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Outdoor Adventure & Recreation

Like the great outdoors, but don’t want a typical job exposed to the elements? Or maybe weekend hiking is more your speed and you want to turn that passion into a job. Whatever your reason, you’ve made a great choice in coming to us for study into the area of outdoor adventure and recreation. From here we’ll get you in tip-top shape — physically, mentally and with the right health and safety knowledge — so you’ll be able to start practising as a guide and instructor.

We’ll cover the tactics and psychology that go into building a sports team, and guiding or instructing in the great outdoors, because both of these skills are necessary for your success in the outdoor adventure industry. 

We need to make sure you understand this part — there will be substantial amounts of paperwork involved in a daily job as an outdoor adventure guide. From planning programmes, risk assessments, organising safety procudes, and checking equipment to running rescue practices, organising bookings, food and transport and maintaining trip logbooks, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that you’ll need to be prepared to complete.

If you’re ready to tackle the challenge of outdoor adventure and recreation, we’re right here ready to get you started.

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About the Faculty

Sport and recreation brings considerable value in terms of economic benefits, health savings and social and cultural gains. 

It is estimated to contribute around $5 billion to the New Zealand economy each year – on par with the dairy industry. Research has shown that sport and active recreation resulted in gains in productivity and health benefits valued at a further $1 billion.

Our Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance offers students' qualifications in training, sport medicine, fitness, rehabilitation and sport psychology that will help them forge a career in sport science anywhere in the world.

To be internationally competitive, professional athletes rely on skilled practitioners for the latest and best scientific information and techniques. The fitness and recreation industries are becoming increasingly specialized, requiring a range of qualified professionals.

Our sports science laboratories at our Rotokauri campus in north Hamilton enable students to work alongside athletes as part of their study. Post-graduate qualifications are tailored to meet the research needs of athletes in a range of disciplines. 

We offer practical, industry-based qualifications for fitness industry professionals and expert outdoor adventure instructors. Our qualifications have been developed alongside employers to ensure students learn relevant, required skills and knowledge. We are affiliated with key sports bodies, regionally and nationally, including Sport Waikato and High Performance Sport New Zealand – both of whom are located on our Rotokauri campus.

Our staff ​are experts in their chosen fields, often practicing athletes themselves and engaged in industry research. Many are connected with regional and national sports teams in a variety of roles such as coaches, managers and nutritionists.

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Course Guide

Our course guides (prospectuses) will tell you everything you need to know about Wintec. They contain information about the Wintec campus, student life and the programmes we offer.

We offer the course guides (prospectuses) in both digital and physical form.

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Course Guide (Prospectus)

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

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Postgraduate Health Course Guide (Prospectus)

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