Code of Conduct

1.Overall Scope // Overview // General Comments

The code of conduct of HMGA is a set of rules that outline good behavior. It promotes the good public  image of mountain guides towards their clients and the various institutions and the sincere rapport between them.

2.Field of competence

2.1 The field of competence of a mountain guide includes

Activities on mountains such as mountaineering, climbing, hiking, tours and activities the require equipment for winter sports such as ski touring and off piste skiing. With relevant additional training canyoning and working on heights with the use of specialized equipment in access and security could be included.

2.2 The mountain guide teaches all the activities mentioned in paragraph 2.1.For this purpose they use the most appropriate teaching methods. They offer students suitable learning conditions whilst becoming more independent. In that case, they could allow them to lead climb or climb as independent climbing partners as long as there is no unnecessary risk involved.  The number of students which they can have under their responsibility must not exceed his supervision ability

2.3 A mountain guide leads (guides) or accompanies a person or a group. They decide on the number of participants according to the local customs and/or rules, according to the abilities of his clients, the level of difficulty, danger, the length of the route as well as the weather conditions on the mountain

2.4 With additional supplementary training a mountain guide could also work as a coach in all athletic activities mentioned in paragraph 2.1

2.5 A mountain guide can function as a technical consultant for a member of his group, municipalities or other private or public groups in the field of their competence and especially when it comes to the organization of schools, expeditions or instructional congress etc

2.6 The field of competence of the mountain guy is relevant to:

Mountains and high altitude summits, adventure areas, rock, snow and ice.

All technical and natural structures which allow the mountain guide to apply his technical skills in activities that are carried out in structures such as mountain faces, boulders and/or indoor walls

Snow covered areas which include: ski mountaineering or off-piste skiing, skiing on the face of the mountain, winter ascents during which a variety of techniques are used.

2.7 The Greek mountain guide can practice his activities all over Greece and abroad. When they do so they should be informed, understand and respect local customs, ethics and rules

2.8 A mountain guide must respect the limits of activity areas of other professional groups and must follow the relevant legal assertions.

3.The position of the mountain guide

3.1 A mountain guide can work as a director of a mountaineering school or as a freelancer or as an employee

3.2 They can work as a freelancer for institution. Their position allows them to maintain their autonomy as far as the organization of his work is concerned

3.3 Independent of their position a mountain guide is responsible for all his own decisions and must decline any action he deems too risky or appears to be ethically doubtful.

In case of problem which concerns security they inform the relevant organizations. They can consult the code of contuct of HMGA or local rules or regulations

3.4 As an employee they are subject to the orders of their employer as long as those do not contradict paragraph 3.3

4.For general professional duties

4.1 All activities require attention, full knowledge and respect in relevance to  the estimation of conditions and abilities of clients. A degree of risk is always present in the field of competence of a mountain. The mountain guide can not predict the exact danger nor has the right to guarantee full safety to his clients

4.2 Α mountain guide can has to stay informed about current conditions and use the necessary modern equipment depending on conditions

4.3 When working, a mountain guide must always carry with them material for first aid or have access to it. The same goes for all materials that are necessary for them to responsibly undertake the relevant activity

4.4 They modernize their knowledge and techniques and skills and especially in the field of safety, rescue and orientation

4.5 While on mountains they answer questions of other mountaineers. They inform their colleagues and the relevant organizations about risks and extreme danger that they have discovered during their activity

4.6 In case of accident the mountain guide inform the nearest rescue centre or delegates someone else to do so. If possible they should provide help to the persons involved in the accident in a logical manner as long as they don’t expose their own clients to risk

4.7 Through their attitude the mountain guide contributes to the protection of nature

4.8 Mountain guides Anne must demonstrate devotion and mutual assistance. They should especially avoid competition amongst them and the mutual increase of the  level of risk as a result of this competitive way of thinking.

4.9 In the field of professional activities the mountain guide should be distinguishable by wearing their mountain guide badge in an obvious spot and should also carry their identity card

4.10 Paragraphs 4.2 and up to 4.8 are valid for athletic alpine activities which do not take place during professional activity

4.11 The mountain guide tries to have and maintain good working relations with people that are relevant to his profession

5.Rapport with the clients

5.1 The mountain guide is responsible to take care and look after his clients

5.2 The clients must be informed about the dangers in the activities that are carried out with mountain guides. The specific dangers and risks should be defined.

5.3 The primary goal of a mountain guide is to offer an invaluable experience to his clients. Because the mountain guide first and foremost looks after the safety of his clients, their expectations and abilities should be equalized with the actual conditions met

5.4 The mountain guide especially takes care of the safety of minors and especially in the different stages of their evolvement

5.5 The mountain guide must always be attentive and ensure that detailed agreements with the client have been stated; for example: the scope of the excursion, the payment of the guide (even if the route changes or the activity ceases) any other expenses etc

5.6 They teach  their clients responsible attitude depending on the conditions and develops their ability of self control and self responsibility. They must confirm the level of technical skills and ability of the clients and check the equipment before, during and after the activity

5.7 If a mountain guide has to for example help in or organize a rescue or if necessary techniques of mountain guides are requested they is allowed to leave their clients alone on the mountains. The guide must have responsibly evaluated the conditions as a prerequisite.

5.8 The decision to stop an excursion or change a route should be made in agreement with the client. The mountain guide has the right to decide alone for safety reasons. They should however explain as soon as possible the reasons for this decision to his clients.

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