Ideal for: Individuals who want the skills and training to be professional guides | Ages: 18 and Up | Dates: May-August
Not just a fun semester. An experience that could change your life.
This course is designed for persons who want to become outdoor adventure professionals for Christian wilderness camping ministries or other outdoor industries. It is a challenging commitment that will require some hard work. One that will yank you right out of your comfort zone, test the limits of your endurance, and in the end, deliver an exhilarating sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing you made it and from receiving an official professional certification that proves it.
Stand on the shoulders of giants.
Learning from the pros is one of the best ways to climb the mountain of success. And this course will give you a leg up, literally. We pack more wilderness experiences into a semester than you could ever have on your own. More access to the wild places of this country. More opportunities to lead others, to grow both personally and professionally, and to elevate your technical skill sets. More opportunities to learn from those who have mastered the skills and accomplished the goals that you have set for yourself – including professional certification. And we offer it all at a lower cost and in a lot less time than it would take if you did it on your own.
- Prepare qualified men and women for a career in outdoor Christian ministry
- Offer relevant hands-on experience in a wide variety of outdoor disciplines
- Provide instruction and training by qualified professional guides and organizations
- Help students obtain certifications that are meaningful in the industry
- Develop students’ instructional skills and experience levels
Mission. Values. Goals.
Combined Course Components
Throughout our semester’s participants will learn outdoor technical skills, risk evaluation and management, and the appropriate application of both. This is an ongoing process that is reflected in all the various learning components offered throughout our semesters.
The following guiding experiences and course components offer great opportunities to learn, hands-on, about various outdoor disciplines. This makes our program a great way to develop your skills, experience, and knowledge of guiding principles and practices in less time than it would take to do it on your own.
Whitewater Guide Course
This section includes 8 full days of Whitewater guide training time on the river guiding technical class II-III rapids, swift water rescue training, an overnight commercial river trip, experience packing and rowing gear boats, and independently guiding multiple raft trips.
Backpacking Guide Course
7 – 10 days of expedition style backpacking where students learn about route selection, campsite selection, backpacking techniques and considerations, food planning, time management on trail, and gain experience guiding their peers under instructor supervision.
Canyoneering Guide Course
Multiple days spent descending technical slot canyons where participants will learn slot canyon specific technical skills including anchoring, movement techniques, rigging systems, risk management and navigation. We will also discuss canyoneering hazards and safety.
Rock Climbing Guide Course
Learn traditional climbing from the ground up during our intensive climbing ground school. After students demonstrate proficiency in their technical skills they are sequenced through mock leading in a top rope setting. After completing a number of practice leads students move on to lead traditional climbs of appropriate difficulty grades.
In this phase students will work together to create trip objectives, map route options, communicate with appropriate land managers to determine what conditions to expect in the field, research any location specific regulations, and be shown available resources to be used in mapping routes, navigating, and weather forecasting.
Participants are given multiple opportunities to teach their peers, as well as outside individuals, during the course, then receive peer and instructor feedback on their teaching performance. Additionally, students will learn to create lesson plans and how to deliver teaching topics and grow in their abilities as instructors and educators in the industry.
Assessment, Certifications, and Teaching Opportunities
To ensure that students receive the most out of our courses and that they are consistently progressing towards accomplishing the objectives of the program, we maintain a culture of continuous assessment and evaluation of students and their skills. The certifications, certificates, and training below ensure that happens.
Peer Teaching: 7 – 12 hours Client Teaching: 14 – 20 hours
Course: 8 hours of river instruction training
Course: 16 hours of field instruction
Course/Exam: 72 to 80 hours
Course: 24 hours
Enthusiastic. Energetic. Inspiring. And Experienced.
Our staff is made up of knowledgeable, friendly people who are also serious about providing you with the best training and outdoor experience ever. Each day they demonstrate their passion for serving Jesus Christ through leading by example with a cheerful demeanor.
Our staff members are recruited based on their:
Personality & Ability
Passion for Teaching
Relationship With Christ
Qualifications & Skills
Education & Training
Dates & Rates
- Payments plans are available. Contact our program director for details.
- We work hard to have a few scholarship dollars available each semester. Donate to our Scholarship Fund.
- We can help you find ways to raise funds and apply for grants. Financial Aid
- If you have questions please contact Scott Chapman.
- Training Cost
- Certification courses and exams
- Major group gear
- All travel expenses during the course
Tuition Does Not Include:
- Travel to and from the program
- Required personal outdoor gear
- Pocket money for activities on off days
- Spending money for personal items
- Personal recreation
- Personal health insurance
- Personal toiletries, bedding, laundry, etc.
- College credit fees