Outdoor Activities Instructor

Outdoor activities instructors lead trips and teach skills in activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • plan and prepare activities
  • explain, advise on and demonstrate activities
  • instruct in specialist areas, like sailing or climbing
  • make sure all equipment and facilities are safe
  • explain safety procedures

Skills and Knowledge

  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through a college course, applying directly or doing specialist courses.

There's no set entry route to become an outdoor activity instructor but it may be useful to study a relevant qualification like a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education).

The key to finding work is to get as much work experience as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the role, and make contacts who may help you to find paid work. You could try getting involved in activities, like:

  • Duke of Edinburgh awards
  • membership of activity clubs
  • volunteering at outdoor activities centres

You can apply directly to employers if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.

Some instructors have previous experience in youth work, teaching, sports coaching or training, or as physical training instructors in the armed forces.

You could complete relevant qualifications through sports or activity clubs, or at an accredited outdoor education centre.

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