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  • Objectives
    The Wilderness Leadership certificate program is taught by experienced and qualified Capilano College faculty and experts from the outdoor adventure industry. You will acquire a diverse set of leadership-oriented skills in this intensive program. Expect to be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally as we inspire you to learn more about yourselves and others.
  • Academic Title
    Wilderness Leadership Certificate
  • Course description
    Core Courses    Course Credits
    Required:    18.00
    • CMNS 174    Wilderness Leadership Communications    3.00
    • REC 156    Natural History for Outdoor Leaders    3.00
    • REC 157    Wilderness Leadership Skills    3.00
    • REC 163    Wilderness First Aid I    3.00
    • REC 169    Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscapes    3.00
    • WLP 153    Guiding Leadership    3.00
    Credits    18.00

    Skill Sets    Course Credits
    Choose 12.00 credits from the following list:    12.00
    • WLP 124    Winter Skills    2.00
    • WLP 125    Ski Touring    2.00
    • WLP 126    Backpacking    2.00
    • WLP 127    Mountaineering    2.00
    • WLP 128    Rock Climbing I    2.00
    • WLP 129    Rock Climbing II    2.00
    • WLP 130    Rock Rescue Clinic    1.00
    • WLP 131    Nordic Skiing I    2.00
    • WLP 132    Nordic Skiing II    2.00
    • WLP 133    Canoeing I    2.00
    • WLP 134    Canoeing II    2.00
    • WLP 135    Rafting I    2.00
    • WLP 136    Rafting II    2.00
    • WLP 137    Sea Kayaking I    2.00
    • WLP 138    Sea Kayaking II    2.00
    • WLP 139    River Kayaking Clinic    1.00
    • WLP 140    River Rescue Clinic    1.00
    • WLP 141    Telemark Clinic    1.00
    • WLP 142    Sailing    2.00
    • WLP 144    Sailing II    2.00
    • WLP 145    Mountain Biking     2.00
    • WLP 147    River Kayak I    2.00
    • WLP 148    Snow Boarding    2.00
    Credits    12.00
    Total Program Credits    30.00

    CMNS 174    Wilderness Leadership Communications
    3.00 credits    (6,0,2) hrs    08 wks
    This course in writing and speech for wilderness-leadership professionals covers business correspondence, spoken presentations, and proposals.
    Note: This course is restricted to WLP and REC program students.

    REC 156    Natural History for Outdoor Leaders
    3.00 credits    (3,3,1) hrs    15 wks
    Students will develop the skills to interpret the natural environment in this field-based course, through the application of principles and concepts of ecology, the identification of flora and fauna, and the interpretation of local ecosystems. Contemporary stewardship issues facing southwest British Columbia will be highlighted.
    Note: Courses that are offered in Squamish may be delivered in a condensed format.

    REC 157    Wilderness Leadership Skills
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Develops skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to provide challenging, safe adventure experiences in a temperate climate during spring, summer and fall.
    Note: Courses that are offered in Squamish may be delivered in a condensed format.

    REC 163    Wilderness First Aid I
    3.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    An introductory course in first aid skills pertaining specifically to the wilderness environment.
    Note: Courses that are offered in Squamish may be delivered in a condensed format.

    REC 169    Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscapes
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    The goal of this course is to enable students to develop an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the physical landscape. Emphasis will be placed on the geology and landforms of southwestern British Columbia.
    Note: Courses that are offered in Squamish may be delivered in a condensed format.

    WLP 124    Winter Skills
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    An introductory course developing skills in avalanche safety, terrain and hazard assessment, route finding, winter camping, and shelter building. Competent students may achieve industry standards in avalanche skills.

    WLP 125    Ski Touring
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 124 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will develop backcountry touring skills including track setting, winter camp craft, hazard avoidance, skiing techniques and route planning, weather observations and avalanche safety.

    WLP 126    Backpacking
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Students will develop skills in client care, risk management, navigation, professionalism, travel, instruction, terrain assessment, camping and mountain sense.

    WLP 127    Mountaineering
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 124 or WLP 126 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course is designed for the experienced backpacker with little or no rope skills. Skills in basic rock climbing, rope management, crevasse rescue, snow and glacier travel and ice climbing will be developed.

    WLP 128    Rock Climbing I
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    A technical course for non-climbers, emphasizing technique development through practical application of field skills. Students will gain competency in outdoor top rope climbing and following a lead climber. Skill sets include anchor construction, rope management, rappelling, climbing and movement techniques, and hazard management.

    WLP 129    Rock Climbing II
    2.00 credits    (24,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 128 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    An intermediate level of skill development of rock climbing techniques including rock rescue and introduction to lead climbing.

