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Adventure Sports Management Certificate

The rapidly growing adventure sports industry needs well-rounded leaders with real-world experience. At Garrett College, students interested in outdoor education can choose from two paths: a one-year, skills focused certificate (discussed below) or a two-year A.A.S degree program in Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education that provides students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while honing their leadership and communication skills. Click here to learn more about the Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education A.A.S. degree program at Garrett College.

What is Adventure Sports Management Certificate?

Garrett College's Adventure Sports Management certificate program develops leaders and professionals in adventure sports and outdoor recreation industries who have a strong sense of environmental stewardship and community service.

With a focus on hands-on learning, our one-of-a-kind Adventure Sports program allows students to make careers out of an adventurous nature. Students explore nature and career options while learning about leadership development, program planning, risk management, and decision making.

Adventure Sports Management Certificate

Garrett College awards a Certificate in Adventure Sports Management to successful graduates. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Outdoor Leadership & Adventure Education is also available.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a strong sense of environmental stewardship.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan and facilitate an instructional experience.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to successfully plan and manage an adventure program.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively assess and respond to an emergency situation.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform at least one adventure sports field skill at an industry standard intermediate level.

Program Benefits

The Adventure Sports certificate program makes available independent third-party certifications from many nationally and/or internationally recognized organizations including:

  • American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI)
  • American Canoe Association (ACA)
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)
  • US Department of Transportation sanctioned Wilderness First Responder (WFR) advanced first aid certification

Course Options

  • Back-country fair/cold weather outdoor living skills
  • Water sports, including whitewater canoeing, kayaking, rafting; sea kayaking; and standup paddleboard
  • Rock climbing and rappelling
  • Snow sports, including skiing and snowboard
  • Mountain bike riding and bike mechanics
  • Land-, rock- and water-based rescue classes
  • High/Low ropes challenge course

Career Goals

A question often asked is, "What does an Adventure Sports graduate do?" Besides successfully transferring to other colleges and universities to earn more advanced degrees, here is a partial list of job titles earned by recent program graduates as well as those that have gone on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees:

  • Director, Wisp Ski School
  • Director, Outdoor Recreation Program, Franklin Pierce College
  • Director, West Virginia University’s Adventure West Virginia New Student Wilderness Orientation program
  • Instructor, Trails Carolina Therapeutic Wilderness Program
  • Challenge Course Facilitator, Mammoth Ski Area (CA)
  • Chief Guide, Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides (WV)
  • Course Instructor, North Carolina Outward Bound
  • Youth Activity Coordinator, Cruise Lines
  • Outdoor Instructor/Programmer, Harford County (MD) Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Administrative Assistant, Adventure Sports Center International
  • Maryland DNR Park Ranger, Point Lookout State Park
  • Assistant Professor, Montana State University
  • Coordinator of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Rockville, SC

Adventure Sports Management Certificate

Total Credit Hours Required 29.50

Required Course Work (29.50 credit hours)

  • ASI101  Intro ASI, Park, Recreation  3
  • ASI110  Back Country Living Skills  3
  • ASI164  Wilderness First Responder  3
  • ASI170  Guiding & Instructing Adv. Sports  3
  • ASI200  ASI Program Mgmt.  3
  • ASI201  Leadership/Grp Dynamics  3
  • ASI206  Practicum Preparation  1
  • ASI104 Colloquia  0.25
  • ASI105 Colloquia  0.25
  • ASI  Basic Skills Courses  3
  • ASI  Intermediate Skills Courses  3
  • ASI  Instructor Level Course  1
  • ASI  Rescue Skills Course  1
  • ASI271  Intro Therapeutic Recreation
    or ASI271A   Wilderness Guide Ins Dev   1
  • ASI207  Practicum  1