Unit of competency details

SISOODR303A - Guide outdoor recreation sessions (Release 2)


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DeletedDeleted from SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package10/Sep/2019
Supersedes SROODR005A - Guide outdoor recreation sessionsN Based on SROODR005A but not equivalent. SISOODR404A incorporates outcomes of SROODR001A Apply basic outdoor recreation logistics06/Jun/2011

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 07/Jun/2011

Skill sets that include this unit

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SISSS00066 - Kayaking Guide White Water Grade 2Kayaking Guide White Water Grade 2Deleted1-5 
SISSS00099 - Trail Bike Guide - Day RidesTrail Bike Guide - Day RidesSuperseded1-2 
SISSS00007 - Abseiling Instructor Single Pitch (Natural Surfaces)Abseiling Instructor Single Pitch (Natural Surfaces)Deleted1-5 
SISSS00087 - Skiing Guide Overnight Intermediate Ski TouringSkiing Guide Overnight Intermediate Ski TouringDeleted1-3 
SISSS00035 - Challenge Ropes Course Manager (Low Ropes)Challenge Ropes Course Manager (Low Ropes)Deleted1-4 
SISSS00033 - Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (Low Ropes)Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (Low Ropes)Deleted1-5 
SISSS00023 - Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 3Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 3Deleted1-5 
SISSS00022 - Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 2Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 2Deleted1-5 
SISSS00043 - Climbing Instruct (Natural Surfaces) Single Top RopeClimbing Instruct (Natural Surfaces) Single Top RopeSuperseded1-2 
SISSS00040 - Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Multi Pitch LeadClimbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Multi Pitch LeadDeleted1-4 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 092101 Sport And Recreation Activities  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 092101 Sport And Recreation Activities  18/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to guide a non-instructional outdoor activity session for participants. This unit focuses on the application of skills to lead and monitor sessions in a safe manner. It requires the ability to utilise resources to ensure the welfare and satisfaction of participants and to facilitate and maintain group cooperation and interaction during the session.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to outdoor guides working in a controlled outdoor recreation environment with limited supervision and within clearly defined constraints such as type of site or group. It may also apply to those working as assistants with a more experienced leader in potentially non-routine or more complex activities.

This unit may also apply to outdoor recreation guides working for outdoor education or adventure providers, volunteer groups, not for profit organisations or government agencies.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.



Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

1. Access the session plan.

1.1. Confirm the aim  of the session  with relevant staff.

1.2. Confirm participant needs and special requirements .

1.3. Confirm logistical arrangements  with relevant staff according to relevant legislation .

1.4. Clarify points that are not clear with relevant staff.

1.5. Confirm arrangements and resources  with appropriate staff, organisations and participants .

1.6. Assess and confirm that specific risks are within acceptable limits.

2. Prepare participants for the session.

2.1. Conduct relevant assessments to determine the condition  of participants in consultation with relevant support personnel according to organisational policies and procedures  and relevant legislation.

2.2. Communicate instructions and relevant information  to participants in a suitable manner.

2.3. Check aspects of participants' dress or equipment  which may be unsuitable for the session.

2.4. Issue equipment and modify and or check condition for use by different participant groups.

3. Lead the group and monitor progress.

3.1. Provide and reinforce direction and advice  to the group during the session.

3.2. Demonstrate appropriate and safe techniques according to the proposed session.

3.3. Identify and monitor potential hazards  during the session and take action as required according to organisational policies and procedures.

3.4. Monitor individual participant's performance and safety  and provide feedback on techniques and usage of equipment.

3.5. Implement appropriate modifications to the session in response to changing conditions .

3.6. Encourage feedback and questioning from group members.

3.7. Respond to emergency or non routine situations  according to organisational policies and procedures.

4. Conclude the session.

4.1. Collect and check issued equipment for damage and wear according to organisational policies and procedures.

4.2. Provide participants the opportunity to give feedback and identify further needs.

4.3. Return the environment or facility to a condition acceptable for future use.

4.4. Supervise participants' departure in a manner appropriate to the situation.

5. Evaluate the session.

5.1. Determine areas  and methods of evaluation.

5.2. Acknowledge feedback from participants and other staff.

5.3. Identify areas where session could be improved and ways of obtaining this improvement.

5.4. Review own performance and identify potential improvements.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • clarify and confirm arrangements for the session with relevant staff
  • interact with participants
  • convey information about the session
  • seek feedback from participants
  • problem-solving skills to:
  • identify problems related to sessions
  • implement contingencies in response to non-routine situations
  • planning and organising skills to:
  • access and implement the session plan
  • monitor progression of participants
  • make modifications as required
  • literacy skills to interpret and seek clarification on session plans
  • activity-specific skills for identified planned outdoor recreation activities.

