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Adventure Guiding Certificate

North Island College
Program overview
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
British Columbia
September 2022

British Columbia
September 2023

British Columbia
September 2024
North Island College

Program description

Adventure Guiding Certificate

Prepare to work as a guide in BC’s growing adventure tourism sector. Develop field skills such as sea kayaking, river rafting, sailing, ski touring, mountaineering, interpretation, leadership, wilderness first aid, navigation and more. Train, then work in amazing locations.

Experiential features include:

  • multi-day accommodation and intensive programming at off-site locations such as the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Discovery Islands Lodge, Tofino Sea Kayaking and the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay.
  • delicious and substantial meals for portions of your overnight field training in core field courses (not just beans and wieners). Food planning, preparation and presentation are essential elements to delivering quality adventure tourism experiences.
  • all instructional costs and group safety equipment for required courses and activities.
  • high instructor to student ratios for safety and quality instruction, often 3:1 or 5:1 during outdoor adventure activities.
  • access to sea kayaks. canoes, sailboats and rafts (paddles, PFDs, etc.) on scheduled outings
  • access to two-person tents, tarps and group kitchen equipment (stoves, fuel, pots, utensils, shelter, etc.) on field trips.
  • van transportation and ferry costs for all out-of-town core course field trips outside the Comox Valley.
  • certification and examination fees to many external agencies (sailing associations, Canadian Power Squadron, Red Cross, etc.).
  • admission fees for regularly scheduled course activities (pool time, museum visits, cultural events, etc.)
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Admission requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or equivalent assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 10, Foundations & PreCalculus Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, NIC Math-033, or successful NIC math assessment.
  3. Or, permission of the department.
  4. Completed medical forms and physician's assessment.

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Program content

Field Focused

Core Competencies

  • Guiding Skills 1
  • Interpretation
  • Sea Kayaking 1
  • Sea Kayaking 2
  • Guiding Skills 2
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Work Placement
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime
  • SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality
  • FoodSafe Level 1

Field Skill Options

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • River Rafting 1
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Mountain Skills 1
  • Winter Mountain Travel 1
  • Rock Skills 1
  • River Rafting 2
  • Field Specialty Option 1 (Please discuss with coordinator)
  • Field Specialty Option 2 (Please discuss with coordinator)

Applied Theory

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics or The Tourism Industry
  • Cross Cultural Tourism
  • Effective Organizational Writing or Essay Writing and Critical Analysis

Tuition fees

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Continuing studies

You will be well-prepared with relevant outdoor leadership skills that transfer across a variety of career paths and professions such as conservation officer, park ranger, teacher, community recreation programmer, field researcher or assistant (biology, geology, etc.), professional ski patroller and other industries and services.

Career opportunities

Go further with your Outdoor Leadership Career

Qualify for entry-level leadership and guiding positions with sea kayaking and river rafting companies, coastal and mountain resorts, sailboat-based tours, whale and wildlife tour operators, outdoor centres, youth wilderness programs and camps, adventure therapy programs, interpretative centres and other rewarding settings.

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About this institute

North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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