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.




Mountain Leader awards

Mountain Leader awards

To get an idea of the full route from beginner climber through to professional mountaineer, take a look at our career guide to climbing, further down this page. This post is all about the Mountain Leader awards which come in two flavours - Summer and Winter. They follow on from Walking Group Leader and set you up on the start of a career leading small groups in mountainous terrain.

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DofE Assessor

DofE Assessor

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is well known to most people, but how many know about the expedition element of the award which requires small groups to make their way, unaided, across wild terrain, for up to four days and three nights of wild camping? To make sure each group successfully completes their expedition, we enter the secret world of the assessors - the people who shadow the candidates, often unseen, as they trek through the wilderness. Read our interview with Georgina and find out how you too can add expedition assessor to your outdoor instructor profile.

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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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