A logbook – which we issue – proves your experience in the field. You cannot qualify without a convincing logbook signed off by supervisors or lead guides. You need at least 21 days logged for each skill (hiking, rafting etc) for entry level guiding. Each skill requires its own logbook.
Keep up your record of experience!
It is important to keep logging your trips even after you qualify. The “scope” you are awarded as a guide depends on how many, how varied, and how difficult your trips have been. After qualifying you can increase your scope by submiitting more recent logs to us.
While logbook templates are available online, we prefer the paper book. The reason is that you need each completed trip to be signed off by a senior person on the spot. That’s not always easy in remote locations.
When it comes to submitting evidence of experience for your GASG qualification, we require a summary logsheet of your experience. The Assessor will probably require to see the logbook but what you provide as documentation for the Portfolio of Evidence is the logsheet (it can be done as an Excel spreadsheet or use the paper version shown here).
If the Assessor is satisfied with your logbook you may submit the logsheet without new signatures – the Assessor can sign off for you.
Logs can go back three years and must be as up to date as possible. You are also required to sign a Declaration of Authenticity for your logs.
When you enrol for GASG we automatically send the logbook and logsheet to you for copying. You may ask for them before registering too.