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Do you have a family member, friend, co-worker or student that is blind or visually impaired?
Have they shown interest in or do you think they may be interested in partaking in outdoor sports and recreation?
Is there a lack of support / resources in your area for that person to be actively involved?
With a little research and motivation, you can help out someone with a visual impairment. There are a couple organizations that already have programs that we would highly recommend.
The pursuit of being a sighted guide starts with your own experience. For example, you probably don’t want to guide someone down a river in a kayak if you’ve never kayaked before.
Some characteristics of great guides:
- Experience…A great guide will be well skilled in the activity which they are guiding.
- Confidence often goes hand in hand with experience. Confidence can be heard through one’s voice and actions. A lack of or confidence or being over confident can make someone visually impaired question the guides’ ability whereas being confident can create a trusting bond.
- Communication is key. This should be worked on from the moment the team starts working together. Everyone communicates slightly differently but it is important to try and understand the others perception.
- Realize that everyone is different with different abilities and different ways of doing things. For example, some people like to be guided from the front and some from the back and with different levels of communication.