Study Adventure Tourism Online!

Enter the exciting fast growing world of  Adventure Tourism!

This course is for anyone who wants to start their own Adventure Tourism business or plan/manage the provision of adventure tourism services as a career.  The course considers the sources and types of opportunities available within this growing industry.  Other topics include:
  • outdoor adventure and management training
  •  the customer
  • artificial environments
  • geography
  • sustainability
  • and environmental impacts.

This course develops a capacity to plan and manage the provision of adventure tourism services.

Home Studies Course -Adventure Tourism

  • Learn about the adventure tourism industry, the facilities it uses and services it offers
  • Understand opportunities, risks and other industry dynamics
  • Get a job, start a business; expand your career opportunities
  • Self paced 100 hour course -opportunity to upgrade to a certificate or diploma

Adventure Tourism is a fast growing industry that is full of thrills and spills. Customers are often taking risks and rely on the operator to understand the nature of the business and the special attention required to detail to ensure the safety of all. This course provides an excellent foundation from which to move forward into the industry.


There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Scope and nature of Adventure tourism: Introduction, Historical Themes, Women Travelers, Adventure Tourism Experiences, Motivating Factors, Adventure Activities, Limitations and Risks, Artificial Environments and Non-physical Adventure Tourism
  2. The Product: Sources and Types - Types of Adventure Tourism, Types of Adventure Locations, Case Studies (eg. New Zealand, India and Africa), Sources of Information.
  3. Management: Management Processes, Issues, Staffing, Training, Transport, Equipment Suppliers, Media, Voluntary Organisations, Marketing, Seasonal Fluctuations.
  4. The Customer: Adventure Tourism Customers, Market Sector, Motivation, Conservation Tourism, Behavior of Adventure Tourists, Soft and Hard Adventurers, Risk Taking and Customer Expectations.
  5. Locations & Facilities - Artificial Environments: Artificial Environments, Artificial Adventure Tourism, Advancement in Adventure Tourism, Examples of Artificial Adventure Tourism, Advantages and Disadvantages, Classification of Artificial Adventure.
  6. Locations & Facilities - Natural Environments: Natural Environments, Adventure Tourism in Natural Environments, Wildlife Tourism, Case Study, Ecotourism, Benefits of Nature-based Tourism, Nature-based Ecotourism, Locations and Destinations, Health Benefits, Advantages and Disadvantages of Nature-based Tourism.
  7. Ethics, Sustainability and Environmental impacts: Introduction, Social and Cultural Impacts, Environmental Impacts and Economic Impacts.
  8. Risk management & Insurance: Some Categories of Risk, Risk Management Strategies and Plans, Assessing the Risk, The Risk Management Plan, Consequences of an Event Happening, Crisis Management and Insurance.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

  • Define the nature and scope of adventure tourism
  • Identify types of adventure tours, and sources of information on them.
  • Consider the requirements of managing an adventure tourism destination or service.
  • Identify potential customers, customer needs and requirements in planning and conducting adventure tours.
  • Identify various kinds of artificial environments for adventure tours, and the facilities typically provided at them.
  • Discuss the requirements and problems associated with using natural locations for adventure tours.
  • Identify ethical and environmental issues related to adventure tourism.
  • Identify kinds of risk and strategies for reducing their negative impacts on customers and operators.

Here are just some of the things you will be doing:

  • Define Adventure Tourism in your own words.
  • List target groups for marketing adventure tourism.
  • What type of adventure tourism do you consider to have the greatest potential for financial success in your region.
  • Summarize brochures on 5 different adventure tourism attractions, services or tours.
  • Submit a list of Adventure Tourism attractions
  • Analyse the potential of adventure tourism in the region in which you live.
  • Compare the attractions and disadvantages of three different locations or destinations in adventure tourism.
  • How does Adventure Tourism differ to other types of Tourism?
  • How does the media influence Adventure Tourism in your Country?
  • Explain licensing requirements for three different types of adventure tourism activities in your country.
  • Describe ways in which the adventure tourism market might be segmented.
  • How are consumer trends changing in adventure tourism?
  • Explain the difference between soft and hard adventurers.
  • Based on your research, discuss the relationship between adventure and risk.
  • What kinds of people are most likely to go on adventure tours?
  • Differentiate between artificial and natural adventure tourism destinations.
  • List as many types of different artificial tourism attractions as you can conceive of (they do not have to exist), and indicate beside each what you believe is its likely target market.
  • Arrange a list above into soft & hard destinations.
  • Report on the environment, facilities and services at the two different adventure tourism destinations. in two columns: one column hard & one soft
  • List different types of natural adventure tourism activities
  • What areas of natural adventure tourism have experienced growth in recent years?
  • What issues should management consider when planning to use natural adventure tourism destinations?

DURATION: 100 hours


  • ensure your skills are up to date, by pursuing further studies or attending professional development activities such as leadership courses.
  • Keep up to date with what's happening in the field of Adventure Tourism. What are the most popular locations and activities? Where is there likely to be more work?
  • Join a networking group to meet people who are working in the field of Adventure Tourism.
  • Get some experience. Whether paid or unpaid, experience will always make your CV look more impressive and give you some practical knowledge to apply in your interview.


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