Outdoor Training

Outdoor Recreation strives to educate folks about the outdoors, nature, and exciting recreational opportunities. We hope that as we educate you, you will take ownership of the world around you and see the importance of conserving our fragile ecosystem. You all are the leaders of the future and we hope to help you grow in leadership and understanding. We therefore offer the following programs to help you on the path to being stewards of the environment. Visit the sections below to learn more about Outdoor Recreation's learning opportunities.

Outdoor Courses for Credit * Outdoor Workshops

Outdoor Physical Education for Credit Courses:

Look on Oasis to sign up for these great courses under PEM 2930!

Fall Courses:

Flat Water Canoeing
In Flat Water Canoeing you will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully and safely operate a canoe. Emphasis in this course will be placed on stroke technique to better enhance you appreciation and mastery of the canoe. This course is taught by Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Cathy Stedman.

Outdoor Experience
In Outdoor Experience you will be introduced to a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, and will demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and successfully plan, equip and execute your own outdoor adventure and experience. Emphasis will be placed on developing hard skills necessary to a successful outdoor experience and particular emphasis will be placed on development of class team dynamics and expedition behavior. In this semester of the Outdoor Experience course we will focus on dry land activities such as the Challenge Course, trip planning, orienteering, geocaching, and backpacking. You will take an overnight backpack trip late in the semester to help all of your skills come together. This course is taught by Outdoor Recreation Coordinator D.J. Pollock.

Spring Courses:

Sea Kayaking
In Sea Kayaking you will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully and safely operate a kayak. Emphasis in this course will be placed on stroke technique to better enhance your appreciation and master of the kayak. You will also be taught wet exits and kayak rescues. This course is taught by Outdoor Recreation Coordinator D.J. Pollock.

Outdoor Experience
In Outdoor Experience you will be introduced to a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, and will demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and successfully plan, equip and execute their own outdoor adventure and experience. Emphasis will be placed on developing hard skills necessary to a successful outdoor experience and particular emphasis will be placed on development of class team dynamics and expedition behavior. This course is taught by Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Cathy Stedman.
 
 

 

 


Outdoor Recreation Workshops

Outdoor Recreation offers a variety of skills trainings, some of which are described below. If you have a group that is interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Outdoor Recreation Center at 813-974-5557 to set up a date and time for a workshop.

Kayak Safety & Rescues
This 4 hour course is a basic overview for sea kayaking. In this course you will learn how to do a "wet exit" from a kayak. You will also learn how to get yourself and/or your fellow kayakers back into a kayak in deep water. We will also teach you about the 7 W's of sea kayaking so that you will be able to have safe and fun kayaking experiences. Space for this workshop is limited to 6 participants.

Cost: Students $15 | Faculty and Staff $20 | Non-USF $24

Navigation
Have you ever wanted to be able to find your way out of the woods if you got lost? Here is your chance to learn. In this course we will teach you the basics of navigation with a map and compass. You will learn all about azimuths, putting red Fred in the shed, hand railing, and much more! Space for this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cost: Students $5 | Faculty and Staff $10 | Non-USF $12

Backpacking Basics
Do you wonder what you should bring on a backpacking trip and how to fit it all in that little pack? Here is your chance to learn all about backpacks. We'll teach you how to find a pack that has the right fit for you, what to bring on a backpacking trip, and how to put it in the pack so it is the most comfortable. Space for this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cost: Students $5 | Faculty and Staff $10 | Non-USF $12

Geocaching 101
What is up with this crazy new trend sweeping the nation? Learn what Geocaching is and how to use a GPS (please bring your own if you can) to find Geocaches. Space for this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cost: Students $5 | Faculty and Staff $10 | Non-USF $12

Backcountry Cooking
Do you feel you have to eat bland food with no taste in the backcountry? Come join us and we will show you ways to spice up you backcountry menu. This workshop will teach you how to use a stove safely and how to cook delicious and nutritious meals in the woods. Space for this workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cost: Students $10 | Faculty and Staff $15 | Non-USF $18