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Students have come from around the world and right next door. Many are looking for a career in the outdoor industry. Others are looking for a break, a gap year or leave of absence from their job. Some are looking to change careers or simply to learn outdoor skills at a high level. All are welcome.

The only prerequisites are a love for the outdoors and a positive attitude.

2015 dates

May 1 – August 1, 2015

August 10 – November 10, 2015

Spring 2016 schedule TBA

Fall 2016 schedule TBA

The Places You Go

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White Water Kayaking: 49.783174, -126.061097
COLT - Canoeing: 50.037971, -125.290156
COLT - Flat Water Canoeing: 49.890176, -125.653490
COLT - Nimpkish River: 50.245787, -126.779500
COLT - Surf Kayaking: 49.050826, -125.727922
COLT - Sea Kayak Nootka Sound: 49.619667, -126.557167
COLT - Sea Kayak in Tidal Currents: 50.213925, -125.137184
COLT - Rock Climbing at Crest Creek Crags: 49.849769, -125.824833
COLT - Rock Climbing in Squamish: 49.680966, -123.144570
COLT - Intro to Mountain Travel: 49.543823, -125.604306
COLT - Intermediate Mountain Travel: 49.718777, -125.651856
COLT - Snow and Glacier Travel: 49.460471, -125.573922
COLT - Mountain Journey: 49.460471, -125.573922
80hr First Aid: 49.892202, -125.652822

Sample schedule for the Summer 93 day course (only an example, the order may be different for your specific course)

Day 1 – Arrival: Arrive at 4:00 pm, introductions, tour of the lodge grounds, workings and procedures of COLT and the Lodge- social in the evening.

Day 2 – Orientation: The morning is spent on outdoor education theory, deciding group decision making, and teamwork issues. The afternoon is spent on the High Ropes Course.

Day 3 – Flat Water Canoeing: Learning the fundamentals of lake canoeing, as well as what elementary strokes are expected to be mastered.

Day 4 – 6 – White Water Canoeing: Taking the lake water canoeing skills and adding white water skills. Also learning moving water safety

Day 7 – 9 – Introduction to White Water Kayaking: First time in kayaks!

Day 10 – 13 – Introduction to Rock Climbing: First time on the rock- first day is some theory

Day 14 – 23 – Wilderness First Aid course: Mostly classroom, but some outside work

Day 24 – VHF Marine Radio Operators Course and Exam: To get the Transport Canada radio license.

Day 25 – Day Off: Unsupervised time.

Day 26 – 32 – Squamish Rock Camp: First ‘road trip’- off to Squamish for a week of intense rock climbing.

Day 33 – 39 – Introduction to Mountaineering: First trip to the backcountry and mountains

Day 40 – 43 – Tofino Surf Trip: First trip to the ocean, off to the west side of the island and to Tofino to learn and practice ocean surfing in kayaks.

Day 44 – 46 – White Water Kayaking II: More white water kayaking with new skill learning and solidifying white water confidence.

Day 47 – Day Off: Unsupervised time.

Day 48 – 51 – Nimpkish River Expedition: A wilderness river done expedition style.

Day 52 – Mid-term Meeting; Group gathering to discuss successes, trials, the future and present state of the group. Includes individual meetings with the Program Director.

Day 53 – 55 – Mid-term Break: Off time

Day 56 – 64 – Nootka Sound Sea Kayaking: Introduction to sea kayaking and a wilderness trip to the west side of the island.

Day 65 – Day Off: Unsupervised time.

Day 66 – 71 – Snow and Glacier: Introduction to glacier travel. More mountain work

Day 72 – 76- Canoe Instructor Course and Exam: The course prepares students for the exam which allows for graduates to be certified canoe instructors.

Day 77 – 82 – Tidal Sea Kayaking Expedition: A sea kayaking expedition through the east side (tidal) waters of Vancouver Island- this trip also serves as the exam for the assistant sea kayaking guides certification.

Day 83 - Day Off: Unsupervised time

Day 84 – 91 – Mountain Journey: This last field trip involves a student directed continuous mountain journey somewhere in Strathcona Park

Day 92 – Course End Meetings and Celebration: Group and Individual meetings to discuss and evaluate the course and student’s performance- also discuss future. Evening dinner and celebration!

Day 93 – Clean-up and Depart.

 

The Fall COLT 93 day course has almost the same schedule, but in reverse order.