Outdoor Instructor Training – Getting Experience Before the Course 

Outdoor Instructor Training – Getting Experience Before the Course 

The Land & Wave Outdoor Instructor Training Course is MUCH more than 15 weeks training and 16+ outdoor instructor qualifications. We provide lots of pre-course experience too.
Our aim is to develop well-rounded outdoor professionals. The best way to do this is to provide you with loads of opportunities to work different groups, in different conditions across different activities.
The winter is all about learning and perfecting new skills and gaining qualifications.
Time before your course (that’s now!) provides the perfect chance to get lots of experience alongside our instructors; joining them on sessions, watching how they work and spending as much time as possible in, on and around the water, crag and woods.
As soon as you sign up to the Outdoor Instructor Training course you are offered as much pre-course experience as you want to cram in before the start of the course in November.

Pre-Course Experience and Training 

  1. Free unlimited experience – Starts from today
  2. Free week long residential – August 2017
  3. Free outdoor instructor weekend – 2 & 3 Sept 2017

Why it’s Important

Group Experience – Part of being an instructor is knowing how to lead various groups from school kids to stags groups. We work hard to deliver awesome experiences for every type of client.
Develop your own skills – Whilst shadowing, you’ll be honing your own technical skills, group management, risk assessment and expertise.
Learn from lots of different instructors – We’re incredibly proud of the awesome instructors we employ; lots of them are past trainees who have completed the course. We employ some of the best, most driven people in the industry who love coaching and working in the outdoors.
Learn about ocean, weather and landscape – You’ll start tuning in to tides, ocean swell, wind and become a weather guru in time for the winter.
How to Shadow Sessions
Shadow as many sessions as you want during the Summer – it’s unlimited. We recommend you get a well-rounded view of the industry by trying all the activities we offer.
Once you’re signed up just email phoebe@landandwave.co.uk or call the office on 01929 423 031. Let us know what day you’re free and we’ll get you booked in. We include all the equipment you need.
A day at Land & Wave starts at 08.00 and finishes at around 17.00. You’ll get stuck-in on sessions, helping to kit-up groups, interacting with clients before and after the activity and (of course) take part in the session itself.

Free Residential Shadowing

You are welcome to join us for a full 5 days if you wish. During the week, you’ll be camping at our private campsite (tent & meals provided) and immersing yourself in outdoor company life.
This is an amazing chance to shadow our whole range of activities.

Dates available 

  • 31 July – 4 August
  • 14 – 18 August
  • 21 – 25 August
To arrange this, email phoebe@landandwave.co.uk or call 01929 423 031 to book your place.

Pre-Course Weekend

Before the course starts, we host a weekend of pre-course training. You’ll meet your fellow trainees and coaches, get to know the area, go out on the activities and learn loads about the course.
When:  2 – 3 September 2017
Arrive at 09.30 Saturday 2 September (accommodation available Friday night on request).
This pre-course weekend is exclusively for people that have already signed up to the course and paid the deposit.
We’re really proud of our Outdoor Instructor Training Course.
Get in touch today.

Jobs at Land & Wave – Instructor (Training Package)

Jobs at Land & Wave – Instructor (Training Package) 

Start date – Monday 30th October 2017

We want to grow our full time team.

We’re looking for an Outdoor Instructor who will work in the great outdoors 5 days per week.

The starting salary for this position is £18,000.

This is a training role, we expect to invest very heavily in developing this person’s qualifications and experience.

All training and assessment courses will be paid for by Land & Wave based on a minimum return of service.

This role will be physically and mentally demanding; time off will be spent attending courses and building log book experience.

The Job

Your first 3-6 months will be spent helping us to deliver adventures for our clients, outdoor instructor training and BTEC practical sessions. You’ll use that time to develop your coaching skills and build your log books ready for assessments during Spring 2018.

We hope that by April 2018 you’ll be promoted to Team Leader or Lead Instructor and help us manage and improve our staff team and activities during a very busy season.  You’ll help manage a team, assist with coordinating big projects and take responsibility for key areas that fit your skill set.

Once you’ve been with us a year, we’ll work with you to develop you within an activity-based management role.

You’ll work an average of 44 hours over 5 days a week.

You’ll get 28 days holiday per year.

The Training Package 

We’ll pay for lots of training and qualifications. You’ll get enough relevant coaching time to make huge difference to your log book. As a guide only, over two years, we’d expect you to achieve…

  • BCU Level 2 Coach
  • 4 star Sea Leader
  • 4 star Canoe Leader
  • Mountain Leader Summer
  • SPA
  • D1 Mini Bus Driver
  • Whatever else you have the ability and motivation to succeed at

We’ll pay for all training in full. Time to complete training and assessment courses will be your days off or holiday allocation.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience 

(please don’t apply unless you have these or will have them by Monday 30th October 2017)

  • 2 years experience working within the outdoor industry
  • SPA Training
  • Bushcraft Experience (ability to lead half day sessions for kids)
  • Some coasteering experience
  • BCU Level One Coach
  • A BCU 3 Star Leader Award (or be ready for assessment)
  • A driving licence 

Who We Want

The ability to work with other people and build really positive long term working relationships is essential.

