Adventure Leadership Practicum - Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
The Adventure Leadership Practicum is designed for individuals interested in careers in outdoor education or adventure tourism. Applicants should be able to work long, physically demanding days, live in a remote area with limited cell reception, live in close proximity to others, be eager to learn, and of course, be an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Anyone over 18 can apply. We welcome international participants, however you must have a valid visa/permit to enter Canada (HeLa is not able to assist with this).
Who are the instructors?
The ALP instructors have worked in the field of Adventure Tourism and Adventure Education for many years. The ALP lead instructor trainer, Brett Pawlyk, is one of Canada’s leading Paddle Canada Advanced Instructor Trainers. He is also ACMG certified for top-rope climbing. Brett has 2 decades of experience in the outdoor industry and has guided professionally around Canada. He is also a certified teacher and has devoted his life to education in the outdoors.
Henry and Lana Madsen, owners of HeLa Ventures, and creators of the ALP program will also be involved in the delivery of the program. Both have extensive backgrounds as educators, outdoor instructors/instructor trainers, and professional guides. Both have a strong academic background and have devoted much of their lives to training and delivery of outdoor programs.
Senior instructors and instructor trainers at HeLa Ventures will also be involved in the delivery and mentorship for the program. Please check our Meet the Team page for staff bios.
How is the fee for this program calculated?
A detailed breakdown of costs is available here. Our goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to achieve an extensive number of certifications while keeping costs as low as possible. If you were to take each certification course offered through this program separately, the total cost would be much higher, especially when you factor in equipment rental, transportation, food and accommodations. The skills, certifications, and leadership experience you will achieve through this program would also be difficult to find in one extensive course. Comparative programs do exist, and we welcome you to research options and see how many certifications they offer, as well as the cost of the programs. A list of comparable programs is provided here.
What are the living arrangements?
Throughout the 3.5 months of the program, accommodations will be provided on site at HeLa Ventures. The facility is located 24 km. west of Rocky Mountain House, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Accommodations will consist of either shared mobile homes or individual rustic cabins that are equipped with a bed, and storage. Washroom facilities and common areas are available on site for relaxing, cooking, showers and laundry. On out-trips, you will be staying in tents. If you have your own, you are welcome to bring it - otherwise we will provide one for you.
What kind of meals are provided?
Meals are home-cooked, well balanced and reflect a healthy lifestyle. Because the program involves rather strenuous outdoor activities, a variety of healthy snacks are provided throughout the day. On out trips, participants will work in teams to create meals for the group. We do our best to accommodate special dietary considerations and food allergies. A special dietary surcharge applies for gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan diets or any other major requirement. There is no surcharge for vegetarian or nut-free diets. Please note that we cannot accommodate fully organic diets.
Are there days off?
There is an average of 2 days off per week throughout the duration of the program. Some weeks may be less and some weeks may be more. Please note that we reserve the right to alter the schedule at any time depending on weather or bookings.
What equipment do I need?
All group equipment is provided. For personal gear, please refer to the equipment list.
I have never canoed/climbed before, will that be a problem?
No. Participants of all skills levels and experience can apply. That said, applicants should be physically fit and able to handle long hours in potentially adverse weather.
How do I apply?
A detailed application is needed to ensure the participant’s goals and expectations are aligned with those of the ALP program. Candidates will be required to complete both a written application and an in-person interview. A resume and cover letter must be submitted (via email) with the application form. Applications are due by February 15, 2022. We will contact you by email once your application has been received.