In the first year students are learning the basic skill sets required for any type of outdoor leadership work; wilderness first aid, navigation, search and rescue, radio operation, hazard and emergency management, GPS and digital mapping technology, and hospitality and service. First year students are also introduced to technical environments: alpine backpacking, ocean kayaking, river kayaking/rafting, backcountry skiing/avalanche safety, high-angle and swift-water rope rescue.
In the second year the complete fall semester is dedicated to modular skills training units where students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in professional preparation. Participants will work on rock climbing, mountaineering, rope rescue, sea kayaking and river kayaking/rafting, first aid, lifesaving and ropes course facilitation. At the end of this semester time has been set aside to allow students to travel and practice their skills as they prepare for the certification process of 3rd and 4th year.
In the third year students continue to advance their skills in chosen disciplines, furthering their professional resumes. Students at this level are required to complete selected certifications, in a discipline of their choosing, in a process called Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In the spring semester students begin preparing for their field internship where they will gain work related experience in the Adventure Tourism or Outdoor Ministry sectors.
In the fourth year students wrap up their field internships and focus on graduating with the prestigious Bachelors Degree of Outdoor Leadership. This year students will again be engaged in CPD completing professional industry certifications of their choice.