Let the Training Begin!
It’s still dark outside here at the ArborTrek Welcome Center, but we’ve got everybody together for a little morning meeting and the build team is introducing themselves to the new guides, then quickly being dismissed to keep working on the course. The trainees have lots to cover, from risk management to paperwork to technical skills, and three energetic trainers to help them. Mike Smith stands at the front of the room and starts in on a lesson about safety and risk, and trainers Jeff Pelon and Rhonda Sandweiss from S.T.E.P.S., Inc. chip in with advice of their own. As soon as it’s light out, the 6 new guides will be on the zip cables, learning the details and procedures of ArborTrek’s Canopy Tour. There is a lot to go over, but with long days and the right mix of classroom time and zip time, they’ll get everything done in six days, then take their practical exams and tour evaluations, and soon will be ready to take the public out in the air!