Career outlook for outdoor activities instructor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead groups of people on trips to the countryside and wilderness areas. You’d teach them new skills so they can safely enjoy outdoor sports and activities.
It would be important to have excellent skills in at least one outdoor activity such as:
- Hillwalking and mountaineering or climbing
- Canoeing, sailing or surfing
- Skiing or snowboarding
There are different types of courses you could provide, including:
- Leisure activities for adults and young people
- Team-building exercises for employees of a company or organisation
- Activity courses for disadvantaged young people
- Plan and prepare activities to suit the needs, abilities and experience of each group
- Explain, advise on and demonstrate activities
- Instruct in one or more specialist areas, such as sailing or climbing
- Make sure that all equipment and facilities are safe
- Explain safety procedures
- Check weather conditions before starting the session
- Assess the hazards and manage risks
Outdoor activities can be dangerous so you’d need to have a very high awareness of health and safety issues and be able to deal with accidents. People will trust you to keep them safe.
Some people may scared or nervous about taking part; you’d need to gently motivate and encourage them.
If you are working with young people sometimes you might need to work hard to inspire them to take part. You may also sometimes have to deal with challenging behaviour.
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