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Technical Skills for Adventure Programming

Technical Skills for Adventure Programming

A Curriculum Guide

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    If you're looking for a book that will improve your knowledge and technical instruction skills in land, water, and snow and ice sports and activities, this is it! Technical Skills for Adventure Programming: A Curriculum Guide is an all-in-one resource, based on current methods, that will guide you in becoming a skilled adventure instructor in the classroom and in the field.

    This book includes

    -comprehensive units with lesson plans for 12 popular outdoor adventure activities;

    -7 to 15 progressive, pedagogically sound lesson plans for each unit, featuring foundational teaching methods, experiential learning activities, and assessment strategies for adventure technical skills;

    -a CD-ROM with printable lesson plans and supporting materials for each unit that make it easy to print only what you will need in the field; and

    -an overview of the teaching process as it relates to adventure-based activities, including discussions of adventure education theory, learning styles, experiential learning and teaching, and outdoor teaching tips and considerations.

    Edited by nationally known outdoor adventure educators, this book allows you to tap into the knowledge and expertise of skilled instructors who present progressive technical skills for these activities:




    -Ice climbing

    -Mountain biking


    -Nordic skiing


    -Rock climbing

    -Sea kayaking


    -Whitewater kayaking

    Throughout the guide, the expert instructors share insights, best practices, and field-tested lesson plans that help you teach essential skills to new outdoor and adventure enthusiasts. Lesson plans include a topic overview, equipment information, basic skill instruction, Leave No Trace practices, and safety considerations. You'll also find outcomes and assessment protocols for each lesson as well as information on modifying some of the activities to include people with disabilities. The format of the lessons provides you with the flexibility to select and use the plans and assessment strategies appropriate for your group's ages, ability levels, time constraints, and settings.

    Both a classroom and field-friendly guide, Technical Skills for Adventure Programming: A Curriculum Guide supports common practices and standards of the Wilderness Education Association, Outward Bound, Leave No Trace, the American Mountain Guide Association, the American Canoe Association, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. And it will prepare those with experience to confidently teach a dozen popular land-based, water-based, and winter activities.


    Curriculum guide for recreation and physical education students preparing to teach outdoor and adventure skills. Also for outdoor recreation and adventure instructors and for secondary school physical education teachers who want to teach outdoor activities.

    Chapter 1: How to Use This Book
    Purpose and Intended Audience

    Chapter 2: Teaching Adventure-Based Activities
    Three Global Goals
    Theory and Practice of Adventure-Based Education
    Experiential Learning
    Learning Styles
    Kolb's Four Styles
    Experiential Teaching
    Outdoor Teaching Tips
    Additional Teaching Considerations

    Part I Land-Based Units
    Unit 1 Backpacking

    Mick Daniel and Tammie L. Stenger-Ramsey
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Backpacking
    Lesson 2: Trip Planning
    Lesson 3: Food and Nutrition
    Lesson 4: Food Preparation and Cooking
    Lesson 5: Equipment Selection
    Lesson 6: Clothing Systems
    Lesson 7: Pack Packing
    Lesson 8: Health and Sanitation
    Lesson 9: Basic Camping Skills
    Lesson 10: Travel Techniques
    Lesson 11: Route Finding
    Lesson 12: Route Finding With a Map and Compass
    Lesson 13: Risk Management Plan
    Lesson 14: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 15: Inclusion and Accessibility
    References and Resources

    Unit 2 Rock Climbing
    Shayne Galloway and Aram Attarian
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Rock Climbing
    Lesson 2: Introduction to Climbing Equipment
    Lesson 3: Basic Climbing Knots
    Lesson 4: Belaying
    Lesson 5: Basic Movement Over Rock
    Lesson 6: Top-Rope Anchors I (Natural Anchors)
    Lesson 7: Top-Rope Anchors II (Artificial Anchors)
    Lesson 8: Top-Rope Anchors III (Fixed or Permanent Anchors)
    Lesson 9: Rappelling
    Lesson 10: Rappel Rescue
    Lesson 11: Top-Rope Site Management
    Lesson 12: Belay Escape
    Lesson 13: Hauling and Lowering Systems
    Lesson 14: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 15: Inclusion and Accessibility
    References and Resources

    Unit 3 Caving
    David Goodman
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Caving
    Lesson 2: Cave Life and Cave Geology
    Lesson 3: Caving Equipment
    Lesson 4: Movement Through Caves
    Lesson 5: Anchor Systems and Equipment
    Lesson 6: Rappelling
    Lesson 7: Ascending
    Lesson 8: Caving Safety
    Lesson 9: Caving Ethics
    References and Resources

    Unit 4 Mountain Biking
    Josh Whitmore
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Mountain Biking
    Lesson 2: Bicycle Sizing and Basic Operation
    Lesson 3: Group Games
    Lesson 4: Basic Safety Tips
    Lesson 5: Riding Techniques
    Lesson 6: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 7: Maintenance and Repair
    References and Resources

    Part II Water-Based Units
    Unit 5 Sea Kayaking

    Tommy Holden
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Sea Kayaking
    Lesson 2: Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Transporting and Carries
    Lesson 4: Getting Comfortable With the Sea Kayak
    Lesson 5: Rescues
    Lesson 6: The Sea Kayak Roll
    Lesson 7: Basic Strokes
    Lesson 8: Navigation
    Lesson 9: Preparing to Paddle
    Lesson 10: Tides and Crossings
    Lesson 11: Safety Equipment
    Lesson 12: Safety Considerations
    Lesson 13: Leave No Trace Considerations
    References and Resources

