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Outdoor instructor training course - part-time

Porthpean Instructor Training Course 2021-22

Become an adventure activities instructor through our part-time instructor training course at Porthpean. This 21 week, two day per week course is designed to fit in with your current career and lifestyle commitments. The instructor training will enable you to gain skills and qualifications that will enhance your employment prospects in the outdoor industry.

Adventure Activities Licencing AuthorityCornwall Outdoors which consists of three outdoor Centres in Cornwall, has over 30 years? experience in the outdoor industry with a proven track record in delivery of high quality training. All the training and qualifications we provide are nationally recognised giving you the flexibility to work anywhere in the country. Cornwall Outdoors has several seasonal vacancies each year that you would be eligible to apply for on completion of the course.

Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre is situated on the South Coast of Cornwall and enjoys spectacular views over St. Austell Bay. With easy access to the sea and countryside along with excellent on-site facilities, Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre provides activities on land and water to raise achievement and aspirations through adventure education and outdoor learning.

We are a fully AALA approved and licensed Centre. You will have access to high quality professional equipment and the opportunity to travel to other Centres in the county for essential experience.

Kayaking entry on beach

Accommodation pod set on Porthpean site

Programme Details

Principle aims: Our structured programme aims to provide the information, training, guidance and support necessary for you to achieve full accreditation in each of the outdoor qualifications detailed.

Qualifications available:

  • British Canoeing Discover & Explore Awards
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Award
  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Award
  • British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award
  • Royal Yachting Association Level 2 Powerboat
  • National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Levels 1 & 2
  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme Level 1
  • Mountain Medicine, First Aid in the outdoors.

Paddleboards with NGB Logos

Course dates: 18th October 2021 – 22nd March 2022

Course duration: 21 weeks, two days per week (Monday & Tuesday) with a two week Christmas break.

Times: 9:00am - 4.30pm

Course fees: £3,400.
This includes professional National Governing Body memberships, registration fees, entry to external training facilities, equipment bundle to keep upon course completion and use of professional equipment throughout the course. Payment plan options are available.

Accommodation: Accommodation is available in our camping pod village. All pods are fitted with mains power, lights, heating and double glazing for a comfortable stay. Onsite facilities include toilets, showers and use of the kitchen and dining room for self catering. The fee for this option is œ20 per night.


Canoe | Kayak Coach

Canoes on the ocean

British CanoeingBritish Canoeing Discover & 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 you. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach, recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

British CanoeingBritish Canoeing Paddlesport Leader

The primary role of the Paddlesport leader is to supervise, lead and facilitate safe, quality and enjoyable trips based on their group's needs and aspirations. These things can be achieved through choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies. This award focuses on learning through experience.

British CanoeingBritish 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. 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 and non-tidal environments with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award is sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.

Royal Yachting AssociationRoyal Yachting Association Level 2 Powerboat

This is a National Powerboat Certificate which is a gateway into the water sports industry (Dive boat driver, ski boat driver, canoe/kayak umpires) and the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. This discipline will include all aspects of preparation from launching and recovery to safety equipment and boat handling skills. There is also a theory section to cover weather, rope work and rules of the sea (International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea).

You will have access to Pioneer Viking 40hp and Linder 445 Max 30hp power boats during your training.

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme - NICASNational Indoor Climbing Award Scheme Levels 1 & 2

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.

Level 1 - Foundation climber | Level 2 - Top rope climber

Mountain TrainingClimbing Wall Instructor

This training is for climbers who are in a position of responsibility when supervising climbing activities on indoor or outdoor climbing walls, artificial boulders and towers. The training is focused on ensuring good practice leading to the safe enjoyment of climbing activities and a good understanding of the sport. It covers the supervision and management of activities and the teaching of basic movement skills and roped climbing.
To achieve the level required, additional time outside of your weekly course may need to be undertaken.

Mountain bike instructor award scheme - MIASMountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme Level 1

The purpose of this scheme 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. It integrates training, experience and assessment in a variety of testing conditions. Successful completion 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 level required, additional time outside of your weekly course may need to be undertaken.

Mountain Medicine , First AidMountain Medicine, First Aid in the Outdoors

This course is a mix of theory and practical elements with a focus on providing first aid in the outdoor environment. Some practical elements take place outdoors. The course is 2 days and meets requirements of national outdoor governing bodies.

Climbing wall instructor (MT)

Application Form

For more information please contact Mark Peters using the details below:

Telephone: 01726 72901
Address: Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre, Castle Gotha, Porthpean, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6AZ.

To apply for a place on the course this year, please complete the application form and send to Mark Peters using the details above. You will be required to visit the Centre following your application to discuss requirements.

Gallery, Flyer and Application form

Should a place be offered, a deposit of £250 is required at the time of enrolment. Payment plan options are available.

Data Agreement: By completing the application form for this course you will provide your data to Cornwall Outdoors. The Data Controller for all the information you provide is Cornwall Council, County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY. Data Protection Registration Number: ZI745294. The information will be used to provide you with the Cornwall Outdoors training requested as appropriate. This information will be held in a secure environment for 7 years in accordance with the TFF data retention policy after which time it will be destroyed in a secure manner.

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