This experiential learning course will expose students to the basic skills required for successful wilderness travel. Backpacking and camping techniques, equipment, trip preparation, navigation, route finding, group management, and leadership skills are covered. Mountain environment and natural history topics will be presented. The students will learn minimum impact wilderness travel techniques. This course incorporates backpacking and overnight camping in a wilderness environment. The emphasis on this course is in learning the skills and knowledge required of a professional backpacking guide.
This course introduces the student to the core outdoor skills required of guides in the adventure tourism industry. In this course, students learn how to look after themselves and their clients in a wilderness setting. Basic outdoor living skills such as knot tying, knife safety, shelter building, campsite set up, fire building, camp stove use, camp hygiene meal planning, maps and navigation, water treatment, and animal safety will be covered. These skills significantly add to the tool kit of anyone who spends ample amounts of time in the wilderness, or who is interested in a career as a guide in the adventure tourism industry.
This course is designed to introduce and develop white water kayak skills and develop confidence and self-reliance in the whitewater environment. Students are educated in equipment design and selection, trip preparation, evaluation of hazards, conservative decision-making and leadership in the sport of white water kayaking. Instruction begins on flat water, and then moves to grade 1 white water as student skill levels increase. As skills are further developed, students will progress to grade 2 white water and potentially on to grade 3 white water if appropriate for the student.
This course is designed to teach general knowledge of the sport and history of canoeing, and to develop canoeing skills on flat water, and on moving water. Instruction is provided in teaching canoe strokes first on flat water, and then progressing to develop these strokes to be effective on moving water. This is a Level 1 Lake Water Instructor Certification course with the Recreational Canoe Association of BC. Successful students who pass the certification exam are certified as RCABC Lake Water Canoe Level 1 Instructors.
This course is an introductory course designed to teach students the fundamental skills and knowledge of sea kayak guiding, and to improve sea kayak paddling technique. Emphasis is placed on navigation, rescue techniques, marine radio operation, and coastal natural interpretation. Client care, risk management knowledge, and safety awareness are also covered. This is a Level I Certification Course with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC. Successful students are certified as SKGABC Level 1 Guides.
Learn practical introductory skills in white water rafting and operations for professional outfitters or for personal trips. This is the first step to professional raft guide certification. Adventurous, water minded people will develop pre-trip and on-water basic guiding skills. We will explore the upper glacier fed waters of the Kicking Horse River and other Rocky Mountain rivers around Golden, BC.
This course introduces the student to the basics of top roped climbing. Students learn the basic knots, safety procedures, equipment use, and rope handling skills, group management, and climbing techniques to safely set up and climb basic top roped climbs.
This course introduces the student to the techniques and skills used in waterfall ice climbing. Safety and hazard management is the focus as the students learn anchor building, ice evaluation, belay considerations, and moderate and vertical ice climbing techniques.
This course is a certification course to become certified to work as a ski or snowboard instructor. Topics include the fundamentals of skiing or boarding technique, the responsibility code, learner progressions and the use of ski area lifts. The alpine skiers take the CSIA Alpine Ski Instructor Level 1 Certification course. The snowboarders take the CASI Snowboard Instructor Level 1 Certification course.
This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in avalanche terrain. Topics include appropriate equipment selection and use, uphill and downhill travel techniques, navigation and route finding in the mountains. A large focus of this course is learning about travelling in avalanche terrain, and learning how to identify and manage the avalanche risk.
In this course, students will begin by learning about the sport of mountain biking. Students will be taught basic and intermediate riding skills, through a structured lesson plan. This course will also give an overview of different bike types and components, and how to set up and maintain these bikes with simple repairs on the trail. This course provides the necessary training to work as a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association Ride Guide. PMBI Ride Guides are responsible for organizing a ride, performing bike checks and safety talks, assessing rider skills, and managing their clients on appropriate trails. The goal is to be able to lead clients on safe, enjoyable rides.
Advanced natural interpretation and Environmental Education builds on the knowledge and skills gained in ATBO 107. In this course, students continue their exploration of the natural history of BC, flora and fauna, species identification, and ecosystem relationships in greater depth, within the context of the Adventure Tourism Industry. Students also learn how to plan interpretive programs for a variety of audiences. A variety of methodological tools for educating about the environment are also gained. Knowledge and skills gained from this course are applied through the creation and delivery of an interpretive program. Students come away from this course with a toolkit full of activities, ideas, games and resources they can use to implement interpretive programs in a wide-variety of settings and environmental education. This course includes The Apprentice Interpreter certification course with The Interpretive Guide’s Alliance.
Through the use of case studies from existing tourism developments cited from around the world, the learners examine the economic, environment and social impacts of tourism. Throughout this course, learners examine the relationship between tourism, tourism stakeholders and the management and conservation of natural resources. Discussions are centered on the context of sustainable development and balancing the needs of ecosystems, communities and visitors. Planning and management implications for sustainable tourism are also explored. The roles of various agencies and organizations managing natural resources are examined in terms of their tourism/outdoor recreation roles.
This course is aimed at increasing awareness and sensitivity towards your own and other cultures. In an engaging and experiential setting, you become aware of the complex dynamics of cultural tourism and develop a base of skills and knowledge needed to facilitate cross-cultural adventure tourism in ways that are culturally-relevant and empowering. You also develop cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution skills as you explore issues related to the preservation of culture and heritage. Overall, you gain a critical perspective of the economic, cultural and environmental impacts and opportunities associated with this unique niche of adventure tourism.
This course serves as the conceptual and technical culmination of the ATBO Diploma Program. Students will reflect on their learning process, to consolidate their learning, and to begin preparation for their transition to the workforce.
The primary goal of the work placement is to further develop the student’s skills and knowledge in the adventure tourism industry. Students will have the opportunity to practice skills gained in the program, and to receive feedback on their competencies. Students will complete 250 hours of work placement in an approved tourism related operation. This placement may be extended for students planning on completing a Tourism Management Diploma Program.
Advanced Wilderness First Aid builds on the skills learned in ATBO 114 Wilderness First Aid, and covers in-depth principles in medical and legal aspects related to injury prevention and care.
This course continues to build on the skills and knowledge developed in ATBO 121 Backpack Level 1. The hiking conditions are more challenging, and students learn the skills necessary to lead backpacking trips in the wilderness. This course is designed to prepare students for the ACMG day Hiking and Backpacking Guide exams.
This course covers river rescue principles and techniques as they apply to canoes, kayaks, rafts, and other personal watercraft designed for river use. Topics include river and rescue terminology, basic rescue theory and equipment, drowning, hypothermia, moving water rescues, and rope systems. This is delivered by ATBO in conjunction with Rescue Canada. Successful students receive industry certification through Rescue Canada.
This course is designed to develop Whitewater Kayak skills to a higher level than achieved in ATBO 131 Whitewater Kayaking Level 1. After a review and reinforcement of existing skills learned from ATBO 131, new river running and playboating skills will be introduced. Students progress to kayaking on grade 3, and perhaps grade 4, white water.