Nearly everyone I know, has asked at least once why I haven't got my New York State guide license. They recognized that I had been guiding friends and family for years, and could generate some income doing so for others. There are many benefits to be had by heading afield with a licensed guide, most of which revolves around education and safety.
For the most part, my past medical issues had kept me from pursuing my dreams. Since middle school, I had aspired to become a licensed guide. After graduating from high school, I decided to go into the medical field with the intention of saving up the money to start my own service. I passed the state boards exam, and immediately got a job. That was when I started to have the first signs of medical problems. The condition quickly escalated, and cost me my job. It also caused me to come to the realization that my dreams of becoming a guide were unattainable.
I spent many years suffering with no option, due to a lack in medical knowledge by our state’s surgeons. Fortunately, I was able to find a facility in Arizona that knew how to fix me. That was over a year ago, and for the past six months I have been certifying and taking all the classes needed to get my guide license. This past week, I finished my last class, and passed the test to get my CPR and first aid card. A special thanks to Matt Asma for allowing me to sit in and test locally. He saved me many miles of trave,l and will be headed down river with me soon. Of course, no charge for his efforts.