Outdoor Adventure Diploma


Welcome to one of the most exhilarating college programs on earth – Outdoor Adventure! Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley is the leader in outdoor training in Eastern Canada. Our graduates have a career where they truly love what they do and work wherever in the world they want to!

Outdoor Adventure Grad Wins The Amazing Race Canada!

Amazing Race CDA2

Our Outdoor Adventure program teaches students to be prepared in all kinds of situations, including The Amazing Race Canada! Partners Pete Schmalz, Outdoor Adventure grad 2010 and Mickey Henry are the season 2 champs after they took an early lead on the final leg during a rafting challenge that required them to paddle across the Ottawa River, thanks to Pete’s expertise as a river raft guide and the skills he learned during his time at Algonquin College, Pembroke Campus. Learn more >>

For Fall 2014: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD):  As a student in this BYOD on-campus program, use this BYOD Checklist for step-by-step instructions to access program device requirements, downloading software, logging on to your email and Blackboard account, and more.

Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 6780X01FPM
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides professional guide training with the theoretical and practical skills required to work in the global outdoor adventure industry. Partnered with Wilderness Tour (Canada's largest outdoor adventure company) students can acquire national certification in a selection of disciplines. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a well-grounded background in three main principles: safety of self and others, respect for self and others and respect for natural and cultural environments.

