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Outdoor Skills

Bear & Cougar Awareness

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.  

2019W TTCE 422V 001 • Mar 21 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Thur • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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2019W TTCE 422V 002 • Apr 23 (1 session) • Kenneth Maxwell
  • Tues • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Interurban
  • $20

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Blacksmith Intro: Throwing Axe New

Learn to use simple blacksmithing techniques at Jake James' forge in Metchosin. This is a great introduction to the ancient art of blacksmithing. Personal protective equipment will be provided, but please wear non-flammable clothing, long pants and sturdy footwear. No experience necessary

2018F TTCE 220G 001 • Oct 13 (1 session) • Jake James
  • Sat • 9:30am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $160+GST

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The location is in Methosin and is not easily accessible by public transit. Address will be emailed to you a week before the course.


Core Program (Hunter Training) New

The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is required for BC residents to obtain a BC Hunting License. It includes both a practical firearms handling test and a written examination. Day 1 covers firearms safety and the practical test.*  Day 2 includes all other aspects of the CORE course, including conservation, ethics, laws and regulations, outdoor safety, animal and bird identification and written test. Day 2 must be attended by all students who wish to obtain a license.

You must bring a government-issued photo ID to class. This course is restricted to participants age 14 years and older.  Please pack a bag lunch, as campus meal services are limited on weekends.

  *: Students may be exempt from Day 1 if they have successfully completed the CFSC course. In order to be eligible for this exemption, students must submit proof of completing the CFSC when registering.

  • Proof must be a copy of your CFSC course report form (RCMP Form 5484e*) which students would have been given by their CFSC instructor. Your certificate is not an acceptable substitute for the form.
  • 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.
  • Email a copy of your RCMP Form 5484e to ttce@camosun.ca once you've registered.
2018F TTCE 428V 001 • Sep 29 - Sep 30 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2018F TTCE 428V 002 • Nov 3 - Nov 4 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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Victoria Gun Show Special New

The Victoria Gun Show will be held October 27-28, 2018 at the Saanich Fairgrounds. For one weekend only, November 17-18, we offer a combined CORE (BC's hunter education program) and the Non-restricted Firearms Safety Course to encourage new hobbyists to obtain the training they require. Registration is not transferrable and non-refundable. Attendance at the Gun Show is not required.

There's no prerequisites and no pre-reading required. Students must be at least 14 years old; students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All participants must bring a government issued I.D. (e.g. Driver’s Licence etc.) to class.

2018F TTCE 499V 001 • Nov 17 - Nov 18 (2 sessions) • Ed Banks
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:30pm • Interurban
  • $250

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Canadian Firearms Safety (Combined non-restricted and restricted)

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 require parental support to complete the course). Students under 18 years of age may only sit for the non-restricted exam.  Adults18+ may sit for both the non-restricted and restricted exams at the end of this training.  

Bring a government-issued photo ID and a bag lunch (no cafeteria service on weekends). All equipment provided, do not bring personal firearms or ammunition. 

2018F TTCE 426V 001 • Dec 1 - Dec 2 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • 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.

2018F TTCE 427V 002 • Nov 2 (1 session) • Instinct
  • Fri • 9:00am-4:00pm • Interurban
  • $95

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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.

2018F ASCE 663G 001 • Oct 13 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $129+GST

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2019W ASCE 663G 001 • Apr 27 (1 session) • Ian Muirhead
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $129+GST

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Gardening and Nature

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