Subject: Practical Studies V - Exploration of Sports of Nature and Adaptation to the Envi

Scientific Area:

Sport Sciences


48 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

0 - With the development of this curricular unit, it is intended that the student be able to:
1 - Identify and characterise the Nature Exploration and Adaptation to the Environment Activities(NEAEA), and its setting in the context of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM).
2 - Understand and identify transversal factors underlying the design and dynamization of Nature Exploration and Adaptation to the Environment Activities (NEAEA).
3 - Know, execute and master the main techniques, methodologies and safety procedures, inherent to the various nature exploration activities with potential in the RAM.
4 - Design, dynamize and manage an NEAEA in a real context: risk management, environmental education, and careful planning
5 - Cooperate with colleagues in the development of work, manifesting a discourse based on valid and scientific aspects, a sense of responsibility and dominating and implementing the contents addressed in the curricular unit


1 - Nature Exploration Activities and the Environment Adaptation
1.1 - Fundamentals
1.2 - Philosophy
1.3 - Legislation
2 - Risk and Exploration Activities of Nature and the Environment Adaptation
2.1 - Concept of risk, danger, accidents and incidents
2.2 - Role of passive and active safety
2.3 - Approach to the inherent risk and acceptable risk
2.4 - Risk management plan conception, identification, evaluation, control and adjust the risk
2.5 - Emergency Plan
3 - Introduction to Leadership in Activities of outdoor
3.1 - concept
3.2 - functions
3.3 - effective leadership
3.4 - Steps in the formation of a leader
4 - Activities in nature and environmental ethics
5 - Planning the activities of outdoor
5.1 - Pre-activity phase
5.2 - During activity
5.3 - Post-activity phase
6 - Approach activities with potential in Madeira
6.1 - Snorkelling
6.2 - Levadas
6.3 - Orienteering
6.4 - Trail
6.5 - Canoeing
6.6 - Bodyboard
7 - Planning and promotion activities of outdoor


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Kosseff, A. , 2003 , AMC Guide to outdoor leadership. , Boston: Appalachian Mountain Club Books.
Priest, S., & Gass, M.A. , 2005 , Effective Leadership In Adventure Programming (2nd ed.) , Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The syllabus will be addressed through theoretical, theoretical-practical and practical laboratory sessions. The classes presented a largely expository character, using audio-visual equipment and supported by documentation in digital and paper. In practical and laboratory classes the syllabus will be addressed through practical situations that enhance the technical field of activities addressed, and the principles underlying the preparation and promotion of an activity in nature. The assessment in this course based on the following field and parameters: one test; two work group (20% each); an individual critical reflection report (20%); Continuous assessment (20%) based on the following criteria: attendance, participation and written assignments. It is required the attend in a minimum of 75% of total of sessions