    WLP 130    Rock Rescue Clinic
    1.00 credit    (24,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 128 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This course emphasizes the practical aspects of technical rock rescue.

    WLP 131    Nordic Skiing I
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    A foundation course developing competency in equipment selection and use, waxing, diagonal stride, poling, turns, skating, and telemark techniques.

    WLP 132    Nordic Skiing II
    2.00 credits    (31.5,0,0) hrs    02 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 131 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will develop and demonstrate competency in skiing and teaching diagonal stride, snow plow turns, double poling, off-set skate, and intermediate telemark. Competent students may achieve industry certification in nordic skiing.

    WLP 133    Canoeing I
    2.00 credits    (56,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    A course in developing leadership skills in lake water canoeing; includes canoe history in Canada, equipment, canoe safety and leadership, tandem and solo rescues, and canoe-tripping standards and practice. Competent students may achieve industry certification for instruction in lake-water canoeing.

    WLP 134    Canoeing II
    2.00 credits    (54,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 133 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Tandem and solo moving water canoeing skills are developed in this course. Content includes theory, strokes, manoeuvres, and rescues. Competent students may achieve industry certification in moving water canoeing.

    WLP 135    Rafting I
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Includes equipment, strokes for oar and paddle boats, raft manoeuvring, and river reading. Competent students may achieve industry certification in rafting.

    WLP 136    Rafting II
    2.00 credits    (63,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 135 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    This intensive course is designed to prepare students for the rafting industry. This guide training covers all aspects of rafting in preparation for the provincial guide exams.

    WLP 137    Sea Kayaking I
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    A progressive introduction to sea kayaking, providing the student with sound kayaking skills while introducing the guiding element. Skill set includes paddling skills, rescue techniques, equipment, navigation, ocean skills, interpretation of the coastal environment, weather and group/leadership skills.

    WLP 138    Sea Kayaking II
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 137 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    An intensive course focusing on each student's ability to make safe leadership decisions, perform surf landings and launches, and provide appropriate client care and instruction. Competent students may achieve industry certification in sea kayaking.

    WLP 139    River Kayaking Clinic
    1.00 credit    (24,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    This clinic introduces students to river kayaking equipment, safety procedures, strokes and rolling techniques. Skills will be introduced on flat water and will progress to river paddling.

    WLP 140    River Rescue Clinic
    1.00 credit    (24,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    This intensive course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in river rescue. Competent students may receive industry certification in river rescue.

    WLP 141    Telemark Clinic
    1.00 credit    (24,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 132 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will develop and demonstrate competency in skiing and teaching basic, intermediate and advanced telemark skills. Competent students may achieve industry certification in telemark skiing.

    WLP 142    Sailing
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Basic sailing skills are developed in this course including general seamanship, acting as a competent crew, basic navigational skills, and emergency procedures. Competent students may achieve industry certification in sailing.

    WLP 144    Sailing II
    2.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    Prerequisite: WLP 142 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will further develop skills in vessel and crew management with an emphasis on navigation, coastal meteorology, boat systems, and health and safety. They will demonstrate safe navigational practices and advance their proficiency in understanding the international symbols and regulations for preventing collisions at sea.

    WLP 145    Mountain Biking
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    The course provides an awareness of safe guiding practices for leading mountain biking rides and competence at the beginner to intermediate levels. Topics discussed include site selection, teaching materials, demos, progression, skill analysis, biomechanics, teaching points, common errors and corrections, safety tips, and environmental variables.

    WLP 147    River Kayak I
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    This course introduces students to river kayaking equipment, safety procedures, strokes and rolling techniques.

    WLP 148    Snow Boarding
    2.00 credits    (48,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    A course developing leadership skills in snowboarding, including a comprehensive overview of the sport as it relates to snowboard instruction, guiding and leadership.

    WLP 151    Interpreting the Wilderness Environment
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to enable outdoor leaders to learn interpretation techniques regarding experiential teaching methods. These techniques enable students to interpret the surrounding wilderness environment including weather and the night sky.

    WLP 152    Wilderness Leadership Work Practicum
    2.00 credits    (0,0,35) hrs    03 wks
    Prerequisite: CMNS 174, REC 156, 157, 163, 169, WLP 153 and 12 WLP credits
    The student will gain practical experience necessary to work effectively in an adventure industry business. The student will have an opportunity to work at a level comparable to that of a non-Work Experience employee of the organization. The student will integrate and consolidate theory and skills developed during the Wilderness Leadership Certificate program.

    WLP 153    Guiding Leadership
    3.00 credits    (60,0,0) hrs    01 wks
    This course examines the concepts of leadership and team building and expands on this theme through the exploration of skills and techniques.

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