Good thread indeed. Getting me fired up for some cold, wet boating here soon.
I have run several guide trainings ( now mostly retired cuz I like to drink and boat
), and one of the most important things is how well you work with everyone.
Knowing your place as Raftus mentioned, is ver important.
Experience didn't matter a bit to me. How much you learned during training and how good your attitude was made all the difference. If you were trainable you worked.
Going back to my first year. 20 of us went through training, seven got "hired". Slim amounts of guiding at first, but I had a CDL, WEC cert and could cook so I worked almost full time at first and was pullling doubles by seasons end.
This was in Idaho. Froze my ass off during training - it snowed on us several times. And I don't regret any of it one bit. Bonus of really cold training is the female candidates had no reservations about getting naked to get dry at trips end.
Oh wait this is your daughter right?
Well it was too cold to do anything about it.