Outdoor Adventure Guide Program

Outdoor Adventure Guide Program

Regular option: January 3, 2019 - July 15, 2019

Internship Option: November 14, 2018 – June 30, 2019

This all-encompassing program is perfect for someone looking to begin a career in the outdoor adventure industry. The Outdoor Adventure Guide Program incorporates the best that Timberline Academy has to offer. This program consists of our Mountaineering Adventure Skills Program, Ski/Snowboard Instructor Training and Whitewater Canoe/Raft Guide School. Students can choose to begin the program in November and complete an ski/snowboard instructor internship throughout the winter or begin the program in early January.

*International students on this program are eligible for a Student Work Visa that will allow students to work up to 20 hours a week in addition to completing the paid internship component of the program.

Getting Started:

  • Student/Work visa consultation
  • Welcome package
  • Airport pick-up
  • One night’s stay in Calgary
  • Accommodation
  • 24 hours support and advice from local leadership team


Ski/Snowboard Instructor Training:

  • CSIA/CASI Level 1 Training
  • CSIA/CASI Level 1 Exam
  • CSIA/CASI Level 2 Training
  • CSIA/CASI Level 2 Exam
  • Paid internship as ski/snowboard instructor
  • Avalanche Skills Training Level 1
  • Self-Directed Learning Course
  • Risk Management Course
  • Group Dynamics Course
  • Indigenous Studies Course
  • Multi day trips to other ski towns
  • Cat Skiing Expedition


  • Hiking/Navigation Course
  • Indoor & Outdoor Rock Climbing Course
  • Apprentice Interpreter Certification
  • Glacier Travel Course
  • 4 –day Alpine Glacier Expedition
  • Wilderness First Responder (80 hours)

River Guide Training:

  • Flatwater canoe clinic
  • Whitewater canoe course + certification
  • Whitewater raft course + certification
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification
  • 6-day river expedition.


All of our students live in fully furnished apartments in the town of Banff. It is important to us that all of our students are able to cook and live independent, healthy lifestyles. No hostels, no hotels.

Price: $19,950USD + 5% GST

One month’s accommodation (student’s pay rent on a month-by-month afterwards)