Students gain theoretical knowledge in the business side of the industry through courses, such as: computer applications, accounting, risk management, industry analysis, leadership and ethics, marketing and customer service, and communications. Half of the course hours focus on outdoor practical training. Students learn a wide variety of adventure activities including whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, winter survival camping, alpine skiing, and mountain biking. In addition, students take part in several multi-day expeditions.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the outdoor adventure tourism industry.
  • Are concerned about social, economic and environmental sustainability and want to personally learn more about (SEE).
  • Are committed to guiding and teaching others in a variety of envrironments.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment across Canada and around the world. Students have the opportunity to obtain industry-related certifications enhancing employment prospects. The combination of technical skills certification, leadership and risk management, and industry and business study creates multiple career paths and graduates that are in demand. Entry-level positions, such as wilderness trip leaders, kayak guides, ski patrol, climbing or snowboard instructors are seasonal in nature and are combined to create year-round work and travel opportunities. Parallel industry positions may include outdoor education, logistics planning and support. With relevant field experience, graduate's training may allow them to move to senior and guide manager positions, such as ski school director, terrain park manager or program coordinator. Several graduates have purchased an existing business or started their own adventure company, ranging from whitewater rafting to international adventure travel. The Outdoor Adventure program has built a reputation of high quality graduates, and it is up to the incoming student to preserve and enhance that reputation.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ADN7104 A broad overview of ecological concepts and issues is provided. The ecological foundation that students need to understand the environment and the impacts of development on a variety of ecosystems is also presented. Concepts that are covered include ecological principles, sustaining biodiversity and humans as agents of change. These ecological principles are studied and discussed in the context of current ecological issues, as they relate to local, regional and global sustainability. Ecology A broad overview of ecological concepts and issues is provided. The ecological foundation that students need to understand the environment and the impacts of development on a variety of ecosystems is also presented. Concepts that are covered include ecological principles, sustaining biodiversity and humans as agents of change. These ecological principles are studied and discussed in the context of current ecological issues, as they relate to local, regional and global sustainability. 45.0
DAT7110 Students learn to apply, appropriately and effectively, standard word processing, spreadsheet and database software to business applications. Optimizing the utilization of their mobile learning device for both theory and skills courses is another focus. In addition, students combine these software applications with presentation software to produce effective marketing and instructional aids. Emphasis is given to software which is most common and utilized globally in an effort to enhance students' readiness to work in an international setting/industry. Computer Applications Students learn to apply, appropriately and effectively, standard word processing, spreadsheet and database software to business applications. Optimizing the utilization of their mobile learning device for both theory and skills courses is another focus. In addition, students combine these software applications with presentation software to produce effective marketing and instructional aids. Emphasis is given to software which is most common and utilized globally in an effort to enhance students' readiness to work in an international setting/industry. 45.0
ENL7777 Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
GED7105 Professionalism and ethics are the foundation for those preparing for leadership roles in the workplace, community and educational settings. By exploring the different facets of leadership theory and ethical dilemmas, students develop decision making, judgment, and personal value positions that form the basis for the examination of professional conduct and personal accountability. Professionalism and Ethics Professionalism and ethics are the foundation for those preparing for leadership roles in the workplace, community and educational settings. By exploring the different facets of leadership theory and ethical dilemmas, students develop decision making, judgment, and personal value positions that form the basis for the examination of professional conduct and personal accountability. 45.0
OAD7103 This first of four expeditions in the program is to introduce students to a challenging variety of rafting rivers and commercial operations. Destinations may include rivers in Quebec or United States, allowing students to apply their guiding, rescue and river skills in new settings. Students are required to observe and evaluate a variety of successful commercial operations and initiate trip log and trip reporting. Outdoor Expedition This first of four expeditions in the program is to introduce students to a challenging variety of rafting rivers and commercial operations. Destinations may include rivers in Quebec or United States, allowing students to apply their guiding, rescue and river skills in new settings. Students are required to observe and evaluate a variety of successful commercial operations and initiate trip log and trip reporting. 40.0
OAD7104 Students are provided with an introduction to their diploma program and to the skills training component. Based at the Wilderness Tours site, activities include whitewater rafting, team building activities, and the start of skills training courses. The Fall Camp is a means for Outdoor Adventure students to become better acquainted with the policies, procedures and expectations of their program. Fall Camp Students are provided with an introduction to their diploma program and to the skills training component. Based at the Wilderness Tours site, activities include whitewater rafting, team building activities, and the start of skills training courses. The Fall Camp is a means for Outdoor Adventure students to become better acquainted with the policies, procedures and expectations of their program. 24.0
OAD7105 Students develop camping and cooking skills in a backcountry setting. Core topics are: the camp triangle, shelter and sleep systems, layering systems, food preparation and presentation for commercial settings, as well as an introduction to navigation basics using map and compass. This course incorporates a certificate in Leave No Trace camping and travel techniques at the "Trainer" level. Camp Craft Students develop camping and cooking skills in a backcountry setting. Core topics are: the camp triangle, shelter and sleep systems, layering systems, food preparation and presentation for commercial settings, as well as an introduction to navigation basics using map and compass. This course incorporates a certificate in Leave No Trace camping and travel techniques at the "Trainer" level. 16.0
OAD7106 This course offers students both a theoretical and practical introduction to search and rescue techniques. Students revisit navigation skills in order to organize and lead a rescue scenario in the field. Emphasis is placed on the core elements of a search and rescue operation, where students are actively involved in a night search and rescue scenario involving live victims in the field. Search and Rescue This course offers students both a theoretical and practical introduction to search and rescue techniques. Students revisit navigation skills in order to organize and lead a rescue scenario in the field. Emphasis is placed on the core elements of a search and rescue operation, where students are actively involved in a night search and rescue scenario involving live victims in the field. 16.0
OAD7110 Students learn river rescue techniques as they pertain to canoes, kayaks and rafts. Hypothermia and drowning, rescue in moving water, improvised rescue, rope system rescue and rescue simulations are covered in this introductory course. This course is standard training for employment in the river industry. River Rescue I Students learn river rescue techniques as they pertain to canoes, kayaks and rafts. Hypothermia and drowning, rescue in moving water, improvised rescue, rope system rescue and rescue simulations are covered in this introductory course. This course is standard training for employment in the river industry. 24.0
OAD7111 Modern whitewater kayaking: kayak equipment, strokes and concepts, rolling and rescues are introduced. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of moving water and kayak safety. All skills are performed on Class I to II moving water. Whitewater Kayak I Modern whitewater kayaking: kayak equipment, strokes and concepts, rolling and rescues are introduced. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of moving water and kayak safety. All skills are performed on Class I to II moving water. 32.0
OAD7112 Students learn the fundamentals of paddle raft guiding. Students become familiar with such techniques as driving, ferrying, drifting and surfing. Scouting, hazard identification, strokes, communication and teamwork are core elements. By course completion, students are comfortable to guide class III whitewater. River Rafting I Students learn the fundamentals of paddle raft guiding. Students become familiar with such techniques as driving, ferrying, drifting and surfing. Scouting, hazard identification, strokes, communication and teamwork are core elements. By course completion, students are comfortable to guide class III whitewater. 48.0
OAD7114 Students learn basic flatwater skills that are necessary to earn instructor certification. They are educated in canoe construction, equipment, strokes, and tandem and solo paddling. Focus is placed on learning basic canoe skills and structuring a canoe class. Flatwater Canoeing Students learn basic flatwater skills that are necessary to earn instructor certification. They are educated in canoe construction, equipment, strokes, and tandem and solo paddling. Focus is placed on learning basic canoe skills and structuring a canoe class. 32.0
OAD7115 This is an introductory course in mountain biking offering the student instruction in biking equipment, basic bike repair, and riding technique. Soft cycling skills, riding responsibility and leadership are core elements of this course. Students participate in a full day mountain bike tour. Cross Country Cycling I This is an introductory course in mountain biking offering the student instruction in biking equipment, basic bike repair, and riding technique. Soft cycling skills, riding responsibility and leadership are core elements of this course. Students participate in a full day mountain bike tour. 16.0
OAD7126 Students develop specific skills required to manage themselves in an outdoor climbing environment. Rock climbing, belaying techniques, equipment, core knots and rope systems are covered. A belay certification is awarded upon completion of skills testing. Rock Climbing I Students develop specific skills required to manage themselves in an outdoor climbing environment. Rock climbing, belaying techniques, equipment, core knots and rope systems are covered. A belay certification is awarded upon completion of skills testing. 32.0
OAD7200 The basis for leadership and a career in the outdoor adventure industry is presented. Decision making, judgement, and client safety are examined through case-based learning; trip planning and instruction. Group management skills are acquired through theory and practical exercises. Students review the program expectations with respect to the graduate portfolio (ODA level 04 and ODAN level 03), the industry work term requirements (ODA level 03 and ODAN Level 03) and/or the optional Co-op Educational Employment Experience which takes place between Levels 02 and 03 (Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program). This course is considered essential to the program and, as such, a passing grade is required in order to advance to the next level. Outdoor Adventure Leadership The basis for leadership and a career in the outdoor adventure industry is presented. Decision making, judgement, and client safety are examined through case-based learning; trip planning and instruction. Group management skills are acquired through theory and practical exercises. Students review the program expectations with respect to the graduate portfolio (ODA level 04 and ODAN level 03), the industry work term requirements (ODA level 03 and ODAN Level 03) and/or the optional Co-op Educational Employment Experience which takes place between Levels 02 and 03 (Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program). This course is considered essential to the program and, as such, a passing grade is required in order to advance to the next level. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ACC7200 Students learn practical accounting concepts including the balance sheet, recording changes to financial position, journal entry transactions and end of period adjustments. Students learn to spot trends, making timely adjustments and informed business decisions. Accounting Students learn practical accounting concepts including the balance sheet, recording changes to financial position, journal entry transactions and end of period adjustments. Students learn to spot trends, making timely adjustments and informed business decisions. 45.0
ENL7655 This course continues from Communications I to help you achieve graduate level communication skills. Topics include workplace and employment correspondence, reports, presentations and other communication skills required in the outdoor adventure industry.

