Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Explore the natural beauty of Northern Ontario while earning your degree.

Overview

 

Be market-ready with some of the best outdoor leadership training in Canada.

Gain valuable leadership skills, be market-ready, and driven to succeed.

Get hands-on experience and earn provincially and nationally recognized technical certifications in canoe tripping, river rescue, sea kayaking, rock climbing, National Lifesaving Society and wilderness emergency first aid.

You have the choice of completing a 400-hour internship with leading outdoor adventure industries, leading a 3-week international expedition out of North America, or writing an undergraduate thesis.

Self-motivated and passionate students will excel in the small, interactive classes, focusing on leadership, guiding, and instructing in remote or austere environments.

Key Features

Small class sizes and interative classroom environments.
Explore beautiful Northern Canada during a 14-day, 250-450 km canoe trip or chance to endeavour in an international expedition as part of your upper year studies.
Take advantage of the opportunity to obtain several internationally recognized certifications.

Career Opportunities

Wilderness and international expedition guiding/trip planning, adventure activity instruction, outdoor education, wilderness lodge, resort, park operations, corporate adventure training and teambuilding, employment within recreation departments, outdoor photography and film-making, outdoor research, wilderness adventure therapy, entrepreneurship.

Employers: Wendigo Lake (Wilderness and adventure therapy), Boundless Adventures (Wilderness and adventure therapy), Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, Rafting companies (OWL, River Run, Wilderness Tours, Esprit), EMS and Paramedics, Parks Canada and Ontario Parks, and White Squall Paddling Centre.

Beau Williams Orser

My time here at Laurentian has offered consistent opportunities for professional growth and connections. The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program is exceptional due to the opportunities in self-directed practicums, group work, and internships. The course work promotes students to develop their skills and abilities, while making connections in the industry. The small student-faculty ratios allow the students to expand their learning beyond the hours of the lectures, as the faculty are always welcoming to students who are seeking to deepen their learning. During my third year in the program, I was part of a group that spent one and a half years planning a four-week service learning and mountaineering expedition to Mongolia, that took place in June 2017. I would most definitely recommend Laurentian University, the School of Human Kinetics, and the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program. Laurentian University is unique for the access that students have to explore the trails, lakes and green spaces, and be part of a healthy, active community.

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