Each day will cover, in depth, different sections of the test.  The first day 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 over the course of the three weeks by the student. We will go over map and compass, the oral portion of the exam, and catastrophic event. The final day of the course, we will provide the information on applying for the test, test taking strategies, and proctor 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 pass. Successful students will continually review the information provided in this course until the date of their exam or mastery of the 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

  • Map and Compass
  • Parts of a map
  • Practical Skills

Catastrophic Event

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

Exam Prep

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


Participants must have a current First Aid certification or a plan to become certified after taking the course. *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: $120
Non Unity College Student: $250


Devon Kane – Including other guest speakers from the college faculty