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Outdoor activities instructor

Outdoor activities instructors lead trips and teach skills in activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding.

Potential salary
£12,000 to £30,000
Working hours
36 to 38 variable
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • planning and preparing activities
  • explaining, advising on and demonstrating activities
  • instructing in specialist areas, like sailing or climbing
  • making sure all equipment and facilities are safe
  • explaining safety procedures

You could work at an activity centre or in the countryside.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often, physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You could work on contract, or do freelance work.

With experience, you could progress to centre management, or set up your own activity centre.

The Institute for Outdoor Learning has more information on becoming an outdoor activities instructor.

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