8-Week Outdoor Instructor Training Course in Pembrokeshire

£ 4,200

Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire

8-Week Outdoor Instructor Training Course in Pembrokeshire
£ 4,200

Activity Highlights:

Ever imagined turning your passion for the outdoors into a rewarding career? Our program offers the chance to fulfill that dream by becoming a certified instructor in a variety of outdoor activities.

During the 8-week course, you’ll acquire skills and qualifications in ISA surf and SUP instruction, kayaking, lifesaving, first aid, and more. Whether you decide to pursue opportunities locally in Pembrokeshire or venture internationally to work with our partners across Europe, Morocco, and Indonesia, this course equips you with the expertise to thrive anywhere.

Key Details

  • Duration: 8 weeks (4 days a week, 9am – 5pm)
  • Cost: £4200
  • 2024 Dates: Feb 5 – Mar 31, Apr 8 – Jun 2, May 20 – Jul 14, Jun 24 – Aug 18, 2024

Course Breakdown

Our course offers extensive training in surfing, coasteering, beach lifeguarding, SUP, kayaking, and first aid. Along with practical skills, you’ll learn about planning, risk assessments, safeguarding, health and safety, and more.

Key Skills & Activities

Over the course of 8 weeks, you will have the opportunity to hone and develop a lot of key skills. These include:

  • Surfing
  • Coasteering
  • Beach Lifeguarding
  • Stand-Up Paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Team Building
  • Planning
  • Risk Assessments and hazard awareness
  • First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • RIDDOR awareness
  • Risk Assessing (including COVID 19 RA)
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace
  • Manual Handling
  • Longevity in the industry & personal development
  • Interview & CV writing skills
  • Coaching barriers and adaptations
  • Team Building and icebreakers
  • Housekeeping, (invoicing, time management, professionalism)
  • And much more…

Training Opportunities

The qualifications you work towards will be dependent on individual competencies, interests, and conditions. We will plan this with you. We generally offer the following qualifications, and most participants complete 8 in 8 weeks:

  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor
  • ISA Level 2 Surf Instructor
  • ISA Level 1 Flat Water SUP Instructor
  • SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Qualification
  • SLSGB Surf Coach Rescue and Safety Competency Qualification
  • Level 1 Emergency First Aider
  • Level 2 Intermediate First Aider
  • In House Kayak Guide Training
  • In House Coasteering Guide Training
  • In House Jumbo SUP Leader Training
  • In House Wildlife Awareness Training (Pembrokeshire Marine Code)
  • In House Incident Management, Safety and Rescue Training

Your Day-To-Day

Your day-to-day experience on the course will be dynamic and engaging. Each day begins with planning and preparing various activities, where you’ll actively participate, offer explanations, and demonstrate different aspects of the tasks at hand. You’ll have the opportunity to shadow experienced coaches, gaining insights and contributing to lessons, especially in specialised areas like surfing or SUP. A significant part of your training involves meeting the assisting hour requirements essential for various qualifications.

Ensuring the safety and readiness of all equipment and facilities is a key responsibility. You’ll be involved in explaining safety procedures to others, conducting thorough risk assessments, and maintaining detailed logbooks and theoretical work. Managing the center’s cleanliness and organising equipment will also be part of your routine.

Expect to start your mornings with pre-class swims and wind down with post-work surf sessions, fostering camaraderie among your peers. Additionally, you’ll spend time with the team exploring Pembrokeshire’s most breathtaking beaches, coves, estuaries, and gullies, making every day a new adventure in this picturesque setting.

Paid Employment Opportunities

During the course, there’s a possibility for paid employment opportunities. Should you be interested, please inform us. Whether it’s gaining retail experience at our surf shops or assisting with our community surf programs, we always appreciate an extra pair of hands!

FREE Equipment Package – Worth £550!

When you train with us, you’ll receive a complimentary outdoor equipment package valued at £550!

Included in your essential outdoor gear set:

  • 1 wetsuit
  • 1 dry robe
  • 1 dry bag

Additional items, adding up to a total value of £550, will vary based on your specific needs and the season.

Location

Training occurs at multiple locations across South Pembrokeshire, including Pembroke, Freshwater West, Saundersfoot, Tenby, and Stackpole Quay.

