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The Oregon State Marine Board registers those individuals who provide outdoor recreational activities for compensation on land or water they do not own or control. These individuals, called Outfitter Guides, are required to provide the state with proof they are adequately insured and bonded, have basic First Aid and CPR skills, carry the required minimum safety equipment, and if using a boat, carry either a US Coast Guard license or OSMB Motorized Passenger Boat Operator’s Certification, depending upon the waterbody. Outfitter Guides also agree to conduct themselves according to a set of Ethical and Professional Standards, and are held responsible to them as well.
If you’re thinking of becoming a guide, and you’d like to accept some sort of payment or benefit for assisting or instructing people on fishing, hunting, rafting, biking, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, photographing or other similar outdoor activity on land or water you do not own or control, you first must be registered through the Marine Board. An Oregon Outfitter Guide registration allows you to guide in Oregon. It does not take the place of local, state or federal use permits, and is required to be issued a permit from federal agencies such as the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or National Parks. Make sure to check with other agencies to determine if any local, state or federal permits are required to provide guided activities on those lands/water. Links to our applications and forms are to the right, or you can apply online at our Boat Oregon Store . Please call the Outfitter Guide desk for additional assistance or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Certificate of Liability Insurance not less than $500,000 combined single limit per occurrence covering the Outfitter Guide and their employees which result in bodily injury or property damage must be current and on file at the Marine Board. The certificate must match the name and/or business name on the application; list the Marine Board as the certificate holder; list the operations (activities) covered and if applicable, the types and number of boats used.
A current certificate issued to the Outfitter Guide and each employee or party of interest that meets the minimum standards set by the American Red Cross (Internet courses with no hands-on testing of CPR skills are not acceptable). Contact our office for a list of acceptable providers if you are unsure. A copy of the certificate for the Outfitter Guide must be submitted. The Outfitter Guide is responsible to make sure all employees carry valid First Aid /CPR certification.
The Outfitter Guide must provide the names, addresses, dates of birth, and First Aid/CPR certification expiration dates of all employees, agents, and parties of interest who physically provide or who directly assist in physically providing outfitting and guiding services. Those employees of fishing guides who conduct, lead or assist in angling activities, or operate or assist in the operation of a watercraft used for angling activities must be individually registered as Outfitter Guides. Prior to providing services, the Outfitter Guide must notify the Marine Board by submitting the information by mail, email, or "Account Update" link in the sidebar, noting any additions or deletions of employees.
A valid USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) must be carried by all Outfitter Guides or employees who operate a motorized boat in federally navigable waters of the United States. If operating a motorized boat on non-federally navigable waters, the operator must have either a MMC or an OSMB Motorized Passenger Boat Operator's Certification (MPBOC). Copies of these certifications must be submitted or already on file. See our "Guide Oregon" manual for the information regarding applying for the MPBOC.
A $5,000 Surety Bond in the amount of $5,000 naming the Oregon State Marine Board must be submitted for any Outfitter Guide or their agent who accepts deposits more than $100 per person. An agent may be a broker, representative or booking company or website that may accept money on your behalf. A deposit is any money accepted in advance in anticipation of services to be provided.
Check this chart for a quick reference to the safety equipment required for the type of guided activity or guide decal issued.
For the complete list, please refer to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 250-016-0075 - 0077 (for whitewater, inland, and non-boating guides) and OAR 250-015-0010 (for charter guides.)
If you are conducting your guiding service under a business name, all business corporations and Assumed Business Names MUST be registered with the Oregon Secretary of State's Business Registry. For more information or to register, go to: sos.oregon.gov/business.
All Outfitter Guides are required to report incidents that occur while guiding to the Marine Board within 48 hours of the incident. Notwithstanding the requirements for reporting boating incidents, Outfitter Guide incidents are defined as an act which results in:
In Oregon, a Waterway Access Permit (WAP) is required for each non-motorized watercraft in use over 10' in length. Oregon registered motorized boats with current registration do not need an additional permit. The WAP Permit fee must be purchased separately from the Outfitter Guide Registration. Out-of-state motorized boats are required to purchase a $20 AIS Permit fee per boat.
Waterway Access Permits can be ordered through our Boat Oregon Store beginning January 1, 2020.
For questions about the permit purchasing options, visit the WAP FAQ page or email email@example.com.
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