Adventure Sports Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management

Prepare for an exciting career in outdoor sports leadership

Frostburg State University’s adventure sports concentration is part of the four-year bachelor’s degree program in recreation and parks management. As a student in this program, you will earn your core degree credits through FSU and take the 15 credits required in adventure sports through Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute, located just 35 minutes from Frostburg. If you like the idea of pursuing a career in the great outdoors where you’ll climb, hike, ski, canoe and take on other invigorating activities, adventure sports may be the field that’s right for you.

  • Earn an A.A.S. degree from Garrett College and a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks management from FSU.
  • Prepare for a career working as a guide for a rafting company, ski resort instructor or leader in another type of adventure sports company.

Other concentrations in the recreation and parks management degree program:

Adventure Sports Program Highlights:

  • Be part of a program that improves your physical well-being and sports expertise as it equips you to take a leadership role in a popular and exciting career field.

  • Gain experience leading large and small adventure sports groups, ensuring the safety of all participants.

  • Learn in small classes that facilitate interaction among classmates and professors.

About Our Adventure Sports Faculty:

  • Learn from Adventure Sports Institute faculty who are experts in climbing, backcountry hiking, paddle sports, snow sports and more.

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree studying with FSU faculty who are renowned experts in the recreation and parks management field.

  • Study with faculty who are excellent classroom teachers and student mentors as well as knowledgeable practitioners in the adventure sports field.

Sample Adventure Sports Courses You May Take:

Outdoor Adventures – Explore wilderness and survival activities. Curriculum includes hiking, backpacking, survival swimming, orienteering, fitness activities, outdoor first aid and emergency skills, mastering physical and emotional challenges and activities to help preserve the outdoors.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking – This Adventure Sports Institute class introduces students to fundamental knowledge and skills needed to safely paddle a whitewater kayak in moving water. Emphasis is on skill development in equipment selection and fit, clothing, safety in and around moving water, paddling theory, strokes, maneuvers, rescue, group organization, reading and running rivers.

Cross Country Skiing – Learn the basics of Nordic/cross country skiing. Topics include proper dress for Nordic skiing, standing and moving on flat terrain, kick and glide techniques, snow plow stops, snow plow turns, step turns, kick turns and basic downhill technique.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s recreation and parks management program requirements for the adventure sport concentration (PDF).

Career Outlook for Adventure Sports Professionals:

There is as much variety in the adventure sports field as there are different types of exciting outdoor activities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, guides and other practitioners in the recreational sports field can anticipate growth of 14 percent in career positions through 2022.

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