Outdoor Program Administration course – Jan 2-24, 2013

Outdoor Program Administration Course description:

This online course is for individuals who manage outdoor programs or individuals looking to learned, through real life projects, how to effectively administer outdoor programs.    Using case studies, contemporary issues, instructor-lead discussions and projects, students will acquire the managerial skills to effectively manage outdoor programs at a college, a non-profit organization, a municipality, and a military program.   This course will have a strong emphasis on budgeting, marketing, policy-development and staffing.  Hands-on projects and online discussions are the primary components of this class.  This class is ideal for juniors and seniors in the Outdoor Ed program, practitioners that would like to enhance their management skills and individuals from other disciplines looking for a career in outdoor programs administration.

Sign up today: www.plymouth.edu

Required textbook below:


Future Role of Outdoor Educators – Dan Garvey – 2012 NOLS Faculty Summit

This is an inspirational presentation given by Dan Garvey to the NOLS faculty in 2012.  I briefly met Dan Garvey at a Thesis defense at UNH in 2001.  Although I do not know him, I know his work in experiential education. This presentation applies not only to NOLS instructors, but to all of us in the field of Experiential Education.  I agree with Dan’s statement that we need to operate outside our silos in order to have a stronger impact and to continue changing people’s lives through experiential education.  The last 6minutes of his presentation are very powerful.  This is coming from someone who has worked for 12 years for Outward Bound.  When you watch his presentation you’ll know what I am referring to.

Dan, thanks for challenging us to be better outdoor educators and to stay in this field!

Endurance Staffing closes its doors

One of the first outdoor instructor staffing agencies has shut down after almost 3 years in operation.  Endurance Staffing’s main focus was to help outdoor education organizations find qualified staff for programs in areas such as rock climbing, ropes course facilitation, kayaking, and more.

The business model of ES was simple; companies would contact ES for their instructor needs and ES would offer pre-screened instructor candidates.  After the staff selection, companies would pay a mark-up on the instructor per diem.   This mark-up was based on the instructor qualifications and the number of days in the field.  As the principal administrator of ES, I felt that the industry was not ready for this type of business. However, I know that ES had an impact in the outdoor industry by provided a revolutionary approach to the never-ending cycle of  finding qualified outdoor instructors for their programs and sometimes last minute instructors.

In addition, ES had a video podcasting channel on iTunes with more than 20 educational videos and a wiki for instructor collaboration.  I am curious to see the direction of the outdoor industry in 10 years when it comes to recruiting, selecting, training and developing staff.  Don’t worry I’ll have a blog post before then.   I welcome your questions and comments, and I will keep blogging until the next time we meet.

For those in the field!

TIOBEC Sailing Expedition Training 2011

The Thompson Island Outward Bound Sailing expedition took place from June 26-July 3 of 2011.  I had the honor to be the trainer again this year, along side Captain Arista.  We delivered the new curriculum designed by Alex Chu that is currently in place at TIOBEC summer expedition programs.  The journey was from Boston harbor to Gloucester and back.  As you see in the pictures we did some rowing, but also we had great wind.  To those in the field!

Stand Up Paddleboarding Skills course – Aug 13-14 Squam Lake, NH

Stand Up Paddleboarding Skills course (Level 1 and 2) Aug 13-14 Squam Lake, NH

Course Overview: The Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) L1 is designed to introduce and expose the participant to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport or Stand Up Paddleboarding in a calm flat water setting. SUP L2 is designed to refine equipment knowledge and develop the skills needed to paddle effectively in conditions where wind, waves and current are present.

Cost: $300.00 with SUP board/paddle or $210.00 without.

Instructors: Jose Gonzalez is the Coordinator for Recreation Programs at Plymouth State University and senior consultant and trainer for Endurance Staffing.  He is a certified Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and teaches first aid and CPR for the American Red Cross.  Jose is also a certified ACA Stand Up Paddler instructor.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 86 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 129 views. The most popular post that day was The Bond Cliff, NH.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, linkedin.com, search.conduit.com, en.wordpress.com, and lmodules.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bond cliff, bondcliff nh, jose h gonzalez, jose h. gonzalez, and full value contract.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Bond Cliff, NH June 2009
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Surfing video – Wilderness beach, Aguadilla Puerto Rico January 2010


Norms and expectation or “Full Value Contract” April 2009


About December 2007


Outward Bound Odyssey March 2009