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Survival and Outdoor Training

Create your own “Man vs. Wild”-type business as a survival and outdoor trainer.

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Survival and Outdoor Training
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

What would you do if you were trapped on a mountainside, in subzero weather, with a blizzard approaching? This may not seem like a very likely scenario for many of us, but if you are one of the many millions of outdoor enthusiasts across the country engaged in any number of outdoor adventure activities like skiing, snowmobiling, paragliding, hiking, ice-climbing, or whitewater kayaking, this scenario, or one with similar dire consequences, could happen.

Operating a survival and outdoor training service is perfectly suited to people with a taste for adventure, but with a steadfast safety-first attitude. People with search-and-rescue, military, or fire training are good candidates for the job, but so are people who are willing to get the training needed so they can train others to play safe while enjoying their adventurous pursuits.

You can contact the resources below to learn about becoming a certified instructor. You might also consider specializing in one or more types of survival training, such as avalanche rescue, mountain rescue, swift-water rescue, cold-weather or desert survival, wilderness first aid, or map, compass, and GPS training.

The Market

Outdoor, extreme sports and adventure enthusiasts.

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River Rafting

This new business idea may be waiting just around the river bend.

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River Rafting
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

White-water river rafting is a low-cost, mini adventure trip that almost anyone can participate in. White-water rafting excursions can be advertised to the general public as well as schools, corporations, and clubs to gain customers.

There is no marketing magic here. This is a good business and a fun adventure that does not require a lot of arm twisting to get people excited about paying you to go rafting. With that being said, you will still want to separate yourself from any competition and seek your niche in the marketplace.

Needed Equipment

You and your employees that will be operating either the paddle-style rafts or motorized-style rafts will be required to get a license, which is commonly referred to as a river guide certificate.

Likewise, all employees will need certification in first aid and river rescue techniques. You will also be required to carry a substantial amount of liability insurance. All of these certification courses are widely offered by outdoor instruction and certification companies.
Additional information about these companies can usually be obtained from local police and fire departments. In terms of equipment, there are generally two types of river rafts used in this business venture. The first is a motorized inflatable raft, and the second is, an inflatable paddle raft. All boats and passengers have to be equipped with safety gear such as life vests and helmets.

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Pedal Boat Rentals

Pedal your way to success with this company.

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Pedal Boat Rentals
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A fleet of ten pedal boats can generate as much as $30,000 in rental revenue in a single three-month season. Considering the business can be operated by one person and is relatively inexpensive to launch, that is an excellent return on investment. To establish a pedal boat rental business you will need a waterfront location to operate from.

The location can be independent or in partnership with an existing business such as a marina. The business can be supported by walk-in traffic as well as two-for-one coupons that can be issued for use on slower mid-week periods. Extra income can be acquired by adding a small catering cart that sells soft drinks and popcorn. This business venture may not make you wealthy, but it can generate a good income and definitely will be a relaxing work environment.

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Rowboat Rentals

Row, row, row your biz gently down the cash flow stream.

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Rowboat Rentals
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a great little business that can be started for peanuts and operated on weekends and holidays on a part-time basis. Secondhand good quality rowboats can be purchased for as little as $500 each, yet the same rowboats can be rented for as much as $10 per hour to fishermen and sightseers.

With that kind of return on investment, it will not take long to get back your initial start-up costs and reap a healthy profit. Obviously the business has one main requirement in order to be operated: water. If the business is established within close proximity to a river or lake, the boats can be rented from a marina location, beach, or even right from a riverbank. A rowboat rental business also requires that you carry liability insurance and the boats are outfitted with safety equipment such as life vests, paddles, and a whistle.

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