Adventure Guide Diploma

Kilroy Norway

Program Description

Adventure Guide Diploma

Kilroy Norway

Adventure Guide Diploma

Awarding Body:

Thompson Rivers University

The Adventure Guide Diploma is a fast-paced, two-year course of study comprised of field trips, outdoor skills instruction, and self-directed expeditions. Courses cover a wide range of adventure activities and theoretical topics. Field trips make up sixty percent of the course load.

The 60-credit Adventure Guide Diploma is comprised of 38 required credits and 22 elective credits. The Diploma transfers into the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree (BTM) for students who wish to complete the degree. The Diploma is also a credential recognizing two years of study if a student chooses not to continue studies in the degree program. Because students in this Diploma do not take ENGL 1060-3, STAT 1020-3, ECON 2000-3, or ENGL 1070-3, these courses must be completed as part of the degree should a student decide to carry on with degree program studies.This means that it usually takes students from the Adventure Guide Diploma an additional five semesters of study to complete the BTM (as compared to Adventure Management Diploma students who can complete the BTM in four additional semesters).

The private sector is a major supporter of this program through training, certifying, and helping students build a network for future employment.

Adventure Guide Diploma graduates work as outdoor skills instructors, mountain or river guides, and in other wilderness-related leadership occupations.

Areas of Study - Activities

The TRU Adventure Guide Diploma focuses on activities such as these:

  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Natural history
  • SCUBA diving
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Nature observation
  • Sea kayaking
  • Heli-hiking
  • River rafting
  • Search and rescue
  • Heli-skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Ski touring
  • Hiking
  • Ice climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Whitewater kayaking


Compressed, modularized classroom course instruction complements the seasonal field activities. Theory courses include the following:

  • guiding leadership
  • emergency management
  • legal liability
  • business management
  • accounting
  • customer service
  • marketing
  • instructional skills

The Adventure Guide Diploma provides students with a solid foundation in adventure activities and builds on their previous experience. Skill assessments at the start of the program ensure that students are developing their skills at the level most advantageous to them throughout their course of study.

The TRU Advantage

TRU Adventure Guide Diploma students have a unique advantage: they may distinguish themselves by achieving any of more than thirty-five industry certifications from provincial and national adventure associations and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).

Industry Certification

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides/TRU:

  • Assistant Alpine Guide
  • Alpine Guide
  • Assistant Ski Guide
  • Ski Guide
  • Assistant Rock Guide
  • Rock Guide
  • Hiking Guide
  • Backpacking Guide
  • Climbing Gym Instructor Level I
  • Climbing Gym Instructor Level II
  • Climbing Gym Instructor Level III
  • Top-Rope Climbing Instructor

Association of Canadian Sea Kayaking Guides:

  • Assistant Guide

National Association of Scuba Diving:

  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Master Diver
  • Dive Supervisor

Paddle Canada:

  • Trip Instructor
  • Flatwater Canoe Instructor
  • Moving Water Instructor

Rescue Canada:

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • Swiftwater Rescue Specialist
  • Swiftwater Rope Rescue Technician
  • Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

British Columbia River Rafting Guide License:

  • Oar
  • Paddle

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia:

  • Level One Guide
  • Assistant Overnight Guide

British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program:

  • Rope Rescue Team Leader
  • Rope Rescue Team Member
  • Search and Rescue Manager

Transport Canada:

  • Restricted Marine Radio Operators License

Canadian Avalanche Association:

  • Safety for Ski Operations I

Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance:

  • Level I Instructor

Whitewater Kayak Association of British Columbia:

  • Basic River Instructor
  • River Instructor
  • Advanced River Instructor

Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors:

  • Telemark Instructor Level

Wilderness Medical Associates:

  • Wilderness First Responder

Travel - At Home and Abroad

Activity courses in the Adventure Guide Diploma travel extensively throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and the western United States. Expeditions often take place overseas; in 2011, students travelled to Nepal.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Norwegian
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Canada Kamloops, British Columbia
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Duration 2 years
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