Recreational Guide Training


Devon Kane
Including other guest speakers from the college faculty/staff


The Recreational Guide Training takes place over two weekends and is designed for the experienced and aspiring outdoor professional. Each weekend will cover, in depth, a different section of the test. The first weekend will focus on the oral/skills portion of the exam. This section can be reviewed at the individual’s own pace and requires self-directed study that can be done during the course by the student. The next weekend covers the remaining portions of the exam: map and compass and catastrophic events. The final day will be used to provide information on applying for the test, going over some strategies, and proctoring a mock exam. This course will cover all of the materials that are expected to be on the Maine Recreational Guide exam, but is not a guarantee that you will pass. Successful students will continually review the information provided in this course until the date of their exam for mastery of content knowledge. The official Inland Fisheries and Wildlife certifying exam is not included in this course. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for, and send in the application.

We will cover the following topics:

Oral/ Skills 

  • History of Maine Guides
  •  Boating, ATVing, Snowmobiling, Fishing, and Guide-specific laws and regulations
  • Maine flora and fauna
  • Canoes, Kayaks, and SUPs

Navigation Portion

  • Parts of a map
  • Parts of compass
  • Map & compass use
  • Practical Skills

Catastrophic Event

  • First Aid Scenarios
  • Lost Hiker
  • Pre-Trip Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Group Management

Exam Prep

  • Preparation for the day of the exam
  • Practical test taking strategies
  • Application/ process of becoming a guide
  • Mock exam

Those who wish to apply for a State of Maine Recreational Guide exam must have at least a current Basic First Aid certification.  Check our website for these trainings.


Unity College Student $250
Non-Unity College Student $350