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The Outdoors is your Office!

September 2, 2009

Ever imagined your office in some snow-clad Himalayan mountain? Not really, right? This can be a reality for those who just love to live their life on the edge! Activities like mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, etc. can keep their adrenaline flowing.

Adventure sports are becoming quite a rage amongst youth today. Some pursue it as a hobby and some consider it as a lucrative career option. The tourism industry in India has flourished significantly in the past couple of years and a number of opportunities have opened up for youngsters seeking to make a career in adventure sports.

To begin with, you should be physically fit to opt for a career in any adventure sport. Then you can enroll yourself in an institute which conducts these courses. One of the best known institutes is The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, which has been imparting training in various disciplines of adventure sports since 1961. It is a government-run institute that provides courses in various disciplines of mountaineering, skiing, and water sports. It provides training in rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, trekking, camping, map reading, skiing, swimming etc. Other institutes offering similar courses are Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling; Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi; and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, Batote, J&K.

After finishing with this course, you can start a career as a guide with a travel agency. You can also find a job as a liaison officer with travel and tourism agencies. Other job options include working with various agencies like sports centers, athletic clubs, sports clubs, holiday resorts, excursion agencies, etc. Those who have enough experience in this field can also set up an Adventure Sports Center of their own where they can offer services and impart training in their area of specialization.

If you are bored of your regular nine to six job and have an immense love for the outdoors, then getting a diploma in mountaineering is the just right prospect to coalesce business with pleasure!

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