CPR and First Aid Training, Monday, February 24, 2020, 6pm-930pm

On Monday, February 24, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG) in partnership with Red Rock Search and Rescue (RRSAR) will again offer the American Heartsaver/AED and First Aid Training, including a Stop the Bleed segment, exclusively for LVTGG membership, work colleagues, family, friends, and other tourism professionals.

Training covered will include: adult, child and infant CPR; hands on use of an AED (defibrillator) device; wound care, bleeding control, splinting and other common medical emergencies.

All medical supplies will be provided by RRSAR, and each student will receive a first aid book and certification card.

This training is being offered at a low, special rate of $47 pp, payable at time of registration, and funds go directly to the 100% volunteer, not-for profit, RRSAR, to support the incredible and impressive work they do for our community, Southern Nevada, and Utah.

RRSAR Commander, Donald Moore, has organized this intensive CPR and basic life support training session, and it will be facilitated by Vice-Commander Smith, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief. Chief Smith has added plans of action especially relevant for tour guides and colleagues. Commander Moore says,

“In this single, hands-on, 3.5 hour training class, your members will walk away with a 2-day class under their belts, not offered by most CPR training workshops.”

This class is designed for a minimum of 12 and maximum of 30 persons, so we urge you to register and pay ASAP! Share this valuable training opportunity with other guild members and your extended community. The education/training committee will offer Certification Continuing Education credits to all attendees that have earned Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide status.

The link to Register and Pay is highlighted at the bottom of the post below.

Date: Monday Feb 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Fee: $47.00 ($45 donation to RRSAR + $2 LVTGG to cover bank fees)

Location: 340 Villa Monterey Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145
Located near Buffalo & Alta
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/XnyR1u73M672
Web Site: www.redrocksar.org

Dress for comfort – jeans and a t-shirt are perfect.

For questions regarding this invite or payment contact Babs Daitch, LVTGG, Past President, at (702) 370.6961 (text is best method), or email at thanksbabs@gmail.com, using RRSAR CPR Training as the subject heading.

If you have questions regarding the training content, please contact RRSAR, Vice-Commander, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief, Steve Smith at (708) 516-2063 or by email at steve@redrocksar.org.

Space is limited! Reserve your space, today!

LVTGG and RRSAR CPR Certification and First Aid Training

After submitting your registration and payment, you will receive email confirmations of both.

If you register and pay, then it’s clear you intend on attending the training, but we understand that things can change. Therefore, refunds of the $45 (minus the $2 bank fee) will be possible until 8 days prior to the training – IF you have confirmed the cancellation directly with Babs Daitch by Feb 16. After that, any refunds are not guaranteed and there are no refunds possible within 48 hrs of the training.

If you are unable to commit right now but would like to express your interest in attending the training, please email Babs Daitch at thanksbabs@gmail.com.


Certified Las Vegas Tour Guide Training Program

The LVTGG Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide Training Program (CPTG) is open for registration!

We are pleased to announce that the CPTG program can be started at any time as there are very limited date-specific meetings, which will be scheduled throughout the year based on demand. Participants will receive access to program documents and details on a self-contained section of the guild website.

The LVTGG promotes professionalism in the Las Vegas guide and tourism industry, and it is part of our mission that Las Vegas guides demonstrate accurate knowledge and fluency on local and regional topics. The CPTG program is designed to build and test the knowledge and skills a Professional Las Vegas Guide must have, and completing the training is a key component of attaining certification by the guild as a Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide.

For more information about the LVTGG training and certification programs, visit our CPTG page.

The cost of the CPTG training is $75 and it is open only to LVTGG Members. Current Members can register for the program when renewing their membership via the Renewal Application or, if they have already paid their current-year dues, by a stand-alone CPTG registration form. New Members can join the guild and register for the CPTG training using the New Member Application. Registration and payment of Dues and CPTG fees can be completed online via the respective forms here.

For specific questions not answered on the CPTG page, please Contact Us.

SPECIAL OFFER: Through January 2020, New Members who join the guild and register for the CPTG Program at the same time will receive a discount of $15 off the standard New Member dues.

Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide Training


UPDATE: The 2015 CPTG class has ended and was a great success. Congratulations to the 9 guild members who successfully completed the program and have attained their CPTG certification!

If you are interested in taking the training class in the future, please send us a message and we will notify you when the next class is scheduled. Most likely it will be in the spring of 2016.


The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG), a professional association of tour guides and travel companies promoting the integrity of tour guiding in Nevada, invites Las Vegas guides and other interested persons to register for the guild’s Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide (CPTG) training program which will begin March 15, 2015.

