Activity Instructor Jobs

orange square 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.


Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada


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 Little Canada centre on the Isle of Wight.
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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
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Sports Coaching Jobs in America

Sports Coaching Jobs in America


Coach sports to children in USA Summer Camps with Camp Leaders. The summer camp in America programme offers you the opportunity to gain over 500 hours of hands-on sports coaching, whether it's soccer, tennis, basketball or many more.
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Adventure Guide Internship - New Zealand

Adventure Guide Internship - 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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Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike program within the French Alps.
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Abseil Instructor

Abseil Instructor


We are recruiting abseil instructors to work at our 85 metre free fall abseil from the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, London. This is well paid, mainly weekend work.
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Apprentice Activity Leader

Apprentice Activity Leader


We are getting ready for a huge year of adventure, and we would love you to be part of it. If you’re passionate about working in the outdoors, inspiring young people to learn through having fun and helping them to become the best they can be.
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 Kids Club Activity Leader

Kids Club Activity Leader


Dependant on location you will report to the Activities Manager or the Childcare Manager where you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare programme 5-6 days a week, including chilled evening activities, such as movie night.
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Active Leader

Active Leader


As a passionate sports and activities enthusiast, you will ensure our guests' holidays are filled with fun and exciting activities throughout the week.
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Maintenance Person

Maintenance Person


As a Maintenance Person you will work on a rota basis to coincide with our chalets within resort but it is expected you possess a flexible attitude as this is an ‘on-call’ role.
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Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America


Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America.
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Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland


If you enjoy working with children, join our team of international staff in Switzerland for an incredibly rewarding experience in a beautiful mountain resort. You will instruct and assist in a programme of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and orienteering.
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Watersports Instructor Training

Watersports Instructor Training


UKSA’s Watersports Instructor training courses are a great way to kick-start your career. We give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor and we will train you in up to four disciplines.
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Adventure Guide Internship - Patagonia

Adventure Guide Internship - 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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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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Superjeep Driver Guide

Superjeep Driver Guide


Category D/D1 licensed drivers, responsible for the safety and enjoyment of guests while leading our winter ice cave tours.
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Adventure Manager

Adventure Manager


Lead an adventure team and strive for the best outdoor residential centre in the UK. You will be responsible for all aspects of the operation from leading the staff team, liaising with the site regarding meals and accommodation and being the main contract for teachers whilst onsite.
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Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)

Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)


FACT offer a range of outdoor adventure activities to a wide variety of groups in the context of a Christian community. We welcome schools, youth groups, individuals and more to our converted lightvessel, Trinity, moored on the Essex coast. Each day is different but every one is full of adventure.
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Adventure Guide Internship - Africa

Adventure Guide Internship - Africa


Our program isn’t your usual African jeep safari experience. We go deeper into the mountains and jungles, beyond the tourist route to small game reserves and savannahs focused on sustainability. You’ll be surfing at J-Bay & horse trekking, viewing the big-5 but also so many other amazing animals
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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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Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America


Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
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Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course


Work alongside Bear’s skilled team of adventure and survival experts and as the Academy grows on an international scale work on a wide range of outdoor survival courses. Passing the course provides accredited qualifications for teaching and assisting to teach in the outdoor sector.
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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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Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America


Work as a climbing instructor in the USA, whether it be rock climbing, low or high ropes, teaching children in traditional American summer camps with Camp Leaders
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Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months.
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Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America


Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


With a massive range of activities set in 130 acres of Essex countryside in close proximity to London, Stubbers is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors without being miles away from anywhere.
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Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor


We are looking for a watersports instructor to take a range of activities including; Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and raft building for a mixed group of adults and children at a well-known and established glamping holiday resort in Shrewsbury
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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
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Greece Accountant

Greece Accountant


Based in our office in Vassiliki on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkada, you will manage all areas of accounting for our summer operations in Greece. We run 3 beach clubs from 3 hotels in various locations around Greece. This role will suit a confident, experienced accountant.
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Dive Instructor

Dive Instructor


Guests at The Bear Grylls Adventure will learn the core mental and physical skills for adventure at Basecamp before embarking on Hero Activities such as the Dive Experience - The Dive Instructor is responsible to deliver outstanding guest dive experiences.
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Photographer

Photographer


You will be responsible for the capture, promotion and sale of high quality images of our clients. You must be organised and have the ability to meet sales targets. The majority of your day-to-day will be spent either on land or in a powerboat, capturing images of guests partaking in activities.
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Residential Care Worker in Cumbria

Residential Care Worker in Cumbria


New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.
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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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Residential care worker / outdoor activity instructor

