Professional Outdoor Instructor (POI) students at Kingston Maurward College embark on an exciting activities adventure in the south of France this week to spend the summer as outdoor instructors.
Working for PGL activity centres, the students will be based in Segries, in the Ardèche region, whilst finishing off their Level 3 Outdoor Qualification. While some students will spend the summer teaching sailing on the Mediterranean, others will coach canoeing on three day trips down the magnificent Ardèche River.
Student Sharne Tucker said: “I’m nervous and excited about going to work in France for the summer. Though the POI course has been hard work I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m really up for the challenge of working in another country. I can’t believe the course is going to be over so soon and in a week I’ll be instructing Canoeing on the Ardèche! It’s the dream job really.”
Professional Outdoor Instructor Course Manager, John Purse, said: ‘‘This has been another successful year for the Professional Outdoor Instructor course and all the students have been offered work placements as instructors, mostly in France and some in the UK.
“It’s the culmination of 24 weeks of hard work and dedication at college that has given them the skills and experience to get such sort after jobs in the outdoor industry. The students have all excelled themselves, and we are really proud of them.
During the one year course, along with working towards a Level 3 in Outdoor Learning, the students have also qualified as Level 1 BCU Canoe and Kayak Coaches, 3 Star Canoe and Sea Kayakers, White Water Safety and Rescuers, Seamanship Dinghy sailors, ropes course instructors, Lowland Walking Leaders and First Aiders.