The eight session CPTG program provides in-depth focus and training on information and skills relevant to Las Vegas tour guides. Participants receive the valuable added benefit of sessions held in stimulating locations such as the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, the Mormon Fort, and on-site in Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, as well as a number of special guest speakers and trainers throughout the program.

Most classes will be held on consecutive Sunday afternoons, with a few exceptions for holidays and site visits. Classes are beginning Sunday, March 15, and will culminate with a final examination. Those who successfully complete the course will receive certification from the LVTGG as being a “Certified Professional Las Vegas Guide.”

Topics include:

  • Practical Guiding Skills and Information
  • Geology and Flora & Fauna
  • Native Americans, Explorers, Pioneers, and Miners
  • The genesis and evolution of Las Vegas, including:

– The Mormon Fort and Helen Stewart
– Downtown and the Railroad
– Hoover Dam, the military, and the Atomic Age
– The Strip, from its origins to today
– Matrimony, Gaming, the Mob, Corporations, and Mega-Resorts

  • Regional locations and attractions
  • Meet & Greet and Event Protocols
  • And more!

For a limited time the CPTG program is being offered for just $50 for current members of the LVTGG. This special offer is available only through March 1 has been extended! LVTGG membership is a requirement of the training program, and annual LVTGG membership is $40.

Registration and payments can be completed on the guild’s website.

For more information, please visit www.lvtgg.com/cptg, or contact the Education Chair, Jerry Perkins, at training@lvtgg.com.

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is a membership organization of tour professionals and members of the travel and tour industry who live and work in the Las Vegas area. The Guild advocates for the advancement of Las Vegas tour guides and tourism, and provides a liaison between tour guides, employers, and the community. In addition, through training and familiarization visits, the Guild strives to improve the local tour industry and ensure quality service for Las Vegas area visitors.

West Rim Road Update



Courtesy of Wikipedia

For those of us that dread that “dirt”road on the way out to Grand Canyon West, otherwise known as Pierce Ferry Road. Fear no more, they started the paving process today!

The first part comes off the normal pavement and extends down what some of us used to refer to as “snake back road”.  The switch-backs are gone. Its now a sloped road with a soft curve at the bottom.

They have removed the rock crushing equipment and are now in the final prep or at least the final grading of the rest of the new roads.  Looks like they will be doing it in stages.  Still a lot of stop and go, flagmen during the day.  So expect delays.  Today we had three stops and a delay of about 20 minutes total.

I was told the end of June for completion and it looks like they will make it.

Go Tour The Linq



Courtesy of Wikipedia, N. Stiller

The Linq and High Roller are some of the newest hotspots in Las Vegas and every Las Vegas guide should be familiar with them.

The Linq is the $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district patterned after The Grove in Los Angeles and is located between the Quad (Imperial Palace) Linq Hotel and the Flamingo.  It is anchored by the High Roller, which is currently the world’s tallest observation wheel and amazing to see up close.

When the property opened, we were some of the first to go and explore it. One thing that many people enjoy is how different and kind of “far away” it feels from walking the Strip.

Caesars has hit a home run with the High Roller, building a skyline-enhancing attraction that helps Vegas  maintain its status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”  To make sure you tour it right, go into the Linq Concierge office just past the water fountain.  There you will find friendly Linq Concierges who can give you all the info about the High Roller and shops and restaurants at the Linq.

Tour Groups and The Wheel

For tour groups they have a valet area literally located under the wheel which can accommodate small buses and limos. There is a separate entrance and lobby for charters and groups at the end of the pedestrian area, basically under the High Roller, and a pullout for (2 – 3) motor coaches immediately south of the High Roller on “Linq Way.”

Each of the 28 pods holds up to 40 persons and takes about 30 minutes to go all the way around.  Drinks purchased at an on-site bar can be taken on board, and some specials are offered that include unlimited drinks during your ride. You can buy out a pod or pods for groups.



Go See Lonnie Now!

Lonnie 2

If you claim to be a Las Vegas Tour Guide and never toured the Lonnie Hammargren House, you are not a true tour guide!  Just my opinion… But seriously, this house(s) is a must see for all Vegas Tourist Guides.  It may also be the last weekend he does this.  So Go This Weekend!!   Lonnie Hammargren Home Open This Weekend

When we first started The Vegas Tourist Podcast in 2006, Lonnie was the first person we interviewed.  The Vegas Tourist Podcast He even gave us a private tour that will remain etched in my mind as probably the most interesting of all tours I have ever been on!  If its not in a museum, its here…

  • Part of the Stratosphere roller coaster is here
  • Signs from most of the classic casinos that are gone are here.
  • Liberace piano is there along with his staircase from Radio City Music Hall

Its Vegas history, he is Vegas history…  Go see it.  It’s worth the $10