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Outdoor Education

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.


Wilderness & Remote First Aid - Basic

This course is taught mainly in outdoor settings and is suitable for those who work or live in remote locations, or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Earn 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 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 First Aid 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.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Basic Outdoor & Survival Skills (Women's Class)

A "Women Only" option for the popular Basic Outdoor & Survival Skills course.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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 how to:

  • apply basic navigation skills
  • signal for help and rescue
  • build emergency shelter with what you can find
  • use basic knots
  • apply fire-starting techniques
  • identify safe water drinking and  forage for "wild food" 
  • avoid common wilderness injuries and sicknesses
  • improvise slings, splints and stretchers for emergency injuries
  • build a "trip essentials" kit. 

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.
 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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.
2018S TTCE 428V 002 • Aug 18 - Aug 19 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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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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Core Program (without Firearms) New

In this course, you will learn all non-firearm-safety aspects of the CORE course, including conservation, ethics, laws and regulations, outdoor safety, animal and bird identification. There will be a written test. The intended audience is outdoor hobbyists and workers who have completed and passed the CFSC and can provide proof by supplying RCMP form 5484e ahead of time. Email a copy of your RCMP Form 5484e to ttce@camosun.ca prior to attending the course. Your certificate is not an acceptable substitute for the form.

2018S TTCE 429V 002 • Aug 17 (1 session) • Instinct
  • Fri • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $100

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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. 

2018S TTCE 426V 003 • Jul 28 - Jul 29 (2 sessions) • Instinct
  • Sat Sun • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $195

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2018S TTCE 426V 004 • Aug 11 - Aug 12 (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 001 • Sep 15 (1 session) • Instinct
  • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • Interurban
  • $95

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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

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.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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).

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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