You must be kind and compassionate.

You should be; enthusiastic, articulate and innovative; the ability to adapt, overcome and create solutions (rather than just pointing out problems) is really important.

We value trust, loyalty and friendship above most other things…

Guidance 

This role will be hard work, it will test you physically and mentally; most weekends will be spent on courses or building your log book. You will need to carefully manage your own fitness to perform within a  Instructor role and be successful in your own training.

All training and assessment courses will be paid for by Land & Wave based on a minimum return of service.

Please research the company and local area before you apply for the job.

How to Apply

Please apply before Friday the 4th of August 2017.

Interviews will be held, by arrangement, during August

To apply please send a CV and cover letter via email to owen@landandwave.co.uk. Please use ‘Instructor (Training Package)’ as the title of your email.

Please don’t send a CV that’s more than two pages long.

If you have any questions about this position please send me an email. Be clear, specific and concise.

Land & Wave People – Sophie Tanner – Operations

Land & Wave People – Sophie Tanner

An Adventure is always better when you have brilliant people to share it with.

Land & Wave people are wonderful human beings, our little company wouldn’t be half as much fun without them.

Every single person that works for Land & Wave helps to shape what we do and how we do it.

 

Sophie Tanner – Operations 

Sophie is in charge of making sure things at Land & Wave actually happen; when they’re supposed to and how they’re supposed to. She makes sure people and equipment are in the right place at the right time. Somehow she also finds the time to jump in the sea, get in the woods and teach our brilliant BTEC course – she’s a master of all things Land & Wave.

Sophie lives in Swanage, she has a springer spaniel called Roxy, drives a MASSIVE van and loves the sun, cheese and the finer things in life.

Sophie has been working for Land & Wave for 8 years. She refuses to believe that it has been quite that long.

Sophie Tanner – Facts and Figures

Special skill: Accessorising

Hair: 9/10 – under control almost 50% of the time…

Arts and Crafts: 8/10 – if you need a jumper knitted or a wall hanging macraméd then Soph is your girl

Favourite food: Cheese.

Favourite place to be: On the beach or in the sea. Anywhere sunny.

Looks great in: Head bands

Sophie Tanner at Land & Wave

Sophie had dreams of being a club rep; instead she came to work for Land & Wave. She is SUPER organised and hardly ever relies on working really hard at the last minute.

Sophie teaches on the BTEC course, trains our instructors, runs first aid courses, co-ordinates staffing and loads more. She’s pretty indispensable and we’re always a little nervous that, one day, she’ll realise that.

What Sophie says

Favourite thing about working for Land & Wave: Being outside when it’s sunny. Jumping in the sea.

Favourite thing: Van life, trips away, windy beaches, sunny days after a grey winter.

What on earth will I be doing in 5 years: More things in the sunshine…

Love Land & Wave People!

www.landandwave.co.uk/about-land-and-wave/

Land & Wave People – Owen Senior – Business Development

Land & Wave People – Owen Senior 

An adventure is always better when you have brilliant people to share it with.

Land & Wave people are wonderful human beings, our little company wouldn’t be half as much fun without them.

Every single person that works for Land & Wave helps to shape what we do and how we do it.

Owen Senior – Business Development  

Owen is a full time ‘Jack of all trades’ he works in the office figuring out how to create new bigger, better, adventures and how to shout about them; occasionally he’s allowed out of the office to jump in the sea or play in the woods.

Owen lives in Swanage, has two Labradors, drives a Pick Up Truck and has a mighty beard.

Owen has been working for Land & Wave for 8 years. He is old now.

Owen Senior the Facts and Figures

Special skill: Being so calm and patient absolutely all of the time

Hair: 1/10 (He hasn’t got any)

Beard: 8/10 (Solid)

Arts and Crafts: 1/10 Owen can’t draw, paint or knit. His hands are too big and clumsy

Favourite food: Meat

Favourite place to be: Anywhere lots of people aren’t

Looks great in: Tweed

Owen Senior at Land & Wave

Owen is part of the furniture at Land & Wave, he makes himself useful despite being so old and tired.

Owen drinks a completely normal and average amount of coffee, his coffee consumption is sometimes exaggerated by people to explain his extraordinary productivity

Owen is quite fat, he is the only person at Land & Wave that wears a XXL uniform T- Shirt.

What Owen says

Favourite thing about working for Land & Wave: People – everyone is kind and considerate most of the time.

