Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Professional Outdoor Instructor
Course Code: OR251

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.

Much of the learning takes place outside of the classroom, with an emphasis on practical work to develop leadership skills, organisational abilities and land and water based activities. From Easter you will begin working 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.



College Certificate

Course Content

The course 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
Single Pitch Award Climbing Training
MIAS Mountainbike Leaders Level 1
Mountain Training Association Lowland Leader Award Training or Assessment
First Aid for the Outdoors
You will also take part in an expedition as part of your course.

Entry Requirements

BCU 2 Star. 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 over 19 years of age.

Next Steps

Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Programmes Higher Education

Career Opportunities

Employment in the UK / overseas Education Outdoor activity instructor

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
02-Sep-19 26-Jun-20 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time 2 48
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

£4,366 full cost includes registration, logbooks, certificates, membership and expeditions as listed in course content.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Half of the course is spent in and on the water - suitable clothing, footwear and equipment required for this and expeditions. Technical equipment (if owned) - technical equipment such as satellite navigation, etc., may be brought along. Basic stationery - notepad, pens, pencils, ruler and eraser. KMC polo shirt - Kingston Maurward College Outdoor Adventure & Sports Coaching polo shirt.


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