ACTIVITY INSTRUCTOR JOBS

Activity instructor jobs (sometimes referred to as multi activity instructors), are usually based at a purpose built centre, designed to provide a range of adventure activities to school groups, youth groups such as scouts and guides, businesses through team building events, families and even stag and hen parties. As an instructor you may specialise in just a couple of activities, or you may be required to lead numerous activities. You will usually reside on site, or nearby as the hours of work can be long, and usually involve weekends.


POPULAR ACTIVITY INSTRUCTOR JOBS

Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors and DOFE Expedition Instructors and Assessors

Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors and DOFE Expedition Instructors and Assessors

Peak Activity Services are on the lookout for Qualified and Experienced Outdoor Instructors who can support us on a freelance basis at our 3 watersports centres in Sale (Manchester) Underbank (Sheffield) and Astbury (Congleton) for our next season which is from April until October 2020 and onwards.
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Windsurfing Instructor

Windsurfing Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach will be leading Windsurfing sessions but you will also get the opportunity to assist and deliver Sailing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding; as well as helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager programme.
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FEATURED ADVENTURE JOBS

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix

We are looking for dynamic kitchen/chalet staff to join our team in Chamonix for the Summer season. Our Summer program runs from mid-May until the end of September. We are looking for staff with industry experience who love the mountains.
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Water Sports Instructor

Water Sports Instructor

Looking for a multi-qualified water sports instructor to help us deliver our junior and adult courses and assist with our regular club sessions. Seasonal position with the potential for season extentsions and permanent positions for suitable candidates. Come and work at our fun and friendly centre.
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Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK

UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Instructor Development Programme

Instructor Development Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world.
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Adventure Instructor

Adventure Instructor

Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives.
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Senior Activity Instructor

Senior Activity Instructor

We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior activity instructor who is passionate about people and the outdoors. You will help motivate and develop a small team of instructors, trainees and volunteers, ensuring industry best practice and excellence in delivering outdoor development programmes.
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Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
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Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
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The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)

The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)

The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for the outdoors and are dreaming of a maritime career.
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Seasonal Outdoor Activities Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Activities Instructor

As a seasonal activity instructor, you will be assisting and leading coasteering and/or kayaking sessions depending on qualifications. You will be responsible for keeping kit tidy and maintained in a safe and effective manner. You may also be tasked to assist on a number of other roles as required.
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Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor

Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor

The Lambourne End Centre are looking for an Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor to plan, prepare and deliver engaging outdoor learning programmes, using adventurous activities to meet the needs of the groups and individuals on each programme.
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22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme
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22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

You will be spending your summer months working at a fantastic summer camp in the USA! Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. We look to support enthusiastic individuals who are eager for a challenge!
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Activities Manager

Activities Manager

Manor Adventure are an industry leading residential outdoor activity provider. We have been able to become an Employer of Choice through our focus on the quality of the educational sessions we offer, as well as our commitment to the training and development of our staff.
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Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
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Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)

Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)

Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for watersports and outdoor education.
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Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach, your activity sessions will be dependent on your qualifications, but you'll have the opportunity to get involved in all the activities we offer.
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16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme
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16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructors

Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructors

Peak Activity Services are looking for fully Qualified and Experienced Outdoor Activity Instructors to join our busy Watersports and High Rope Centres located in Sheffield, Manchester and Staffordshire.
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Water Sports Instructors

Water Sports Instructors

Working at UKSA provides opportunities for you to be part of a maritime community offering you the chance to develop your skills and progress your coaching techniques.
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5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training
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5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors and DOFE Expedition Instructors and Assessors

Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors and DOFE Expedition Instructors and Assessors

Peak Activity Services are on the lookout for Qualified and Experienced Outdoor Instructors who can support us on a freelance basis at our 3 watersports centres in Sale (Manchester) Underbank (Sheffield) and Astbury (Congleton) for our next season which is from April until October 2020 and onwards.
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10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training
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10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Donegal Adventure Centre is all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way's great outdoors. As an Instructor you will coach and supervise our guests in a manner that allows them to have great fun whilst feeling safe and secure.
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Multi-Activity Instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

