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Canadian Firearms Safety (Combined non-restricted and restricted) New

Successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety course is required for those applying for a Possession & Acquisition License (PAL).  This course combines  both non-restricted and restricted elements into one efficient, easy course, and it includes safe handling practices of all common firearms to meet the mandatory requirements of section 7 of the Firearms Act.  Topics covered in this two-day course include: the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions; basic firearms safety practices; ammunition; operating various firearm actions; safe handling and carry procedures; firing techniques; care of firearms; responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and, safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted and restricted firearms. Prerequisites: Ages 12+ (youth may require parental support to complete the course). All equipment provided, do not bring personal firearms or ammunition. Students aged 18+ may sit for both the non-restricted and restricted exams at the end of this training.  Students under 18 years of age may only sit for the non-restricted exam.  Bring a government-issued photo ID and a bag lunch (no cafeteria service on weekends).

2017F TTCE 426V 001 • Sep 23 - Sep 24 (2 sessions) • Ed Banks
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2017F TTCE 426V 002 • Nov 4 - Nov 5 (2 sessions) • Ed Banks
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety (CRFSC) New

The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) is required for individuals applying for a Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (RPAL). Topics include: the evolution of firearms, major parts, type and actions; basic firearms safety practices; ammunition; operating handgun actions; firing techniques; care of restricted firearms; responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms. All equipment provided, do not bring personal firearms or ammunition. Prerequisite: Prior completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC, TTCE 426V) or have a valid PAL.  Participants must be 18+ years.  Bring a government-issued photo ID to show instructor.

2017F TTCE 427V 001 • Nov 18 (1 session) • Ed Banks
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Interurban
  • $95

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Core Program (Hunter Training) New

The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is required for BC residents aged 14 years and older to obtain a BC Hunting License and includes both a practical firearms handling test and a written examination.
Day one will consist of firearms safety and the practical test - students will be exempt from this day if they have successfully completed the CFSC course. In order to be eligible for this exemption, students must submit proof of completing the CFSC at the time of booking. Proof must be a copy of their CFSC course report form (RCMP Form 5484e) which they would have been given by their CFSC instructor.  Please note: the full Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) must have been attended and passed - a successful challenge of the CFSC, or a valid PAL/POL/FAC is NOT suitable proof.
Day two will consist of all other aspects of the CORE course, including conservation, ethics, laws and regulations, outdoor safety, animal and bird identification and written test - this day just be attended by all students.  Bring a government-issued photo ID and a bag lunch to class.
 

2017F TTCE 428V 001 • Oct 21 - Oct 22 (2 sessions) • Ed Banks
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2017F TTCE 428V 002 • Dec 2 - Dec 3 (2 sessions) • Ed Banks
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Core Program (without Firearms) New

Course will comprise of day two above and is for those who have completed and passed the CFSC and can provide proof by supplying RCMP form 5484e ahead of time.

2017F TTCE 429V 001 • Dec 9 (1 session) • Ed Banks
  • Sat • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $100

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Basic Outdoor & Survival Skills

This hands-on survival skills course will build your confidence and skills and prepare you for emergency situations when traveling or working in the outdoors. Develop practical skills relevant to our BC Coastal environment, including: basic navigation; signaling for help and rescue; building emergency shelters with what you can find; using basic knots ; fire-starting techniques; safe water drinking and "wild food" foraging; avoiding common wilderness injuries and sicknesses; improvising slings, splints and stretchers for emergency injuries; and building a "trip essentials" kit. Class is held off Campus and you will be emailed the details before the start of class.  Registration is through Camosun College at www.camosun.ca/ce  or phone 250-370-3550. Bring: rain gear and dress in layers as we will be outdoors; wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots; and bring a bag lunch, snacks and drinking water. If you already have an "outdoor kit" and a folding knife, you are welcome to bring them.

