Outdoor Leadership: LEAD 162

students overlooking salton sea

Course Description

The Outdoor Recreation/Education industry is one of the fastest growing in America. Not only are more participants using outdoor areas, equipment and land but, more people than ever are relying on Outdoor Trained Educators, Instructors, Guides, Therapists, Facilitators, Professors and Companies to lead their experiences. More companies than ever are incorporating outdoor based skills or activities into leadership and staff development as a tool to increase productivity and moral.

The expectations and demands on the outdoor professional are higher than ever. Not only are Outdoor Leadership expected to know how teach/introduce the particular area and activity (i.e. rock climbing, kayaking, challenge course, therapy) but they are expected to have knowledge about group management, risk management, policy and procedure about the activity and area, land management awareness, environmental ethics… the list goes on and on. The wilderness pushes people to a new level of awareness and the leader is the facilitator of transferability for the participant.

This course will examine how the awareness and application of leadership, judgment and decision making principles affect the quality of the wilderness experience and, ultimately, the safety of the group. The course will include ACTIVE class participation, classroom instruction, experiential instruction and participation, self-evaluation and reflective learning. The course will also engage in cooperative learning through outside classroom projects, activity and a shared weekend camping trip experience that is required. NOTE: This course is NOT a guide training program, while it is recommended for all USD Adventures Guides, it is only a portion of the training. If you would like more information about the guiding program, please contact Outdoor Adventures, UC 136.

Dates, Times and Location
Monday: 4:00 - 6:50 p.m.
Location: Soles 127

Mark Ceder

Course Fee: TBD

To register, please use your regular registration system through your MySandiego account under the course "LEAD"

If you have a question about academic and recreation classes, please contact us at explore@sandiego.edu, call 619.260.4709, or stop by University Center room 136.