Teaching a wide range of water and land based activities to all ages from 7yr olds up to adult. Mainly to school groups during term time and scouts/guides/youth groups in holidays, evenings and weekends. During the summer we run week long skills courses.
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Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

We are looking for seasonal outdoor instructors with a minimum of 1 years experience working in a centre, current first aid and at least 1 ngb. The centre is located in the centre of Pembrokeshire close to the UK's only coastal national park where we make full use of this stunning coastline.
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Warriors Academy Multi-Activity Instructor Training

Warriors Academy Multi-Activity Instructor Training

This is a two-year Program starting within the Warriors bridging year program with more focus in the second year on instructor development.
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Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Adventure's Fast-Track Instructor Training course is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the Outdoor Industry. You will gain 17 Instructor Awards and Qualifications in 16 weeks, with training, assessments, food and accommodation included leaving you prepared and excited about your new career
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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

We are looking for enthusiastic Outdoor activity instructors who are passionate about the outdoors, you will be a skilled facilitator, able to adapt your style to a variety of customers and be completely committed to using the outdoors to develop, re-focus and inspire people.
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Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
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Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
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Activities Instructor

Activities Instructor

We're looking for both part-time and full-time activity instructors, starting in March/April until October 2020. You’ll work alongside our senior staff, apprentices and office team to deliver fantastic activities to our customers. We're based in Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest National Par
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Seasonal Multi Activity Instructor

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructor

Activity Instructors wanted to join the team at Broadstone Warren for the Summer 2020. These roles includes involvement in the day-to-day operations of the site including activity instruction, site maintenance/cleaning, training, personal development, health and safety.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Seasonal Outdoor/Watersports Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor/Watersports Instructor

Gable Events has over 20 years experience in Charity & Corporate outdoor events and are the UK leading provider of Dragon Boat Racing If you are energetic, organised, customer-focused, interested in Watersports and/or Outdoor activities and keen to learn new skills then we may have the job for yo
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
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Extreme Activities Manager

Extreme Activities Manager

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Full-time Activity Manager to join us on a permanent basis. You will be required to coordinate activities including Surf Simulator, High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampolines, Pool Inflatables and Waterwalkerz along with outdoor and indoor pool
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
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Senior Water Sports Instructor

Senior Water Sports Instructor

We are looking for a Senior Instructor to come and work at our fun and friendly lake. You will be responsible for ensuring a team of instructors deliver our programmes to a high quality whilst maintaining a safe and fun environment. Seasonal position with the opportunity for extensions.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
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Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
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Abseil Instructor

Abseil Instructor

We are recruiting abseil instructors and ground crew staff to deliver an 85 metre abseil experience from the Arcelormittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, London. This is well paid, mainly weekend work.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
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Climb Guide & Team Leader (Dare Skywalk, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)

Climb Guide & Team Leader (Dare Skywalk, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)

Full time and casual Climb Guide & Team Leader positions available at an exciting new attraction in North London - Dare Skywalk, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Operations Manager

Operations Manager

We are recruiting a highly qualified and experienced Operations Manger to join the team at the Donegal Adventure Centre, located in Bundoran Co Donegal.
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Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht?
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Lifeguards

Lifeguards

We are looking for additional members to join our team of Life Guards to work in a variety of our Indoor and Outdoor Pools. We have Full Time and Part Time positions available.
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Sail Sports Instructor

Sail Sports Instructor

We are looking for a sail sports instructor to come and work at our fun and friendly lake to help deliver our adult and junior courses and assist with our regular club sessions. This is a seasonal position with the opportunity for an extended season or permanent position for suitable candidates.
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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA’s Watersports Academy is part-funded with guaranteed employment in the UK. You will train in four disciplines and gain all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
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Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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Ultimate Survival-Course Instructor & Course Leader (Bushcraft and multi activity)

Ultimate Survival-Course Instructor & Course Leader (Bushcraft and multi activity)