    Unit 6 Whitewater Kayaking
    Bruce Martin
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
    Lesson 2: Introduction to Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Stretching
    Lesson 4: Strokes
    Lesson 5: River Reading
    Lesson 6: Basic River Maneuvers
    Lesson 7: The Kayak Roll
    Lesson 8: Play Boating
    Lesson 9: Kayak Safety Considerations
    Lesson 10: Rescues
    Lesson 11: Leave No Trace Considerations
    References and Resources

    Unit 7 Canoeing
    Laurie Gullion
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Flatwater and Whitewater Canoeing
    Lesson 2: Canoeing Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Transport, Carries, and Launches
    Lesson 4: Preparing to Paddle
    Lesson 5: Basic Tandem Strokes
    Lesson 6: Basic Solo Strokes
    Lesson 7: Rescues
    Lesson 8: Mechanical Rescues
    Lesson 9: Safety Considerations
    Lesson 10: Inclusion and Accessibility
    Lesson 11: Leave No Trace Considerations
    References and Resources

    Unit 8 Rafting
    Christopher R. Pelchat and Michael L. Kinziger
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Rafting
    Lesson 2: Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Rafting Safety Considerations
    Lesson 4: Transporting a Raft
    Lesson 5: Preparing to Paddle
    Lesson 6: Maneuvering an Oar Rig
    Lesson 7: Maneuvering a Paddle Raft
    Lesson 8: Basic Rescue
    Lesson 9: Advanced Rescue
    Lesson 10: Leave No Trace Considerations

    Part III Snow- and Ice-Based Units
    Unit 9 Snowshoeing

    Briget Tyson Eastep
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Snowshoeing
    Lesson 2: Snowshoeing Basics
    Lesson 3: Equipment for Recreational Snowshoeing
    Lesson 4: Basic Techniques
    Lesson 5: Cold-Weather Safety
    Lesson 6: Emergency Survival Techniques and Prevention Steps
    Lesson 7: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 8: Inclusion and Accessibility
    References and Resources

    Unit 10 Mountaineering
    Mat Erpelding and Scott Schumann
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Mountaineering
    Lesson 2: Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Preparing to Climb
    Lesson 4: Traveling on Snow
    Lesson 5: Self-Arrest Techniques
    Lesson 6: Snow Protection and Anchor Building
    Lesson 7: Rope Travel and Belaying
    Lesson 8: Descending
    Lesson 9: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 10: Avalanche Awareness and Safety
    References and Resources

    Unit 11 Nordic Skiing
    Reid Cross
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Nordic Skiing
    Lesson 2: Backcountry Ski Equipment
    Lesson 3: Preparing to Teach Backcountry Skiing
    Lesson 4: Applying the Base Wax
    Lesson 5: Applying the Kick Wax
    Lesson 6: Beginning Skiing Techniques
    Lesson 7: The Diagonal Stride
    Lesson 8: Uphill Ski Techniques
    Lesson 9: Beginning Downhill Techniques
    Lesson 10: Beginning Telemark Turns
    Lesson 11: Leave No Trace Considerations
    Lesson 12 Inclusion and Accessibility
    References and Resources

    Unit 12 Ice Climbing
    Tom Stuessy and John R. Kascenska
    Lesson 1: Introduction to Ice Climbing
    Lesson 2: Equipment and Use
    Lesson 3: Preparing to Climb
    Lesson 4: The Anatomy of Ice
    Lesson 5: Low-Angled and Vertical Ice-Climbing Techniques
    Lesson 6: Anchors for Ice Climbing
    Lesson 7: Safety Considerations
    Lesson 8: Leave No Trace Considerations
    References and Resources

    Appendix A: Leave No Trace Principles
    Appendix B: Professional Associations

    Mark Wagstaff, EdD, is an associate professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Dr. Wagstaff has taught outdoor leadership and adventure education courses in the college setting since 1995 and has been a professional river guide since 1981. In addition to being an Outward Bound instructor, he has been a Wilderness Education Association (WEA) instructor since 1990 and has led outdoor adventures in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Nepal.

    Dr. Wagstaff is a master instructor trainer for Leave No Trace and is an instructor and member of the WEA, the American Canoeing Association, and the Association for Experiential Education. He has coauthored two other titles in the field of outdoor leadership. When he's not instructing or writing about outdoor adventures, he's taking part in them: He enjoys whitewater canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, and traveling abroad in his leisure time.

    Aram Attarian, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of parks, recreation, and tourism management at North Carolina State University at Raleigh. His teaching focuses on adventure recreation, outdoor leadership, and park and recreation facility and site management. His enthusiasm for teaching has earned him five teaching awards. Dr. Attarian's research interests center on outdoor leadership, adventure programming, and the impact of rock climbing on the environment. Recently he was named director of the State Park Leadership School, which emphasizes the training and development of future state park managers.

    Dr. Attarian has spent over 30 years in the field of adventure education and outdoor leadership, where he has worked with a variety of populations and settings, including adjudicated youth, college and university programs, businesses, and camps. His most significant contributions have been with the North Carolina Outward Bound School, where he worked as an instructor, climber, and course director since 1978. He currently serves on the school's board of directors where he chairs the safety committee.