Outdoors & Movement

Classes in this category include: skiing, backpacking, exercise classes, geocaching, etc.

Alaska Water Wise

This free course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting the American National Standard for basic boating knowledge. The course satisfies most states' boating education requirements and may qualify boaters for boat insurance discounts.

Segments include pre-departure preparation, boat operation, boating emergencies, cold-water survival, the navigation rules, and boating laws. Students who complete the course and pass the written exam will be issued a course completion certificate.

This course is sponsored by Valdez United Way and is free to the public. Registration is required.

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Prince William Sound College
16 - &up Toth 4/14 - 4/14 Sa 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM $0.00 View 18

Archery Instructor Level 2 Certification

This course is for parties looking to take the level 2 instructor course.  You must have your level 1 completed and passed in order take this course. The Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory setup, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course. Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program clubs, as well as the Explore Archery Program.


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Prince William Sound College
TBD 3/22 - 3/22 Th 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM $100.00 View 12

Avalanche Theory II 2018

This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional certificate, the AIARE 3 certificate. The AIARE 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.


PER A218: Avalanche Theory II Gear and Prep List

PREPARATION FOR FIELD EXPERIENCE: Heed the warning – No cotton… No cotton… No cotton! Please collect and organize this gear and bring it to the first day of class. If you have trouble locating any of the major gear items, please contact the instructor for assistance/direction. The course will be more productive and enjoyable if students put a concerted effort into being punctual and prepared for mountain travel.

Dress WISE:

  • Wicking: Fibers that wick sweat away from body
  • Insulating: Provides warmth even when wet with sweat
  • Shell: Protection from wind, rain, snow
  • Extra layers:For warmth and if you get soaking wet
  • Head: Warm hat, balaclava/fleece neck gaiter.A light hat is recommended as well for the approach. (Ball cap for spring.)


  • Long underwear, warm layer (fleece or wool), rain shell (fully waterproof), Insulated jacket with good hood
  • Lightweight gloves, medium weight gloves, heavy gloves/mitts.
  • At least 2 pairs socks, wool or synthetic.
  • Long underwear, waterproof pants/bibs
  • Carry extra base and insulative layer (Puff jacket for trapping warmth when we stop)

In your pack

  • Pen + pencil + compass + field book + map
  • Small headlamp
  • Goggles (Used for storms or if sunglasses are lost or broken.)
  • Sunglasses (Prescription if necessary.)
  • Sunscreen (Medium size tube, portion out.)
  • Lip balm (Make sure it is a sunblock.)
  • Camera (Optional, share cameras.)
  • Food and snack sack (with high calorie snacks and a quick lunch)
  • Water bottle (1 liter minimum - hydration bladders tend to freeze up.)
  • Personal toiletry items (Includes toilet paper)
  • Avalanche transceiver (worn on your body), shovel, probe
  • Personal repair and emergency kit, including first aid (recommended)
  • Fire starting items (lighter/matches, fire starter.)
  • Multipurpose tool or pocket knife
  • Ibuprofen or aspirin (for emergency in the field)
  • Athletic tape
  • Duct tape (Bring enough, but not a pound.)
  • Mole skin for blisters
  • Necessary knee braces, etc. (Test to be sure they work for extensive hiking.)
  • Extra batteries for headlamps and avalanche transceivers

Please leave IPod-like devices at home. Cell phones will be turned in airplane mode while we are in the field.

Ski & Rescue Equipment:

  • Avalanche probe (available at Health & Fitness Center)
  • Collapsible shovel (available at Health & Fitness Center)
  • Avalanche transceiver (digital 457 kHz frequency) (available at Health & Fitness Center)
  • Skiing Equipment:
    • Boots (touring boots recommended)
    • Skis with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to
    • skis before the course). Randonnee or free-heel gear is okay.
    • Poles


  • Snowboarding Equipment:
    • Split Board with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and
    • skins to board before the course) For students arriving at the course with snowboarding equipment, split boards are recommended, as compared to traveling with snowshoes.
    • Boots
    • Collapsible poles


  • Snowboard (with means of attachment to pack—please have a system worked out before you come on the course).
    • Boots
    • Snowshoes
    • Collapsible poles


  • Snowshoes: (available at Health & Fitness Center)
    • Snowshoes (adjusted to boots, please test thoroughly before the course) Snowshoes are not recommended for courses where deep new snow conditions or steep terrain will likely be experienced. Please contact the course provider.


      Recommended but not mandatory:

  • Snow Saw or folding pruning saw (approx. 40 cm blade)
  • Snow thermometer (graduated in degrees Celsius) Dial stem and/or glass/alcohol types are commonly used. Digital thermometers are acceptable
  • Crystal identification screen-Dark color, metal
  • Magnifier (8x or 10x recommended)
  • Folding rule (graduated in cm/2 m length)

Additional Information

Class fees pay for AIARE fieldbook, AIARE student fee, course curriculum, additional assistant/instructor, and field insurance through AAIC.

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Prince William Sound College
Sugarloaf Hall Room 102
18 - &up Carter 3/22 - 3/25 Th Fr Sa Su 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM $570.00 View 4

Boating & Water Safety Education
This course provides instruction on how to teach safety and cold water survival techniques. The course will be a combination of lectures and teaching practicums and will include a community engagement component. Students will develop and teach experiential boater safety and cold water survival workshops to a variety of ages and will have the opportunity to obtain an Instructor credential to teach Alaska Water Wise and receive a certificate of completion as an Ambassador Trainer as part of the Kids Don’t Float Program.

The times for this class may change. Please check with the instructor for accurate class times. 834-1668.

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Prince William Sound College
Classroom 168
18 - &up Cutts 4/6 - 4/14 Th Fr Sa Varied $185.00 View 4

Women's Safe for Life Self-Defense

This world renowned workshop is specifically designed for women and takes into consideration that men and women are approached and attacked differently and with more often than not, a differing intent, from the victim selection process, to the verbal engagement and physical tactics used against them.

The topics of rape and sexual assault are covered in great depth and much like the Fundamentals of Personal Protection workshop; we dive deep into the psychology of violence and closely examine the relation of human behavior to violence with the primary focus of avoidance through both environmental and situational awareness as well as tried, tested and proven psychological principles and a large emphasis on understanding and embracing one’s intuition.

Topics covered include fear, stress and confrontation management skills, verbal de-escalation strategies and conflict resolution principles, what to do if being followed or stalked, how to deal with a solitary and/or confined environment (elevator, staircase, underground parking lot, vehicle, etc.) how to use deceptive body language and natural defensive postures to your advantage, dealing with a physically larger and overpowering aggressor, how to handle aggression and intimidation and more.

Also covered in depth are physical defenses against the most common attacks on women including but not limited to: grabs, being pulled and controlled by the hair, tackles, being taken down to the ground, being pinned to the ground, mounted, hands & rope strangulations, bear hugs, chokes, static knife attacks and other aggravated assaults.

Additional Information

sponsored in part by Valdez United Way

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Copper Basin Extension Center
Classroom 1
13 - &up Bond 4/13 - 4/13 Fr 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM $20.00 View 9
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Prince William Sound College
Sugarloaf Hall Room 102
13 - &up Bond 4/14 - 4/14 Sa 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM $20.00 View 11