Climbing Instructor Jobs & Skills Courses

orange square If you are after a jobs that requires you to teach people how to climb, either indoors on a purpose built climbing wall, or outside on crags, or if you want to lead groups of walkers, especially in a mountain environment, you need to get qualified with one or more of the main British Mountaineering Council qualifications.


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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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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Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course


Aside from the opportunity to work alongside Bear’s skilled team as the Academy grows on an international scale, passing the course provides an accredited, professional qualification that equips participants with the necessary skills for leadership & teaching adventurous training at various events
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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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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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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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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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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Seasonal positions available from April to September 2018!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
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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. We
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Activity Manager
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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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Adventure Activities Instructor
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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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Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership
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Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership


An apprenticeship with Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is an amazing opportunity. We work with 1st2Achieve to deliver a fantastic NVQ level 2 in outdoor activity leadership. At the end of our apprenticeship you will have real hands on experience enabling you to begin a career in the outdoors
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Trainee Activity Instructor
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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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River Leader
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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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Zip Line Instructor
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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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3 Month Fast Track Instructor Course
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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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5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure
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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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Senior Instructor
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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
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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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Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor
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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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Outdoor Activity Instructors
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Outdoor Activity Instructors


Essex Outdoors is now recruiting for both experienced and trainee outdoor activity instructors to work throughout the 2018 season at one of our centres in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow or Mersea.
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Let's start with indoors on the climbing wall. It doesn't matter whether the wall is twenty feet high with a couple of routes, or whether it is a monster like the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, you need the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) or the older Single Pitch Award (SPA) as a minimum. Once you hold one of these you can take the Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) which builds on your existing knowledge and allows you to teach lead climbing skills.

To qualify for the basic awards you will need to demonstrate knowledge of climbing venues and rope management. You will also need to show you can manage groups, teach climbing skills and undertake emergency procedures. The course itself usually lasts a couple of days and you will learn a great deal from it. You should also make sure your first aid certificate is up to date, as you will need this as part of the course assessment.

Hill and Mountain Walking Awards

You may also be interested in the Walking Group Leader Award (WGL) which allows you to take groups of walkers in terrain that is upland, fells and moors. The North York Moors would be a good example. Slightly more challenging is the Mountain Leader Award (ML) and the Winter Mountain Leader Award (MLW) which is also designed for those leading hill walking groups, though in tougher mountain terrain, without ropes. And a step further would be the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and the Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC). These two allow you to lead groups in more challenging conditions and environments. They will broaden your experience and improve your job prospects if you are aiming to teach at a level beyond basic climbing.

So once you are qualified to teach, what can you expect from a climbing instructor job? The main job requirements are going to mirror the information you learnt during the Single Pitch Award, namely being able to provide direct instruction to groups on various aspects of climbing. You'll be responsible for the health and safety of the people you are teaching. There will probably also be some paperwork involved.

How much does a climbing instructor earn?

Teaching climbing, you can expect to earn anywhere up to £300 per week for basic instruction. Once fully qualified, you can earn up to £12 per hour. If you are working at an activity centre, do take into account that your accommodation and food may be subsidised, so although the wage may be lower, so are your outgoings.

What does a climbing instructor do?

We spoke to Adam about his experiences as a Climbing Instructor in West Wales.
"I have been mad keen on climbing for years now. I went on an activity holiday in the Peak District as a kid and being allowed to climb all over these rocks without my Mum shouting at me to get down was fantastic. It all grew from there really. I found a local climbing wall and went there a lot to improve my skills. The staff there were really helpful and when I asked them about how to get more involved, they said I should do the single pitch award or the climbing wall award."

"I took that and started applying for jobs. There weren’t loads of jobs available so I did some more courses at college and I think it was that that helped me get my first job. I was an assistant climbing instructor with an outdoor pursuits centre in the Lake District. I imagined myself somewhere like Wales or Scotland to be honest I thought the Lake District would be a bit flat. I was wrong. There is some of the best climbing in the country. It was ace being able to climb in my free time, and climb while I was at work too. Teaching groups of kids from the city who had probably never seen a mountain before is so rewarding. Making sure they are aware of all the safety procedures and how dangerous it can be, then getting them out on the rock. Teaching people to climb is the best job in the world!"

"Recently I moved to a new company in Wales and I have started to take my mountain leader award so that I can take groups out away from the purpose built wall at the centre."