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.


Course Content

College Certificate

Entry Requirements

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.

Next Steps

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.

Career Opportunities

Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Programmes Higher Education