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 Activity Instructor – Torquay
Adventure Provider: PGL
If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor at our Barton Hall centre in Torquay, Devon.
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 Instructor Training Course
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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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.
Mountain Biking is a hugely popular sport and the level of interest has not showed any signs of slowing since the initial boom in the early 1990s. With so many people getting involved, it is hardly surprising to find instructor opportunities available for those people wishing to get involved beyond the purely personal level. So how do you get the right qualifications that will allow you to teach other people? And should you go the MIAS route or the MBLA route? We look at everything you need to consider, and speak to some industry insiders for a low-down on each qualification.
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.
With all the options available for the many different types of water based sports, we could probably give it a website all of its own. The guide serves as a basic introduction to the activities you can pursue on water, including sailing, windsurfing and surfing. The skills and qualifications, especially those you can pick up quite early in your career, are also useful to non-water based activity centres. Even far from the coast you will find most activity centres offer some form of watersport. But once you have the Dinghy Instructor qualification, will you be able to stop yourself wanting to become a Yatchmaster?
With unemployment at a dizzying high and the real pressure on school and college leavers, and graduates, beginning a career in outdoor education is often a great way to avoid the dole queue. The government want to get young people into training, and activity and adventure centres need young people to help teach their visitors. This perfect match is often supported by apprenticeship schemes which act as a fantastic stepping stone towards a career in the industry.