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 Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!


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 2020.
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Trainee Instructors

Trainee Instructors


For 2019 we are recruiting candidates for our Volunteer Trainee Scheme. Candidates will receive training in many of the activities we provide as well as gaining several NGB qualifications.
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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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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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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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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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Abseil Instructor

Abseil Instructor


We are recruiting abseil instructors and ground crew staff to deliver an 85 metre abseil experience from the Arcelormittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, London. This is well paid, mainly weekend work.
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Adventure Guide Program - 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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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 at your doorstep.
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Climbing Instructors

Climbing Instructors


We are an inclusive site offering a wide range of climbing products to our customers, including taster sessions, adult development courses and the delivery of NICAS up to level 5. Due to significant growth over the past 12 months, we are now looking to increase our instructing team for 2019.
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Mountain Leader & Rock Climbing Instructor Course

Mountain Leader & Rock Climbing Instructor Course


If you love the outdoors, rock climbing or hillwalking and want to take your passion one step further to enable you to share your enthusiasm with others, then this is the course for you!
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Adventure Guide Program - 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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Adventure Activity Instructors

Adventure Activity Instructors


We are after conscientious individuals who are looking to extend their experience and further their careers in the outdoors. Previous experience is not essential but will be an advantage, we ask that anyone wishing to apply for this role has the minimum of a UKCC Level 1 coach award.
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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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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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Watersports Instructors

Watersports Instructors


CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are recruiting Instructors who have experience leading taster sessions to students of varying ages and abilities. You will be delivering a range of activities, from kayaking, canoeing to SUP boarding.
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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 include archery, fencing, stream scrambling etc
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Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors


Full time Multi Activity Instructors, Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors & 2 x 18 month Apprenticeships available, full time (35 hr wk). Seasonal positions to start 1st April until 28th October 2019 and 1st May until 28th July 2019. Live off-site positions. Closing date 31st March 2019
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Trainee Instructors

Trainee Instructors


For 2019 we are recruiting candidates for our Volunteer Trainee Scheme. Candidates will receive training in many of the activities we provide as well as gaining several NGB qualifications.
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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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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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Walk Leader / Spanish or German Linguist

Walk Leader / Spanish or German Linguist


A lovely hosting role, combining very genuine hospitality with fantastic access to some of the most spectacular mountains ranges in Europe, whilst developing your Spanish or German language skills at the same time.
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Climb Guides

Climb Guides


We are looking for dynamic, confident outdoor enthusiasts to work at our exciting aerial visitor experience at The O2 Arena in London.
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Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor

Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor


We're recruiting enthusiastic & positive individuals for our 2019 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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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2019 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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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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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."