Fishing Guides

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Fishing Guides

Fishing Guides - Preparation

To work as a recreation guide, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

There are no formal education requirements beyond high school. Guides may take college courses in leisure studies or physical education. These programs include courses in community organization, supervision, and administration.

On-the-job training

Most guides learn their outdoor skills from having recreation activities as a hobby. However, many of them learn their guiding skills on the job from an experienced worker. Training varies by employer and your skills. In general, you spend one season with an experienced worker.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.