Below are answers to the most common questions asked. If you have any questions or concerns that the site doesn’t answer, please contact us and we will provide you with the answers!
What gear and equipment do I need?
Don’t buy anything before you start the program, we encourage sharing, making, and finding great deals, and also have great partnerships with several outdoor stores and companies that will enable you to get better rates. We supply most of the major equipment needs, or can arrange a rental. If your favorite auntie really wants to buy you something, a good quality compass or day-pack will get a lot of use.
Can I ladder into other programs?
The different levels of Adventure Tourism programs in BC have been designed to allow participants to exit into the workforce as sought after employees at any level, but then to re-enter other programs to gain further qualifications up to degree and post grad level.
Do you allow people with disabilities into the program?
This would have to be discussed on an individual basis, but participants have to be capable of participating fully in all the activities of the program.
Is this program recognized outside BC?
Yes, BC Adventure Tourism programs are recognized for their excellence around the world. Our program is Accredited with the BC Ministry of Advanced Education through the Provincial Training Institutes Branch and we are part of the Provincial Articulation process for BC Adventure Tourism Programs.
Can I take some of the courses separately?
Unfortunately not. The college runs on an Integrated Learning System, whereby material from other courses is blended in to each class. However, we do offer Community Recreation Courses that will draw on some of the material from the classes if you are interested in a certain aspect of the course.
Do you provide accommodation?
We do not provide accommodation, but there are many apartments and suites available for rent in the Victoria and Sooke area and we try to provide information and contacts.
Are there costs on top of tuition?
We provide all textbooks, most are on loan, some you get to keep. Extra costs include food for out trips and personal gear. Allow approximately $800 CDN (this number is dependent on what gear you already have or have access to), as well as your own personal expenses such as rent, transportation and living expenses, etc.
How long is the course?
It’s FULL-TIME course runs from September to May – 8 months (with a break for Christmas)
How do I get there?
The easiest way is to fly into Victoria International Airport, but you can also fly to Vancouver and take a ferry across to the island.
Do you accept International Students?
Yes we do! Once they have been Interviewed, Accepted and have received their Acceptance Letter, International students will have to obtain a Study Visa through CIC, for more info.