Prerequisites: ENL7777
Communication for the Outdoor Adventure Workplace This course continues from Communications I to help you achieve graduate level communication skills. Topics include workplace and employment correspondence, reports, presentations and other communication skills required in the outdoor adventure industry.

Prerequisites: ENL7777
45.0
MKT7300 Students explore and analyze various components of the marketing discipline including market research, product pricing and costing, service as a primary product, advertising methods, target marketing, factors in consumer preference and assessment of guest satisfaction. Sustainability (economic, social and environmental) as a marketing concept is studied as are marketing and providing customer service to and for an international/global market/clientele. Marketing and Customer Service Students explore and analyze various components of the marketing discipline including market research, product pricing and costing, service as a primary product, advertising methods, target marketing, factors in consumer preference and assessment of guest satisfaction. Sustainability (economic, social and environmental) as a marketing concept is studied as are marketing and providing customer service to and for an international/global market/clientele. 45.0
OAD7202 This course is a multi-day winter expedition with direct focus on winter camp craft and winter travel techniques. Students apply and demonstrate such skills as; map and compass/GPS navigation, meal preparation, Leave No Trace techniques and group management skills. Winter Expedition This course is a multi-day winter expedition with direct focus on winter camp craft and winter travel techniques. Students apply and demonstrate such skills as; map and compass/GPS navigation, meal preparation, Leave No Trace techniques and group management skills. 24.0
OAD7213 Cross country skiing is introduced. Classic striding (or skating) technique, equipment knowledge, waxing and basic fitness are covered. Nordic SkIIng I Cross country skiing is introduced. Classic striding (or skating) technique, equipment knowledge, waxing and basic fitness are covered. 16.0
OAD7214 Students are provided the basis for living out-of-doors comfortably in a winter environment. Winter shelter construction, layering for cold weather winter activities and warm sleeping, are core elements of this course. Winter Camping and Survival Students are provided the basis for living out-of-doors comfortably in a winter environment. Winter shelter construction, layering for cold weather winter activities and warm sleeping, are core elements of this course. 24.0
OAD7216 Focus is placed on the sport of ice climbing with emphasis placed upon safety in the vertical environment, ice climbing technique and equipment. Students meet or exceed the ability to climb grade III ice.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
Ice Climbing I Focus is placed on the sport of ice climbing with emphasis placed upon safety in the vertical environment, ice climbing technique and equipment. Students meet or exceed the ability to climb grade III ice.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
16.0
OAD7217 This intensive first aid course is designed for professionals who work in remote settings. Principles of management and decision making are highlighted. Special emphasis is placed on prevention, traumatic injuries, illness assessment, accident scene management, long-term patient care, leader responsibility and liability, advanced medical aid kits, wound cleaning, evacuation procedures and working with Emergency Medical Services. Students must have current Standard First Aid prior to registering in this course. Wilderness First Aid Skills This intensive first aid course is designed for professionals who work in remote settings. Principles of management and decision making are highlighted. Special emphasis is placed on prevention, traumatic injuries, illness assessment, accident scene management, long-term patient care, leader responsibility and liability, advanced medical aid kits, wound cleaning, evacuation procedures and working with Emergency Medical Services. Students must have current Standard First Aid prior to registering in this course. 72.0
OAD7218 Students are exposed to theoretical and practical applications dealing with risk in the outdoor adventure industry. Risk assessment, systems-based planning and prevention, control and mitigation strategies are studied. Managing emergency situations, training, planning and documenting are covered from the guide's perspective. The Canadian legal system, liability and negligence, waivers and releases and insurance are looked at from the business perspective. This course is considered essential to the program and, as such a passing grade is required in order to advance to the next level. Risk Management - Outdoor Adventure Students are exposed to theoretical and practical applications dealing with risk in the outdoor adventure industry. Risk assessment, systems-based planning and prevention, control and mitigation strategies are studied. Managing emergency situations, training, planning and documenting are covered from the guide's perspective. The Canadian legal system, liability and negligence, waivers and releases and insurance are looked at from the business perspective. This course is considered essential to the program and, as such a passing grade is required in order to advance to the next level. 45.0
OAD7220 Students are introduced to alpine ski and snowboard techniques and equipment. This course utilizes CSIA and CASI teaching progression and techniques and serves as an introduction and preparatory course for students to take the CSIA or CASI Level I instructor course. Skills are marked according to the CSIA and CASI Level one instructor standard. Alpine SkIIng and Snowboarding I Students are introduced to alpine ski and snowboard techniques and equipment. This course utilizes CSIA and CASI teaching progression and techniques and serves as an introduction and preparatory course for students to take the CSIA or CASI Level I instructor course. Skills are marked according to the CSIA and CASI Level one instructor standard. 96.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED6780 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
MGT7230 This course deals with personnel functions including human resources concepts, principles and practices. Students learn techniques of personnel administration (staffing, development, incentives, and discipline). Effective management principles and employment responsibilities in personnel administration are learned (communication, decision making, motivation, change and leadership). Human Resources This course deals with personnel functions including human resources concepts, principles and practices. Students learn techniques of personnel administration (staffing, development, incentives, and discipline). Effective management principles and employment responsibilities in personnel administration are learned (communication, decision making, motivation, change and leadership). 45.0
