Qualifications - Your Outdoor Instructor Training Course

This is an overview of the training and qualifications included in your outdoor instructor training programme. If you have any questions regarding any of the qualifications please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


National Governing Body Awards

Kayaking & Canoeing

  • British Canoeing – Paddle Start
  • British Canoeing – Paddle Discover
  • British Canoeing – Paddle Explore
  • British Canoeing – Foundation  Safety & Rescue Training
  • British Canoeing – NEW Paddlesport Instructor
  • British Canoeing – Sea Kayak Award
  • British Canoeing – Canoe Award

Rock Climbing

  • Mountain Training UK – Rock Climbing Instructor Training
  • Mountain Training UK – Climbing Wall Instructor Training   


  • Royal Life Saving Association (RLSS) – National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)


  • International Surfing Federation (ISA)/Surf England – Level 1 Surf Coach

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • British Stand Up Paddle Board Association (BSUPA) – Level 1 Instructor


  • Archery GB – Instructor Award


  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children Level 2

First Aid

  • IQL – Level 3 First Aid at Work Qualification

Other Qualifications Included


  • Coasteering Instructor – In accordance with the National Coasteering Charter (NCC) & National Water Safety Forum guidelines

Coaching Experience During & After Your Course

  • We include some opportunities while you are with us to gain some actual experience in coaching people. This really brings the course to life and puts everything into context for you.
  • On completion of your course there is also some opportunity to assist our coaches on some of our school residential programmes taking place throughout March and April. This gives you invaluable experience and helps build up your tool box of the varying coaching styles and techniques used by different coaches.

Bonus Coaching Experience in Additional Activities

As well as gaining awards and qualifications in the above-specified sports we give you the added benefit of an introduction to coaching other popular activities delivered at outdoor centres such as:

  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving & Leadership Exercises 
  • Orienteering
  • Walking & Navigation Skills

Soft Skills Training

Good Soft Skills = Good Employability Prospects

  • Attitude
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal/Social Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration Skills
  • Effective Leadership Styles
  • Work Ethic
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism


We will also give you a thorough grounding in other generic subjects required when working at Outdoor Centres such as:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Normal Operating Procedures (NOP’s) and Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s)
  • Managing Hazards at an activity location
  • Group Management
  • Weather and Tides
  • Environmental impacts of activities
  • Delivering Lecturettes
  • Reviewing Skills
  • Writing Your CV
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Career Progression

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