Outdoor Adventure Leadership

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

This program focuses on outdoor leadership, guiding and instructing in various environments including remote outdoor locations.

 

Students in the program will partake in some of the foremost and longest running outdoor adventure leadership training in Canada and have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and earn provincially or nationally recognized technical certifications in outdoor activities, such as canoe tripping, river rescue, sea kayaking, rock climbing and wilderness emergency first aid.

You will be given the chance to either enrol in a 400-hour internship or lead a three-week international expedition out of North America or do an undergraduate thesis.

The learnings, techniques and theories of leadership, practised in the outdoors, are easily transferable to any other context. Industries today are constantly requiring quality leadership; the adventure leadership discipline understands this and creates the opportunities for their students to be successful wherever they may end up after graduation. Students are well-rounded in their experiences and market ready (and driven) upon graduation. Self-motivated and passionate students will excel in this program which offers many student-directed, and hands-on experiences.

Academic Advisor

Jim Little

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 1205

Email: jlittle@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
Laurentian University aerial view
By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.
Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Interesting Facts:

  • Small and interactive class sizes for many courses; many courses have less than 30 students.

  • Many practical/experiential courses (Wilderness Outdoor Living Skills, Canoe Tripping, Rock Climbing and Rescue to name a few).

  • Third-year intensive field camp experience with an opportunity for international travel and expedition. Current third-year students (2017) are embarking on a mountaineering expedition to Mongolia and incorporating a humanitarian outreach program.

  • Opportunity to obtain several internationally recognized certifications (Wilderness First Responder, River Rescue, Canoeing, Rock Climbing etc.).

Outdoor Adventure Leadership is a limited enrolment program. Selection is based upon overall admission requirements, and not solely on grade averages. In addition to meeting the courses requirements below, applicants must submit: 

 

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 U Biology or Exercise Science

4 other grade 12 U/M courses

A minimum overall average of 75% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

 

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


This program focuses on outdoor leadership, guiding, and instructing in various environments including remote locations. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and provincially or nationally recognized technical certifications in outdoor activities, such as canoe tripping, white water, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness emergency first response.

See description on the Human Kinetics page.


Academic Regulations


To be in good academic standing in the School of Human Kinetics, the student must:
 1) satisfy all conditions of admission;
 2) not fail more than 3 credits in an academic year or in the previous 30 credits;
 3) maintain a cumulative overall average of at least 4.0 on all courses taken.
 A student who fails to attain good academic standing may be allowed to continue on probation for no more than one year (or 30 credits). If after one probationary period, the student does attain good academic standing, he or she may proceed in program.  However, if after the probationary period, the student fails to attain good academic standing, he or she must withdraw from the School of Human Kinetics, but may apply to transfer to another program at the university.
 A student who fails over 6 credits in the 1st-year of program may not proceed to upper year PHED courses.
 After one calendar year, a student who has been asked to withdraw from the program may petition the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards for readmission, but such measures should have the recommendation of the academic unit before being considered by the Senate Committee.

Year:

PHED-1006EL - Exercise Science, Wellness and Health PHED-1099EL - Outdoor School I PHED-1106EL - Human Movement PHED-1198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-1206EL - Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport PHED-1506EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology I PHED-1507EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology II PSYC-1105EL - Introduction to Psychology PHED-2099EL - Outdoor School II PHED-2109EL - Wilderness Camping PHED-2149EL - Introduction to Outdoor Living Skills PHED-2159EL - Canoe Tripping Leadership PHED-2198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-2259EL - Minor Games PHED-2329EL - Cross-Country Skiing PHED-2406EL - Introduction to Outdoor Education PHED-2506EL - Physiology I PHED-2507EL - Physiology II
PHED-3615EL - Wilderness Emergency Management PHED-2606EL - Adventure Leadership PHED-3029EL - Climbing and Rescue Management PHED-3049EL - Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum PHED-3116EL - Expedition Planning PHED-3126EL - Physiology of Exercise PHED-3198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-3236EL - Outdoor Facilitation and Team Building PHED-3905EL - Outddor Adventure Leadership Internship PHED-4009EL - White Water Canoing PHED-4116EL - Advanced Outdoor Expedition PHED-4149EL - River Rescue PHED-4209EL - Winter Camping PHED-4446EL - Risk Management in Outdoor Environments PHED-4507EL - Nutrition PHED-3129EL - Expedition Leadership Practicum PHED-4199EL - ADVL Senior Seminar PHED-4447EL - Recreational to Therapeutic Adventure
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