OAD7107 Various aspects of earth science and life systems are studied. Topics provide students with information they can incorporate into guiding and outdoor educational activities. Field trips, assignments and class labs allow students to apply their knowledge and develop natural history interpretation skills. Topics include glacial landscapes, global geological processes, plan/wildlife identification and forest ecology/sustainable forest management. Weather is also discussed so students can understand/interpret weather and make short-term weather forecasts. Understanding the Natural Environment Various aspects of earth science and life systems are studied. Topics provide students with information they can incorporate into guiding and outdoor educational activities. Field trips, assignments and class labs allow students to apply their knowledge and develop natural history interpretation skills. Topics include glacial landscapes, global geological processes, plan/wildlife identification and forest ecology/sustainable forest management. Weather is also discussed so students can understand/interpret weather and make short-term weather forecasts. 45.0
OAD7304 Students apply their leadership and technical skills by facilitating certain activities within the Level 01 Fall Camp. In addition, students review relevant program policies and procedures and begin their skill training courses. Leadership Camp Students apply their leadership and technical skills by facilitating certain activities within the Level 01 Fall Camp. In addition, students review relevant program policies and procedures and begin their skill training courses. 24.0
OAD7307 This multi-day expedition takes place in a large river/lake fresh water environment. Sea kayaking, Leave No Trace practices, open water hazards, the lake and river environments, navigation, marine charts, land and water group management practices, and ecological interpretation are among the many skills either newly learned and/or reviewed, refined and applied. Sea Kayak Expedition This multi-day expedition takes place in a large river/lake fresh water environment. Sea kayaking, Leave No Trace practices, open water hazards, the lake and river environments, navigation, marine charts, land and water group management practices, and ecological interpretation are among the many skills either newly learned and/or reviewed, refined and applied. 100.0
OAD7400 The history, current status, and future trends of the different segments within the adventure travel industry are discussed. Through industry analysis, students examine market players, participants, growth areas, and professional associations in different active and geographic regions. Land and resource management are examined for their role and relevance to adventure tourism both in Canada and internationally. The Outdoor Adventure Industry The history, current status, and future trends of the different segments within the adventure travel industry are discussed. Through industry analysis, students examine market players, participants, growth areas, and professional associations in different active and geographic regions. Land and resource management are examined for their role and relevance to adventure tourism both in Canada and internationally. 45.0
Elective: choose 3 Hours
OAD7342 Guides develop the skills for commercial guiding in both paddle rafts and oar rigs. Paddle crew management, verbal communication and efficient movement in current is emphasized in the paddle raft, while oar based pulling and portagee (push) techniques, rigging for multi-day trips, and running safety in the rowing rafts. A rescue module follows the guidelines set up by Rescue Canada and the Specialist Level 3 curriculum, including anchors and mechanical advantage and qualifies for certification.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7112
Raft Guide - Paddle and Oar Rig Guides develop the skills for commercial guiding in both paddle rafts and oar rigs. Paddle crew management, verbal communication and efficient movement in current is emphasized in the paddle raft, while oar based pulling and portagee (push) techniques, rigging for multi-day trips, and running safety in the rowing rafts. A rescue module follows the guidelines set up by Rescue Canada and the Specialist Level 3 curriculum, including anchors and mechanical advantage and qualifies for certification.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7112
48.0
OAD7343 This course offers advanced skill development in all aspects of rock climbing. Emphasis is placed on edge management, top anchor and top belay setup, rappelling, mach lead climbs in both traditional and sport, ascending and improvised rescue systems. The fundamentals of becoming a climbing instructor and guide are covered.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
Rock Climbing II This course offers advanced skill development in all aspects of rock climbing. Emphasis is placed on edge management, top anchor and top belay setup, rappelling, mach lead climbs in both traditional and sport, ascending and improvised rescue systems. The fundamentals of becoming a climbing instructor and guide are covered.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
48.0
OAD7344 This course prepares students for canoe trip leading. Trip planning, logistics, navigation, group management and safety are covered via a multi-day trip. Tandem and solo moving water paddling and rescue modules round out this skill set.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7114
Canoe Guiding This course prepares students for canoe trip leading. Trip planning, logistics, navigation, group management and safety are covered via a multi-day trip. Tandem and solo moving water paddling and rescue modules round out this skill set.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7114
48.0
OAD7345 This skill development course is targeted to more comfortable and aggressive paddlers by continuing the technique progression towards instructor certification. Starting with technique improvement, self and assisted rescue, basic playboating and adapting to big water conditions are developed and applied to teaching and leading beginner kayakers. Teaching kayak strokes, concepts, rolling, group management, and boat-based rescue offers the opportunity to gain Level 02 kayak instructor certification. Students who select this course should be comfortable paddlers and be able to roll.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7111
Whitewater Kayak Instructor This skill development course is targeted to more comfortable and aggressive paddlers by continuing the technique progression towards instructor certification. Starting with technique improvement, self and assisted rescue, basic playboating and adapting to big water conditions are developed and applied to teaching and leading beginner kayakers. Teaching kayak strokes, concepts, rolling, group management, and boat-based rescue offers the opportunity to gain Level 02 kayak instructor certification. Students who select this course should be comfortable paddlers and be able to roll.

