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Adventure Guide Studies

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Thompson Rivers University in cooperation with Keilir Health Academy offers an eight-month university program for adventure guides. The program is an introduction to adventure sports and the adventure industry with extensive time on field activity courses and compressed and modularized classroom course instruction. This is the ideal program for entry-level adventure students and students wishing to explore their career interest in adventure-related fields.

The program is a 60 credit intensive education building on local and international expertise within the field and using the unique and accessible natural environment in Iceland as a practical class room.

Program Overview

The program is a solid foundation for all major parts of adventure tourism and benefits especially those that are interested in:

  • an introduction to adventure sports
  • improving current adventure sport skills
  • exploring the adventure industry as a career
  • a relatively short course of study
  • transfering credit earned into further studies

Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

Thompson Rivers University is a comprehensive university located in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. It offers students a broad range of courses, career streams, and the ability to ladder credits from diploma programs into full degrees. TRU offers the finest and most extensive adventure studies training in the world. They create exceptional educational experiences to foster students' physical, mental and emotional development so as to be of service to the global commercial adventure industry. For additional information regarding the Adventure Sport Certificate, Thompson Rivers University and possibilities for continuing educational programs, please visit the TRU website.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be 19 years-of-age and have completed at least half of the credits leading to matriculation examination in upper secondary education.

The Health Academy will look at all applications individually and evaluate prospective students based on their education, prior experience and applicant interview. 

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Program Structure

The program is delivered with extensive time engaged in field activity courses and compressed and modularized classroom course instruction. Approximately twelve weeks of classroom instruction and twelve weeks of field activity courses make up the program. All course credit completed in the Adventure Sport Certificate is transferable to other Adventure Studies Department programs at TRU.

Students who wish to continue their adventure studies at TRU may ladder directly into the Adventure Guide Diploma, the Adventure Management Diploma, or the Adventure Major in the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree.

Information about individual courses, both theoretical and on-site training courses

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Here you can find a list of the equipment required for practical courses

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I believe that my studies at TRU/Keilir benefitted me very well. It was great foundation for professional guide carrier.

Linas Kumpaitis, Adventure Guide