ODS 112- Swiftwater Rescue Training, May 31-June 2. This course teaches rescue techniques with regard to limited resources in a wilderness setting. This three day-24hr. course meets the needs of professional river guides as well as USFS and BLM employees. Recreational river runners or anyone finding themselves working on or near moving water will gain valuable techniques in dealing with water hazards and emergencies. This intensive 24 hour class generally has two to three hours of on-land instruction each morning prior to entering the water. Course focus is on wilderness-based rescues with limited rescue resources, personnel and communication. This course is designed to meet varying student skill levels. Self rescue and hazard avoidance and recognition are key components in this swiftwater course. We teach technical rope systems, and then systematically remove hardware to increase the demand on the student to problem solve with limited gear and resources. Designed for people working on or around rivers or running rivers privately. This course will feature Luc Mehl, Tony Perreli, DB Palmer, and Eric Riley (founder of Swiftwater Safety Institute).
ODS 154- Packrafting Alaska, June 3-5 Featuring Luc Mehl (things to Luc at), DB Palmer, and Tony Perelli, this course is situated in, and around, epicValdez AK and focuses on beginning packrafting skills AND swiftwater risk management and techniques. This one of a kind course takes place in one intensive weekend and may include an overnight packraft trek. Students will do some work online to prep before the course. You MUST have your own gear and boat for this course, but it’s acceptable that students share with each other. This is YOUR responsibility to ensure.
As we near our sophomore year of operation, we have gained traction quickly as the *first and only accredited adventure film program within a university system. We have begun some very exciting collaborations with Alaskan organizations, filmmakers, and educators; and, we are ready to offer our students unparalleled access to these opportunities.
ODS 152- Beginning Rafting: Join us for a multi-day raft/float on the Copper River with the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Service from Chistochina to Chitina, Alaska. We will be shooting a short video for the National Park Service. Students are NOT required to be film students, but can assist as they choose. May 18-21/22
The SRT1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems. The SRT1 class also provides the rescuer the foundation to the NFPA Swiftwater Technician level. Swiftwater Technician level is a mandatory training level for inclusion on a Federal Emergency Management Agency Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team at all Team levels. May 29-31
ODS 295- ODS Internship (by arrangement with Dr. Palmer)
ODS 298- Adventure Research & Creative Activity: Join Dr. Palmer’s summer adventure project (film-based). A collaboration with multiple adventure and wilderness-based organizations. As this is a project-based course, students will be selected based on their experience and interests.
Students in ODS 298 do not have to participate in all/any field sections to participate in this course. Participation will be discussed with Dr. Palmer, directly, as this is a creative research project.
ODS 153- Beginning Sea Kayaking: Join ACA Deputy State Director/Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, DB Palmer, for two practice evenings and then a day-trip in the Bay of Valdez, Alaska! This course is suited, and designed for, beginning sea kayakers (those with little/no experience). Join us for the chance to paddle your local paradise with small class size. Each student will paddle a solo boat! This course has three sections, and students sign up for just one of them.
Get registered before the rush! Courses to be posted soon!
As the lead faculty for the Outdoor Studies department and producer/director for Expeditionary Film School of Alaska, I am excited to have just finished a day of meetings with the Academic Senate, Academic Planning & Curriculum Committee, and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. We have the honor of representing the college in its most integral functions, and I am particularly glad to have submitted the academic class schedule for publication. In the meantime, and to give you as much advance notice as possible, I am including the Outdoor Studies department schedule for you!
Full Semester Courses:
ODS 120 (1)- Introduction to Cross Country Skiing- DB Palmer- T/R 12-12:50pm
Take time to learn how to refine your Nordic Skiing technique and stamina, as well as increase your fitness during your lunch hour, two times a week, for a full semester!
ODS 101 (1)- Cross Training for Expedition Fitness- Greta Palmer- T/W/R- 5-5:50pm
Want to get ripped and ready for summer? Are you looking to learn about expedition fitness while getting fit for your own personal and professional adventures? Punch out at 5pm and join us for the perfect after work, workout!
Blended Courses (online + field)
ODS 295 (2-3)- ODS Internship- DB Palmer- TBD
Get locked in to work with one of our local, or state-wide internship opportunities, from adventure tourism, adventure film, to expedition leadership.
ODS 266 (3)- Introduction to Safety & Risk- DB Palmer- T 8-9:30pm ONLINE
Learn the basics and theory behind risk and safety in outdoor studies, online, and then get actively involved with two outdoor leadership events: Qaniq Nordic Ski Race and the Mountain Man Hill Climb, as student members of their logistics and safety teams. Hands-on work and study. That’s how ODS should be.
January 16, 5-9pm; 17-18, 9am-7pm at the Qaniq Nordic Ski Race/ Valdez, AK.
April17-19, 8am-8pm at the Mountain Man Hill Climb, Valdez, AK.
ODS 281 (3)- Leadership Activities for Diverse Populations- DB Palmer- 8-9:30pm ONLINE
In collaboration with Challenge Alaska, this course blends online theory sessions with field training and service work in Girdwood Alaska at Alyeska Resort. Students may also earn free ski passes for after-hours skiing. We are working to acquire lodging that will greatly reduce student expenses. Stay tuned!
March 10-15, 7am-5pm at Challenge Alaska, in Girdwood, AK.
Field (only) Courses:
ODS 168 (1)- Winter Camping Alaska- DB Palmer- January 30, 5-8pm
Join us for a short-weekend of learning the basic-intermediate skills of winter camping from our own resident winter afficionado, Dr. Palmer. Drawing from many years of professional winter guiding, Dr. Palmer will teach you the tricks and tools of the trade, and students will have plenty of time to practice the skills of successful (warm, as a goal) winter camping.
