Is your passion cycling? Or do you see yourself working in the adventure tourism industry in Uganda? Would you like to be prepared to take on an active guiding role? If your answer to one of these questions is yes, then the bicycle guide course might be the perfect thing for you. Read here what it’s all about and how to apply.
Red Dirt Uganda and Bikesports Academy organizing a free 6-day bicycle guide course that will take place on May 17th-22th. For this very first edition only 10 spots are available. The training programme is from 8am-5pm at Lakeside Adventure Park and includes costs like boat transport, lunch and use of bikes. There is no enrolment fee! If interested sign up via the online application form.
The bicycle guide course will cover the main aspects that are part of a life as a bicycle guide. From the basics of understanding tourism in Uganda and hospitality training to in-depth teaching on how to design, test and guide a cycling trail.
Most of the course will consists out of practical training. This means being outdoor doing stuff. Test, fail and learn. Making mistakes is not a problem it’s a must to become a better guide. The course will be completed with a theoretical and practical test. After the course you will be able to:
Adventure tourism is hot! It’s one of the fastest growing types of tourism at the moment and cycling tours are an important part of this. And not only international, but also among Ugandans. Read more about how Corona had a massive impact on cycling in Uganda in this article. Did you know that Uganda is a rough diamond when it comes to cycling; mountain biking in particular? With its mix of landscapes, that can be both hilly and flat, Uganda has something to offer for every cyclist. The overall safety, the welcoming, English speaking population and the short distances between villages add to the potential for cycling. It is not surprising that the number of cycling tourists, bike events, tour operators that offer cycling tours and hotels and guesthouses that focus on this type of activities have never been higher than now…..and are still increasing.
The cycling tourism industry offers great potential for new jobs. But this potential is largely untapped as the tourism products and services are not fully developed. One of the key things that is missing are well-trained and knowledgeable service oriented bicycle guides. This is why Red Dirt Uganda and Bikesports Academy, in close collaboration with the Dutch government, developed a bicycle guide training programme. The training programme is part of a larger project, called Adventure Tourism Uganda that was set up with several Uganda-Dutch companies with the aim to promote adventure tourism and develop new products.
In the 6-day course you will learn how to safely handle a bike, get basic technical knowledge about bicycle mechanics, learn how to design, prepare and guide a cycling tour and be brought up to speed to the latest facts about tourism in Uganda and customer service. Wanna join? Hit the button below to apply