Residential care worker / outdoor activity instructor


Do you enjoy a challenge? Could you support a young person to see their potential? Do you enjoy an active working environment where every day is different and challenging? If you answered yes, then come and work for us helping young people in a care setting on residential activity breaks.
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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 April - October season Teaching RYA and BC courses and taster sessions to adults and children. Experienced or newly qualfied candidates welcome Full training
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Activity Courier

Activity Courier


Working overseas is an amazing opportunity for anyone. You will meet lots of new friends and visit some lovely places.
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Outdoor Instructor (Permanent Contract) x 2

Outdoor Instructor (Permanent Contract) x 2


CMC Adventure is an outdoor activity centre with a 52-year heritage, situated within the Snowdonia National Park and set against the stunning backdrop of the Rhinog Mountain Range. The centre is also on the waterfront, enabling water sport activities to take place on-site.
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Assistant Instructor / Rep

Assistant Instructor / Rep


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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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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5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure

5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure


Do you love Amazing Outdoor Adventures? Always wanted to try something different? Up for a real adventure? We have an amazing 5 week adventure that might just be the best experience of your life!!
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Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors

Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors


Village Camps S.A. is looking to hire dynamic Outdoor Education Activity Counsellors to join our team in Switzerland this Autumn. Dates: 18th /26th August- 6th October.
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Multi Activity Instructor IMMEDIATE START

Multi Activity Instructor IMMEDIATE START


Due to a strong level of bookings BF Adventure is looking to recruit 1 multi activity instructor to work at its main site and satellite sites in Falmouth and around Cornwall.
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Zip Line Instructor

Zip Line Instructor


We are recruiting Zip Wire Instructors to join our London 2018 team. We need people that are enthusiastic, high energy, team players with a passion for extreme sports, to help deliver our customers the experienceof a lifetime. Full training will be given so you don't need any previous experien
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LEAD FACILITATOR: BUSHCRAFT & FOREST SCHOOL

LEAD FACILITATOR: BUSHCRAFT & FOREST SCHOOL


Founded in May 2014, The Hive is a fast growing education company focused on Outdoor Learning. We run workshops for children, families and grown-ups. The Hive is unique in the UK, bringing together outdoor learning, narrative and technology in a Forest School setting.
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Residential Care Worker in Shropshire

Residential Care Worker in Shropshire


New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor


Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.
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Youth Squad Instuctor

Youth Squad Instuctor


As a Youth Squad Instructor you will be leading and assisting RYA sessions for any children/teens on holiday with Ocean Elements. You will provide practical and theory based tuition that adheres to RYA criteria.
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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 2018 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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Chief Instructor - Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

Chief Instructor - Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre


Situated in The New Forest National Park on the beautiful South Coast, UK Youth are looking for an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic Chief Instructor.
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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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Cook - France

Cook - France


PGL's catering operations are modern enterprises set up to deliver excellence in both service and food at their activity centres. As well as providing supportive and fun environments to work, you'll get the chance to have a fantastic experience in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.
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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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Hotel Assistant

Hotel Assistant


You will provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests in our Hotels. You will assist with serving breakfast, work at the bar and serve dinner to our guests, ensuring a high level of customer service at all times. You will also carry out daily and weekly housekeeping duties.
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Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor

Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor


We're recruiting enthusiastic & positive individuals for our 2018 teams to set up and deliver our exciting and inspirational outdoor sessions. We welcome applications from those with or without experience, though a strong interest in outdoor education and working with children is essential.
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Activity Courier (French Speaking)

Activity Courier (French Speaking)


Working in France will be an amazing opportunity for anyone wishing to polish those French language skills.
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3 Month Fast Track Instructor 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.
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Chief instructor

Chief instructor


The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement
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Trainee Activity Instructor

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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Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor


The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.
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Outdoor Instructor Training Course
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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.
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Mountain Bike Guide

Mountain Bike Guide


You will ensure the overall smooth running of the bike program within resort. You will cover the bike workshop where you will maintain the fleet of 'Specialized' mountain & cross-country bikes in your resort. Guiding guests on an approved timetable basis on a range of predetermined routes.
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Ultimate Survival instructor (Bushcraft and multi activity)

Ultimate Survival instructor (Bushcraft and multi activity)


Title: Ultimate Survival Instructor Reporting to: Course Manager Salary: £297.95 - £445 per week including accommodation (Dependant on experience and qualifications). Hours: 0800 - 1800 Monday - Friday (and being on duty for one night a week during Camp Out).
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Field Studies Instructor

Field Studies Instructor


As a PGL Field Studies Instructor, you will have the opportunity to bring the natural world to life introducing our guests to concepts of learning, using the outside world as your classroom.
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Activities Supervisor

Activities Supervisor


You will assist with the overall smooth running of the activities available in resort. As an Activities Supervisor you will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors, Activities Manager and Child Care staff.
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Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor


