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:Setting the standard around the world for a broad spectrum of wilderness guide training, this intensive program will prepare you for exciting leadership positions in outdoor skills instruction and guiding. The field portion of your classes access BC’s exceptional recreational resources for whitewater and ocean pursuits, climbing and skiing.

Graduates work for many different kinds of adventure companies around the world. There are many businesses that are either owned by graduates of TRU, or are businesses that regularly employ graduates of our training programs.

URL:Adventure Guide at Thompson Rivers University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $11,706
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 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) 
  •  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:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are required to be 19 years of age at the start of the program. Applicants must also: have completion of the Adventure Guide Certificate, and submit an application to the second year of the Adventure Guide Diploma in writing outlining the following: enclose a personal resume and cover letter explaining why you wish to move into the program and how the program will help you attain your goals; briefly outline the skills and experiences you gained in the Adventure Guide Certificate and how these have had a positive effect on your learning, leadership, professionalism, your peers, instructors and the program as a whole; include your summer work practicum plans and how they fit into your educational and career goals; and fill out and submit an Outdoor Experience Log. This log should contain all outdoor experiences outside of course time during the past year. The department will review and consider student transcripts and GPA for the last year. Applicants are required to attend a Departmental Orientation session (in person or by phone), complete the Adventure Guide Diploma Application form, and attend an admissions interview. Recommendations: Applicants in the Adventure Guide Diploma do so based upon their technical skill and experience level in at least one adventure sport. Entry is competitive and applications are screened to ensure an adequate level of outdoor recreation experience has been attained prior to entry to TRU.

* 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 June 16, 2018

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