Coach/Activity Leader Block Training Courses
Fast Track Instructor Training Programme
Our unique location and company set up is the perfect combination for running Coach/Activity Leader Training Courses, giving you the opportunity to gain a solid grounding and NGB awards in the variety of outdoor activities we deliver.
The training programme will last for 16 weeks, commencing November through to the second week in March the following year. You will stay in our 6-bed bunkhouse and the cost of the course includes your food, accommodation and transport throughout your stay.
We operate throughout the Scottish Highlands and beyond, offering a wide range of activities as introductory days – canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, coasteering, boogie boarding, surfing and burn scrambling, as well as team working, personal development, leadership training courses and many BCU awards in coaching, personal skills and safety. Other activity providers who work closely with us can also provide additional awards and training as required.
If you’re new to the exciting world of adventure activities we’ll help you gain your first qualifications and if you already have experience we’ll take you to the next level through our outdoor instructor courses.
You’ll be an active trainee with some of your learning experience being hands-on, working with groups under the direction of one of our coaches/activity leaders. At other times training will be in classroom sessions as well as working, playing and exploring your outdoor working environment. With over 15 years of industry experience, we have in-depth knowledge and know exactly what you need to become a successful Coach/Activity Leader. Throughout the course you’ll receive ongoing individual feedback as we develop your potential, additional qualities and the essential soft skills required for working with children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities. At the end of the course you’ll be fully prepared for a rewarding and exciting career in the outdoors.
- You will receive a full range of coaching sessions including information on current regulations, working as an instructor, coaching techniques, risk assessments, activity emergency procedures and incident management – there will be a maximum trainer per student ratio of 1:6.
- You will be involved in and work on a full programme of activities over the period of your training. The work will be progressive with the goal to presenting you for NGB awards either at training or assessment standard by the end of the course. Part of your experience will be gained by working with groups under the watchful eye of one of our trainers/coaches.
UKCC: 1–4 star personal skill awards. We will use your development time to expand your personal canoe and kayak skills to your potential within the time frame.
UKCC – Foundation Safety and Rescue Test: 1-day safety and rescue training, a pre requisite for starting out on to the coaching ladder.
UKCC – Level 1 Coach Award or Level 2 Award: For those who have managed to gain the appropriate pre-requisites.
UKCC: White Water Safety and Rescue Training: Ideal training for those looking to progress to working as river guides, gorge walking and coasteering leaders.
HSE First Aid Training: 2-day (16hr) course of theory and practical based training, currently valid for 3 years – meets with required certification for outdoor qualifications.
Rafting: Introduction to rafting skills and raft leader awards.
Trail Bike Leader Training: Introductory qualification in leading groups for activity on two wheels.
Snow Sports Introductory Training: We will make use of the local ski slopes whenever the conditions are suitable.
Climbing: You will receive basic climbing training skills on a local indoor climbing wall and if weather conditions are good at a local climbing location.