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Adventure Sports Management Certificate


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 Degrees and Certifications

In addition to the Adventure Sports Management Certificate, the Garrett College awards the Adventure Sports Management Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree .

Program Goals

In an effort to meet its mission, the Garrett Adventure Sports program has developed the following goals for students in the program:

  • Gainful employement of program completers
  • The gaining of information literacy
  • Improved communication skills, both verbally and written
  • The demonstration of an understanding of environmental and earth sciences as they relate to the recreation profession
  • The modeling of technical proficiencies required for success in the Adventure Sports industry
  • The understanding of diverse teaching and learning styles
  • The application of effective leadership skills; and the management of risks

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)
  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • 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:/p>

  • Director, Wisp Ski School
  • Director, Outdoor Recreation Program, Franklin Pierce College
  • Director, West Virginia University‚Äôs 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 Educational Requirements

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  Adv. Level First Aid & CPR  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  4
  • ASI  Intermediate Skills Courses  4
  • ASI  Instructor Level Course  1
  • ASI  Rescue Skills Course  2
  • ASI109  Intro Therapeutic Recreation
    or BIO110  Natural History  3
  • ASI207  Practicum^  1
  • ASI271 or ASI21A  Wilderness Guide ins Dev  1