Ultimate Survival Instructor will deliver outstanding, structured outdoor education activities to groups of children. You will be expected to guide groups of children aged between 7 and 14 years through week-long courses, with the emphasis being; fun, personal and wilderness education.
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Watersports Instructor - Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing Paddlesports

Watersports Instructor - Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing Paddlesports

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and committed instructor qualified in at least dinghy sailing and paddlesports. Working from May - October season Teaching RYA and BC courses and taster sessions to adults and children. Experienced or newly qualfied candidates welcome - training provi
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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
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Village Manager

Village Manager

Customer Focused, Friendly, Energetic Team Members Wanted! As the Village Manager your main responsibility is to ensure that our guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday whilst on centre, outside of activity sessions.
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Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
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Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
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Senior Instructor / Activity Manager

Senior Instructor / Activity Manager

The Senior Instructor's / Activity Manager role is to support the Resort Manager in delivering the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll be setting the bar for the resort team in professionalism, work ethic and leading activity sessions.
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The Neilson Academy, delivered by UKSA

The Neilson Academy, delivered by UKSA

UKSA is a world leader in instructing and coaching in watersports. Neilson is the leading specialists in active holidays. It’s a perfect match! This ten-week course delivered at UKSA on the Isle of Wight, is part-funded and offers guaranteed employment for 2 years with Neilson upon graduation.
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Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
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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.
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Instructor with Buzz Active

Instructor with Buzz Active

Buzz Active are recruiting for a range of staff for the 2020 season, we are looking for staff available to start from mid-March, and early April. Successful candidates will have qualifications in at least one or more of the following. RYA sailing, RYA windsurfing start or intermediate.
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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor

An Assistant Instructors role is to support our instructional team delivering watersports activities. Even if you have limited previous experience in watersports our training and support programme will help you progress far quicker than you imagined. We can also offer NGBs.
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RYA Senior Instructor

RYA Senior Instructor

This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody with their Senior DI qualification who is looking for a Senior Instructor position or an Activity Manager position.
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Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors France

We are looking for suitable candidates to become multi-activity instructors at our two French activity centres: Le Château du Broutel and Le Château de Warsy, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. No previous experience nor French language required. Vacancies available now!
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Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training

This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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Adventure Activities Instructor

Adventure Activities Instructor

Are you looking to work in a location that offers you fantastic opportunities to develop your own personal skills? Do you enjoy passing on your experience and knowledge of the great outdoors to others? Then Newlands Adventure Centre/Keswick Climbing Wall is the place you are looking for.
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Windsurfing Instructor

Windsurfing Instructor

Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach will be leading Windsurfing sessions but you will also get the opportunity to assist and deliver Sailing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding; as well as helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager programme.
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Children’s Activity Group Leaders

Children’s Activity Group Leaders

Robinwood is looking for fun and outgoing people to work as Group Leaders and deliver great courses to the thousands of primary school children who visit our centres every year. Apply now to become part of our award-winning staff team!
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Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.
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Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning are set in 36 acres of beautiful natural woodland, centrally located with easy access to the motorway network. Each visit is tailor-made for each individual group, by choosing the activities to suit their requirements
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Trainee & Experienced Instructors

Trainee & Experienced Instructors

Based at our activity centre on the North Devon coast, we are looking for Activity Instructors to lead or assist in a wide variety of activities including surfing, water-skiing, climbing and abseiling, rib rides and more.
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Multi Activity Instructors UK

Multi Activity Instructors UK

We are recruiting for instructors with and without previous experience, to work at our UK activity centres Lockerbie Manor, Abernant Lake Hotel, Norfolk Lakes and Culmington Manor, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. We now have vacancies for 2019!
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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.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2020 and beyond. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have previous experience in working with a range of clients, including school groups.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Seasonal positions available from April to September 2019!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Ultimate Activity Camps provide fun-filled, and action-packed Holiday Camps for children at fantastic locations near you during the school holidays. If you have the enthusiasm and experience to provide the best camp experiences to the children in our care, then we want to hear from you!
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Activity Instructors

