A great way to get your outdoor adventure career started is to take a fast track activity instructor course. Often run by activity or specialist outdoor training centres, these courses are run to national standards and equip you with a range of NGB awards that will make your CV stand out from the crowd, and enable you to begin teaching and earning in your chosen field of outdoor adventure. Click on the courses below to read more about each activity instructor course and to fill in a quick form for further details.
Outdoor Instructor Training Course
Adventure Provider: Manor House Activity Centre
If you are seeking to venture into the exciting world of outdoor education and are looking for a partner to help, coach, develop your skills thus enabling you to begin your new career with the best possible advice, training and support, look no further than The Manor House Activity Centre. We
Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course
Adventure Provider: Bear Grylls Survival Academy
Aside from the opportunity to work alongside Bear’s skilled team as the Academy grows on an international scale, passing the course provides an accredited, professional qualification that equips participants with the necessary skills for leadership & teaching adventurous training at various events
Outdoor Activity Instructor
We are looking for energetic, outgoing young people that are willing to learn and be part of a friendly team. Our activity instructors are at the heart of what we do you'll be delivering a wide range of adventure activities that are safe, challenging and fun. You’ll also need a commitment to excel
Adventure Guide Leadership Program
The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect GAP year option - offering qualifications and adventure all in one - perfect for people who haven’t quite decided what is the next step in life after high school or colle
Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course
The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership
An apprenticeship with Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is an amazing opportunity. We work with 1st2Achieve to deliver a fantastic NVQ level 2 in outdoor activity leadership. At the end of our apprenticeship you will have real hands on experience enabling you to begin a career in the outdoors
Volunteer Trainee Instructor
Voluntary Trainee Instructor positions for 1 or 2 years available to committed Christians. Be one of the CMC team working alongside highly qualified instructors who will help you reach your full potential as an outdoor practitioner. You may gain ML, SPA, FIST AID, RYA quals., BCU quals. etc.
Trainee Activity Instructor
FREE instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then qualify those on the scheme in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. must be 18-24 yrs old.
3 Month Fast Track Instructor Course
Dave's Winter Program - A Fast Track Outdoor Instructor Training Course designed to help you gain the most useful NGB qualifications ready to start work as a qualified outdoor instructors. If you're serious about being an outdoor professional we will help you get there. 100% success rate.
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Colleges and universities offer a range of outdoor education courses and this is certainly one route into an outdoor adventure career (find out more in our theory vs practice article). The instructor training courses featured above, especially the longer duration courses, could be considered an alternative route to college or university.
Activity Instructor Courses can last anywhere from a short 4 weeks, which is often much more intensive, to as much as six months. Obviously the cost of each course will vary, as will the amount of ground you can cover and therefore the number of national governing body awards you can collect along the way. The longer duration courses are likely to involve more in the way of practical teaching experience, whereas the shorter courses are likely to be almost exclusively focused on gaining the required skills. Make sure you check the course start dates, or use the short form to ask about dates if non are provided.
Choose a course that fits your budget, the time you have available, but above all, check what types of qualification you will gain upon graduation, and how that fits into your long term goals. If, for example, you enjoy kayaking and wish to improve your qualifications, but also want to gain climbing and navigation experience, make sure you ask the course provider to see how much scope their course has. You may find they are willing to help you specialise in certain areas.
How much should an activity course cost? Fast track outdoor adventure courses can often reach the £5,000 mark, which is a significant amount of money, until you consider how much you get back from the experience. Professional tuition and careers advice from leading experts in the field is combined with plenty of hands on teaching experience, and lots of certificates from the relevant governing bodies. Suddenly, the cost of your course becomes a sound investment for anyone serious about a career in outdoor adventure.
To get an idea of the full route from beginner climber through to professional mountaineer, take a look at our career guide to climbing, further down this page. This post is all about the Mountain Leader awards which come in two flavours - Summer and Winter. They follow on from Walking Group Leader and set you up on the start of a career leading small groups in mountainous terrain.
Following on from our Mountain Leader page we now take a look at the even more serious Mountain Instructor scheme, overseen by Mountain Leader Training UK. The leader awards are great qualifications to have on your CV and very useful when it comes to introducing groups to our upland areas, but for serious climbers and budding mountaineers the MIA and MIC scheme is the next target on the horizon.
The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is well known to most people, but how many know about the expedition element of the award which requires small groups to make their way, unaided, across wild terrain, for up to four days and three nights of wild camping? To make sure each group successfully completes their expedition, we enter the secret world of the assessors - the people who shadow the candidates, often unseen, as they trek through the wilderness. Read our interview with Georgina and find out how you too can add expedition assessor to your outdoor instructor profile.
You probably went on a residential activity holiday when you were at school; most children do. Getting a job as one of those idolised instructors is actually easier than you may think. Hundreds of thousands of school kids every year means lots of centres and each one requires plenty of instructors. For young people, the wages are pretty good considering the alternatives, and when you factor in the training, experience and qualifications you can achieve in a single season... So how do you get involved? We discuss the different options for starting out, and offer some valuable inside tips on passing a selection weekend.