Adventure Recovery Guide Certificate

Adventure Recovery offers an AR Guide Certificate Program. The Certificate Program combines proven techniques and skills in both outdoor leadership and traditional mentoring. Participants who complete the course are empowered to offer life-changing experiences to individuals who are seeking support and lasting change in their lives. Do what you love!


Who Should Attend

The Adventure Recovery Guide Certificate program is designed for people who work with individuals and groups seeking positive change or who simply want to acquire the expertise to embark on adventures outdoors. This includes therapists, counselors, recovery coaches, educators, recovery advocates, people in recovery, wellness professionals, yoga teachers, life coaches, and anyone else who meets our requirements. We provide professional techniques and skills instruction in outdoor leadership and mentoring, with a strong focus on recovery-awareness for clients who are in recovery.

In addition, our prevention awareness programming is part of our Adventure Discovery program, which teaches kids, tweens, teens, and young adults (or old adults!) how to have a good time outside and connect to their love for nature. The education, prevention, and camaraderie the AR team provides teaches individuals how to embrace the great outdoors. Furthermore, the experiences create relationships that last a lifetime.

The Adventure Recovery Guide Certificate training is composed of 4 modules:

Module 1: Adventure Recovery Core Skills

  • Recovery Coaching: The Adventure Perspective

  • Nature as Teacher and Healer

  • Intro to Outdoor Leadership

  • Intro to Risk Management

Module 2: Incident and Emergency Response

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification (WAFA)

  • Mental Health First Aid Certification

  • NARCAN Administration and Opioid Overdose Prevention

  • Risk Management & Incident Reporting

Module 3: Technical Outdoor Skills — RIVER

  • River Rescue Certification (RRC)

  • Intro to River Running: Rafts, Kayaks, SUP, Canoe

  • Overnight River Expedition

  • Group Management

Module 4: Technical Outdoor Skills — ROCKS

  • Climbing Gym Orientation

  • Bouldering

  • Top Rope Rock Climbing Instruction

  • Institutional Rapelling & Tyrolean Traverse

Upon completion of each module and following team review, follow-up, and assessment, trainees are given clear guidance for professional development and personal growth. Ongoing mentorship and support from current AR Guides is part of the process. We hold relationships with our trainees every step of the way, to ensure they are clear on their needs and areas to focus on going forward, depending on the desired path.

Training Format

  • Modules run over long weekends, from 9:00 AM Friday to 5:00 PM on Monday.

  • Days are long and run into the late evening with breaks throughout the day.

  • Meals are provided and prepared by the group.

  • Lodging for Modules 1 & 2 are in a camp lodge with shared bunk-rooms, full bathrooms and heat.

  • Modules 3&4 are run completely outdoors as expeditions.

  • Each trainee will

    • present and teach assigned portions of the course to the group.

    • provide peer reviews for their colleagues.

    • be paired with an AR Guide for 2 monthly practice mentorship sessions between each module.

  • AR Guides and Trainers will conduct individual evaluations of and provide feedback to each Trainee.

To become certified, participants must be present for the entire training, satisfactorily deliver presentations and skills assessments and pass written exams for each module. Certification is not guaranteed, depending on circumstance.


Costs for the training are furnished upon request and include: AR Guide manual, WAFA and RRC manuals, professional outdoor leadership instruction, meals, technical equipment (personal gear list forwarded upon registration), and a lifelong connection to a professional community of likeminded people. Contact us directly for payment plans.

Continuing Education

Successful graduates are encouraged to earn additional credentials and specialize their outdoor skills offerings through additional AR sponsored instructor certification trainings. Adventure Recovery has partnered with the following Gold Standard instructor certification organizations:

AR partners with these organizations and their trainers to provide the very best in instructor credentialing. By working closely together, we provide unique representations of these offerings to emphasize a fundamental approach to working with individuals recovering from substance use and other mental health disorders. Our model is one of a kind.

Trainings are small-group offerings and scheduled first-come, first serve. Costs vary dependent on the partnering organization’s scale.

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