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Outdoor Instructor Training Course - Part-time

Become an Adventure Activities Instructor through our part-time instructor training course, based at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, in mid Cornwall. This 2-day per week course is designed to fit in with your current career and lifestyle commitments until you are ready to step into the new and exciting world of Outdoor Pursuits Instructor.

Part Time Outdoor Instructor Training Course

Porthpean Centre is ideally placed to make use of numerous top-quality climbing, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking venues, as well as having a wide range of outdoor equipment for you to use on your training days. All you really need is the motivation to sign up for a fantastic winter of adventure activities training.

Course dates: 21st October 2019 until 24th March 2020

Why train with us?

We have over 30 years’ experience in the outdoor industry with a proven track record in delivering high quality training. All of the training and qualifications we provide are nationally recognised, giving you the flexibility to work anywhere in the country.

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  • Fully AALA approved and licensed centres
  • A wealth of experienced and professional staff
  • Access to high quality professional equipment
  • Opportunities to travel to other destinations for essential experience

The part time course will be based at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, St Austell and will run on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Centre is ideally placed to make use of the numerous top quality climbing venues; canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking and power-boating are also well catered for with lakes, tidal rivers, sea, surf and white water all within easy reach; a proper water-sports paradise!

We are also within easy reach of some of the finest moorland walking in the country and we are blessed with some excellent mountain bike trails, both artificial and natural.

Cornwall Outdoors is staffed by highly qualified and experienced instructors delivering high quality outdoor education on a daily basis to a wide range of clients.

It will be their job to ensure you have a worthwhile experience and that the course satisfies your requirements whether you want to simply experience the thrill of adventure sports, improve your existing skills or train to become a professional instructor.

An application form and further details are available in the flyer:

Part Time Programme Summary

The qualifications you could achieve include:

  • British Canoeing (BC) Discover and Explore Awards
  • British Canoeing (BC) Foundation Safety and Rescue Award
  • British Canoeing (BC) Paddlesport Leader Award
  • British Canoeing (BC) Sea Kayak Award
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Level 2 Power Boat
  • National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) Level 1 and 2
  • Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) Training
  • Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 1
  • Mountain Medicine First Aid in the Outdoors Course

Principal aims:

Our structured programme of courses aims to provide the information, training, guidance and support necessary for you to go forward and achieve full accreditation in each of the outdoor instructor qualifications listed.

Who may attend and prerequisites:

The programme is designed to appeal to those who want to gain experience in adventure activities or someone wishing to enter the outdoor industry as an instructor.

What we provide:

  • All professional National Governing Body (NGB) memberships required for the course
  • All registration fees
  • All entries to external training facilities
  • Equipment bundle to keep upon completion (wetsuit and boots, buoyancy aid and spraytop)
  • Use of professional equipment to complete the course

What we can additionally provide:

There may also be opportunities for you to gain invaluable experience with small groups of adventure seekers under the supervision of our own staff.

Programme Details

Course dates: 21st October 2019 until 24th March 2020

Course duration:  21 weeks – 2 days per week (Mondays and Tuesdays) with a 2 week Christmas break 

Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (approx) 

Cost: £3,250 (non-residential) 

Prerequisites:  None, however some experience would be a distinct advantage as all training and qualifications are dependent on ability and levels of learning


Programme Itinerary

Canoe/Kayak Coach

British Canoeing (BC) Discover and Explore Awards

The Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling. The Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualized approach, recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award

This award will develop your skills and ability to apply appropriate decision making for an enjoyable and safe day out on the sea. The Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and the decision making required for a successful day on the sea. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader

The primary role of the Paddlesport Leader is to lead, to supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations. Safety, quality and enjoyment will primarily be achieved through choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies that match the group’s specific needs. The award does not include progressive coaching of technical skills but focuses on learning through experience.

