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The Outdoor Instructor Training and Assessment course is on, and the clock is ticking. This blog is for anyone attending and anyone interested to follow the development of what is going to be one wonderful winter of adventure and learning.

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Post date: 9th August 2019

Profile of the Course Director: Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour - Course Director

I wish to warmly welcome each of our winter training and assessment candidates who will be arriving at the Delaware Centre, late October 2018. I personally recall my own first days as a trainee outdoor instructor and must say that they rank amongst some of the fondest days of my adult life. I have been working as a Senior Instructor for twelve years and have in this time achieved the following awards: Level 3 Open Canoe Coach, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor, Mountain Leader (Summer), Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor and have just completed the training for Mountaineering Instructor.


My life has turned from London commuter to mountain wanderer and leader. Inspired by the beauty and adventure available on the moors and crags of the south west, I have progressed onto the fells and mountains of the whole of the United Kingdom. I have seen sights reserved only for the bold and I have met and trained many wonderful people. My aspirations are to continue this lifestyle for as long as possible and to share my knowledge with anyone that aspires to hold the same dream.

As the Course Director I hold a lot of responsibility in ensuring that you achieve the best possible outcomes from the course this winter. My own personal contribution will be to provide fully-featured training in the climbing, navigation, walking and expeditioning. My other role will be as mentor to all candidates, guiding you through each syllabus, monitoring your progress and keeping abreast of your log books to ensure that you meet the requirements of the awards.

If you wish to know more about me or the course please feel free to contact me: See you in October.

Post date: 9th August 2018

Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme - Course Profile

Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme - MIAS

Keeping you wired to the course ambitions, not long to go :)
Profile on: Mountain Bike Instructor Award scheme (MIAS).

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain. It takes many forms, from Olympic disciplines and World Cup races to Novice riders on local trails and tracks. MIAS coaches are being employed across the country at various trail centres and it is only going to get bigger.
Our Winter Training and Assessment Course will have you riding all of thelocal trails and moors, including; Bodmin Moor, dartmoor, Exmoor, Holden Hill, Lanhydrock, Tamar Trails and even up to Afan (South Wales) to get as much experience as possible before your final assessment early in 2019.

If any candidate wants further advice on trails and equipment, just email:


Post date: 1st August 2018

Climbing Wall Instructor Profile - Mountain Training

Climbing wall Instructor

Time is moving us ever closer to our favourite part of the year, our winter instructor training course. This week is our profile on the Climbing Wall Instructor.
This Mountain Training award allows you to work as an instructor in any climbing wall in the UK. With indoor climbing making the Olympics in 2020, and new climbing walls appearing all over the country, this is a growing industry.
As part of our ambition is to get you qualified in this sport we will be regularly visiting: The Barn Climbing Centre, Quay Climbing Centre, Dart Rock, Plymouth High Sports and this latest local indoor venue 'The Climbing Hanger'. A purpose built indoor bouldering venue.

Post date: 26th July 2018

Hill and Moorland Leader with expedition skills module Profile

Hill and Moorland Leader with expedition skills module

Three months to go and a little about what's to come your way ...
Profile on Hill and Moorland leader, with expedition skills module.
We're going to be out in the thick of it, living well and visiting some wonderfully remote places including Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Brecon Beacons.
We need to get you twenty quality mountain and moorland walks plus at least eight wild and remote camps so we will be out in all weathers, and that's just for the training element. It's going to be a winter to remember.

Post date: 23rd July 2018

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