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

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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Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor

As an Outdoor Instructor, you will deliver a range of fun, memorable and tailored adventurous activities, experiences and adventure holidays aimed at families, individuals and groups. Such as snowmobile tours, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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FEATURED ADVENTURE JOBS

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Working as a PGL Activity Instructor is a unique working experience. We provide a fun, supportive environment that allows both our guests and our staff to have a great time and develop. Contract starting in September 2021, with the option to re-join us in 2022!
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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

Your primary role will be to lead a group on our rock climbing walls, Go Karts and Laser Tag with safety being the primary concern. We would like you to be a positive, outgoing enthusiast with a drive in helping children conquer our rock climbing walls!
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Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor

As an Outdoor Instructor, you will deliver a range of fun, memorable and tailored adventurous activities, experiences and adventure holidays aimed at families, individuals and groups. Such as snowmobile tours, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Sailing Instructor

Sailing Instructor

RHS is looking to appoint a capable and enthusiastic Sailing Instructor to a full-time post in the Sailing Department with effect from September 2021.
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Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY IN SWITZERLAND STARTING 08 SEPTEMBER! Dynamic staff required to help supervise Multi-Activity programmes in Switzerland for English speaking international schools. (Short term contract 1-3 weeks)
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Survival Course Leader

Survival Course Leader

The Survival Leader is responsible for overseeing the effective running of the Ultimate Survival course, acting as a key contact for the children on camp, and managing a team of instructors. If you have experience working in the outdoors in a senior or managerial role, this is the role for you!
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Multi-role Summer job in the alps

Multi-role Summer job in the alps

Spend this June, July & August working in the French Alps! Peak Adventures (Ski Peak in the winter) are the specialist holiday operator in Vaujany, operating self catered chalets. We are a small family run company currently looking to hire a couple with European passports for the summer
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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

As an activity instructor you will be delivering activities such as abseiling, climbing, high ropes, zip wire, archery and team build exercises to young people who come to visit us.
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Sea.Change Foundation

Sea.Change Foundation

The Sea.Change Foundation is a fun-filled and inspirational programme that provides 14-18 year olds with the opportunity to learn about training and careers opportunities in the maritime industry. The programme runs over 5 days during the school holidays.
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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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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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Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor

Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches,lakes and rivers at your doorstep.
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Catering Assistant

Catering Assistant

PGL are currently recruiting new staff to join the team as Catering Assistants in 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from friendly, knowledgeable catering professionals in a fun working environment.
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Multi-Activity Instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches,lakes and rivers at your doorstep.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice

Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice

In September 2021, PGL is launching a fantastic new Apprenticeship for Outdoor Activity Instructors. The PGL Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship delivers a comprehensive training structure and first class on-the-job training.
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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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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy

This Watersports Academy course is aimed at students aged 18-25 who want to train and work in the UK. For maximum employability, you will qualify in teaching dinghy sailing, paddleboard, Paddlesport and windsurfing – making you very desirable within the watersports industry.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 2021!
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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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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."