Adventure Academy in Nepal
The River Guide Education (Diploma program) combine the traditional apprenticeship and vocational training format with a holistic view of leadership, using Challenge Based Learning pedagogy and a strong focus on each individuals’ personal growth. We want our students to be skilled guides but also confident, resilient individuals and good role models for the future.
In this hands-on education, students graduate as raft guides, canyoneering guides and safety kayakers with internationally recognised awards that, together with their extensive experience, enable them to gain an international career in the outdoors.
The education focus on both the hard (technical) and soft (inter-personal) skills of a guide, but also trains the students in a wide range of positions like hospitality, expedition skills and camp maintenance.
Focus is also on personal leadership and growth, and students
are encouraged to take responsibility. They gradually build their skills as a guide and have the possibility to move into management positions or coaching.
Sustainability is at the core of the education and students both learn about the issues and take part in a variety of efforts to have a positive impact on people and the planet.
Our students are encourage to make their voice heard, share their previous experience or interests, and take an active part in the learning process.
"7 years I have been at Royal Beach Camp. I didn’t have any knowledge of water sports, leadership, team work, learning and sharing experience, sustainability and environmental consciousness but with training and work now I do. I am very thank full to my all teachers and caring team."
"Ton's of thing that we been learning and gaining the experience. Whatever condition I came from, I've gotten opportunity to ride on it like the waves on the river - I'm ready to ride. Thanks to my team and Royal Beach Camp for giving me the opportunity to learn and improve."
Min. 16 years of age.
Interest in adventure sports.
Determination to gain a career in the outdoors.
4 Semesters (2 years) for the River Guide Diploma.
Fall & Spring semesters, 4 months each.
Additional 2 semesters for Trip Leader Diploma or Adventure Coach Diploma or Adventure Management Diploma.
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OUTDOOR INTRODUCTION COURSE
3 day introduction course, where students get an introduction to the activities (rafting, kayaking and canyoneering), swimming lessons and practice other aspects of working at an outdoor camp. We also cover on topics such as Health & Safety, Hospitality and Sustainability.
The course have two aims:
1. As a selection process to find the right candidates for the education &
2. To give the participants an insight into the profession, build trust and set students off to a good start.
First year is focused on building good habits and a good foundation of technical skills.
First year students learn about kayaking, rafting and canyoneering as well as improve language skills, learn about customer service, camp work and maintenance.
At the end of Year1 students must complete a First Aid Award.
In the second year learning is focus on role of a guide, risk assessment and developing their leadership while improving on both technical and soft skills.
Students start taking on the role as assistant guide as well as safety kayaker.
They are further challenged to lead a sustainability project and in third semester have the opportunity to lead a group of international interns.
At the end of Semester 3 students must pass the National Guide Licence and Canyoneering Guide Award.
At the end of Semester 4 students must complete 4 international awards, incl. White Water Rescue Technician Pro, White Water Kayaking Award, Wilderness First Aid and IRGT Raft Guide Award.
Third year students choose to focus on one of three directions: Trip Leading, Management or Coaching.
Depending on the chosen focus students gain more knowledge, grow and challenge their skills, but also take on more responsibility.
Adventure Trip Leading Diploma focus on the role of a Trip Leader and Expedition Manager, learning with guests from all over the world and on trips across Nepal.
Adventure Management Diploma focus on the role of a manager at an adventure center, learning about administration, accounting, HR and marketing.
Adventure Coach Diploma focus on the teaching role, where there will be opportunity to teach international guests and junior students.
The over 200 students that have graduated from this program are today working in 13 different countries around the world from Japan to Iceland, European Alps to Australia. Many are excellent sportspeople, competing in national and international teams and some have started their own adventure companies.
Many of our students choose to continue to develop with us after their graduation, often in combination with seasonal jobs abroad. At this point our graduates join the team as colleagues and together we identify what skills they wish to continue develop and set a plan to reach those goals. These can include gaining higher qualifications and/or experience in the field.