2017F TTCE 416V 001 • Oct 29 (1 session) • Rockypoint Outdoor Educ
  • Sun • 8:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $95

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2018W TTCE 416V 001 • Mar 11 (1 session) • Rockypoint Outdoor Educ
  • Sun • 8:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $95

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Basic Outdoor & Survival Skills (Women's Class)

A "Women Only" class of the popular Basic Outdoor & Survival Skills course (see description above).

2017F TTCE 415V 001 • Oct 28 (1 session) • Rockypoint Outdoor Educ
  • Sat • 8:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $95

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2018W TTCE 415V 001 • Apr 8 (1 session) • Rockypoint Outdoor Educ
  • Sun • 8:30am-4:30pm • Off campus
  • $95

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Bear & Cougar Awareness New

With the increase of industrial activity in the back country and increased recreational use in wildlife habitat, bear and cougars are becoming more habituated to humans. This workshop will be of benefit to anyone required to work in the outdoors and to outdoor enthusiasts who may have wildlife encounters. Join Ken Maxwell, a retired Conservation Officer, as he shares his extensive expertise in problem wildlife control and law enforcement. Topics include: identifying bear species; recognizing cougar and bear habitat; how to recognize and understand the difference between defensive and predatory behaviours; what you can do to avoid dangerous situations, and what to do if you find yourself stalked or attacked. Bring your questions, and learn more about how you can minimize your risks of becoming prey or causing needless death of wildlife. Participants receive a Confirmation of Completion of training as required by many employers in outdoor industries.

2017F TTCE 422V 001 • Oct 27 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Fri • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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2018W TTCE 422V 001 • Mar 28 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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2018W TTCE 422V 002 • Apr 30 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Mon • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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2018S TTCE 422V 001 • May 31 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Thur • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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Fly Fishing – Introduction

Join professional fly fishing guide and casting instructor Ian Muirhead to explore the fascinating art and science of fly fishing. You will learn the basic principles of casting and gain an understanding of the fly selection, entomology, knots and equipment needed to be a successful fly fisher. Proven selective strategies for catching trout and salmon in the lakes, rivers and on the beaches of Vancouver Island will also be included. Equipment will be supplied.

2017F ASCE 663G 001 • Oct 14 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Navigation - Compass& Map New

Understanding and applying navigational aids in the outdoors has long been considered an essential skill for wilderness travel.  Modern day technology has advanced leaps and bounds over the years, and in some ways has pushed aside the fundamental know-how on how to navigate the old fashioned way. However, any experienced hiker, mountaineer or explorer will stress the importance of being able to utilize the fundamental tools required to navigate any given terrain.  This introductory course will cover basic navigation, structured around the effective use of a topography map and compass. Morning class is held at the Interurban Campus, followed by a practice session at a local park. (students require transportation for afternoon to attend fieldtrip; bring a bag lunch. Register at camosun.ca/ce or phone 250-370-3550.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Wild About Wild Foods New

There are a lot of edibles in the outdoors right under our noses that we overlook every day. Knowing how to identify, harvest, and use them in an ethical and safe way is the first important step into this huge and exciting world of wild edibles. There are also lots of overlooked medicinal plants that could aid you if injured while on the trail, and knowing how to apply them in the field could save your life.
2018W TTMC 503G 001 • Apr 15 (1 session) • Sean Rangel
  • Sun • 9:30am-12:30pm • Interurban
  • $45+GST

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Wilderness & Remote First Aid - Basic

Students receive nationally recognized Canadian Red Cross certification, which includes CPR Level C and AED, valid for 3 years, plus material on first aid in wilderness and remote areas. Topics include: conducting first-aid assessments; airway emergencies; breathing and circulation emergencies; cardiac and respiratory arrest; wound care; head and spinal emergencies; environmental emergencies; poisons; evacuation of an ill or injured person; and providing extended care for up to 24 hours. The majority of this course is taught in outdoor settings and is suitable for those who work or live in remote locations, or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The Friday night session is held in a classroom at Camosun College's  Interurban Campus and Saturday & Sunday sessions are held outdoors and you will be emailed the location prior to the start of the course. 
Prerequisites: This course requires hands-on participation in outdoor settings and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical OFA 1 training. Participants should dress for the weather, wear sturdy boots, and bring rain gear. Instructor will contact you prior to course start with information to prepare for your course.

