Adventure Guide Training Course

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The Adventure Guide Training Course is the foundation that all our other courses are based on. It covers the frameworks we use to lead our adventures and covers the principles that apply to facilitating memorable experiences for our guests.

Interestingly, there are very few guide training programs focused on adventure tourism. As we worked on refining how we approach adventures, we realized that most of the training opportunities available to our guides were designed for other contexts like outdoor recreation or interpretation.

This course is an introduction to the adventure tourism context, the adventure framework we use to craft and facilitate adventures, and how we approach lifelong learning as guides.

The training course consists of four online courses and one day of in-person training where we apply the concepts learned online to plan an adventure. The online courses are a great option on their own for those who are curious to learn more about guiding and as a refresher for returning guides.

The online courses are:

The in-person course consists of one day of practical training:

  • Session 1 (1 hour): Review of the role of the guide in the adventure tourism context;
  • Session 2 (2 hours): Discussion on the elements of authentic adventures & responsible tourism; and
  • Session 3 (4 hours): Using the building blocks to plan, facilitate and improve adventures.

All of the training is specific to commercial guiding but a lot of the content may be of interest to others who enjoy adventures or who lead outdoor adventures for school groups, hiking clubs or friends.

Guides looking to join us at Nordegg Adventures who already have the Field Leaders certification or the Group Management certification from the Interpretive Guides Association are encouraged to take the online courses to gain a better understanding of our approach to adventures.


A certificate of completion will be provided for each of the online courses and the in-person training. Graduates of this course who complete also our Hiking Guide, Scenic Float Guide or Winter Adventures Guide courses may be eligible for the corresponding Field Leader certifications from the Outdoor Council of Canada.

Graduates of this course looking to work elsewhere will need to complete additional training specific to their employer and location.

Upcoming Courses

You can register for each of the individual online courses at any time. Our next in-person course will be in the spring of 2023.

Contact us ( if you would like to arrange a course for your group of 4 to 8 participants.