Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adventure Sport Certificate

Please Note

Program changes are in progress.  The information on-line and in the Program Information Packages are changing so that all students will enter the Adventure Studies programs via the Adventure Guide Certificate for Fall 2017 entry.

  • Overview of the Adventure Guide Certificate
  • Areas of Study
  • Program Structure
  • Industry Certification
  • Program Information Sessions
  • Fees
  • Clothing and Equipment

Overview of the Adventure Sport Certificate

The Adventure Sport Certificate is an introduction to adventure sports and the adventure industry with extensive time on field activity courses and compressed and modularized classroom course instruction.  This is the ideal program for students wishing to explore their career interests in adventure-related fields.

 The Adventure Sport Certificate is a 30-credit, eight-month introduction to adventure sports and the adventure industry.

This is the ideal program for you, if you...

  • are interested in an introduction to adventure sports
  • are interested in improving current adventure sport skills
  • are interested in exploring the adventure industry as a career
  • prefer a relatively short course of study
  • wish to transfer credit earned into further Diploma or Degree studies

Areas of Study

The Adventure Sport Certificate will give you the skills, knowledge and experiences leading to a broader understanding in the adventure industry and leadership within.  Applied and practical modularized classroom courses are offered in wilderness travel, wilderness first aid, guiding leadership, wilderness environment, expedition planning and the adventure industry. 

Leadership, risk management and technical skills are built within the following adventure areas: 

  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Ski Touring and Avalanche Education
  • Ski and Snowboard Instruction
  • Flatwater Canoeing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • White Water Rafting
  • White Water Kayaking
  • Swift Water Rescue

Program structure

The Adventure Sport Certificate allows for extensive time engaged in field activity courses and compressed and modularized classroom course instruction.  There are approximately twelve weeks of classroom instruction and twelve weeks of field activity courses that make up the program.

All course credit completed in the Adventure Sport Certificate is transferable to other Adventure Studies Department Diploma or Degree programs. Students who wish to continue their adventure studies at TRU may ladder directly into the Adventure Guide Diploma, the Adventure Management Diploma, the Adventure Concentrations in the Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) degree, or the Adventure Concentrations in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree.

Theory Courses Required (18 credits)
ADVG 1010-3 The Adventure Tourism Industry
ADVG 1020-3 Wilderness Travel
ADVG 1050-3 Guiding Leadership I
ADVG 2010-3 The Wilderness Environment
ADVG 2030-3 Advanced Wilderness First Aid
ADVG 2830-3 Expedition Planning and Leadership
Field courses Required (4 credits)
ADVG 1530-2      Kayak I
ADVG 1570-2 Rock Climbing 1 (or 2)
Field courses - required Minimum of 1 of the following 2 courses (2 credits)
ADVG 1510-2 Flatwater Canoe Instructor, or
ADVG 2640-2 Sea Kayaking I
Field Courses - Required Minimum of 1 of the following 2 courses (2 credits)
ADVG 1560-2 Ski Touring 1 and/or 2
ADVG 1580-2     Mountaineering 1        
Electives - Minimum of two more elective activity courses (4 credits)                      
ADVG 1550-2       Ski Skills
ADVG 2080-2    CASI Snowboard Instructor Level I

ADVG 2450-2 

ADVG 2550-2      

Alpine Ski Instructor I, or

Telemark Ski Instructor I 

ADVG 1600-2    Swiftwater Rescue Technician III
ADVG 2650-2    Sea Kayak 2
ADVG 2660-2 Rafting 1
ADVG 2750-2    Rafting 2
ADVG 1590-2 Avalanche 1
ADVG 2070-2 Ocean Surfing
ADVG 2260-2 Ocean Surfing 2
ADVG 1900-2 Expedition Skill Development
Total Credit Minimum = 30

Industry certification - The TRU Advantage

TRU students in the Adventure Sport Certificate have a unique advantage: They may distinguish themselves by achieving a number of industry certifications from provincial and national adventure associations. This benefits TRU adventure students who plan to work and establish careers in the adventure industry.

The following is a sample of certifications available to Adventure Sport Certificate students. The certification obtained will depend on the student's elective course selection and the ability to meet the standard of the individual certifying organization.  Note that

there are opportunities for further transfer credits with other industry certifications and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Canadian Avalanche Association:

  • Safety for Ski Operations I

Paddle Canada:

  • Flatwater Canoe Instructor
  • Sea Kayak Skills Level 2

Rescue Canada:

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Wilderness Medical Associates International:

  • Wilderness First Responder

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia:

  • Level 1 (Day Guide) Sea Kayak Guide
  • Assistant Overnight Guide

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons:

  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime)

Canadian Ski Instructor Alliance:

  • Level 1 Instructor

Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors:

  • Level 1 Instructor

British Columbia River Outfitters Association:

  • Rafting Guide Certificate, Propulsion Endorsements in Paddle and/or Oar

Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Programs:

Training and certification with the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Programs (CMSG) is available to Adventure Studies Certificate and diploma students who meet the CMSG entry prerequisites.  Assistant Hiking Guide, Climbing Gym Instructor Level 1, and Top Rope Climbing Instructor are the typical entry points.  Adventure students with strong rock climbing resumes have entered into the Guide Training Rock and Apprentice Rock Guide exam at the end of their second year in the Adventure Diploma.

Parks Canada:

  • Professional Hiking Guide

With completion of the Adventure Studies Certificate or Diploma programs and in conjunction with the Interpretive Guides Association 2-day Apprentice Course (which is taken through the IGA) and IGA active membership, a Professional Hiking Guide equivalency can be issued to those with hiking employment with National Parks.