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Outdoor Activities Instructor or Leader

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An outdoor activities instructor or leader teaches individuals and groups, of all ages and abilities, outdoor based activities and watersports such as hillwalking, abseiling, orienteering, canoeing, sailing, skiing and snowboarding.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

An apprentice instructor would normally be based on the National Minimum Wage. At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.90 an hour (1 April 2019).

As an outdoor activities instructor or £30,000 a year. Depending on your terms of employment you may be paid a fee for each excursion, rather than a regular salary. If you work freelance, wages could be £80 to £110 a day plus expenses.

You may be provided with accommodation and meals.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Outdoor education centres (except those where members of an organisation run courses for other members of the same organisation, or where parents accompany young people) must meet the regulations of the Adventure Activities Licensing Service run by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which arranges licences for staff. See the HSE website for more details. There are several ways into this career.

You need:

There are jobs in local authority outdoor centres, centres run by sports bodies and private activity holiday centres. Note that to work in a local authority centre, you may need a teaching qualification – check with the local authority.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
7715
1.7 %
RISE
2024
7847
  United Kingdom
2019
80679
3.1 %
RISE
2024
83210

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You need to be:

You must have a responsible attitude to health and safety. The ability to swim is normally required.

Training

Getting On

More Information

Interest in outdoor sports and activity holidays is increasing and VisitScotland is encouraging active tourism throughout Scotland. So there are more jobs for outdoor experts who are able to teach others. Your prospects are better if you have qualifications in at least two activities. Some centres specialise in outdoor activities for people with disabilities.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
Tel: 0161 445 6111
E-mail: office@thebmc.co.uk
Website: http://www.thebmc.co.uk
Twitter: @Team_BMC
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BritishMountaineeringCouncil

Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
Tel: 01509 226474
E-mail: info@cimspa.co.uk
Website: http://www.cimspa.co.uk
Twitter: @cimspa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIMSPA

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Adventure Activities Licensing
Website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aala/
Twitter: @H_S_E

Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
Tel: 01288 564580
E-mail: institute@outdoor-learning.org
Website: http://www.outdoor-learning.org
Twitter: @IOLOutdoorProfs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outdoor.Learning.Professionals/

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