Accommodation

Self-catered accommodation is included in the course price for the full 8 weeks. This will be a team house for everyone on the course, and is conveniently located between our various training locations in Pembrokeshire.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • Good fitness level.
  • Swimming ability (200m in under 5 minutes, 400m in under 8 minutes by course end).
  • Ability to run 200m in under 1 minute.
  • Strong teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
  • No prior qualifications or proficiency in course activities needed.

Why Choose Us?

Our course offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the outdoor industry, guided by professional instructors. You’ll receive extensive training in a variety of disciplines, making you highly employable worldwide. With small group sizes, personal equipment, and diverse training locations, our course is an ideal gateway to a fulfilling career in outdoor instruction.

Join us for a life-changing experience in the beautiful Pembrokeshire outdoors. We’re excited to guide you on your path to becoming a professional outdoor instructor!

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What's Included:

  • 8 weeks of 'on-the-job' training experience.
  • Shared self-catering accommodation for 8 weeks.
  • Personal equipment package worth £550.
  • Instruction from 8 highly qualified ISA and SLSGB assessors.
  • All course fees and an Enhanced DBS check certificate.
  • Opportunities for paid work post-course completion.
  • Small group size (max 10 participants).
  • Completion of required intern hours for qualifications.
  • Experience coaching all ages and abilities are our centres across South Pembrokeshire.
  • SLSGB Membership fee (worth £35).
  • Use of top of the range equipment for the duration of the course.

What's Not Included:

  • Meals and transportation.
  • Personal clothing and gear outside of the provided equipment package.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have a choice of qualifications, and this will depend on individual competencies, experience, interests, and conditions. You will complete 8 qualifications in 8 weeks. We offer:

  1. ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course
  2. ISA Level 2 Surf Instructor Course
  3. ISA Flat Water SUP Instructor Course
  4. SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Course
  5. ISA/ILS Surf & SUP Coach Safety & Rescue Course
  6. Coasteering Lifesaver Award
  7. Kayak Leader Assessment
  8. First Aid Courses
  9. Sea Kayak Leader Training

Our experience spans over 25 years in delivering surf lessons and professional development courses, not just in Pembrokeshire but across the globe. Our passion for educating the upcoming generation of surfers, paddle boarders, and beach lifeguards remains strong, whether it’s along the rugged Welsh coastlines or the exotic shores of France and Bali.

Dean, our leader and a seasoned waterman, has proudly represented Great Britain in competitive surfing. As a surf ambassador in regions like the UK/Europe, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, he plays a pivotal role in aiding national bodies to forge clear developmental pathways for these sports. With a quarter-century of expertise in surf, SUP, and lifesaving training for all skill levels, Dean is also committed to collaborating with Disability Sport Wales, community groups, schools, the National Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, and international organisations.

We regularly offer employment opportunities, particularly to locals who have trained with us. If you’re seeking a role and have completed a course with us, don’t hesitate to enquire about potential job openings.

Yes we are. We have £10 million public liability insurance and all instructors & surf crew are fully qualified & members of the NGB.

There are no hidden costs from us, but you should be aware of the following costs associated with training as an outdoor instructor:

  • You will have to keep up-to-date with your membership to the ISA, which is the international governing body.
  • Personal membership costs to certain National Governing Bodies, such as British Canoeing (average cost £75).
  • DBS update service (if required – £13 annually).

Most qualifications need to be renewed 12 – 24 months from assessment date. Please ask if you want more clarification on a specific award.

As part of your course, you will be trained in multiple locations around South Pembrokeshire, both on land, on the beach and in the water. We have activity bases in Pembroke, Freshwater West, Saundersfoot, Tenby and Stackpole Quay.

Most training will be held at our Activity Centre on Gupton Farm, Castlemartin, SA71 5HW.

Accommodation is included, which will be a team house for everyone on the course.

Food is not included but facilities within the accommodation will cater towards cooking etc, and the venues that we operate from have nearby cafes. Our venues also have some basic facilities like kettles and microwave. You can always bring a packed lunch to the day sessions, too.

Just send the adventuro team a message on the live chat! They can put us in touch to discuss anything you need more detail on. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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