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CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR JOBS & SKILLS COURSES

orange square If you are after a jobs that requires you to teach people how to climb, either indoors on a purpose built climbing wall, or outside on crags, or if you want to lead groups of walkers, especially in a mountain environment, you need to get qualified with one or more of the main British Mountaineering Council qualifications.


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Zip Wire Operator


Zip Wire Operator
Company: The City Zip Company - Zip World London
We are recruiting several Zip Line Operators to join the onsite team. We need people that are enthusiastic, high energy, team players with a passion for extreme sports, to help deliver our flyers a flight of a lifetime. Full training will be given so you don't need any previous experience.

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Climb Guides


Climb Guides
Company: Wire & Sky
We are looking for dynamic, confident outdoor enthusiasts to work at our exciting aerial visitor experience at The O2 Arena in London.




Outdoor and Environmental Tutor / Instructor

Outdoor and Environmental Tutor / Instructor

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses for primary aged pupils. Our aim to give pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting land based activities.
Outdoor and Environmental Tutor / Instructor

Adventure Training Instructor – UAE

Adventure Training Instructor – UAE

To instruct, administrate and coordinate the delivery of Leadership, Team building and Adventure Training and take responsibility for the continuous personal development of students. To deliver the curriculum in a student-centred manner and in accordance with the curriculum strategy.
Adventure Training Instructor – UAE

Freelance Instructor

Freelance Instructor

BF Adventure are looking for freelance instructors to come and work with us. We offer a wide range of activities and we are looking for professional freelance instructors who can join us to deliver exceptional training courses. Send us your details over so we can get in touch.
Freelance Instructor

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Seasonal positions available from April to September 2017!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
Activity Instructor


Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

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
Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

Outdoor Instructor Training Course

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



Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Want to further your career in the Outdoor Industry? We are recruiting Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the France and Italy.
Senior Instructor

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

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
Adventure Guide Leadership Program


Adventure Activity Instructors

Adventure Activity Instructors

Do you want to be an Activity Instructor in one of the most stunning parts of the UK? Our activity centre is based at Symonds Yat in the heart of the Wye Valley.
Adventure Activity Instructors

Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Working in an enjoyable, busy atmosphere you will be required to deliver high quality activity programmes to a diverse range of groups including; schools, youth groups (including Prince’s Trust and NCS), corporate groups and individuals with additional support needs.
Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2017 and beyond. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have previous experience in working with a range of clients, including school groups.
Multi Activity Instructor

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

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




Volunteer Trainee Instructor

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.



River Leader

River Leader

Want to further your career in Paddlesports? Acorn Adventure are recruiting River Leaders who will be responsible for the delivery of various activity sessions to guests at our centre in Savane in Southern France. We are also launching a 5 Star Open Canoe Training & Assessment Scheme for experience
River Leader

Activity Manager

Activity Manager

The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.
Activity Manager

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Let's start with indoors on the climbing wall. It doesn't matter whether the wall is twenty feet high with a couple of routes, or whether it is a monster like the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, you need the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) or the older Single Pitch Award (SPA) as a minimum. Once you hold one of these you can take the Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) which builds on your existing knowledge and allows you to teach lead climbing skills.

To qualify for the basic awards you will need to demonstrate knowledge of climbing venues and rope management. You will also need to show you can manage groups, teach climbing skills and undertake emergency procedures. The course itself usually lasts a couple of days and you will learn a great deal from it. You should also make sure your first aid certificate is up to date, as you will need this as part of the course assessment.

Hill and Mountain Walking Awards

You may also be interested in the Walking Group Leader Award (WGL) which allows you to take groups of walkers in terrain that is upland, fells and moors. The North York Moors would be a good example. Slightly more challenging is the Mountain Leader Award (ML) and the Winter Mountain Leader Award (MLW) which is also designed for those leading hill walking groups, though in tougher mountain terrain, without ropes. And a step further would be the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and the Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC). These two allow you to lead groups in more challenging conditions and environments. They will broaden your experience and improve your job prospects if you are aiming to teach at a level beyond basic climbing.

So once you are qualified to teach, what can you expect from a climbing instructor job? The main job requirements are going to mirror the information you learnt during the Single Pitch Award, namely being able to provide direct instruction to groups on various aspects of climbing. You'll be responsible for the health and safety of the people you are teaching. There will probably also be some paperwork involved.

How much does a climbing instructor earn?

Teaching climbing, you can expect to earn anywhere up to £300 per week for basic instruction. Once fully qualified, you can earn up to £12 per hour. If you are working at an activity centre, do take into account that your accommodation and food may be subsidised, so although the wage may be lower, so are your outgoings.

What does a climbing instructor do?

We spoke to Adam about his experiences as a Climbing Instructor in West Wales.
"I have been mad keen on climbing for years now. I went on an activity holiday in the Peak District as a kid and being allowed to climb all over these rocks without my Mum shouting at me to get down was fantastic. It all grew from there really. I found a local climbing wall and went there a lot to improve my skills. The staff there were really helpful and when I asked them about how to get more involved, they said I should do the single pitch award or the climbing wall award."

"I took that and started applying for jobs. There weren’t loads of jobs available so I did some more courses at college and I think it was that that helped me get my first job. I was an assistant climbing instructor with an outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake District. I imagined myself somewhere like Wales or Scotland to be honest I thought the Lake District would be a bit flat. I was wrong. There is some of the best climbing in the country. It was ace being able to climb in my free time, and climb while I was at work too. Teaching groups of kids from the city who had probably never seen a mountain before is so rewarding. Making sure they are aware of all the safety procedures and how dangerous it can be, then getting them out on the rock. Teaching people to climb is the best job in the world!"

"Recently I moved to a new company in Wales and I have started to take my mountain leader award so that I can take groups out away from the purpose built wall at the centre."

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Instructor characteristics

Instructor characteristics

If you want to work outdoors as an activity instructor you need to know the qualities that employers are looking for, and therefore, whether you are going to be suitable for the role. Instructing introduces you to lots of new people, often on a daily basis. You are required to quickly gel so that you can help them get the most from the new skills and experiences that they are there to take part in. That means you need to be a certain kind of person. In this article we look at the characteristics that separate good instructors from the rest, and discuss why these character traits are so important for the role.

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Mountain Instructor awards

Mountain Instructor awards

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.

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Watersports RYA Scheme

Watersports RYA Scheme

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?

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

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.

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