Thompson Rivers University

Adventure Guide

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Program Information

School:Thompson Rivers University
Faculty:Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism
Field of Study:Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Description:The Adventure Guide diploma is a fast-paced, two-year course of study comprised of field trips, outdoor skills instruction, and self-directed expeditions. Courses cover a wide range of adventure activities and theoretical topics. Field trips make up 60% of the course load. The program focuses on activities such as backpacking, canoeing, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, river rafting, ski touring, sea kayaking, photography, whitewater kayaking, and wilderness first aid.

The private sector is a major supporter of this program through training, certifying, and helping students build a network for future employment. Adventure Guide graduates work as outdoor skills instructors, mountain or river guides, and in other wilderness-related leadership occupations.
URL:Adventure Guide at Thompson Rivers University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $14,240

Due to the high level of course offerings, the high instructor-student ratios used, and the associated costs with operating a program of superior quality, tuition and activity fees for the program average $12,000 - $14,000 per year. This may vary with individual student course selection, the number of activity courses chosen, and provincial post-secondary tuition policy. These fees are highly subsidized by funding from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education.
Careers:Recreation and Sports Managers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade11 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 English 

Completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent, or Mature Student Status, is required. BC English 12 or equivalent with a minimum C+ grade (67%) also required (within the last 5 years). Foundations of Mathematics 11 or equivalent with a minimum C grade (60%).

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Applicants must be a minimum of 19 years of age at the start of the program and attend a Program Information session in person or by phone. See dates and locations completion of the Adventure Studies Department Application and Information Form.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on April 11, 2016