2018W TTCE 417V 001 • Apr 20 - Apr 22 (3 sessions) • Rockypoint Outdoor Educ
  • Fri • 6:00pm-9:00pm • Interurban
  • Sat Sun • 8:30am-5:00pm • Off campus
  • $259

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Gardening and Nature

Growing Edible Landscapes New

For anyone interested in living more sustainably by growing their own nutrient-rich food, whether they live on a city lot or acreage. This course runs over a series of 7 Saturday mornings, the fourth Saturday of each month, throughout the growing season, from March through September, and combines classroom sessions with site visits including a local greenhouse, a working permaculture garden, organic gardens, and a farmers' market. Working with Tina Baynes, a well-known professional organic grower, students learn how to create a growing plan for their own particular site and learn how to: decide what to grow; maximize planting opportunities; encourage pollinators; adapt to the seasons and our changing climate; and what to do during each season to create an intensive and productive food system. Emphasis is on developing an appreciation for delicious, abundant food while considering our regional soil, water, pollinators, seeds, and micro-climate. Value added features for students include hands-on demonstrations, and hands on-line resources. Your tuition includes the August Preserving The Harvest workshop. Class meets mornings on the following 2017 dates: Mar.25 (Interurban), Apr.22 (fieldtrip), May 27 (fieldtrip), Jun.24 (fieldtrip), Jul.27 (fieldtrip), Aug.26 (Interurban), & Sept.23 (fieldtrip).

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Micro Irrigation New

Are you interested in watering your vegetable gardens, hanging baskets, green house, flower beds, hedges etc.? Are you also interested in conserving water and being exempt from watering restrictions? This course will introduce you to drippers, soakers, micro sprays, distributors and more and presents information required to design and install or convert your own micro irrigation system in your garden.  Bring  pen and paper to class for note taking.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Preserving Your Harvest New

Enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables year round by preserving the season's harvest! Learn the basics of preservation, including canning, drying, and freezing. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the range of products that can be preserved, as well as the best methods for different ingredients. Includes demonstrations of canning and dehydration.
Note: Students enrolled in "Growing Edible Landscapes", are automatically included in this workshop at no extra cost. All others may register independently into this workshop by registering in 2017S HORT 568G 001, "Preserving Your Harvest" using the course number below.

2017S HORT 568G 001 • Aug 26 (1 session) • Tina Baynes
  • Sat • 9:00am-1:00pm • Interurban
  • $45+GST

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Pruning & Maintenance of Trees

Trees are the most significant plants in the urban landscape. Trees, old and young require special attention to ensure long life, good looks and structural soundness in order to minimize hazard to people and property. A well-positioned and maintained tree adds measurable aesthetic, environmental and monetary value to a property over many years. Join ISA certified veteran arborist and instructor Ron Carter and learn how to properly plant, train, prune and maintain the most common varieties of trees and shrubs. Topics include planting, staking, training, and pruning techniques. Course runs for two evening sessions followed by a Saturday field trip for hands-on practice and observation.  Please contact ttce@camosun.ca to place your name on an interest list for future offerings of this course.

2017F HORT 535G 001 • Nov 21 - Nov 25 (3 sessions) • Ronald Carter Chris Hyde-lay
  • Tues Thur • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Interurban
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Off campus
  • $125+GST

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Tree & Shrub Identification

Proper identification of trees and shrubs in a climate where we can grow so much is one of the greatest challenges in coastal horticulture. Know your trees and shrubs! Led by  professional landscaper, tree and garden expert, Ron Carter, this course will teach you the basic principles of identification; tree and shrub families; and how to distinguish them by their physical characteristics. Includes a classroom session on Thursday evening and a fieldtrip on the Saturday (location discussed at Thur. class).

2018S HORT 421G 001 • Jun 7 - Jun 9 (2 sessions) • Ron Carter
  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:30pm • Interurban
  • Sat • 9:00am-2:00pm • Off campus
  • $115+GST

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Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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