Mr Peter

Mr Peter Holmes


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Outdoor and Env. Education

Ironbark Centre, Bendigo


Masters of Education, Grad Dip. in Adolescent Health & Welfare, Diploma in Outdoor Recreation, Cert. IV in Workplace Training & Assessment



Membership of professional associations

Australian Climbing Instructors Assoc., Aust. Professional Snowsports Instructor Inc., and Australian Canoeing Inc.

Area of study

Outdoor education

Brief profile

Pete brings to La Trobe many years of experience in outdoor leadership and education.  His work in the field includes seven years in a therapeutic role in wilderness programmes for youth at risk and ten years working with the Outdoor Education Group and Swinburne TAFE.  He is one of only a handful of top level trainers and assessors for the Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (Nordic Level 4).  He is also a Trainer and Assessor for the Australian Climbing Instructors Association and Australian Canoeing.  He has an in-depth experience of how the broader outdoor industry works and strong industry abnd vocational connections.

His academic achievements include curriculuim development for the Vocational Graduate Diploma in Outdoor Leadership for Swinburne University as a part of his Masters of Education, and is enrolled at La Trobe in a Doctorate of Education.

With over two decades of professional practice in the field, Pete's teaching teaching continues to be informed by his passion for rock, river and alpine environments.




Teaching units

OED1AFE Field Experience A

OED2R Rock Environments

OED2OLA Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments

OED3TR Teaching in Rock Environments

OED3OPA Kosciuzsko Ski Practical Extension

OED3OPB Advanced Rock Guiding 

Recent publications

  Holmes. P. (2015). Vocational training and higher education; using outdoor education as a lens. In M. Robertson, G. Heath, & R. Laurence (Eds). Experiencing the outdoors: Enhancing strategies for wellbeing (pp. 207-221). London: Sense Publishers.

Brooks, A., & Holmes, P. (2014). Supervision of school and youth groups on lift services ski slopes: A research perspective. Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 17(2), 30-42.


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Older publications

Holmes, P. (1998) Kids on Top II: A cross country skiing expedition with young people who are at risk of or use drugs.Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, 2(3), 11-15.

Holmes, P. (2000).  Field Repairs of Ski Equipment. In Reynolds, V., Chapman, M., Lingard, R., Manders, S. & Trenchard-Smith,J. (Eds.), Bushwalking & Ski Touring Leadership (3rd ed.), (pp204-206).   Melbourne: Bushwalking & Mountaincraft Training Advisory Board Inc.


Research projects

Currently looking at educational learning theories and applying these to the teaching and learning of cross country skiing.