Activity Instructors

If you have experience as an activity instructor and hold one or more National Governing Body coaching qualifications, we may be able to secure your next adventures!
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The qualifications required to become an activity instructor vary. Some centres require qualifications for certain positions, this is frequently the case with Local Authority run centres. They usually ask for NGB (National Governing Body) standard qualifications such as RYA Senior or Dinghy Instructor or BCU 2 Star or BCU UKCC Level 1. Depending on the centre and the skills it is looking for obviously. On the other hand, there are plenty of centres who will take instructors with no previous experience but spend a period of time training them to the required standard, almost like an apprentice scheme. This means that you get the training thrown in for free! which can be very useful when you decide to move on to other jobs in the adventure industry.

How much does an activity instructor earn?

Some companies that take on activity instructors will give you a training allowance style salary that will come in at around the minimum wage. If you already have experience or some of the sought after National Governing Body qualifications then you are probably looking at a salary between £12,000 to £16,000 on average, depending upon your experience and qualifications of course. For more senior instructor positions you may be able to earn up to £24,000.

Another factor to take into account is that many positions have live in accommdation which is often subsidised or even free. The same goes for your food, so your outgoings are much lower. With some experience you may be able to work as a freelance instructor. Working for more than one centre can increase your earning potential.

What does an activity instructor do?

orange square We spoke to Anita, an activity instructor working for an activity centre here in the UK and asked how she got the job, and to describe a typical week of work.

Anita Colbier - Multi activity instructor
"Before I started working here I didn't really have any experience, nor any relevant qualifications, so I was lucky to be invited for an interview. I had just finished my A levels and decided to take a break before starting Uni. The interview was over a full day at the centre, along with perhaps a hundred other people. We took part in some activities and did some team games. We all knew the senior staff were watching and assessing us, but it wasn't intimidating, and everyone was friendly. There was also a more formal interview which lasted about half an hour then I was offered a position for the upcoming season. Speaking to some of the other successful candidates later, a couple of them had worked for similar companies before and they said the selection process really varies from centre to centre, with some offering the position almost on CV alone, while others are even more stringent than here; involving a second interview and assessment. I think the assessment day was a great way to get a feel for the place and the people to see whether it is somewhere you are going to enjoy. After all, working and living on site, it's not like a nine to five job where you go home at the end of the day, so it is really important to be happy.

I have been here almost a full season now and have managed to pass the National Small-bore Rifles Association Award, Level One Canoe and BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award). I'd say not to let a lack of experience put you off applying. Some places do like qualified instructors and will list any awards they would like you to have in their job description. It cuts down their training costs and means you can slot into their activity centre with minimal disruption. Other centres, like this one, are happy to take people who they can train to do things their way. I like this approach as it means you get good on the job training and they are investing in you as a person. It is an incentive to stay and to work hard. I have some proper qualifications now which will look good on my CV when I come to apply for future adventure jobs.

What do I do. Basically my role as an activity instructor means I take groups of children, sometimes, adults, for activity sessions usually lasting about two hours. I show them how to use the safety equipment - hard hats, ropes, depending on the activity, before each session, then teach them how to get the most from each activity. Sometimes they have tried something before, that can be more difficult as they don't listen as well, especially children who are keen to show off to their peers. Perhaps they think they already know how to do something, where they may not have been formally taught and have picked up bad habits. But most of the time they are completely new to it and take in everything you say, like a sponge.

The best parts of the job are that every day is different. The sunny days are more fun that those when it rains and you get really muddy, but it's all good fun and you have a laugh with your fellow activity instructors. One day you are teaching a group how to canoe, then next day you are teaching another group how to climb and abseil. It is also cool to see the smiles on the kids faces when they learn something new, and to know that you were the one that gave them that new skill.

I had never really thought I would be suited to teaching, but being able to combine that with being outside in the fresh air, rather than stuck in an office is fantastic. I still plan to go to Uni but this experience will be great for my CV, and who knows, I am come back to adventure education."