2020 Tour Guide Training
Sat, Mar 21 from 8:30am - 4pm
SAF tour guide training only takes place once a year and you must attend the all-day training. The focus is on developing the presentation/public speaking skills needed to become a SAF tour guide. We will also provide you with an introduction to architectural styles, and more detailed information about SAF and our tours. In advance of the training you will receive a tour script to review (but you are not expected to learn it). The day also includes a light breakfast and lunch and all materials. You will work alongside an experienced tour guide/mentor throughout the day and throughout your training who will provide coaching and answer questions you may have.
In addition to the day of training, you will need to be available for two additional activities, a practice tour/walk-through and a free public tour with an audience. You will work in a small group alongside your tour mentor during these sessions. Each group will be learning a different tour, so it’s important that you be able to attend both sessions in the group. If you are interested in leading tours for youth, you must be available on occasional weekdays for school field trips.
Don’t forget to become a member of SAF! The training is free, however we do encourage everyone who goes through training to become a member (if you are already a member, thank you). A discounted volunteer membership is available for $30.
Pick one Group when you register (includes practice tour/public tour dates):
Group A – Art Deco:
Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, April 4, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (tour is from 10-12PM but guides need to arrive early and plan to stay late for feedback).
Group B – Greatest Hits:
Saturday, March 28 from 10 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, April 4 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (the tour is from 10 AM – 12 PM but guides need to arrive early and plan to stay late for feedback).
Group C — Greatest Hits:
Sunday, March 29 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 5 - 12:30 AM - 3:30 PM (tour is from 1-3 but guides need to arrive early and plan to stay late for feedback)
Group D - Youth Tours: must be available to lead tours during the weekday for school fieldtrips
Friday, March 20 - 2:00PM - 4:00PM (Skid Row to Skyscrapers)
Saturday, March 21- 12:00PM- 4:00 PM (Eye Spy Seattle)
After you complete these activities, you will co-guide along with another guide for at least four tours over the course of the year before you can lead on your own.