Adventure tourism is not easily defined, mainly because people have different ideas of what ‘adventure’ means. One thing is clear, though – there are no distinct boundaries! This course is ideal for those seeking employment or up-skilling in leading tour groups; developing or providing facilities, services or marketing to the adventure tourism industry; or extending the scope of an existing business into the exciting world of ecotourism.
The Adventure Tourism Start-Up Program will educate you about the scope and nature of adventure tourism in today’s market. This online course will also provide valuable insights into the types of opportunities available within this lucrative and rapidly burgeoning industry.
In this professional development course, you will study the world of the adventure tourism customer, insurance and risk management, and the scope and nature of adventure tourism, management processes and marketing.
You will also explore locations and facilities in terms of natural and artificial environments and the ethics, sustainability, and environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of adventure tourism.
On completion of this course, you will have enhanced your career and business opportunities in adventure tourism. You will also have the capacity to plan and manage the provision of adventure tourism products and services – possibly by starting your own business!
Unit - Adventure Tourism
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of adventure tourism
Introduction to adventure tourism
Historical themes of adventure tourism
Adventure tourism experiences
Motivating factors for adventure tourism
Limitations and risks
Non-physical adventure tourism
Unit 2 – The Product: sources and types
Types of adventure tourism
Types of adventure locations
Case Studies – New Zealand, India, Iceland, Africa and Brazil
Sources of information
Unit 3 – Management
Unit 4 – The customer
Adventure tourism customers
Adventure tourist behaviour
Soft and hard adventurers
Unit 5 – Locations and facilities – artificial environments
Artificial environment tourism
Artificial adventure environments
Advancement in adventure developments
Examples of artificial adventure tourism
Advantages and disadvantages of simulated adventure tourism
Classification of artificial adventure
Unit 6 – Locations and facilities – natural environments
Adventure tourism in natural environments
Case study: nature-based tourism in Antarctica
Benefits of nature-based tourism
Locations and destinations
Health benefits of nature
Advantages and disadvantages of nature-based tourism
Unit 7 – Ethics, sustainability and environmental impacts
Social and cultural impacts
Unit 8 – Risk management and insurance
Some categories of risk
Risk management strategies and plans
Assessing the risk
The risk management plan
Consequences of an event happening
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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B. Newton, Figtree, QLD | Certificate of Adventure Tourism
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Theresa | Hinchinbrook, NSW | Certificate of Adventure Tourism
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Professional development for those:
Leading tour groups
Planning, organising, marketing or conducting activities
Extending the scope of an existing business into ecotourism