ASI develops leaders and professionals in adventure sports and recreation industries who have a strong sense of environmental stewardship and community service.


Officially founded in May, 1992, the Adventuresports Institute® (ASI), a wholly owned operation of Garrett College, is the result of efforts that extend back to the mid-1980’s as Western Maryland’s Allegany and Garrett counties hosted the 1989 Whitewater World Championships and as Garrett College, as a community service, undertook the organization of the 1992 US Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Team Olympic Trials, both held on the nearby Savage River.  During those days it was realized by various public and private sector enterprises, that this area’s natural gifts of a distinctive four-season climate and a diverse geology were especially supportive of adventure recreation activities.  In response to meeting the needs of a local, regional, national, and international clientele, ASI was initiated.

Programs & Services

The Adventuresports Institute (ASI) undertakes a number of efforts, all in support of its mission. These efforts include:

  • Maryland Higher Education Awards
    • Associates in Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Adventure Sports Management
      • A 2-year college degree, articulated for transfer to other colleges and universities.
    • Certificate in Adventure Sports Management
      • A 1-year certificate specializing in the Adventure Sports courses.
      • A grouping of a particular track of field courses, e.g., taking all of the ASI Rock Climbing courses.
  • The Adventure Equipment Center (AEC) that houses all of the equipment used in the conduct of ASI field activities.
  • The Transition Age Youth Empowered (TAY) program, funded by the Maryland Behavioral Health Department, to provide area at-risk youth with opportunities to change their world through mentored adventure sports outings.
  • The Adventuresports Institute Competition Team (ASICT) that provides funding in support of Garrett College students who want to participate in adventure sport related competition.
  • The Adventure Sports Education Guide Service provides private guided services for groups and individuals including afterschool programming, summer adventure sports camps and guided adventure activities.

Articulation Agreements

The Adventuresports Institute holds articulation agreements with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Frostburg State University.  These agreements make it easier to transfer credits to and from these organizations to continue your education without having to retake classes you have already completed.

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