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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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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Climbing awards

Climbing awards

In an effort to find out more about why people choose to take the rock climbing courses that allow you to introduce other people to the sport, namely the Climbing Wall Award (CWA), and the Single Pitch Award (SPA), we spoke to a couple of professionals who have achieved these NGBs and who are now aiming to progress their climbing careers. Click through to read about how these industry standard qualifications allow you to supervise other climbers, and tips for passing the exam.

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