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Outdoor Leadership and Recreation (oler)
0.5 - 3.0 credits OLER-104: SPIN: Special Interest
to develop your capabilities to become a safe and
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required
0.5 - 3.0 credits OLER-105: Spin: (special Interest)
This course covers the basic fundamentals for you to develop your capabilities to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. It provides the opportunity for you to learn the physical and mental skills important for operating a motorcycle. You must be able to ride a bicycle in order to take this course. Students must have helmets, full finger gloves, long pants and sleeves, and over-the-ankle foot wear.
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OLER-120: Introduction to Experiential Education
This course is designed to introduce students to the design and application of a challenge course, and to train students in the technical skills required to instruct and sequence various activities on Low Challenge Courses. Does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits OLER-125: Mountain Biking
The Mountain Biking course is designed to expose students to the sport of mountain biking and the mountain biking Mecca of Moab, UT. Class will accommodate beginner to advanced riders looking to improve skills and have a fun weekend of adventure.
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits OLER-130: Wilderness & Environ Ethics
Overview of ethical practices and behavior for anyone utilizing wilderness resources. Upon successful completion of course student will be a Leave-No-Trace Trainer. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits OLER-140: Wilderness Pursuits
Introductory level course with a focus on developing skills related to planning, organizing and executing backcountry outings. This course will be experiential, in that students will practice skills both in the classroom and during field time. Students will apply their learning directly by planning and participating in a backpacking expedition.
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits OLER-150: Wilderness First Aid
This class goes beyond that of traditional first aid in that it addresses how to handle medical situations in remote wilderness settings. Upon successful completion, student will be certified in Wilderness First Aid. Does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits OLER-155: Intro to Gym Climbing
For the beginning climber or one who wants a review of the basics of climbing in an indoor climbing gym. This course will cover the topics and skills necessary to safely Boulder, Top Rope, and Lead climbing at the HHPC Climbing Facility. This course is suitable for all ability levels. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FASP
2.0 credits OLER-156: Rock Climbing
This course covers the fundamentals of rock climbing. Students will experience climbing at the SJC HHPC Indoor Climbing Facility and outdoor locations, learning equipment selection and usage, belay techniques, anchor systems and climbing skills. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits OLER-157: Sport Climbing
Designed for the experienced climber who wishes to gain the knowledge and skills for lead climbing in an indoor and outdoor setting. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Prerequisites: Take OLER-155 or OLER-156, or get instructor's permission.
Offered: SP
1.0 credits OLER-158: Technical Rock Climbing
This class is designed for the experienced climber who wishes to gain the knowledge and skills for lead and traditional climbing in an outdoor setting. This course will cover the topics and skills necessary to safely climb at an outdoor climbing area. Other topics will include; a review of basics, lead-climbing safety, belaying the leader, lead climbing technique, gear placement and protection, falling and advanced climbing techniques. This course is designed to improve the climbing ability and fitness level of those enrolled. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits OLER-159: Rock Climbing Rescue
Be safe, be secure and be self sufficient on your climbs. Learn the basics of self and partner rescue on the rock. This course covers the skills every climber that ties into a rope should know and focuses on self rescue in any climbing situation. The course emphasizes reducing the risks in the first place, teaching new, clever systems and risks in the first place, teaching new, clever systems and tricks to stay safe. We will teach you the best, most efficient systems and won?t flood you with over complicated systems. Topics to be covered will include basic gear for rescue, anchors, escaping the system, raises and lowers, problem situations, multi-pitch, traverses and will include scenarios to aide in the learning process. Students are required to have climbing and rope management experience. Instructor?s approval required to enroll.
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits OLER-161: Winter Backcountry Travel
This course is designed to cover the skills necessary for extended winter camping and travel in the backcountry on snowshoes or backcountry/telemark skis. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SP
1.0 credits OLER-162: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
This class will cover winter backcountry travel, safety and equipment while using the comfort and convenience of a backcountry yurt. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn to make turns in the untracked powder, assess snow stability, efficient route selection for energy conservation, cold related illnesses and avalanche safety. Basic ski and snowboard technique related to backcountry skiing will be taught. The class will cover the skills, theory and practices specific to backcountry skiing. Student will learn winter equipment selection and usage. Participants should have some ski or snowboard experience and be able to carry a backpack while on skis or snowshoes.
