Outdoor Adventure Jobs

While some adventure jobs offered by companies running activity centres may be full time and permanent, the nature of the industry means that, especially for outdoor adventure jobs, the work is very seasonal. You tough outdoor types may not mind working in all weathers, but when the British winter kicks in and it starts to get cold as well as wet, falling visitor numbers may mean the centre closes until the Spring. Seasonal work like this means a higher turnover of staff. If your employer does shut the centre and cannot afford to keep you on all year, you may find another more permanent job rather than return to them in time for the new season. This high turnover makes it somewhat easier to get started in the adventure industry.


activity instructor jobs

Multi Activity Instructor Jobs

Activity instructor jobs (also referred to as multi activity instructors), are often based at a purpose built centre. The ultimate outdoor job, you may specialise in a couple of activities, or you may be trained to cover a wide range. Read advice given by industry insiders.
Multi Activity Instructor Jobs

watersports jobs

Watersports Instructor Jobs

Our wonderful coastline and appetite for water based adventure sports has created a big demand for qualified instructors in surfing, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing. Read our watersports career guide to find out how to get qualified and get working.
Watersports Instructor Jobs

paddlesports jobs

Paddlesports

Working as a canoe instructor could see you introducing a group of school children to paddling on a small lake or you could be teaching already competent canoeists how to improve their white water technique. Find out how to further your career.
Paddlesports

climbing awards and mountain leader

Climbing & Mountain Leader

Being able to climb and to teach other people how to climb is an important skill. The single pitch award or climbing wall qualification are the most useful for getting started as an instructor. From there our complete guide takes you through the various employment options and salary expectations.
Climbing & Mountain Leader

mountain bike leader

Mountain Biking

This increasingly popular sport is very competitive when it comes to teaching. Skills instructors should make sure they have the MBLA qualification and a hands on approach to maintainance. Vacancies tend to fill fast, so hearing about them first on our facebook page will give you a head start!
Mountain Biking

beach jobs

Beach & Summer Camps

Surfers need to look at either the ISA or ASI. While The Royal Life Saving Society UK is the national governing body for training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding and water safety.
Beach & Lifeguard
Summer Camps Staff

senior and management jobs

Senior & Management

While some of the excellent instructor training schemes and BTEC courses do equip you with a fistful of NGB qualifications, if you are thinking about applying for a senior instructor or centre manager role, you will usually be expected to have some experience under your belt. Find out more about senior instructors, chief instructors and centre managers.
Senior & Management

apprenticeship schemes

Apprenticeships

Trainee apprenticeship schemes are work based learning schemes which act as a stepping stone towards a career in the outdoor industry. They allow you to gain industry recognised qualifications while earning money!
Apprenticeships


Instructor characteristics

Instructor characteristics

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

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Climbing awards

Climbing awards

In an effort to find out more about why people choose to take the rock climbing courses that allow you to introduce other people to the sport, namely the Climbing Wall Award (CWA), and the Single Pitch Award (SPA), we spoke to a couple of professionals who have achieved these NGBs and who are now aiming to progress their climbing careers. Click through to read about how these industry standard qualifications allow you to supervise other climbers, and tips for passing the exam.

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Watersports RYA Scheme

Watersports RYA Scheme

With all the options available for the many different types of water based sports, we could probably give it a website all of its own. The guide serves as a basic introduction to the activities you can pursue on water, including sailing, windsurfing and surfing. The skills and qualifications, especially those you can pick up quite early in your career, are also useful to non-water based activity centres. Even far from the coast you will find most activity centres offer some form of watersport. But once you have the Dinghy Instructor qualification, will you be able to stop yourself wanting to become a Yatchmaster?

Watersports RYA Scheme >>