Field: February 7-8, 9am-5pm (2 days)
ODS 298 (3) – Adventure Research & Creative Activity- DB Palmer
Join AFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, in the development and preparation of an adventure film project, from the adventure leadership side of things, including: location management, location scouting, talent acquisition/athlete relations, safety/risk concerns, and project management. Course to take place, primarily, at TAILGATE AK!
Field dates: By arrangement with Dr. Palmer, and throughout the semester.
FLM 298 (2)- Film Research- Sky Rondenet & DB Palmer
Join AFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, and the renowned Sky Rondenet (of Sky Rondenet Media), in shooting an adventure film on location in, and around, Valdez, Alaska! The course has room for participants of all skill levels, as we will be designing a collaborative, team shoot, as well as individual projects. Course to take place, primarily, at TAILGATE AK!
Field dates: April 6-12 (6 days)
ODS 218 (2)- Avalanche Certification Level II AAIRE- Sarah Carter
Take the next step from your AAIRE Avalanche level 1 to Level 2 with this course, taught in conjunction with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and our ace-avalanche educator, Sarah Carter. Course will be on location in, and around, Valdez, Alaska. This course fills fast, so don’t miss it!
Ever wanted to learn how filmmakers decide how to shoot their films? Want hands-on experience planning your own film ideas?
Preproduction & Previsualization (FLM 172) is where you NEED to be. This course is designed for active, adventurous people who are too busy during the day to take classes, but have an interest in a condensed course. Scheduled in just five evenings and two full weekends, this course is perfect for you!
Co-taught by Meg McKinney, MA Documentary Filmmaking (Stanford University) and DB Palmer, Ed.D (Founder/Director of Adventure Film School Alaska and Lead Faculty of Outdoor Studies).
While his specific presentation time is still being selected, Dr. Palmer has been selected to travel to Anchorage during the First Annual UAA Faculty Research & Creative Activity Symposium, held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Alaska Airlines Center, from September 5-8th. He will speak and present a video of his current creative activity, namely Expeditionary Film School of Alaska and the Outdoor Studies department at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska.
Here is the formal abstract that was selected by the panel:
Dr. Palmer will present a behind the scenes film showing how the oft misunderstood field of Outdoor Studies can rebrand itself to address current economic and social realities, as well as be a catalyst for global health, environmental conservation, sustainability, social equity, and other critical movements. Since joining the faculty of Prince William Sound Community College, Dr. Palmer’s research activities have focused on Group Leadership and Decision-Making within Outdoor Leadership, Safety and Risk Outcomes, a full rebranding of the Outdoor Leadership program in Valdez, and the development of his newest research platform, “Expeditionary Film School of Alaska”. The adventure filmmaking concentration at PWSCC is the first, and only, degree program of its kind, anywhere. He has worked extensively with UAF Film program to develop a course articulation agreement for students transitioning from his adventure filmmaking concentration into undergraduate degree in Film Studies. He has also developed courses with Outside Magazine’s Outside Adventure Film School, and 3-time Emmy winning director, Michael Brown, of Serac Adventure Films. Michael Brown and Dr. Palmer led a 10 day adventure filmmaking field course during the spring of 2014. Dr. Palmer is leading the next adventure filmmaking field course (ODS 293) in September of 2014 with Sky Rondenet Media of Lake Tahoe, in Cordova, Alaska. Showcasing his work in, and around, Valdez, Alaska; Dr. Palmer utilizes adventure filmmaking as lead faculty of Outdoor Studies to craft student learning experiences that are laser-targeted toward career employment while engaging students within a robust experiential, liberal arts education.
The Balto Film Festival is now welcoming Red Bull as sponsor of our opening night. The festival opens with our own, Professor DB Palmer, speaking on adventure filmmaking and Expeditionary Film School of Alaska.
“Filmmakers from around the state will be descending on Seward the last weekend in July to participate in the Balto Film Fest.
Those looking for adventure will find it on Friday, July 25th, first at the Seward Community Library and Museum at 6:00 p.m. with a free public Adventure Filmmaking workshop. Attendees will get a taste of the University of Alaska’s week-long intensive Adventure Film Research course (FLM 298) course taught by Professor D.B. Palmer.
I am thrilled to be able to spend time with my peers and friends in the Alaskan film industry, and honored to be able to present the opening workshop for the festival. – DB Palmer
Here’s a link to the Seward City News article. CLICK HERE.
For more information regarding Expeditionary Film School of Alaska’s latest course offerings, click here!
One of our students in the previous semester’s Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar completed the film, “Get Out”, in just 10 days of filming, adventures, and editing. Fantastic work, Adam!
Our next field-based course is ODS 293, Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar, taking place in CORDOVA ALASKA over six (6) days, including the Alaska State Ferry, backpacking, camping, and access to the University of Alaska / Prince William Sound College Digital Video Editing Studio in Valdez, Alaska. The course features Michael Brown and DB Palmer as co-leaders and faculty. Our last trek was full, and we expect this trek to fill very quickly. Keep watching the website for more info or email email@example.com to get on the list!
ODS 293 ST: Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar- Alaskan Backcountry Horse-Packing (3)- Bb/Web with field dates (6/16-26), and class dates at the end (6/27-30)- course fee $1255. This is an EPIC TREK-BASED course!
ODS 298 Film Research (3) June 7-14, 8am-8pm, course fee $75- Instructor permission or prereq.- Local Course!
ODS 153 Beginning Sea Kayaking (1)- August 13 & 14 6-8pm, and field dates of Aug 15-17, additional course fee $200
ODS 167 Intro to the Study of Adventure Film (3)- Totally Online.