Prepare for an exciting leadership role with a career in the outdoors.
The two-year Outdoor Adventure Ontario College Diploma program prepares you for working in the outdoors, leading adventure trips and teaching outdoor skills. Half of your time in the program is spent outdoors, in a variety of locations and adventure operations, including our partner training location at Wilderness Tours. The other half takes place at Algonquin College`s Waterfront Campus.
Complete technical training in various land-based activities from mountain biking and rock climbing to skiing and ice climbing. You also build guiding ability in water-based activities, such as:
This program is built around an adventure tourism and small business management curriculum, with classroom courses in:
Participate in one expedition per term, including one that you plan and execute with a group of classmates.
Benefit from the opportunity to earn up to 20 industry certifications in your courses, such as:
Wilderness First Responder - 80 hours First Aid
Swift Water Rescue Technician and Operator
Whitewater Kayak Instructor
Leave-no-trace Master Educator
Cycle Tour Guide
Occupational Health and Safety and WHMIS
Downhill ski, Snowboard or Nordic ski instructor
Graduates may find employment opportunities such as:
wilderness trip leaders
kayak, climbing or mountain bike guides
ski patrol members
canoe or snowboard instructors
This program is well-suited for students who:
Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning outdoor adventure skills and the outdoor adventure tourism industry.
Enjoy being outside and being challenged physically and mentally.
Are committed to guiding and teaching others in a variety of outdoor environments and adventure activities.