Prerequisites: OAD7110 and OAD7111
48.0
OAD7350 Students enhance their wilderness travel skills while experiencing a multi-day backpacking expedition. Land based navigation, Leave No Trace instructor training and advanced camp craft techniques are core topics. Backpacking Guide Students enhance their wilderness travel skills while experiencing a multi-day backpacking expedition. Land based navigation, Leave No Trace instructor training and advanced camp craft techniques are core topics. 48.0
OAD7351 This instructor level mountain biking course enables participants to further develop their personal riding techniques, teach basic to intermediate riding techniques, execute mountain bike day-trips and acquire a basic knowledge of sustainable singletrack trail design. Students will plan and lead day-trips to various local trail destinations and take an active role in single track trail construction. This course incorporates daily mountain bike rides with distances ranging between 15km and 40km.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
Mountain Bike Guide/Trail Steward This instructor level mountain biking course enables participants to further develop their personal riding techniques, teach basic to intermediate riding techniques, execute mountain bike day-trips and acquire a basic knowledge of sustainable singletrack trail design. Students will plan and lead day-trips to various local trail destinations and take an active role in single track trail construction. This course incorporates daily mountain bike rides with distances ranging between 15km and 40km.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
48.0
OAD7352 This guide-level cycle touring course takes an in-depth look at the cycle touring industry, with a focus on learning and executing industry-specific standards for cycle touring guides. Emphasis is geared towards planning and executing multi-day cycle touring trips, client management, as well as equipment packing and care, and retrieving industry related information for successful trip planning. A multi-day cycle tour with daily distances ranging between 50km to 90km, is incorporated.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
Cycle Touring Guide This guide-level cycle touring course takes an in-depth look at the cycle touring industry, with a focus on learning and executing industry-specific standards for cycle touring guides. Emphasis is geared towards planning and executing multi-day cycle touring trips, client management, as well as equipment packing and care, and retrieving industry related information for successful trip planning. A multi-day cycle tour with daily distances ranging between 50km to 90km, is incorporated.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
48.0
OAD7353 Guides integrate paddling skills, on-river management and logistics planning in a multi-day whitewater trip format. Students learn logistics planning for transportation, gear management and group travel. On-river group management integrates kayak and oar rig safety in a technical river setting. This course is open to those who have taken the kayak instructor or raft guide electives, and builds upon the boat handling skills developed in those courses.

Prerequisites: OAD7345 or OAD7342
Multi-Day Whitewater Guide Guides integrate paddling skills, on-river management and logistics planning in a multi-day whitewater trip format. Students learn logistics planning for transportation, gear management and group travel. On-river group management integrates kayak and oar rig safety in a technical river setting. This course is open to those who have taken the kayak instructor or raft guide electives, and builds upon the boat handling skills developed in those courses.

Prerequisites: OAD7345 or OAD7342
48.0
Level: 04 Hours
MGT7422 Concepts learned in previous accounting, marketing, human resources, and industry courses and provides students with basic skills required in planning, establishing and operating a business in the adventure industry. A major focus is on financial planning and budgetting, but includes project management and logistics. Students demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills. The Business of Outdoor Adventure Concepts learned in previous accounting, marketing, human resources, and industry courses and provides students with basic skills required in planning, establishing and operating a business in the adventure industry. A major focus is on financial planning and budgetting, but includes project management and logistics. Students demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills. 60.0
MKT7321 Digital media has changed how marketing is created, delivered and consumed. Students learn specific tools and strategies to leverage new media avenues. Web-based applications, social networks, brand creation and customer relationship management are addressed. Digital imaging, video and audio material are applied to a variety of media. Marketing and New Media Digital media has changed how marketing is created, delivered and consumed. Students learn specific tools and strategies to leverage new media avenues. Web-based applications, social networks, brand creation and customer relationship management are addressed. Digital imaging, video and audio material are applied to a variety of media. 45.0
OAD7401 Advanced Expedition is designed as the culmination of all expeditions within the Outdoor Adventure program. Students complete all logistical planning. Advanced outdoor skills and leadership are expected to be demonstrated. Advanced Expedition Advanced Expedition is designed as the culmination of all expeditions within the Outdoor Adventure program. Students complete all logistical planning. Advanced outdoor skills and leadership are expected to be demonstrated. 72.0
OAD7413 Students acquire a basic knowledge of travel in an alpine environment. Core elements include an introduction to weather in alpine environments, a practical introduction to avalanche rescue equipment, group travel in mountainous terrain, self rescue and self arrests techniques. Introduction to Mountain Travel Students acquire a basic knowledge of travel in an alpine environment. Core elements include an introduction to weather in alpine environments, a practical introduction to avalanche rescue equipment, group travel in mountainous terrain, self rescue and self arrests techniques. 16.0
OAD7416 Students focus on technical ice climbing. Various locations are utilized to broaden the scope of winter climbing practices with emphasis placed upon ice conditions with regards to hazard evaluation and safe climbing practices.

