories as 1st rifle. An approved FGASA Professional Trails Guide or SKS (DG) Guide) will function as back-up and is the responsible guide in charge of the trail.

Additional Trails Guide Mentorship Information

  • Mentored by a lead FGASA trails guide
  • 100 logged hours required to complete Apprentice Trails Guide
  • 40 game encounters from each animal category
  • 50 logged workplace hours with 10 encounters from 3 animal categories
  • For more information, see the FGASA website.
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