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Assistant Heliski Guide

The NZMGA Assistant heliski guide qualification has been introduced as a qualification for those who have no desire to lead guide in the heliski industry, nor to undertake ski touring guiding.



The NZMGA, in conjunction with NZHOG, have agreed to this qualification to bridge the special needs of the heliski industry.  ie the opportunity of lead guide positions is small, and the need is high for Assistant Heliski Guides who can work under direct supervision (by  an IFMGA, NZMGA Ski or grandfathered HOG lead heliski guide) via radio and meetings.
·   Ski Touring is NOT permitted
·   NO lead guiding.
·   Must be directly supervised* at ALL times.
*Directly supervised in the heliski context:
·            In radio contact with the lead guide or the helicopter that is with that lead guide that can relay messages between lead guide and Assistant Heliski guide.
·            Skiing terrain that has been approved by the lead guide.
·            Attends all meetings run by lead guide eg. Morning meeting, lunch time meeting and end of day meeting.