Catalog 2013-2014

Canoe Trip Guiding

  • Semester: Summer
  • Course Number: AS208
  • Instructors: Adrian Owens
  • Credit: 3

Course Description:

Students learn skills necessary for leading an extended trip (5 or more days) on the waterways of northern New York, northern New England, or Canada.  Students are involved in trip planning, food packing, and equipment choice. During the first trip, students refine their own paddling, portaging, navigation (map, compass, and GPS) and leadership skills. Written reports before, during, and after the trips place the student in the role of a commercial canoeing outfitter with emphasis on detailed planning, risk management, and setting appropriate expectations for clients. On the second trip, students lead a group of local youth on a canoe trip of 4-5 days.