Prerequisites: OAD7216

Co-requisites: OAD7431
Ice Climbing II Students focus on technical ice climbing. Various locations are utilized to broaden the scope of winter climbing practices with emphasis placed upon ice conditions with regards to hazard evaluation and safe climbing practices.

Prerequisites: OAD7216

Co-requisites: OAD7431
16.0
OAD7422 Skate skiing is introduced. Equipment, free skiing and poling techniques are covered.

Prerequisites: OAD7213
Nordic SkIIng II Skate skiing is introduced. Equipment, free skiing and poling techniques are covered.

Prerequisites: OAD7213
16.0
OAD7430 Emphasis continues to be placed on teaching techniques for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Students enhance their skills while focussing on assessment and development skills. This course culminates with a level 1 CSIA or CASI Instructor exam, and builds beyond these required skills. Skills are marked according to the CSIA and CASI Level 01 instructor standard.

Prerequisites: OAD7220
Alpine SkIIng and Snowboarding II Emphasis continues to be placed on teaching techniques for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Students enhance their skills while focussing on assessment and development skills. This course culminates with a level 1 CSIA or CASI Instructor exam, and builds beyond these required skills. Skills are marked according to the CSIA and CASI Level 01 instructor standard.

Prerequisites: OAD7220
96.0
OAD7431 Slope Rescue is a scenario-based rigging course used to further develop the student's understanding in technical rigging for vertical environments. Students are introduced to re-directs two person life-loads, advanced anchoring and rigging procedures. Students revisit and implement Wilderness First Responder procedures in a scenario-based slope rescue.

Co-requisites: OAD7416
Slope Rescue Slope Rescue is a scenario-based rigging course used to further develop the student's understanding in technical rigging for vertical environments. Students are introduced to re-directs two person life-loads, advanced anchoring and rigging procedures. Students revisit and implement Wilderness First Responder procedures in a scenario-based slope rescue.

Co-requisites: OAD7416
10.0
OAD7450 Students analyze their professional development and learning based on program standards and specific course learning requirements. Students document this analysis in a professional portfolio. Included in this portfolio are evidence of the work term requirement, training logbook, and other artifacts proving that professional standards and core competencies have been met or exceeded. Graduate Portfolio Students analyze their professional development and learning based on program standards and specific course learning requirements. Students document this analysis in a professional portfolio. Included in this portfolio are evidence of the work term requirement, training logbook, and other artifacts proving that professional standards and core competencies have been met or exceeded. 10.0
Elective: choose 2 Hours
OAD7402 Participants of this SUP elective learn the fundamental techniques to lead and teach SUP classes on flat water and up to class II white water. Core topics include an overview of the equipment used for SUP, teaching methods and technique for beginners, and a basic knowledge of the SUP industry. Stand Up Paddle Board Participants of this SUP elective learn the fundamental techniques to lead and teach SUP classes on flat water and up to class II white water. Core topics include an overview of the equipment used for SUP, teaching methods and technique for beginners, and a basic knowledge of the SUP industry. 16.0
OAD7408 Participants of the ATD elective take a hands-on approach to developing and building sustainable trail features, and incorporate specific trail-industry standards into the development of various trail systems. Students gain a deeper knowledge of the trail industry through discussing and implementing learned techniques at various local trail centers.

Prerequisites: OAD7351
Advanced Trail Design Participants of the ATD elective take a hands-on approach to developing and building sustainable trail features, and incorporate specific trail-industry standards into the development of various trail systems. Students gain a deeper knowledge of the trail industry through discussing and implementing learned techniques at various local trail centers.

Prerequisites: OAD7351
16.0
OAD7426 Students enhance their technical ice climbing skills,including an introduction to mixed climbing and gear placement for leading on ice.

Prerequisites: OAD7416 and OAD7431
Ice Climbing III Students enhance their technical ice climbing skills,including an introduction to mixed climbing and gear placement for leading on ice.

Prerequisites: OAD7416 and OAD7431
16.0
OAD7440 Students develop climbers' rig and rope rescue skills in both industrial and recreational environments. Core topics, such as anchors, technical rescue systems, rappelling, and ascending used in both recreational climbing and tower settings are covered.

Co-requisites: OAD7431
Rope Rescue Students develop climbers' rig and rope rescue skills in both industrial and recreational environments. Core topics, such as anchors, technical rescue systems, rappelling, and ascending used in both recreational climbing and tower settings are covered.

Co-requisites: OAD7431
16.0
OAD7442 Students are introduced to a commercial bungee jumping operation. The code of conduct and TSSA standards are covered. The technical rope system, bungee cord construction, risk management and jump procedures are core topics covered.