Offered: SP
1.0 credits OLER-163: Avalanche Clinic
This course is designed to teach the basics of the avalanche phenomenon. Students will learn how to recognize potential hazards and how to evaluate snow pack conditions. Upon successful completion of course, student will receive an Avalanche Level One (1) certification. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SP
1.0 credits OLER-164: Ski Mountaineering
Class will focus on all aspects of snow riding in difficult, technical and steep terrain. Class will cover avalanche awareness, technical mountaineering skills, steep and powder riding techniques, alpine environment, route finding and navigation, movement over snow, ice, and rock; rope systems; equipment selection; safety and evacuation procedures. Class also includes 3 days at a backcountry yurt to access untouched terrain. All participants must have mountaineering or climbing experience and must be competent in black terrain at a ski area.
Offered: SP
2.0 credits OLER-165: Mountaineering
Introduces the experienced backpacker to the basic skills of high alpine technical mountaineering. Topics include the alpine environment, route finding and navigation and more. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SP
2.0 credits OLER-171: Canoeing
This course will introduce students to canoeing on flatwater and whitewater by covering the basic skills and safety techniques. Students will graduate to moving water and finally whitewater applications. This course is an American Canoe Association basic canoe course. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
2.0 credits OLER-173: Rafting
Students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and carry out a successful rafting outing, with a focus on paddling. This course will prepare students to effectively paddle row class I to III whitewater. This course is an American Canoe Association basic paddle rafting course. Students will receive an ACA course completion card. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
2.0 credits OLER-174: Oar Rafting
Students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and carry out a successful rafting outing, with a focus on rowing. Students will receive an ACA course completion card. Meets Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
1.0 credits OLER-175: Swiftwater Rescue
This intensive course teaches students the necessary skills and techniques of river rescue situations. Upon successful completion, students will receive a nationally recognized card of completion provided by the ACA. Does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
2.0 credits OLER-176: Whitewater Kayak
This course will introduce students to whitewater kayaking by covering the basic skills and safety techniques. Emphasis will be on river reading techniques, strokes, safety, self-rescue, and rescue of others. This course will prepare students to effectively ?run? class II whitewater. This class is an American Canoe Association whitewater kayak course; a course completion card is available. This course will meet Physical Education activity requirements for AA degree.
Offered: SP
2.0 credits OLER-177: Oar and Paddle Rafting
Students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and carry out a successful rafting outing, with a focus on rowing. The course content includes raft equipment, techniques for safe travel by oar rafting; rigging an oar raft, advance river dynamics and river reading skills, rescue skills, and treating river related emergencies. This course will prepare students to effectively ?run? Class III whitewater. This course is an American Canoe Association basic oar-rafting course. Students will receive an ACA course completion card. This course will meet Physical Education activity requirements for AA degree.
Offered: SU
1.0 credits OLER-178: Introduction to Sea Kayak
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of kayak touring and sea kayaking. The class will consist of classroom, pool and lake time and will cover topics including but not limited to kayak navigation, waves, tides and currents, ocean and leak environments, weather, packing rescues, safety, expedition planning and much more. This is also the recommended prerequisite for the 7-day Kayak Expedition course that will be held early in the summer semester.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits OLER-210: Foundations of Adventure Education
This course provides an introduction to the professional expectations, responsibilities and global opportunities in adventure education. Topics include the meaning of adventure education, clients and setting of adventure programming, the difference between personal recreation and professional preparation, environmental and social impacts, public land resources, and international trends. The place of nature and ritual is examined through field experience.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits OLER-220: Experiential Education
The course will begin with a brief review of the history, purpose, and application of experiential education and challenge courses before transitioning to specific activities involved with High Challenge Course, including equipment, individual element description and safety, belay techniques, and rescue skills. Does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits OLER-230: Expedition Sea Kayaking
The Sea Kayak Expedition course is focused on helping the student learn to travel safely and efficiently by sea kayak. The course includes introductory navigation, boat lean and edging, rolling, kayak maneuvers, equipment, loading, expedition planning and behavior and open water rescues. Entire class will be held during a long distance sea kayak expedition on one of the larger lakes of the southwest. Graduates of this course should be capable of planning and paddling a multi-day sea kayak trip. This is an ACA Skills class and successful participant will earn an ACA card of completion.
