Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adventure Studies

We offer the finest and most extensive adventure studies training in the world. We create exceptional educational experiences to foster students' physical, mental and emotional development so as to be of service to the global adventure industry.

Faculty and student body

With a faculty of internationally known adventure experts, researchers, and visionaries, and a student body of energetic, creative thinkers, the Adventure Studies Department makes and shapes careers. Compressed and modularized classroom instruction, a high percentage of time spent on field courses, and instructor to student ratios of 1:4 to 1:6 ensure a valuable and rewarding educational experience. International students are welcome; our student body comprises students from virtually every continent.

Programs of study

The Adventure Studies Department offers a number of diverse programs of study, from eight-month certificates to four-year bachelor degrees. Each program enables students to obtain the knowledge and qualifications required for employment and careers in the  adventure tourism and outdoor industry.  The Adventure Studies Department provides excellent resources and support to students and graduates as they work to achieve their goals.

The adventure profession

Historically, adventure involved exploration of unusual, exotic, remote or wilderness destinations — travellers embarked on voyages of discovery as individuals, as guides, or as the guided. In the twenty-first century, adventure studies have expanded exponentially from travel tourism to a wide range of interdisciplinary pursuits, career options, and sport activities. Many opportunities for career and adventure pursuits exist and our alumni can be found in a variety of adventure related careers. 

Areas of outdoor pursuits

In adventure studies we balance academic and professional training with skills in leadership and within numerous areas of outdoor pursuits. These outdoor pursuits are supported by course work in areas such as wilderness first aid, natural history and interpretation, risk management, leadership and instructional skills. In addition to course work, throughout their chosen program, students are enabled to gain experience and mileage through coaching and mentorship. Pursuit of the technical skills and possible industry certifications exist in the following outdoor pursuits:

  • Sea kayaking
  • White water kayaking
  • Flatwater and moving water canoe
  • Rafting
  • Swift water rescue
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Avalanche
  • Search and rescue
  • Rope rescue