Required knowledge 

  • legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable the safe conduct of the outdoor recreation session
  • potential hazards associated with the session to enable prompt detection and control
  • techniques and skills appropriate to the session to enable participant needs to be safely met according to their abilities and needs
  • activity and site-specific Codes of Practice and guidelines to enable the session to be conducted according to these practices and guidelines
  • conflict resolution strategies for dealing with group and individual situations to enable the group to function cohesively
  • reasons for participation in an outdoor recreation activity to enable participant goals to be met through the session
  • risk analysis processes to enable accurate evaluation of the risk of planned outdoor recreation activities
  • activity-specific knowledge of identified planned outdoor recreation activities to enable these to match participants' capabilities
  • safe and appropriate dress and equipment for the outdoor recreation session
  • techniques appropriate to the session or activity to enable minimisation of injury
  • equipment safety standards to enable safe use of equipment.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • leads outdoor recreation sessions responsibly, using communication strategies and a participant centred approach to encourage participation and interaction
  • applies negotiation and contingency management techniques to deal with a range of problems and issues that may arise during the session and makes adjustments in response to changing situations
  • evaluates and reflects on own work performance to identify ways in which session outcomes and benefits to participants can be improved.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure the safe guiding of groups in outdoor recreation sessions that reflect the needs of a range of participants to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance

Assessment must also ensure access to:

  • controlled outdoor environments relevant to local requirements and specific activities
  • equipment and resources required for the outdoor activity including a suitable outdoor location, support staff and participants
  • documentation such as activity plans and checklists relating to equipment checks where appropriate.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of guiding an outdoor activity and interacting with a range of participants, including conveying information for safe participation in the activity and obtaining participant feedback
  • observation of dealing with contingencies such as changing weather conditions, unavailability of equipment or participant performance
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of factors that may influence participant performance in the outdoor session
  • evidence of self evaluation of performance
  • third-party reports from a supervisor detailing appropriate work performed by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • Relevant activity specialisations.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Aim  may include:

  • self improvement
  • fitness targets
  • lifestyle adjustments
  • comfort or discomfort levels
  • social.

Session  may include:

  • a task, game, activity or exercise in which the extent of instruction is minimal
  • a component of a sequenced program of individual sessions

Special requirements  may include:

  • age
  • medical condition
  • physical condition.

Logistical arrangements  may include:

  • site or location
  • equipment and resources
  • food requirements
  • water needs and usage
  • clothing requirements
  • access to facilities.

Relevant legislation  may include:

  • occupational health and safety
  • permits or permission for access
  • environmental regulations
  • marine regulations.

Resources  may include:

  • physical
  • human
  • financial
  • transport and related logistical requirements.

Participants  may include:

  • experienced
  • inexperienced
  • adults
  • children.

Condition  may include:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological.

Organisational policies and procedures  may include:

  • occupational health and safety
  • assessment of participants
  • privacy
  • time constraints and scheduling requirements
  • budget allocation
  • hire of equipment
  • environmental impacts
  • transport arrangements.

Relevant information  may include:

  • logistical details
  • personal equipment requirements
  • safety procedures
  • clothing requirements
  • common injuries
  • preventative measures for common injuries
  • objectives and nature of the trip
  • rules and codes
  • responsible behaviour.

Equipment  may include:

  • first aid kit
  • protective clothing
  • session-specific participant requirements
  • equipment required by the session organiser.

Direction and advice  may include:

  • how to negotiate a hazard
  • working in small groups to complete tasks.

Hazards  may include:

  • temperature extremes
  • slippery or unstable terrain
  • dangerous animals and insects
  • stinging trees and nettles
  • dense vegetation
  • group management hazards.

Changing conditions  may include:

  • weather
  • participant needs
  • equipment failure.

Non routine situations  may include:

  • lost or damaged equipment
  • unseasonal weather conditions
  • injuries
  • emergencies
  • communication breakdowns
  • phobias and panic in other group members.

Areas  may include:

  • original aims and objectives
  • client satisfaction
  • suitability and safety of facilities and equipment
  • content, structure and processes of the activity
  • personal and group objectives
  • personal performance.

Unit Sector(s)

Outdoor Recreation

Competency Field

Outdoor Recreation