Co-requisites: OAD7431
Bungee Operations Students are introduced to a commercial bungee jumping operation. The code of conduct and TSSA standards are covered. The technical rope system, bungee cord construction, risk management and jump procedures are core topics covered.

Co-requisites: OAD7431
16.0
OAD7445 Students prepare for the Level I Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) course. Integrating skate and classic technique within an instructional environment is the key focus. Key skill areas being demonstration quality double poling, classic, free skate, one skate and telemark turns.

Prerequisites: OAD7213

Co-requisites: OAD7422
Nordic Ski Instructor Prep Students prepare for the Level I Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) course. Integrating skate and classic technique within an instructional environment is the key focus. Key skill areas being demonstration quality double poling, classic, free skate, one skate and telemark turns.

Prerequisites: OAD7213

Co-requisites: OAD7422
16.0
OAD7446 Students are prepared for a leadership role at a ski area's terrain park. This course covers everything from how a feature is built, access, safety signage and risk management, to the primary ride through inspection. Two days are spent in a terrain park, inspecting and prepping features, fall zones, filters and lines. Students also receive personal feedback on their basic freestyle riding, which promotes a more knowledgeable, safe terrain park rider. Terrain Park Operations Students are prepared for a leadership role at a ski area's terrain park. This course covers everything from how a feature is built, access, safety signage and risk management, to the primary ride through inspection. Two days are spent in a terrain park, inspecting and prepping features, fall zones, filters and lines. Students also receive personal feedback on their basic freestyle riding, which promotes a more knowledgeable, safe terrain park rider. 16.0
OAD7447 Sports injury, especially as it relates to outdoor sports is examined. Students understand the underlying mechanisms of orthopedic injury in relation to overuse and chronic support problems. Students learn how to apply support to common sports injuries and manage stable orthopedic injuries in the field. Therapeutic strategies for strengthening common stable injuries are also examined. Sports Injury Management Sports injury, especially as it relates to outdoor sports is examined. Students understand the underlying mechanisms of orthopedic injury in relation to overuse and chronic support problems. Students learn how to apply support to common sports injuries and manage stable orthopedic injuries in the field. Therapeutic strategies for strengthening common stable injuries are also examined. 16.0
OAD7449 Students are introduced to challenge courses as an integral part of the modern adventure industry. Course operation standards, gear use and maintenance, policies, procedures and risk management systems are practised and/or covered in an interactive class format. The focus is on leadership, problem solving, team dynamics, knots, course inspection and safety.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
Challenge Course Supervision Students are introduced to challenge courses as an integral part of the modern adventure industry. Course operation standards, gear use and maintenance, policies, procedures and risk management systems are practised and/or covered in an interactive class format. The focus is on leadership, problem solving, team dynamics, knots, course inspection and safety.

Prerequisites: OAD7126
16.0
OAD7452 Students learn to overhaul bicycles and how to maintain a fleet of bicycles for shop and rental purposes. Emphasis is placed on maintenance of drive trains, wheels and hubs, hydraulic braking systems, headset and fork installation.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
Advanced Bicycle Mechanic Students learn to overhaul bicycles and how to maintain a fleet of bicycles for shop and rental purposes. Emphasis is placed on maintenance of drive trains, wheels and hubs, hydraulic braking systems, headset and fork installation.

Prerequisites: OAD7115
16.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ENV0003 Students actively participate in the Algonquin Rain Forest Project by completing a week-long field trip to Costa Rica to explore its ecosystems and the rich biological resources found in its humid tropical climate. Hands-on experiential learning is supported by online learning activities, as well as independent and group learning projects. Students appreciate the biological resources of the rain forest, the humid tropics, and the variable characteristics of the rain forest habitat, as well as examine sustainable agriculture and other environmental management practices. Students are, at times, required to hike long distances in difficult-to-navigate terrain. They are expected to reach the Algonquin Rain Forest Reserve via a whitewater rafting trip down the world famous Rio Pacuare. Guided by professional river guides, students experience several ecosystems before arriving at the Algonquin College Forest project area. Students also study and learn at Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropical Humeda (EARTH University). Rain Forest and Tropical Science Students actively participate in the Algonquin Rain Forest Project by completing a week-long field trip to Costa Rica to explore its ecosystems and the rich biological resources found in its humid tropical climate. Hands-on experiential learning is supported by online learning activities, as well as independent and group learning projects. Students appreciate the biological resources of the rain forest, the humid tropics, and the variable characteristics of the rain forest habitat, as well as examine sustainable agriculture and other environmental management practices. Students are, at times, required to hike long distances in difficult-to-navigate terrain. They are expected to reach the Algonquin Rain Forest Reserve via a whitewater rafting trip down the world famous Rio Pacuare. Guided by professional river guides, students experience several ecosystems before arriving at the Algonquin College Forest project area. Students also study and learn at Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropical Humeda (EARTH University). 45.0
OAD7405 This course begins with a general introduction to tourism and its many forms. It then builds a strong focus on sustainable nature-based tourism and the development of such practices on an international scale. Ecotourism and responsible travel techniques are introduced and discussed. As part of the culminating performance, students take part in an Ecotourism exhibition, demonstrating the core elements of Ecotourism and its many forms of operation. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development This course begins with a general introduction to tourism and its many forms. It then builds a strong focus on sustainable nature-based tourism and the development of such practices on an international scale. Ecotourism and responsible travel techniques are introduced and discussed. As part of the culminating performance, students take part in an Ecotourism exhibition, demonstrating the core elements of Ecotourism and its many forms of operation. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $3,616.74 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

Incidental Fees: $430 in Level 01, $80 in Level 02 and $45 in Level 03.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

1. Clothing and equipment: Students need appropriate clothing and equipment to participate in outdoor activities throughout the four seasons of the year. Students likely already own many of these items. A complete list is available in the Applicant's Handbook, available on the program website.

