Today we are delighted to feature Dave Lane as our Graduate Profile. Dave was recently awarded the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) Drysdale (Tourism Hospitality and Cookery) Award at the TasTAFE Student Excellence Awards.
Where are you currently working? I am currently working with the team at The Bruny Island Long Weekend.
What do you love most about your job? Working in the outdoors, the variety and challenges from different guests, having a swim after a day’s hiking, taking people through the rainforest on Bruny and waking up to the sounds of the birds in the forest.
What training did you undertake with TasTAFE? Certificate III in Guiding in second semester 2016.
What did you value about your training at TasTAFE? The way the course brought together such a diverse group of people, the very practical approach with plenty of field work, the new areas I discovered that I was interested in and the depth of knowledge and insight that was shared with us.
How has your training helped you with your Guiding career? The course gave me a great framework to use, it helped to broaden my knowledge and prepared me to work confidently as a professional guide.
What is your most memorable moment you have experienced on a trip? Being on East Cloudy Head in the bright sunshine, admiring the South Bruny cliffs and beaches below and then having a cold front pass underneath us and transform the area into a cool, misty and mysterious mountain.
If you could invite anyone on a trip, who would it be? I would have liked to have been able to take my Dad, who loved the bush and first introduced me to bushwalking all those years ago.
If you could give one piece of advice for someone contemplating a career in the outdoors, what would it be? Give it a go, put all your energy into it, learn from those around you and be open to the new experiences and opportunities that come along.
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