Clinics & Classes
Learn skills to adventure on your own
The Adventure Program hosts a number of clinics and classes each semester to help Terps learn technical skills and build confidence for adventuring in the outdoors.
Learn how to cook over a campfire, belay at the climbing wall, take care of your bike, roll a kayak, and more. Expand your opportunities for being active in the outdoors and enhance your intellectual wellness by taking the initiative to learn new skills.
Clinics are open to all UMD students, faculty, and staff. Pre-registration with UID is required. Classes for academic credit are open to current UMD undergraduate students.
Summer 2018 Clinics & Classes
Over the summer, the only clinics we will be offering are Climb Safe Clinics. We will offer additional clinics like the ones listed below in the fall semester.
There are few things more rewarding than gathering around a campfire after a long day of adventuring outside. Yet, campfires can often be difficult to start and potentially dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Come learn the art and science of building campfires from Adventure Program Trip Leaders and celebrate your new found knowledge with s'mores.
Interested in learning how to belay at the Climbing Wall? This 2-hour program teaches the knots, equipment, and belay technique necessary to pass a belay test with the program. After completing the clinic, come to the wall during open hours to demonstrate the skills required for belay certification in order to receive certification. Once certified, you’ll be able to belay participants at the Climbing Wall.
Days & Time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: RecWell Climbing Wall
Max class size: 3 participants
This clinic is designed to give participants an introduction to the art of cooking in the outdoors. Participants prepare and get to enjoy tasting a variety of classic backcountry meals using both a camping stove and a campfire.
This two-part clinic is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to plan their own backpacking adventure. Topics covered over the two weeks of the course include: gear selection and sizing, route planning, safety precautions and considerations, and Leave No Trace principles. Commitment to attend both sessions is required. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a custom printed Adventure Program Nalgene.
This four-session class provides an introduction to the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair. Topics covered include flat tire repair, brake adjustment, brake pad replacement, drive-train maintenance and repair, and an introduction to hubs, bottom brackets, and headsets. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a bike multi-tool and a set of tire levers.
This two-session clinic will teach you the basics of kayak rolling. We will start with a general introduction to the sport of whitewater kayaking and will go over some basic paddling strokes. Most of our time will be spent learning how to roll a kayak. No experience is necessary. Bring your swimsuit and a towel. Commitment to attend both sessions is required.
This three-hour clinic (4 PM – 7 PM) is for individuals who have never ridden a bike before and are looking to start. Certified instructors take students through a progressive curriculum with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the clinic. Our technique is intuitive and has a very high success rate. Bike and helmet rental are provided.
Come practice your roll or other paddling skills in our open Paddle in the Pool sessions. Experienced Trip Leaders will be on hand to give you some pointers (only if you want!). Instruction is not guaranteed; if you want guaranteed instruction, check our Kayak Roll Clinic. Bring your own gear or borrow some of ours. If you bring your own boat, you must ensure it has been cleaned.
Come learn the recommended techniques for riding your bicycle in a variety of areas and conditions. This clinic will cover trail riding, riding in traffic, and riding in a group with other cyclists. Bring your own bike or borrow one from the RecWell Bike Shop. All participants will receive a free pair of blinky bike lights for participating in this clinic. Helmets required.
This 7-day course through Wilderness Medical Associates is hosted by the Adventure Program at the beginning of every summer. It is the definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.
This course is open to the public.
Dates: Sunday, May 27th - Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Class time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily
Registration fee: $675 (Includes course fee and parking on campus. Meals and lodging are not included)
HESI318T: Foundations & Applications of Adventure Leadership Instruction
HESI318T is a 3-credit academic course for students interested in becoming trip leaders with the Adventure Program. The course teaches students how to lead groups in the outdoor setting and includes wilderness ethics, leadership, risk management, group management, and technical outdoor skills. The course is offered during the fall semester and meets Wednesdays from 6-9 PM with four additional weekend field sessions. Interested individuals should contact Amanda Even at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview. The course is limited to eight students.
HESI 318R Applied Contextual Leadership: Challenge Course Facilitation
HESI 318R is a 3-credit academic course for students interested in becoming challenge course facilitators within the RecWell Adventure Program. The course teaches students the technical skills and facilitation skills required to lead challenge course programs with focuses on group management, facilitation, leading activities, risk management, technical rope systems, and equipment use. This course meets on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm and will next be offered in the Spring of 2018. Interested individuals should complete the application form. For questions, contact Michael Phaneuf at email@example.com. This course is limited to 12 people.