Outdoor Activity & Adventure Courses

To work as an adventure activity instructor, like any job, qualifications will serve you well. For many of the more popular outdoor activities, there are some excellent courses, and nationally recognised awards that will look great on your CV. Some companies, especially those offering multi activity outdoor pursuits, may help you obtain National Governing Body (NGB) awards while you train. While other jobs may have these awards as minimum qualifications before they will even offer you an interview. And some courses will just make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to sending job applications.


apprentice activity instructor courses

Activity Instructor Courses

Activity instructor training courses equip you with the skills and experience to enter the workplace as a qualified activity instructor. Gain NGB awards and professional tuition on the following courses.
Activity Instructor Courses

watersports courses

Watersports Courses

To work in watersports you need to get qualified. The following watersport centres offer a range of professional training courses covering many types of water sports from the RYA and BCU.
Watersports Courses

climbing and mountaineering courses

Climbing & Mountain Leader

Gain qualifications in climbing and mountain leadership that will enable you to teach the fundamental skills in climbing and mountaineering.
Climbing and Mountaineering

mountain bike leader courses

Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike leader courses are available in a few different flavours. Find out more about how you can get involved and which course would suit you best.
Mountain Biking

Our guide to useful awards and qualifications is a good place to start and will help you decide which course(s) will be most useful if you are just getting started. You can also take a look at our career guides, which discuss which training qualification to aim for. We have detailed guides for paddlesports, climbing, watersports, and multi activities.




Most useful qualifications?

Most useful qualifications?

People often ask us which NGB qualifications they should be looking at achieving in order to kick start a career in outdoor adventure. To be honest is isn't an easy question to answer because it really depends on what you are planning to do long term. If you are completely new to the industry and looking to get started, you can either build up a few qualifications on your own, or you can try to get employed with a multi activity centre, who will usually offer you some NGBs as part of your training and qualification - this way you will also get some great experience too. Whichever route you decide, this article takes a look at which qualifications are most useful for budding instructors.

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is a hugely popular sport and the level of interest has not showed any signs of slowing since the initial boom in the early 1990s. With so many people getting involved, it is hardly surprising to find instructor opportunities available for those people wishing to get involved beyond the purely personal level. So how do you get the right qualifications that will allow you to teach other people? And should you go the MIAS route or the MBLA route? We look at everything you need to consider, and speak to some industry insiders for a low-down on each qualification.

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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?

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

With unemployment at a dizzying high and the real pressure on school and college leavers, and graduates, beginning a career in outdoor education is often a great way to avoid the dole queue. The government want to get young people into training, and activity and adventure centres need young people to help teach their visitors. This perfect match is often supported by apprenticeship schemes which act as a fantastic stepping stone towards a career in the industry.

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