Offered: SU
3.0 credits OLER-240: Expedition Rafting
The Expedition Rafting course is focused on planning all aspects of a multi-day rafting expedition. Student will learn to travel safely and efficiently by whitewater raft, topics including boat control and efficient rowing, raft maneuvers, equipment, loading, expedition planning and behavior, wilderness ethics, LNT and rescues will be covered. The entire class will be held during a long distance rafting expedition on one of the beautiful and dynamic rivers of the southwest depending on water levels. Graduates of this course should be capable of planning and paddling a multi-day raft trip. This is an ACA Skills class and successful participant will earn an ACA card of completion.
Offered: SU
3.0 credits OLER-245: Whitewater Rafting Instructor
The American Canoe Association (ACA) Raft Instructor course prepares you to be a whitewater raft instructor. This course will develop and test student?s proficiencies in safety awareness, technical knowledge, paddling/rowing skills and technique, and teaching ability. Completion of the class does not guarantee that you will become certified. Certification will be dependent upon your teaching ability and rafting skills. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
3.0 credits OLER-246: Whitewater Kayak Instructor
The American Canoe Association (ACA) Whitewater Kayak Instructor course prepares you to be a whitewater kayak instructor. This course will develop and test student?s proficiencies in safety awareness, technical knowledge, paddling skills and technique, and teaching ability. Completion of the class does not guarantee that you will become certified. Certification will be dependent upon your teaching ability and kayaking skills. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits OLER-250: Expedition Backpacking
This class will cover all the topics required to plan and initiate a long distance backpacking expedition. Class will plan and prepare all logistic of this course including route, menu, equipment, travel logistics, and emergency response. Class will be in remote areas at high elevation for most of the field class. Students must be in good physical condition and able to carry up to 60lbs for extended amounts of time. Fulfills Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree. Permission of instructor is required to enroll.
Offered: SU
3.0 credits OLER-255: Wilderness First Responder
For students who will be working with groups in the backcountry at a professional level. Course content will address the issues of long-term patient care, survival skills and backcountry rescue techniques. Upon successful completion, students will be certified as Wilderness First Responders and in CPR. Does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits OLER-260: Advanced Rock Climbing
The Advanced Rock Climbing course will introduce students to the concepts of planning and execution a climbing expedition. This class will explore the wide variety of climbing opportunities in a variety of settings. The entire class will be held in the field and a multitude of climbing areas will be explored depending on group, weather, and class goals. Students will be exposed to all types of climbing from bouldering to traditional lead climbing depending on the area. Students will also learn expedition behavior and planning, crag safety, LNT, philosophies of ethics in leadership, navigation and adventure climbing techniques. This course will prepare students to take that next step towards AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification.
Offered: SU
3.0 credits OLER-265: Single Pitch Instructor Course and Exam
The American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) the technical and education proficiency necessary to safely and professionally instruct rock climbing and climbing related activities in a group setting. The course is designed for outdoor instructors, aspiring guides, and climbers who facilitate top rope climbing programs in group settings such as camps, schools, universities, therapeutic groups and climbing schools. This class will prepare you to take the AMGA SPI Exam which will conclude this course. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.
Offered: SU
2.0 credits OLER-270: Avalanche Clinic II
Designed to teach the basics of the avalanche phenomenon. Students will learn how to recognize potential hazards and how to evaluate snow pack conditions. The use of avalanche beacons, probe lines and searching techniques will be covered both in classroom sessions and in the field through simulated rescue situations. Upon successful completion of course students will be certified as Avalanche Level II through American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
Offered: SP
0.5 - 6.0 credits OLER-299: Special Topics
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Offered: DMND

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