Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adventure Management Diploma

This program is not currently being offered.

The Adventure Management Diploma provides students with a broad background in the management of adventure activities and the opportunity to develop their personal adventure sport skills.

Students will gain a good understanding of the adventure industry and how it is managed as well as a solid foundation and proficiency in adventure activities.

Areas of study

The TRU Adventure Management Diploma focuses on topics such as:

  • the adventure industry
  • managing adventure businesses 
  • the wilderness environment
  • communication and marketing
  • accounting
  • expedition planning and leadership
  • legal liability and risk management

Many of the same field courses that are offered in the Adventure Guide Diploma are available to Adventure Management Diploma students. Elective credits may be chosen from a variety of courses, including the following adventure activities:

  • backpacking
  • canoeing
  • hiking
  • ice climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • river rafting
  • ski touring
  • sea kayaking
  • photography
  • whitewater kayaking
  • wilderness first aid

Program structure

The 60-credit Adventure Management Diploma is comprised of 42 required credits and 18 elective credits. This 60-credit Diploma is the most efficient course of study for transfer into the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree (BTM) and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. It is also a credential recognizing two years of study if a student chooses not to continue studies in a degree program.

Students wishing to complete the TRU Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) degree after the Adventure Management Diploma should contact the BTM Program Advisor in their first year fall semester to be clear what elective courses are required to transition smoothly into this degree.

Students wishing to complete the TRU Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree after the Adventure Management Diploma will receive block transfer of 60 credits into the BIS program. Contact the Adventure Studies Department about this.

Year 1
Fall
1    
2 ADVG 1050-3 Guiding Leadership
3 CMNS 1811-3 Business Professional and Academic Composition (could be from TRU-OL) or equivalent 
4 ADVG 1020-3 Wilderness Travel
  ADVG 2010-3 The Wilderness Environment
5 ADVG 2030-3 Advanced Wilderness First Aid
6 Elective A minimum of 3 fall semester elective credits are required (theory or field)
Winter
  ADVG 1010-3 The Adventure Tourism Industry
2 ADVG 2830-3 Expedition Planning and Leadership
3 One 3 credit non-field course
4/5/6 Elective A minimum of 6 winter semester elective credits are required (theory or field)
Year 2
Fall
1 ACCT 1000-3 Financial Accounting
2 ADVG 2060-3  Legal Liability & Risk Management
3 One 3 credit non-field course
4    
5/6 Elective A minimum of 3 fall semester elective credits are required (theory or field)
Winter
  ADVG 2040-3 The Business of Adventure
1 TMGT 1150-3 Marketing & Customer Service
2 One 3 credit non-field course
3/4/5 Elective A minimum of 6 winter semester elective credits are required (theory or field)

Course selection

Any number of elective courses may be ADVG activity field courses, but students should consider completing prerequisites for any upper-level BTM degree courses they may wish to take in the future.

Students wishing to achieve industry certification in rafting, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or climbing must also plan course selection carefully, noting that this diploma focuses on management rather than guide qualifications.

Students may register in any 1000- or 2000-level ADVG theory or activity course if they meet the prerequisites.