Outdoor Recreation and Guiding Coordinator
Calling all adventurers interested in studying Outdoor Recreation and Guiding! Box Hill Institute has a new Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation course and our new Outdoor Recreation and Guiding Coordinator, Andrew Watts, is the driving force behind the program.
People, places and passion are what inspire Andrew to share his experiences and knowledge about the great outdoors. He said, “Growing up in the outdoors influenced my desire to spend as much time as possible out there. I get a real buzz teaching people to live simply, push their comfort zones, go on an adventure and learn technical skills.”
Andrew previously taught at Holmesglen Institute and Xavier College, before which he worked as General Manager of Bindaree Outdoor Education. Ticking once in a lifetime experiences off his bucket list, Andrew has worked as a Ski Instructor and Mountain Guide in Japan and Austria, and he is keen to explore North America in its entirety.
Andrew’s best experience was in 2007 when he worked on a Youth at Risk program called Breaking the Cycle. The program was a six week intense indoor and outdoor traineeship that targeted disadvantaged youth with drug, alcohol and criminal offenses and challenged them to change their life. Andrew said, “The celebration and graduation of these students in this program was a very satisfying experience. To know that I had a major influence creates a sense of pride and admiration.”
At Box Hill Institute, Andrew aims to provide a supportive environment where students can be passionate about their studies and informed of available career opportunities worldwide. Andrew said, “Skills learned in this field are transferable to many vocations. Come to us with a knowledge of the outdoors, some camping experience and a desire to learn.”
Andrew is an active member of Outdoors Victoria, Australian Professional Snowsports Instructors and the International Ski Instructors Association.