2. Program Readiness Camp: $150; Books, maps and manuals: approximately $500 per term.

3. Expeditions: travel, food and equipment are supplied for expeditions. Students are required to obtain a passport and travel insurance (on a per trip basis).

4. Advanced Expedition (Level 04) - If the class chooses a final expedition destination that exceeds the alloted budget, additional costs for transportation, accommodation, documentation, etc., may be incurred by each student.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

PART I

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.

PART II

PART III

  • Participation in Program Readiness Camp (students invited by Selection Committee).
  • Submission of Applicant Personal Information, Consent and Health form, supplied by Algonquin College, prior to Program Readiness Camp.

PART IV

Prior to registration in the program, accepted applicants must:

  • Provide proof of current Standard First Aid certification.
  • Obtain a passport valid for duration of program, prior to commencement of Winter Term.
  • Sign and submit an Outdoor Adventure Program Assumption of Risk and Indemnifying Release form. (form available online on the Outdoor Adventure website algonquincollege.com/pembroke/outdoor-adventure-naturalist).
  • Those under the age of 18 must submit parental consent documentation. (form available online on the Outdoor Adventure website algonquincollege.com/pembroke/outdoor-adventure-naturalist).
  • Applicants who have met Part I of the Eligibility and Selection process and have submitted the required Letters of Intent and Reference (Part II) will be assessed and ranked by a selection committee.
  • Based on the evaluation of Part I and Part II, selected applicants will be invited to a Program Readiness Camp (Part III). The camp will be held in May and participation is mandatory for those who wish to be considered.
  • Two weeks prior to your attendance at the camp, the Personal Information, Consent and Health form must be completed and submitted to the Outdoor Adventure program coordinator. (available on program website algonquincollege.com/pembroke/outdoor-adventure-naturalist)
  • After the Program Readiness Camp assessment, participants will be ranked for selection into the program. Ranking will be on the basis of the Letter of Intent, Letter(s) of Reference, and physical and interpersonal skills and abilities.
  • Upon final acceptance into the program, students must complete Part IV (provide proof of current Standard First Aid and a signed release form) prior to registration into the program.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. Applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca.>. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON K8A OC8
Telephone: 613-735-4700 ext. 2708
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723

Additional Information

This program is offered at the Pembroke Campus, which is surrounded by the fantastic natural resources of the beautiful and rugged Ottawa Valley. Sitting on the shores of the mighty Ottawa River, the Campus is in close proximity to world-renowned Algonquin Park, alpine ski hills and its program partner, Wilderness Tours. The Wilderness Tours resort is located just 30 minutes from the Pembroke Campus.

At least three weekends per term are scheduled for expeditions and/or practical skills courses. Students must attend these weekend programs. A schedule is distributed on orientation day.

The electives offered are subject to minimum numbers, weather and logistical requirements. Not all electives are offered each term.

In order to apply what students have been learning and gain real-life experience, students participate in an eight week, self-directed work term in the outdoor adventure industry (the summer between years one and two). Students research and apply for the summer job of their choosing, providing it meets program criteria. Possible options include raft guiding, canoe tripping at a kids' camp, working support for outfitters or working at a provincial park. Algonquin College does not set up these jobs and, as such pay and work contracts vary, depending on what the student chooses to pursue. Completion of this work term is a requirement for graduation.

Tuition fees include a number of significant industry certifications. Students may be able to earn industry certifications through the program at a significantly lower cost than if attained independently. Incorporating many certifications directly into the curriculum ensures graduates are qualified for employment.

NOTE: Certifications are subject to change as all are regulated by separate national bodies.

Statement of Responsibility, Safety and Liability: In order to learn the skills necessary to become an effective leader in the outdoor adventure tourism industry, students must perform beyond the limits of a mere participant and assume a greater degree of responsibility and risk.

Course activities regularly take place in remote and rugged locations. Activities, including overnight camping and daily classes, are scheduled regardless of rain, snow and cold. Remote locations may mean delay in emergency communication and time to medical treatment in the case of injury. Within any given day, there will be supervised and un-supervised activity and time.

There is an inherent element of risk which is beyond human control. Only those risks that contribute to career related skills, knowledge, and experience are acceptable, as dictated by industry standards, certification, licences and specific course outlines. This is termed "risk appropriate" training. Risks that fall outside of the scope of industry practice are deemed inappropriate for technical training programs at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. Although effort is made to minimize exposure to these risks, we can ultimately assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment.

A signed liability release is required of all students before commencement of the program. An additional liability release may be required for courses delivered through subcontractors or host agencies. The student is encouraged to read these carefully and fully understand the forms' legal implications before signing. A parent/guardian release is required for minors (under 18 years of age).

For more information, contact Jeff Jackson, Program Coordinator, at 613-735-4700 ext. 2704 or jacksoj@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time