Outdoor Instructor Training

Gain industry qualifications. Develop your skills with hands-on experience. Enrich people’s lives with incredible adventures. Your journey to becoming an Outdoor Instructor starts here.

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Kickstart your journey towards the best job in the world!

12 weeks. 13 qualifications. Only 12 spaces available.

We’ll equip you with everything you need to leap head first into the world of an Outdoor Instructor.

We’ve been providing outdoor experiences from our adventure hub in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire since 2003. And with over 20 years of 5-star outdoor instruction experience under our belts, we’ve got the knowledge and we’re ready to share it with you.

Our course isn’t just about adventure though. It’s about having an impact on people's lives.

There’s nothing like seeing someone dip their paddle for the first time, conquer their fears by soaring from the treetops, or simply discovering that the outdoors is magical.

You’ll explore rivers, gorge’s, heathland and more across the UK. And you’ll be learning from some of the best.

Put simply, we’re adventure people who love people. And if you do too, then this is the course for you.

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This course is for you if...

  • You’re looking to start a new career or try something new
  • You’re an advocate of the outdoors
  • You’re passionate about enriching the lives of people
  • You’re keen to learn from like-minded individuals
  • You want to deliver experiences to a variety of customers
  • You want a range of industry qualifications under your belt
  • You want to feel fully prepared to develop your career in the outdoors
  • You’re 18+ years with a good level of fitness in the water and on land
  • You want a guaranteed interview once the course has come to an end
  • Course specifications

    Course date: Starting 9th January - 3rd April 2023

    9th January - 6th March will be based in The New Forest, Hampshire
    6th March - 3rd April will be based in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

    Course location: Accommodation is included and can be found at the Countryside Education Trust based in Beaulieu in The New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7YG. Re-locating to our bunkhouse accommodation at Craggan Outdoors, Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, PH26 3NT. Self-catered when it comes to food, but good kitchen and cooking facilities are available at both locations.

    Fees: £5,999

    Secure your place with a £1,000 deposit by 1st October 2022.


  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader
  • British Canoeing Paddle Explore Award
  • British Canoeing Canoe Personal Performance Award
  • British Canoeing Touring Personal Performance Award
  • British Canoeing Sea Kayak Personal Performance Award
  • British Canoeing SUP Personal Performance Award
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • ERCA High Ropes Instructor Award
  • Low Ropes Training
  • Archery GB Instructor Award
  • Bushcraft Training
  • MIAS Mountain Bike Leader Award
  • 2-Day Outdoor First Aid
  • You'll also get...

  • Marshaling Combat Games Training
  • Team Challenges and Tasks Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Reviewing and Facilitation Skills Training
  • Introduction to NLP and Mindset Skills Training
  • Risk Assessments and Hazard Awareness Training
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace Training
  • Guaranteed interview for your first Instructor position
  • Team Building and Icebreakers Experience
  • Deals on outdoor equipment and clothing
  • Unlimited access to centre equipment to use in your free time
  • And much more...
  • Ready to transform your career?

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    Career progression

    You’ll finish the course ready to start or develop your career in the great outdoors, with a guaranteed interview for a seasonal instructor role at either New Forest Activities or our sister company Craggan Outdoors. Either centre will provide you with a great opportunity to get some experience under your belt immediately after the course ends.

    Many however, choose to relocate after graduating and we can help you get together your CV and supply references too.

    Whatever you decide to do, we’re here to help you kickstart your outdoor instructor career.

    Since becoming an instructor, I've become more outgoing and a lot more confident speaking infront of people whether that's a big group, or individuals.

    Mia Sharpe

    Outdoor Instructor, New Forest Activities

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    See the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

    Are you insured?

    Yes we are fully insured by Activities Industry Mutual. We would however recommend that you consider taking out personal accident and equipment insurance.

    Are there any additional fees?

    There are no additional costs incurred for the course, however you will be required to keep up payments on your personal membership to National Governing Bodies so that your qualifications remain valid e.g. British Canoeing.

    Travel expenses outside of course time are also not included.

    Where does the course take place?

    The course takes place at multiple locations including our activity centre in The New Forest National Park in Hampshire, as well as at our partner centre in The Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. You’ll also learn in a variety of environments including indoor classrooms, our activity centres and various offsite locations.

    Is accommodation included?

    Yes, self catering accommodation is included for the duration of the course. All trainees will share bunkhouse style accommodation.

    Is food included?

    Food is not included in the course, however there will be ample kitchen and cooking facilities for you to prepare meals. We would encourage group cooking to keep costs down.

    Do I need to be able to paddle?

    Not at all! Any previous experience will be useful, but we’ll spend the first few weeks getting you up to speed before moving into formal training and assessments.

    What clothing and equipment will I need?

    You’ll need to bring your own clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors, in all kinds of weather. We’ll provide you with all the equipment you need to complete the course, however, becoming an Outdoor Instructor will require a degree of investment in your own personal clothing and equipment. We are able to support you in aquiring this and can provide a great value equipment package for those that need it.

    Do I need to be able to swim and/or be a strong swimmer?

    Yes, we do require you to be a competent swimmer to take part in this course.

    How long is the course?

    The course is 12 weeks long, with training taking place 5-days a week giving you 2 days a week to rest and/or practice your skills.

    How does payment work?

    You can secure your place on the course with a non-refundable £1,000 deposit, with the remaining balance due 4 weeks before the course start date.

    Can I reserve a spot?

    Due to being in such high demand, we’re unable to hold spaces without a deposit against them.

    Can I attend on my own?

    Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with friends for life.

    Are the qualifications I gain nationally recognised?

    Yes! British Canoeing, Archery, MIAS Mountain Biking, ERCA High Ropes and First Aid awards are issued by National Governing Bodies. The other experiences we offer will equip you with the transferrable skills needed to deliver these sessions at other centres, subject to their own in-house induction and training processes. Bushcraft is a great example of this.

    When does the course start and finish?

    The course begins on 9th January and runs through to 3rd April 2023.

    How will we travel to/from each location?

    Our activities and training take place in a variety of locations and we’ll do everything that we can to support you with your travel needs. However, you will need to organise your own flights or transport from The New Forest to The Cairngorms when we move locations.

    Can I see the accommodation?

    Yes! Get in touch and we can organise a suitable time for you to come and see it. In The New Forest you will be staying at the Countryside Education Trust and in The Cairngorms you will be staying at our Glenbeg Bunkhouse.

    Will I be sharing a room?

    Yes. Our accommodation is bunkhouse accommodation, however both bunkhouses have a capacity of over 30 people so there will be plenty of room!

    How many people will be on the course?

    There will be a maximum of 12 people on the course.

    Are there age restrictions?

    Yes, we require participants to be aged 18+ years.

    What happens if I want to cancel my place on the course?

    Full payment for the course is due 4 weeks before the course start date. However, if you can’t join us for the course, please let us know in writing as soon as possible. Your cancellation notice will begin from the date we receive this.

    Cancellation charges for our Outdoor Instructor Course are as follows:

  • Over 12 weeks notice - Deposit only
  • 35 days to 12 weeks notice - 50% of total cost due
  • 21-34 days - 75% of total cost due
  • Under 20 days - 100% of total cost due
  • Can I come and visit the centre(s) beforehand?

    You certainly can! Get in touch and we can organise a suitable date and time to come and visit us.

    Do you offer jobs after the course?

    Yes, all attendees on the course will be guaranteed an interview with us. It’s highly likely that many trainees will continue to work with us either in The New Forest or at our centre in Scotland on a seasonal contract. In any case, you’ll be well equipped and qualified to find paid opportunities in any UK based centre and we will support you fully in the application process.

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