You will be responsible for delivering the fitness programme at our Surf Hotel property in Vassiliki, Greece. The fitness programme is available to all guests and will involve multiple activities each day. Activities include: Stretch and Relax Classes, Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, Running and more.
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award County Co-ordinator

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award County Co-ordinator


Reporting to the County Manager for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), this role will be responsible for supporting the development of the DofE in Essex and implementing the strategy to work within a cost recoverable business model.
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Childcare Practitioner

Childcare Practitioner


We are actively seeking experienced and qualified nannies to come work in one of our stunning Mediterranean beach resorts. As a member of our childcare team you will ensure all children have a fun, safe and exhilarating action-packed holiday.
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Action Team Member (Paddleboard)

Action Team Member (Paddleboard)


Take your passion for paddle boarding abroad and deliver taster sessions to children of all ages.
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Senior Activity Courier

Senior Activity Courier


Take the next step in your outdoor career and lead a small team for activity staff for the season. Do all of this whilst working abroad.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay


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.
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Cycling Coordinator

Cycling Coordinator


We are actively recruiting for Cycling Coordinators to work in one of our stunning Mediterranean beach resorts. The terrain, topography and quiet roads surrounding our beach resorts offer some fantastic cycling opportunities for both mountain and road bikers alike.
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Greece Area Manager

Greece Area Manager


Are you an experienced centre manager, with a background in watersports, activities, yachting or hospitality? This Greece-based, seasonal role is responsible for the direct management of the resort-level managers and their departments, with close involvement with the Yachting and Flotilla Operation.
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Activities Manager

Activities Manager


You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.
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Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike programme - guiding and maintaining our fleet of bikes and setting the bikes up for guests to use.
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Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice Instructor


You will assist with teaching the RYA syllabus and will be responsible for providing support to instructors teaching sessions, as well as providing excellent customer service to our guests within resort.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada


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 Little Canada centre on the Isle of Wight.
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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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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
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Residential Care Worker in Wales

Residential Care Worker in Wales


New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2018!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2018!


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 in 2018.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


Get bored easily? Every day is different at Carlingford Adventure Centre. The huge variety of activities, scenery and people we work with means every day brings new experiences and challenges. Join us to be part of an instrumental team that coach and inspire people to do make the most of life!
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Activity Instructors

Activity Instructors


Calvert Trust Exmoor (CTE) has vacancies for activity instructors for the 2017 season. There will be full time and seasonal positions – for the latter there may be an option to extend.
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Bosun/Watersports Instructor

Bosun/Watersports Instructor


This is a split role whereby you will divide your working day into mornings and afternoons. One half of each day will be spent in the role of Watersports Instructor – teaching RYA group sessions, the other half of the day will be spent maintaining the wide range of watersports equipment.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)Interested in developing a career in Outdoor Adventure Activities and gaining a recognised qualification?
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Freelance Instructor

Freelance Instructor


Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors BF Adventure is looking for qualified freelance instructors to work at its busy outdoor centre located near Falmouth in Cornwall. Qualifications required will be at least one or more from the following list: SPA Assessed, BC Level 1 caoch
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Senior residential care worker / outdoor activity instructor

Senior residential care worker / outdoor activity instructor


Do you enjoy a challenge? Could you support a young person to see their potential? Do you enjoy an active working environment where every day is different and challenging? If you answered yes, then come and work for us helping young people in a care setting on residential activity breaks.
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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.
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Camp Director

Camp Director


The Camp Director is responsible for leading and supporting the team of Lead Facilitators and Instructors, as well as greeting parents and making sure that they are comfortable with all aspects of the camp.
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Customer Service Representative

Customer Service Representative


The Customer Service Manager is responsible for the successful implementation of our activity programmes. Day-to-day responsibilities include: Customer & Supplier Liaison, excursions and transport, programming and pre-arrival admin & accommodation management.
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Action Team Member (Skateboard)

Action Team Member (Skateboard)


Join our Action Team’s working in amazing locations abroad and pass on your skateboarding skills.
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Beach Senior

Beach Senior


You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.
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Trainee management program

Trainee management program


We are an international outdoor adventure company located in the UK, Central Europe, Australia and Canada. We are currently focused on expanding in Europe and have opportunities at multiple levels. If you are active, love the outdoors, travel we would like to hear from you.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire


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 Liddington centre near Swindon in Wiltshire.
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Kids Club Activities Leader

Kids Club Activities Leader


You will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare program 5-6 days a week. You will be responsible for the safe and effective deliverance of the various Kids Clubs that we operate across our programs which encompass children of ages 4-7 and ages 8-12.
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Multi-Activity Instructors

Multi-Activity Instructors


CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are recruiting Instructors to teach a variety of outdoor activities to students of varying ages and abilities. Some of the activities you will be leading be leading include archery, fencing, orienteering,
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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."