How to Become an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor

by TheBox News

How to Become an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor

So you want to work as a an outdoor/ adventure instructor… working in great locations and earn a fair wage.

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And you…

  • Love the great outdoors
  • Love working with people
  • Are looking for a career that is inspiring and fulfilling
  • Are looking for a lifestyle that will make you happy and healthy

Then there are three main routes to get there 

  • Seasonal Outdoor Work
  • Study at University
  • Accelerated Instructor Training

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There aren’t very many routes into the outdoor industry. After talking to hundreds of outdoor professionals we think that the huge majority of people follow these routes mentioned above.

We’ve looked at the options available and have summarised some information below, fingers crossed it’ll help a few people on their way.

Seasonal Outdoor Work 

Lots of people start out as seasonal outdoor staff, working in outdoor centres during the summer and keeping themselves busy over the winter. The pay is low and the hours are long but this kind of work can be good fun. It can be a little dispiriting living in shared room and earning a pittance for years but the variety and locations sometimes make up for it.

Perfect for: A gap year, having a good time, working with kids

Not so great: The total cost of spending years working as a trainee or seasonal instructor is hard to calculate. Most people will spend three to four years earning very little and gaining just a few basic qualifications. This route into the industry can be very expensive and time consuming.Bushcraft

Study at University 

Many people choose to study outdoor education at university. There are some great courses in the UK. However, it’s worth considering that even the best courses offer very little in the way of national governing body (NGB) qualifications. Most university courses will cost £9000 a year plus additional fees for NGB’s. The theoretical aspects of the industry are covered in detail, this can lead to an in depth knowledge of key areas relating to outdoor education and adventure.

Perfect for: A route into teaching, to experience ‘student life’

Not so great: Most people are just starting out on their career in the outdoors when they finish university. Course fee’s are currently £9000 a year, when living costs etc are factored in could cost more than £60,000 to follow this path.Bushcraft relax

Accelerated Instructor Training 

Accelerated Instructor Training offers a direct route into the industry. It’s the only way to fast track your way through some of the most important qualifications you need to get started as a professional outdoor instructor. There are a range of companies offering accelerated outdoor instructor training.

Tuition fees range from £5000 - £8000+ for courses lasting 12 – 16 weeks.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to get started in the industry as quickly as possible, anyone looking for a cost effective way of gaining a good level of qualifications and some amazing experience

Not so great: Accelerated Training is intense and needs a great work ethic to maximise results. Coasteering at dusk

Land & Wave Accelerated Instructor Training 

The Land & Wave Accelerated Instructor Training course runs for 14 weeks and costs £5200.

Are you getting value for money?

If you choose any kind of training course it’s essential that you know you’re getting value for money. What do your tuition fees actually pay for? What do you get for your money? What qualifications will you actually leave with?

Training and assessment fees will make up a big proportion of any course. Any high quality, credible course should be running these courses externally. The people coaching you day to day should not always be the same people running training and assessment courses .

Our complete qualification list can be found here: /training/accelerated_instructor_training/


We’re very proud of the quality and value of the Land & Wave: Accelerated Instructor Training course. We can confidently say that say our course is both the best in the business and represents the best possible value.

Why not come and see for yourself ? Give us a call on 01929 423 031 and arrange a visit.Kayak lunch

What’s in it for Land & Wave?

Land & Wave gains all sorts of value from running instructor training courses; we hope to employ most of our instructors direct from winter training, our senior instructors love working on the course and it keeps lots of people busy over the winter. There’s a reason that our Accelerated Instructor Course is so popular. We offer the best range of qualifications, very high quality training, an incredible location and, perhaps most importantly the very best value.

What are you waiting for? 


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