Take your love for the outdoors to the next level by taking Outdoor Leadership Courses!
While not all outdoor leadership students begin their sequence with much experience, all have a passion for adventure and the desire to learn and grow. As students complete OL courses, they learn more than just technical skills that allow them to lead others safely in the outdoors. Students over time acquire the ability to develop judgement and decision making skills, group facilitation, risk management, and teaching capacity: all skills that can be used for a lifetime.
A number of Pacific graduates owe their success to the outdoor leadership minor. OL provides you with skills that are sought after by many prospective employers as well as graduate programs.
Coursework begins with an introduction to outdoor skills and advances step by step to where students are able to lead and teach others. As students progress through the curriculum, they will be encouraged to contribute appropriate levels of assistance, planning and leadership. All levels of outdoor experience are welcome!
HPER-157 (1 credit) Fall and Spring
Learn basic skills in backpacking, canoeing and camp management. Outdoor Recreation is a course that teaches skills that will prepare students for advanced classes in outdoor leadership. Students put knowledge into practice on weekend and day trips with the class.
Introduction to Sea Kayaking
HPER-159 (2 credits)
Gain the necessary skills to plan and carry out your own kayak trip with our Introduction to Sea Kayaking class. This class teaches skills such as boat care, water navigation, paddling technique, rescues and water safety. It includes weekly pool sessions and uses occasional
weekend trips for application of skills.
Introduction to Rock Climbing
HPER-158 (2 credit)
Learn the basics of rock climbing: belaying, movement, anchor set-up, and introduction to lead climbing. Several field trips are made to the Portland Rock Gym and two weekend trips to the crag are included. Students acquire the skills that prepare them for the Single Pitch Rock Instructor course.
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
OL-207 (2 credits)
Introduction to the principles and techniques to leading others in the outdoors. Focuses include students teaching outdoor skills (such as cooking, shelter building, navigation, trip preparation, and travel technique) and facilitation of group dynamics. Multi-day trips
included. Prerequisite: HPER-157.
Do what you love for credit! This course provides six trips throughout February and March to Mt. Hood Meadows to improve your ski/snowboard skills. Lessons are offered for skiers and snowboarders at all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s always something to learn!
*Additional cost for ski/snowboard rental and lift tickets apply.
Wilderness First Responder
OL-107 (2 credits)
Through lecture, lab and practical sessions, students learn how to assess and treat common injuries and medical problems in a remote setting. This course provides students with experience that will improve judgement in regard to incident prevention. Passing this course gives the students a two-year WFR
Applied Outdoor Leadership
OL-307 (4 credits)
Fine tune and further develop skills learned in Intro to Outdoor Leadership. This course places an emphasis on teaching good decision making, judgement, and critical thinking in the outdoor setting. Students demonstrate leadership, group facilitation, risk management, planning and logistics, environmental integration and education skills on longer expeditions. Prerequisite: OL-207
Coastal Sea Kayaking Instructor
OL-309 (2 credits)
Build on skills learned in Introduction to Sea Kayaking. Students are introduced to group management on the water and navigation in challenging water. By the end of the course many topics such as chart and compass use, boat handling, multi-day trip planning, and the
Eskimo Roll are addressed. Prerequisite: HPER-159
Single Pitch Rock Instructor
OL-308 (2 credits)
Students learn skills required to lead outdoor climbing trips. Skills taught include anchor building, route cleaning, rappelling, participant coaching, group management, high angle rescue, and base management. Students also develop their ability to lead single pitch sport and traditional climbs. Students attend a combination of gym and outdoor climbing sessions.
Outdoor Leadership Seminar
OL-407 (1 credit)
Students are encouraged to synthesize the principles, practices, theories, ethics and philosophy presented throughout the pursuit of the outdoor leadership minor. It will also look at how leadership skills learned in the minor can be applied to future professions in the outdoors and within other careers. Prerequisite: OL-307