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Take your love of the outdoors and turn it into your career! CTC’s Adventure Tourism program combines the ideal balance of intensive wilderness and technical training with an emphasis on sustainability and green practices to set you up to work in the popular Adventure Tourism, Outdoor Education, and Ecotourism sectors.

Program Options

  • Adventure Tourism Diploma – 17 weeks of instruction
  • Adventure Tourism Business Diploma – 29 weeks of instruction

Adventure Tourism Diploma – 17 weeks of instruction

Avalanche Awareness: Learn the skills of avalanche safety and winter travel. Topic areas include: route finding, snow-pack analysis, and avalanche rescue. The guidelines of this course are mandated by the Canadian Avalanche Association and are consistent with Avalanche Skills Training.

Class 4 License: Earn a commercial license. This allows you to operate taxis, limousines, ambulances, and certain buses.

Heritage Interpretation: You will develop the ability to identify and describe the principals of interpretation by using personal and non-personal interpretation by method and setting. To incorporate a variety of methods in program delivery, you will use effective communication, interesting delivery techniques, know where to find information on a subject or area, prepare the content for an interpretive program, protect the natural resources and follow environment and cultural guidelines. This program follows the occupational standards set by the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC).

Leading Wilderness Trips: Designed to prepare you for the aspects and intricacies of leading wilderness trips to a variety of venues. The course focuses on the laws governing and techniques used as guide and manager during out-excursions.

Marine Radio License: To develop skills needed to competently and legally operate a marine radio.

Natural History: Expand your knowledge of commonly traveled outdoor recreation areas. Information on weather, plate tectonics, and glaciology are studied and explored to give students a practical working knowledge of information to utilize while operating in these environments and educating clients.

Ocean Kayaking: Learn ocean kayaking skills in safety, maneuvering, equipment and self/group rescue. Other areas of study include: navigation, group management, leadership and advanced kayaking techniques. This training is in accordance with the guidelines of the Canadian Federation of Ocean Kayaking Educators (CFOKE) and successful graduates will be eligible to take the assistant guide exams.

River Rafting: River Rafting focuses on providing the student with the basic skills of commercial river rafting.

Starting & Operating a Tourism Business: This course explores how to run a small business, focusing on tourism and outdoor recreation. You will gain knowledge and practical skills used in applying business practices. The focus of the course draws on the practical field based knowledge acquired during excursions with existing Adventure Tourism companies and how to apply sound business practices to these operations.

Wilderness First Aid – Advanced: Gain the confidence and competence required to deal with the special demands of wilderness accident management. Each component of every course presents and reinforces principles you can apply to your specific wilderness pursuits and equipment limitations. A realistic focus is maintained through outdoor accident simulations, providing the opportunity to link skills with the demands of future situations to which you will respond.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Learn the basics of this popular new sport and tips to teach, and guide groups.

Adventure Tourism Business Diploma – 29 weeks of instruction

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Navigate through basic skills of avalanche terrain including: route finding, snow-pack analysis and avalanche rescue
  • Foundational knowledge preparing students for the Class 4 license examination, commercial license
  • Identify and describe interpretation by both personal and non-personal interpretation by method and setting
  • Demonstrate leading wilderness trips in a variety of venues focusing on laws governing and techniques used as a guide and manager during an excursion
  • Identify areas such as weather, plate tectonics, glaciology and more designed to give students practical knowledge of these environments while educating clients
  • Navigate the ocean safely with kayaking skills in maneuvering, equipment, self and group rescue, navigation, group management, leadership, and advanced kayaking techniques
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to complete prerequisites to write the British Columbia River Rafting Guide Examinations certification
  • Define business-planning terms, research feasibility, prepare a business plan and make arrangements for business start-up
  • Define marketing terms; develop a marketing plan after determining the feasibility of the market and implementing the marketing strategies determined to be the most effective for the company and product using promotional activities
  • How to assess and manage injuries caused by force as well as non-traumatic illnesses, common medical conditions, and small wounds
  • Recognize and apply current legal considerations for care and risk management procedures
  • Use field portable medical supplies and available resources to provide emergency care

Enhance complex evacuation planning skills with special emphasis on long-term patient care


Check out our tuition and fees for all of our programs.

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Adventure Tour Guide


Heritage Interpreter


Tour Company Operator


Wilderness Leader



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