Fall 2014 courses

OLER 120-001

Introduction to Experiential Education

3 Credits

 

This course is designed to introduce students to the theories of experiential education as it pertains to the design and application of challenge courses and to train students in the technical skills required to instruct and sequence various activities on a low challenge course.  The course will combine classroom lecture with experiential learning on San Juan College’s High Endeavors Challenge Course.  Students will gain an understanding of the history and evolution of challenge course design and purpose.  Additionally, individual element description and safety, activity introduction and framing, spotting techniques, instructor awareness, activity variations, and introductory processing skills will be covered during this course.

Limit: 15

Lab Fee:  $20.00 (covers transportation, supplies and equipment.  Non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date:  8/25                                                                                                     

End Date:  10/6

Classroom Dates: Mondays, August 25 through October 6 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Day Outings: Sundays, September 7, 14, 28 and October 5 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

 

 

OLER 155-001

Introduction to Gym Climbing

1 Credit

 

This course is designed for the beginning climber or for the climber who wishes to gain a review of the basics of climbing in an indoor climbing gym setting.  This course will cover the topics and skills necessary to safely boulder, top rope, and lead climb at the HHPC Indoor Climbing Wall. 

Limit: 12

Lab Fee:  $45.00 (Pays for membership at the Health and Human Performance Center.  Non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date:  8/26                                                                                           

End Date:  9/11

Classroom Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 26 through September 11 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

OLER 130-001

Wilderness & Environmental Ethics

2 Credits

This Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator Certification Level course is an introduction and overview of ethical practices and behaviors for anyone utilizing wilderness resources.  Topics of study will include low impact camping and traveling methods, history of environmental and wilderness ethics, and current issues in the Adventure Education industry.  Students may be certified as LNT Master Educators upon successful completion. 

Limit: 10

Lab Fee:  $265.00  (Course fee covers cost of LNT and WEA membership and certification, class materials, food,                                                    transportation, and supplies.  Fee is non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date:  8/27            

End Date:  10/1

Classroom Dates: Wednesdays, August 27 through October 1 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Day Outings: Saturdays, September 6 and September 13 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Overnight Outing: Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21

 

OLER 175-001

ACA Swift Water Rescue

1 Credit

This course is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety, are emphasized throughout the course. Although new skills may be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience.   Class is a combination of Classroom and On-Water time.

Limit: 15                                                   

Lab Fee $50.00 (Covers cost of transportation from SJC main campus, supplies and equipment.  Non-refundable after first day                             of class)

Start Date:  8/22                                                                                  

End Date:  8/24

Classroom/Lab Dates: Friday to Sunday, August 22-24 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

OLER 156-001

Rock Climbing

2 Credits

This course covers the fundamentals of rock climbing.  Students will experience climbing at the SJC Indoor Climbing Facility and outdoor locations, learning equipment selection and usage, belay techniques, anchor systems and climbing skills.  This course will meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.  

Limit: 10

Lab Fee:  $120.00 (Covers cost of food, permits, transportation, and supplies.  Non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date:  9/23                                                                                            

End Date:  10/14

Classroom Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 through October 14, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Day Outings: Saturdays, September 27 and October 4, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Overnight Outing: Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12

 

OLER 140-001

Wilderness Pursuits

2 Credits

This is an introductory level course with a focus on developing skills related to planning, organizing and executing a backcountry outing.  Topics covered will include: trip planning and organization; clothing and equipment selection; low impact camping and permitting; menu planning; site selection and set-up; introductory route-finding and navigation; expedition behavior and safety in a wilderness environment.  This is a must for students hoping to become guides, wilderness instructors or counselors.

Limit: 10

Lab Fee:  $120.00 (Covers cost of transportation, permits, equipment, food and class supplies.  Non-refundable after the first                                  day of class)

Start Date:  10/13                                                                                            

End Date:  11/17

Classroom Dates: Mondays, October 13 through November 17, from 5:30-8:30 pm

Overnight Outings: Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26 and Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9

 

OLER 150-001

Wilderness First Aid

1 Credit

This class goes beyond that of traditional first aid in that it addresses how to handle medical situations in remote wilderness settings. Lectures are combined with practical applications through a variety of hands-on simulations and activities. This course is highly recommended for guides, trip leaders, camp counselors, hunters, rescue team members, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and anyone who spends considerable time in the wilderness or other remote settings. Upon successful completion, student will be certified in Wilderness First Aid through Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC).  

Limit: 18

Lab Fee:  $125.00 (Covers certification and books.  Non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date: 11/21

End Date: 11/23

Classroom/Lab Dates: Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

OLER 158-001

Technical Rock Climbing

1 Credit

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 the 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. Prerequisites: OLER 155 or OLER 156 or OLER 157 or permission of program coordinator. This course does not meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.  Students must have permission from the instructor to register.

Limit: 10

Lab Fee:  $90.00 (covers cost of food, transportation, supplies, and equipment.  Non-refundable after first day of class)

Start Date:  11/4                                                                                      

End Date:  11/16

Classroom Dates: Tuesdays, November 4 and 11 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Overnight Outing: Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16.

 

OLER 125-001

Mountain Biking

1 Credit

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. This course will meet Physical Education activity requirement for AA degree.  

Limit: 15

Lab Fee:  $90.00 (Covers cost of food, transportation, supplies, and equipment.  Fee is non-refundable after first day of class.)

Start Date:  10/8                                                                                

End Date:  10/19

Classroom Dates: Wednesdays, October 8 and 15 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Overnight Outing: Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19

 

OLER 178-001

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

1 Credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of kayak-touring and sea kayaking.  The class will consist of classroom, pool and overnight trip at the lake.  Class will cover topics including, but not limited to, kayak navigation, waves, tides and currents, ocean and lake environments, weather, packing, rescues, safety, expedition planning and much more.  Depending on conditions this class can earn students an ACA Level III or IV card of completion.

Limit: 10

Lab fee: $90.00 (Covers cost of food, transportation, supplies, pool entry fees, permits and equipment.  Non-refundable after                               first day of class)

Start Date: 10/9

End Date: 11/2

Classroom Dates: Thursdays, October 9-30, 5:30-8:30 pm

Overnight Outing: Saturday November 1 to Sunday November 2

 

OLER 163-001

Avalanche Clinic Level 1

1 Credit

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 the course students will be certified as Avalanche Level 1 through American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIERE).

Limit: 12

Lab fee: $90.00 (Covers certification, books, equipment, and transportation from SJC main campus.  Non-refundable after                                    first day of class)

Start Date: 12/5

End Date: 12/7

Classroom Dates: Friday, December 5, in Durango from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Field Sessions: Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Send us an email at outdoor@sanjuancollege.edu.