For more information on the BC/UKCC level 1 award try http://www.bcu.org.uk/

Outdoor Instructor Course Kayak


Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme Level 1

The purpose of the Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS) is to promote the safe enjoyment of
mountain biking in an off-road environment. The programme provides training and assessment in technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in a variety of off-road environments in the UK, other than in winter conditions. It introduces training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in off-road country. The MIAS scheme is recognised throughout the UK and by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). Successful completion of assessment allows you to be a leader of mountain biking in country parks, canal towpaths and low level rides on trails and bridleways. To achieve the required pre-assessment, additional time outside of
the course may be necessary. For further information visit: www.mountainbikeinstructor.com


MT Climbing Wall Instructor Training

This training award is for climbers who are in a position of responsibility when supervising climbing activities on indoor or outdoor climbing walls, artificial boulders and towers. This includes a wide range of structures utilised for these activities which will be referred to throughout these introductory notes as ‘walls’. It is primarily concerned with ensuring good practice, leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities, and to an understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities such as bouldering, the teaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing, excluding the teaching of leading.

To achieve the level required to achieve the CWI Training Programme, additional time outside of your weekly course may need to be undertaken.

On completion of CWI Training, a natural progression would be for you to put yourself forward for the CWI Assessment (not included in this course).


National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme - NICAS

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme is designed to introduce new climbers to climbing on artificial walls and structures.  The Award Scheme aims to develop the skills, safety and knowledge required for indoor sport climbing and reflects personal climbing ability.

  • NICAS Level 1 Foundation Climber
  • NICAS Level 2 Top Rope Climber

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Royal Yachting Association Level 2 Power Boat

This is the National Power Boat Certificate, which is a gateway into the watersports industry (Dive Boat Driver, Ski Boat Drivers, Canoe/Kayak Umpires) and the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.
This discipline will include all aspects of preparation, from launching & recovery to safety equipment as well as your boat handling skills (propeller control and coming alongside). There is also a theory section to cover weather, Rules of the Sea (IRCPS) and ropework. For more information on power boating try www.rya.org.uk 

Outdoor Instructor Course Powerboat


Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 1

The purpose of the Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS) is to promote the safe enjoyment of mountain biking in an off-road environment. The programme provides training and assessment in technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in a variety of off-road environments in the UK, other than in winter conditions. It introduces training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in off-road country.

The MIAS scheme is recognised throughout the UK and by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). Successful completion of assessment allows you to lead mountain biking in country parks, canal towpaths and rides on low level trails and bridleways.  To achieve the required level of pre-assessment experience, additional time outside of the course may be necessary.

For further information visit: www.mountainbikeinstructor.com

Outdoor Instructor Course Mountain Biking


Mountain Medicine First Aid in the Outdoors

This course is a mix of theory and practical with a focus on providing first aid in the outdoor environment. Some practical elements take place out of doors.

It is a 2 day course of 16 hours duration and therefore meets the requirements of the outdoor national governing bodies and the South West Moorland Leader
Training Scheme. The course is certificated through Mountain Medicine.

For more about the HSE visit: www.hse.gov.uk

For more about Mountain Medicine visit: www.mountain-medicine.com

Outdoor Instructor Course First Aid


Cost of Course

Course costs £3250.00

The course fees include all training and registration fees to the appropriate National Governing Bodies (NGBs). A deposit of £250.00 is required to secure your place.

There are various payment options and payment can be spread out over the course duration. Water-based equipment will be supplied.

Personal Equipment

If you feel that you lack the personal outdoor equipment to participate, please do not let this prevent you from applying for this programme. The Centre will ensure that you are provided with the essential equipment needed to get you started. As you progress you will have time to choose and build on your equipment requirements when needed.

Cornwall Outdoors will also provide any safety equipment required for each activity, however if you have your own safety equipment you are welcome to bring it with you.

Employment Prospects

This programme does not automatically lead to employment but will enhance your employment prospects within the outdoor industry. Cornwall Outdoors has several seasonal vacancies each year that you would be eligible to apply for. Successful completion of any of our courses would give you the minimum qualifications required.

The qualifications and experience you gain on our programme will provide eligibility for most entry-level vacancies anywhere in this country.

Towards the end of the course we will inform you of employment opportunities with Cornwall Outdoors and will encourage suitable candidates to apply.

Application process?

  1. Request course prospectus and application form
  2. Complete application and return to Porthpean OEC with £250.00 deposit
  3. Meeting arranged at Porthpean to discuss requirements, opportunities and payment plan
  4. Place offered
  5. Course starts 21 October 2019

Contact details

Mark Peters
Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre
Castle Gotha, Porthpean, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6AZ

Tel/Fax: 01726 72901

Email: mark.1.peters@cornwall.gov.uk

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