New courses in 2017. Gain in-demand skills to qualify for year-round employment locally and internationally. In addition to sea kayaking, canoeing and sailing you can now learn river rafting, mountain and rock skills, wildlife viewing and winter mountain travel.
Qualify for employment across a wide range of recreation and adventure tourism activities and earn credit toward further studies that open the door to multiple career pathways.
Outdoor guiding requires strong leadership, interpersonal, and interpretative skills as well as a high level of expertise and knowledge in specific skill areas. During the program, you'll develop and practice valuable career skills while training in sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, river rafting, mountain travel, wildlife viewing, wilderness first aid and other outdoor education specialties. All courses are highly experiential, giving you the opportunity to progressively build your knowledge and confidence.
Applied theory courses will provide you with a more comprehensive view of the adventure guiding industry, including a focus on sustainability, law and ethics and cross-cultural skills. This includes learning through Aboriginal tourism interactions as part of guiding on the coast. Course hours are divided between the classroom and the field. Classmates frequently take turns co-leading while instructors provide support, direction and feedback.
Formal and informal evaluation, which is ongoing throughout this program, takes place in the classroom and in the wilderness. In addition to achieving industry-recognized certifications, you will receive college grades and credit based on practical skills evaluations, contributions to group learning, presentations, assignments, quizzes and exams.
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.
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.
The Adventure Guiding certificate provides transfer credit toward many adventure, outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and tourism diplomas at other post-secondary institutions in BC.
Outdoor gear is an important part of the Adventure Guiding program. NIC provides most of the group equipment but you are required to have certain articles of clothing and equipment to participate in field activities. Please review the supply list document for complete information.
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Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more
Success in this program and the industry requires much more than simply liking the outdoors or paddling a kayak!
Field Skill Options
Plus choose a minimum of two from the following 2 credit field courses (4 credits total):
Note: field skill course availability and delivery model based on enrolment
*These courses meet the BC Provincial Adventure Tourism Certificate Program Core Curriculum requirements (revised 2007).
This is a 1 year (2 term) program; requiring completion within 3 years of admission.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) Level 3 Guide, Guide Trainer and Examiner
Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor
MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)
Bachelor of Tourism Management, (Vancouver Island University)
Master of Recreation Management, (Acadia University)