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.
Dr. Barbara Ravel
Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 1038
Office: Ben Avery Building, Laurentian University Campus
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.
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
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.
Outdoor Adventure Leadership (126 credits)
Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements.
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.
Program of Study
PHED 1006E Exercise Science, Wellness and Health
PHED 1099E Outdoor School I
PHED 1106E Human Movement
PHED 1198E Professional Development Seminar
PHED 1206E Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport
PHED 1506E Anatomy and Kinesiology I
PHED 1507E Anatomy and Kinesiology II
PSYC 1105E Introduction to Psychology
6 credits of INDG
3 credits of any theory elective
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who began before September 2015 should also take the following seminars:
EDUC 0000E – Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 0100E – Ontario College of Teachers
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who began on or after September 2015 should also take the following seminars:
EDUC 0010 EL Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 0110 EL Ontario College of Teachers
EDUC 1016 EL Introduction to Teaching & Learning
EDUC 1024 EL Social and Legal Issues In Education
EDUC 1046 EL Indigenous Ways of Learning (elective)
Note: In order to advance to the second year of the program, students must provide a photocopy of a current certificate in CPR (level C) and First Aid before February 28.
PHED 2109E Wilderness Camping
PHED 2198E Professional Development Seminar
PHED 2259E Minor Games
PHED 2329E Cross-Country Skiing
PHED 2406E Outdoor Education
PHED 2506E Physiology I
PHED 2507E Physiology II
PHED 3615E Wilderness Emergency Management
Any 6 credits of BIOL (except 1700, 2105 or 2701)
3 credits theory electives
Late summer session (4.5 credits before the start of classes)
PHED 2099E Outdoor School 2
PHED 2149E Introduction to Outdoor Living Skills
PHED 2159E Canoe Tripping Leadership
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who started before September 2015 should include EDUC 2006E – Education and Schooling as 3 of their elective credits. In addition, they should also take the following:
EDUC 0150E Pre-Practicum Placement I
EDUC 0301E Safe Classroom
EDUC 0302E Safety and Discipline
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who started on of after September 2015 should include the following:
EDUC 0180 EL PPP1
EDUC 0210 EL Safe Classrooms
EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations
EDUC 2006 EL Education & Schooling
EDUC 3026 EL Math Content for Teachers
PHED 2606E Adventure Leadership
PHED 3049E Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum
PHED 3116E Expedition Planning
PHED 3126E Physiology of Exercise
PHED 3198E Professional Development Seminar
PHED 3236E Outdoor Facilitation and Team Building
PHED 3905E Outdoor Adventure Leadership Internship
PHED 4209E Winter Camping
PHED 4446E Risk Management in Outdoor Environments
PHED 4507E Nutrition
3 credits theory electives
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who started before September 2015 should include EDUC 3006 – Education Psychology/Special Education as their non-PHED theory elective. In addition, they should also take the following:
EDUC 0250E Pre-Practicum Placement II
EDUC 0300E Teacher Federations
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students who started on or after September 2015 should include the following:
EDUC 0280 EL PPP2
EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations
EDUC 0330 EL Safety and Discipline
EDUC 3006 EL Educational Psychology/Special Education
EDUC 3036 EL Current Issues in Education 1
EDUC 3096 EL Education and Schooling: The Historical and Social Context of Ontario Catholic Schools (cycled) (elective)
PHED 3029E Climbing and Rescue Management
PHED 4009E White Water Canoeing
PHED 4079E Outdoor Adventure Pursuits
PHED 4116E Advanced Outdoor Expedition
PHED 4149E River Rescue
PHED 3129E Expedition Leadership Practicum
PHED 4199E ADVL Senior Seminar
PHED 4447E Recreational to Therapeutic Adventure
1.5 credit PHED activity course
15 credits theory electives
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students starting before September 2015 should include:
EDUC 0350E Pre-Practicum Placement III
EDUC 0200E Ministry of Education
EDUC 0303E Collective Bargaining
EDUC 3004E Preparation for the Initial Practicum (includes a 4 week Practicum Placement in May)
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students starting on or after September 2015 should include:
EDUC 0340 EL Collective Bargaining Workshop
EDUC 0380 EL PPP3
EDUC 3037 EL Current Issues in Education 2
EDUC XXXX EL Special Topics (offered intermittently) (elective)
EDUC 3014 EL Initial Practicum Preparation
EDUC 3104 EL Initial Practicum
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.