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Ward, Hayden
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Should You Invest in Satellite Communicators for Your Guides?

How Satellite Communicators Can Keep Your Guides Safe

Have you ever considered purchasing a few satellite communicators for your adventure sports business? Picture a moment when you reach for your handy cell phone, and you realize that you have no bars and no service. What happens if you need help or are faced with a scary situation?

Thanks to satellite communicators, you and your guides can embark on any journey without the fear of losing reception. Satellite communicators can send and receive messages due to the network of satellites orbiting above planet Earth. 

Here are a few benefits to owning a satellite communicator so you won’t be saying, “10-7 Out of service. Leaving to the air.”


One of the biggest advantages of providing your guides with satellite devices is being able to ensure communication at all times. If something goes awry or a medical emergency happens, the guide can get help—even in the backcountry. 

Offline Maps

GPS connectivity is typically built into most satellite devices. This means your location is trackable and can be shared with others. If a major storm or something reroutes your group and guide, you would be able to track them at various intervals. Interfaces such as Garmin’s MapShare, allow people to ping your device to request to see your location. There are also a few different subscriptions you can purchase to give you the ability to track at shorter intervals.

Most satellite communicators also include navigational features. App-based mapping, preloaded maps and the ability to create a route just how you would when using a GPS.

When Searching For A Satellite Communicator

One of the key ingredients for selecting a satellite communication device is battery life.  Most devices exceed a cell phone’s battery life which is important.  Some are even capable of holding 200 hours of charge which is a week’s worth of time.

Selecting a satellite communication device with a personal locator beacon gives your guides and yourself security knowing you can alert a search and rescue with a simple push of a button. These devices come with many bells and whistles such as SOS signals, live weather updates, and cameras.  Selecting the features which work best with your terrain and climate will support your staff and your guests on their adventures.  

Roger That! 10-4 Protection for Your Business

As the old saying goes, “Communication is key” for any business. If you or your employees face a serious situation, without a cellphone; satellite communicators can summon help and save lives. For all other threatening issues to do with your business, make sure you have the correct insurance policy on your side. Get the protection you need today and  request a free CBIZ Sattler Adventure Sport Insurance quote.

This blog may contain scenarios that are provided as examples only. In an actual claim situation, coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy issued. The information provided is general in nature and may be affected by changes in law or the interpretation of such laws. The reader is advised to contact a professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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