Our Adventure Guiding students gain a wealth of relevant field-skills training, certification, and industry contacts with instruction and support from many key partners who contribute to the success of our program, working hard to enhance our students’ experiences.
Alpine First Aid
Owner/operator and chief instructor, Mel Rodgers, ensures that our first aid training is relevant for wilderness settings and workplace requirements. Mel offers clear instruction with realistic scenarios based on his vast experience in many settings: search and rescue, alpine ski patrol, remote industrial sites, paramedic with BC Ambulance Service, and years of teaching. As a life-long learner himself, he knows how to impart solid first aid foundations without causing undue stress!
Bamfield Marine Science Centre
The Public Education team at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre go over and above – and under - introducing our Adventure students to intertidal life, marine birds and mammals, forest ecology, Indigenous cultural context, and coastal conservation. Our sessions at the BMSC develop both knowledge and techniques for understanding and sharing interpretive programs in a marine setting. We spend time in labs with aquariums and touch tanks, multi-media presentations and discussions, in the forest, on the water in boats, walking the beaches, and poking around in tide pools.
Lilian Hunt – Alert Bay Tours
Adventure guiding in coastal BC is always in areas that are at the foundation of Indigenous cultural past, present, and futures. Understanding this context and associated relationships is paramount to meaningful and respectful interactions. Since 2003 we’ve partnered with the inimitable Lillian Hunt to choreograph and lead an Indigenous cultural module, together with local facilitators in Alert Bay and from the ‘Namgis First Nation, including Miss Dawn Cranmer (ethnobotany walk), U’mista Cultural Centre and staff, Randy Bell, and others. Lillian is well-connected throughout tourism, as a Director with Indigenous Tourism Association of BC, Tourism North Vancouver Island, and Tourism Vancouver Island.
Island Alpine Guides
Our rock, mountain, and snow-based field skills training is delivered in partnership with the Island Alpine Guides team and instructors who have a deep wealth of experience and professional certification in alpine settings. IAG guides are known for high standards in outdoor leadership and adventure training, whether for personal experiences or working toward professional credentials.