Outdoor Adventure Skills Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2020

Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$3,221.20 per semester*
$9,472.36 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Complete a variety of administrative tasks specific to outdoor adventure leadership including trip plans, health documents, and insurance waivers.
  • Protect the outdoor natural environment by using appropriate outdoor strategies and skills.
  • Develop communication, leadership and facilitation skills by engaging with peers and instructors in various outdoor adventure trips and activities.
  • Apply effective risk management strategies to provide a safe environment for outdoor pursuits.
  • Plan and implement safe and effective non-commercial adventure experiences in appropriate settings.
  • Participate successfully in various adventure activities such as canoeing, tripping, snowshoeing, backpacking, rockwall climbing and camping and keep personal records using a log of field experiences.
  • Select the appropriate equipment and clothing for a variety of adventure pursuits.
  • Complete industry-related certifications in various chosen outdoor adventure skills and related certification courses offered during the program.
  • Maintain the proper level of fitness and health for selected adventure skills and for the outdoor climate.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 75

In this course, students will experience training and certification in several outdoor adventure skills. Students will also have the opportunity to receive certifications in the following: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 4 certification (16 hours), Wilderness and Primitive Skills (2 days), Certified Hike Leader (7 hours). Course will a include field trips to go wilderness hiking, white-water kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking. Course will include a fitness training component.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

Units/ Hours: 52

In this course, students will learn and have an opportunity to experience skills related to successful outdoor adventure participation. Students will be given a chance to apply trip planning and leadership skills as they relate to proper clothing selection, personal hygiene, group dynamics, risk management and food organization and preparation using both fires and cook stove. The students will be given an opportunity to complete their ORCKA Canoe Tripping 1 or 2 certification through a 3 night-4 day flatwater canoe trip.

Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students learn personal and interpersonal skills transferable to adventure programs and trips. Students examine leadership theory, acquire group management and decision making skills and apply this knowledge to the area of adventure leadership. Self-awareness and developing sound leadership judgement will be emphasized. Outdoor skill teaching and group facilitation are other key skills developed through experiential applications in class and outdoors.

Units/ Hours: 45

The growth of trail-oriented creation in the past 25 years has been phenomenal. The increase in population and the popularity of walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling has led to an ever increasing demand for trails. This course will provide students with knowledge and basic skills in the design and construction of a variety of recreational trails. Design principles such as trail standards, configuration, and master planning will be taught in lectures. Trail construction and maintenance techniques taught in the lab, such as hand tools, slope determination, and type of tread material.

Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will learn some of the skills required for a successful outdoor adventure expedition including strategies related to gear preparation, selection and organization, route planning, map reading skills, trip budgeting, clothing selection, weather prediction, menu planning and food preparation. Field experiences will provide opportunities for practice and assessment of practical outdoor trip planning skills.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 60

This course includes several opportunities for students to develop certification and training in key areas of outdoor leadership. Students will be able to attain certification in Bronze Cross Life Saving. In addition, Wilderness First Aid and an Ice Safety and Rescue training will be offered. These certifications will add to the repertoire of certifications from Semester 1 to give the students a solid base of technical skills in outdoor adventure pursuits.

Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces theoretical and practical applications to dealing with risk in the outdoor adventure industry. Accident theories, perceived and inherent risk, duty of care and negligence are studied. The Canadian legal system, liability, waivers and releases and insurance will be looked at from a broad adventure industry perspective while risk identification, mitigation, managing emergency response and documentation are covered from a leader's perspective.

APST 122
Units/ Hours: 40

The Outdoor Programming Camp is hosted by Tim Horton's Memorial Camp near Parry Sound, Ontario. During the public school's March Break, Outdoor Adventure students will experience an intense week of winter programming as a counselor and program organizer supporting by Tim Horton's senior staff and Fleming faculty. Student pairs will work with up to 8 children, 9-12 years old for 7 days. Pre-camp training includes camp policies briefing and counseling skills training.

Units/ Hours: 30

his course provides an introduction to Tourism and Trends in Outdoor Adventure. Specifically, students will explore technology trends, travel experience trends and destination trends in Adventure tourism. As well, students will explore emerging adventure products and be introduced to the specialized sector of Therapeutic Adventure.

Units/ Hours: 52

In this course, students will experience a guided winter field trip with an emphasis and skills of cold weather camping and outdoor winter pursuits. This experiential credit provides an opportunity for development of winter skills including shelter building, dressing for winter activity, backcounty skiing and snowshoeing. The students will experience an excellent model of winter outdoor program delivery that is both challenging and enjoyable.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.