PROGRAM START MONTHS

Full Year (12 month) Program starts: March to November (1 year Program).  Exact course start dates are posted 3 months prior to course start date.

Accelerated (6 month) Program starts: March.

LENGTH OF STUDY

263.5 hours within 6 or 12 months

CREDITS

24

CREDENTIALS

Diploma, WFR 80hrs 

Accredited by Government of B.C. Private Training Institutes Branch (PTIB).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Be a part of the outdoor tourism industry. Skill sets emphasized include safety, downhill biking skills, entry level climbing, backcountry leadership and wilderness first aid certification. Students will be equipped to enter the outdoor industry on an entry level.

Individual course inquiries are welcome. Please contact info@whistleradventureschool.com to request more information.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Aimed at the individual who is looking for training in the outdoor adventure industry and once in a lifetime backcountry experiences. Learn new skills and techniques to help you to safely & confidently navigate in the mountains and learn the fundamentals of downhill biking skills, climbing skills, backpacking and guiding leadership.

Interested in finding out more about our gap year programs? Check out our Student Gap Year page.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program the successful graduate will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the knowledge, technical skills and credentials of the adventure tourism industry.
  • Apply knowledge of personal and group safety, and conscientious stewardship of the heritage and the environment.
  • Exhibit leadership in varied and diverse situations.
  • Demonstrate ability to support adventure-based and nature-based outdoor recreation activities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic business skills applied to adventure tourism.

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program Diploma
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

Upon further completion of training students could become an intern Outdoor Guide. Additionally, students may work in the business aspects of these operations such as recreational tourism.

We advise students that additional training may be necessary.

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee Domestic$5,750 CAD
Tuition Fee International$7,750 CAD
Application Fee$250 CAD
Textbook Fees$100 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years of age or older
  • Minimum English Requirement: Intermediate (CEFR-B1)

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to lift 20 kg /44 lbs
  • Ability to bike beginner runs (green).

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Please consult the Adventure Tourism Summer Equipment List

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

When  applying for the Adventure Tourism Summer program, the student's skills must meet the below requirements:
  • Students should be able to bike beginner (green) runs comfortably.
  • Ability to correctly wear a harness, helmet and climbing shoes.
  • Students will require a reasonable base level of fitness. Basic level of fitness includes the ability to walk uphill for one hour at a moderate pace. (Students will require a reasonable base level of fitness)
  • Students will have to complete a medical form.
  • Students with a pre-existing medical conditions or health concerns should contact WAS prior to the course start date.
Admissions Requirements

COURSES  – Note that some course dates have been altered due to Covid 19 – please consult your WAS representative for details

CourseProgramMonthHours
Experiential Leadership & GuidingAdventure Tourism SummerMarch45
Introduction to Downhill Mountain Biking SkillsAdventure Tourism SummerJune22.5
Wilderness First ResponderAdventure Tourism SummerMay or November80
BackpackingAdventure Tourism SummerOctober48
Alpine Climbing

Adventure Tourism SummerAugust68
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The WAS team will be announcing the amazing instructors for these courses soon! Stay tuned.




“I’ve had a great time taking the Marketing & Media Management program in arguably the best place on earth. The ability to pursue further education with access to world class mountain terrain is unparalleled. Thanks so much for the opportunity to spend a season in the Sea to Sky, it really has been an experience of a lifetime. I’ve already accepted an offer for a social media position in the snowboarding industry & that is all thanks to the skills I’ve learned at WAS ♥️

– Ali, Marketing Media Manager Graduate


“WAS prepared me well for the diploma program at TRU, and helped me make my first connections in the adventure tourism industry. The industry is smaller than one might think, and getting that first mentorship prepared me well to make my first decisions in the mountains.”

– Jonas, Ski/Snowboarding Guide Training Graduate.


“The Best School Ever! I remember those times in Slovakia when we were sitting in school and studying unimportant subjects. We had wasted 70% of the time by learning something which we had never used. The result was that we forgot everything after exams passed by… WAS has a different approach. Pick only the subjects you are passionate about and have fun by learning useful stuff. I have graduated in the Retail and Manufacturing Program. I can say that I had enjoyed every single hour. I remember every lesson. I have created connections with teachers at those lessons. Thanks to these connections, I’ve got a job in Prior Snowboards as a ski builder. Good times. LIVE.LEARN.PLAY.”

– Adam, Retail Manufacturing Manager Graduate (program is now Mountain Sport Technician)

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