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.




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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Mountain Instructor awards

Mountain Instructor awards

Following on from our Mountain Leader page we now take a look at the even more serious Mountain Instructor scheme, overseen by Mountain Leader Training UK. The leader awards are great qualifications to have on your CV and very useful when it comes to introducing groups to our upland areas, but for serious climbers and budding mountaineers the MIA and MIC scheme is the next target on the horizon.

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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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