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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Multi Activity Career Guide

Multi Activity Career Guide

You probably went on a residential activity holiday when you were at school; most children do. Getting a job as one of those idolised instructors is actually easier than you may think. Hundreds of thousands of school kids every year means lots of centres and each one requires plenty of instructors. For young people, the wages are pretty good considering the alternatives, and when you factor in the training, experience and qualifications you can achieve in a single season... So how do you get involved? We discuss the different options for starting out, and offer some valuable inside tips on passing a selection weekend.

Multi Activity Career Guide >>

Parent's Guide

Parent's Guide

Are you the parent of a child hoping to work in the outdoor industry? Or are you a young adult worrying about telling your parents that you would rather be working outdoors than sitting accountancy exams? As with most industries, career progression is competitive and based on an individual's performance, but skills acquired are readily transferable and so can aid your future career whether or not you choose to stay in the industry for a prolonged period. This handy guide discusses why the outdoor industry can provide a stable and fulfilling career path for young people.

Parent's Guide >>