Study adventure tourism management at home. Learn to provide, manage and market adventure activities in the tourism and leisure industries.

Course Code: BTR302
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Study Adventure Tourism

  • Plan and manage the provision of adventurous experiences
  • Work in the leisure industry

This course cover the scope and nature of adventure tourism in the current market.  It examines sources and types of opportunities available within this rapidly growing industry.  The course covers a range of topics including outdoor adventure and management training, the target audience, use of artificial environments, supply, geography, sustainability and possible environmental impacts of adventure tourism activities.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Adventure Tourism
  2. The Product: Sources and Types
  3. Managing Adventure Tourism
  4. The Adventure Tourism Customer
  5. Locations and Facilities for Adventure Tourism: Artificial Environments
  6. Locations and Facilities for Adventure Tourism: Natural Environments
  7. Ethics, Sustainability and Environmental Impacts
  8. Risk management and Insurance

What is Adventure Tourism?
There are two main components to adventure tourism:
  • Where you go (ie. the destination); and
  • What you do when you get there.
Adventure tourism could be strongly focused on only one of these things, or perhaps on both.
A destination-focused product is frequently a remote or undeveloped area, where adventure is going to be found in the nature of the location, irrespective of what the tourism industry seeks to provide.
Isolated wilderness areas will offer challenges to simply access places that are inaccessible (eg. climbing mountains; hiking into forests or deserts that do not have roads, or venturing onto an ocean that is located beyond the reach of civilisation). Some destinations may be inhabited, but relatively under-developed (eg. primitive cultures, poorer societies). Other destinations may be developed, but sited in or near an inhospitable location (eg. on the edge of a mountain, in an arctic climate, or beside an ocean).
The adventure in isolated and inhospitable places can be found by simply getting to and being in those places. The fact that the tourist needs to forego luxuries such as a warm shower, toilet or air-conditioning can, in itself, be an adventure for some people. The fact that a person needs to walk instead of ride a car might also be an adventure for some.
Not all destinations need to be such a trial in order for a holiday to be an “adventure holiday”. If the product focus is on “what you do”; rather than “where you are”, the adventure holiday could be located virtually anywhere. Consider a popular tourist destination, providing lots of five-star resorts, transport to and from on large jets, and a range of restaurants that suit the culinary delights of anyone. Such a location may still develop a market for adventure tourism by simply developing a range of “adventure activities”. For example:
  • Bungy jumping
  • Adventure fun parks with roller coasters and other rides
  • Scuba diving
  • Para gliding
  • Skydiving
  • White water rafting
  • Thrill seeker joy flights
  • Paint ball wars (ie. Skirmish-type activities).
Different regions of the world are associated with particular types of adventure tourism. For example:
  • Nepal offers some of the best climbing and trekking in the world.
  • North Queensland, Australia, is the site of one of the most magnificent barrier reefs (The Great Barrier Reef) in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Antarctica provides the opportunity to explore one of the most uninhabitable continents on earth by boat, or by foot for the brave and prepared adventurer.
An individual country can also include a wide variety of different types of adventure tourism. For example, India offers jungle and mountain adventure tourism destinations, religious retreats, beach locations, and cultural tourism destinations. Australia also offers a variety of tourism choices including outback adventures, reef and beach escapes, mountain and rain forest tours, city highlights, and quiet country escapes.


How Will You Benefit from this Course?

  • Fast track business or employment opportunities in adventure tourism
  • Save time -don't waste time and money traveling to classes
  • Take control over when and where you study and your speed of learning - fast track or slow learn -whatever suits your lifestyle and career.
  • Be supported by a team of professional tutors who work across both Australia and the UK, to gain a very broad and internationally relevant learning experience
  • Understand more about adventure tourism to make better decisions and results
  • Connect with industry and become aware of more business and employment opportunities
  • As a graduate, receive free career and business advice from our horticultural staff -yours for the asking.

Employment Prospects

  • Start an adventure tour business
  • Become a more informed and capable adventure tour professional
  • Increase you attraction to employers
  • Identify and develop new enterprise ideas
  • Train others to work in adventure tourism
  • Work in the broadcast, electronic or print media
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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Peter Douglas

Over 50 years experience in Agriculture and wildlife management.
Former university lecturer, Wildlife park manager, Animal breeder, Equestrian.
Peter has both wide ranging experience in animal science, farming and tourism management, and continues to ap

Barbara Seguel

Teacher and Researcher, Biologist, Aquaculture expert.
Barbara has a B.Sc. and M.Sc in Aquaculture Engineering.
Over the past decade, Barbara has worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and is now settled in Australia. She has co authored severa

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo

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