Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 – Professional Outdoor Instructor
Course Code: OR230

Dream of spending your summer working abroad instructing others how to participate in outdoor adventure activities? This course could make your dream a reality. Most of our successful students on this course become paid instructors at outdoor adventure centres in the UK or overseas.

Learning takes place outside of the classroom wherever possible with an emphasis on practical work to develop leadership skills, organisational abilities and land and water based activities. From Easter the course continues in the work place at an outdoor adventure centre in the UK or France where you will be employed on the same conditions as other staff whilst gaining an invaluable season leading outdoor adventure.

This course is ideal for those who want to start an instructing career in outdoor adventure. It also offers a constructive option for students taking a year out before entering Higher Education.



Diploma in Sport Skills for Further Learning and Employment (QCF)

Course Content

Units include:
Interpersonal and written communication
Developing problem solving skills
Developing personal study skills
Introduction to safeguarding children
Presentation skills
Risk assessment - principles & practice
Taking part in sport for personal improvement
Plan, prepare & lead sports activities within an event
Community involvement in activity provision
Understanding sports coaching skills.

The course also includes the following optional National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications:
BCU/UKCC Foundation Safety and Rescue Course
BCU/UKCC Level 1 Coach or BCU/UKCC Level 2 Coach Training
BCU/UKCC White Water Safety and Rescue Course
BCU/UKCC Tidal Planning and Navigation Course
BCU/UKCC 3 Star Sea Kayak Training and Assessment
BCU/UKCC 3 Star Open Canoe Training and Assessment
BCU/UKCC 3 Star White Water Kayak Training and Assessment
RYA Level 2 Basic Sailing Certificate
RYA Level 3 Seamanship Sailing Certificate
Mountain Training Association Lowland Leader Award Training or Assessment
First Aid for the Outdoors
(additional costs apply)
You will also take part in an expedition as part of your course.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths OR Level 2 Diploma at Merit level or above Either BCU 2 Star or RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing You will need to have enthusiasm, a reasonable level of experience in a range of outdoor pursuits and a proven commitment to working with young people as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a group You must be 18 years old by 1st April 2017.

Next Steps

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Adventure

Career Opportunities

Employment in the UK / overseas Instructor at an outdoor leisure centre Education Outdoor activity instructor