Favourite thing: Food, People, Quiet

Why don’t I shave my beard off: Why don’t you go shave your face off?

What on earth will I be doing in 5 years: Growing tomatoes

Love Land & Wave People!

www.landandwave.co.uk/about-land-and-wave/

Land & Wave People – Jack Campion – Lead Instructor

Land & Wave People – Jack Campion 

An Adventure is always better when you have brilliant people to share it with.

Land & Wave people are wonderful human beings, our little company wouldn’t be half as much fun without them.

Every single person that works for Land & Wave helps to shape what we do and how we do it.

Jack Campion – Lead Instructor 

Jack is a full time Lead Instructor, he spends loads of time out in the landscape helping people have Epic Experiences, he helps us develop our staff team, coordinates residentials and works really hard.

Jack lives in Swanage, LOVES a kayak, spends hours in his allotment and drives a super pimp, almost new, shiny, not smelly at all van.

Jack has been working for Land & Wave off and on for 7 years, he’s been part of the full time team for 2 years.

Jack Campion the Facts and Figures

Special skill: Locating and eating chicken

Hair: 5/10 (There are more important things to worry about in life)

Arts and Crafts: 7/10 Jack has won awards for flower arranging and growing the largest marrow in East Dorset

Favourite food: Chicken

Favourite place to be: Rivers

Looks great in: Anything which doesn’t make him look a bit pale

Jack Campion at Land & Wave

Jack is a full time Lead Instructor; he helps Land & Wave train instructors and sets high standards, he make sure our evening our activities are good enough.

Jack struggles to find T-shirts that fit. He doesn’t have fat shoulders. We’re working with our uniform suppliers to get this worked out.

Jack has worked for Land  & Wave in various guises since he was 18. He’s part of the family!

What Jack Says

Favourite thing about working for Land & Wave: Higher that average ratio of ginger people

Favourite thing: My Kayak

Why I don’t get rid of my van: Because it hardly ever breaks anymore

What on earth will I be doing in 5 years: No idea!

 

Love Land & Wave People!

www.landandwave.co.uk/about-land-and-wave/

Land & Wave People – Matt Roberts – Lead Instructor

Land & Wave People – Matt Roberts 

An Adventure is always better when you have brilliant people to share it with.

Land & Wave people are wonderful human beings, our little company wouldn’t be half as much fun without them.

Every single person that works for Land & Wave helps to shape what we do and how we do it.

Matt Roberts – Lead Instructor 

Matt is a full time Lead Instructor, he spends loads of time out in the landscape helping people have Epic Experiences, he manages a staff team, coordinates residentials and solves problems.

Matt lives in Poole, plays rugby, loves a sandwich, drives a fiesta and has MASSIVE thighs.

Matt has been working for Land & Wave for three and a half years.

Matt Roberts the Facts and Figures

Special skill: Eating lots of food quickly and with minimal waste, Matt has won 3 national eating competitions (really – Google it)

Hair: 6/10 Matt knows what he likes and is afraid of change

Arts and Crafts: 5/10 Matt can crotchet but his drawing isn’t great

Favourite food: Sandwiches

Favourite place to be: The Mountains

Looks great in: A check shirt

Matt Roberts at Land & Wave

Matt is a full time Lead Instructor; he helps Land & Wave maintain really high standards by managing our team of instructors.

Matt helps us keep our equipment in good order, he has a little cupboard in stores which he sometimes naps in.

Matt rips more pairs of shorts than any other member of staff; his thighs are gargantuan, lunges are a problem.

Matt’s got loads of experience and qualifications, at the moment he’s working towards his Mountain Instructor Award and is spending loads of time on the river in his kayak

 

What Matt says

Favourite thing about working for Land & Wave: The diversity of work

Favourite thing: My Casio

Why I never change my hair style: If it’s not broke don’t fix it.

What on earth will I be doing in 5 years: Having adventures

Love Land & Wave People!

www.landandwave.co.uk/about-land-and-wave/

Jobs at Land & Wave | Lead Instructor (Training Package) | £20,000 + Specific Training Budget (Internal)

Jobs at Land & Wave – Lead Instructor (Training Package) – Internal 

Start date – Monday 30th October 2017

We want to grow our full time team.

We’re looking for an activity focused Lead Instructor who will normally work in the great outdoors 5 days per week.

The starting salary for this position is £20,000.

This is a training role, we expect to invest very heavily in developing this person’s qualifications and experience.

All training and assessment courses will be paid for by Land & Wave based on a minimum return of service.

This role will be physically and mentally demanding; time off will be spent attending courses and building log book experience.

The Job

Your first 3-6 months will be spent helping us to deliver a variety of outdoor instructor training. You’ll use that time to develop your coaching skills and build your log books ready for assessments during Spring 2018.

From April 2018 you’ll help us manage and improve our staff team and activities during a very busy season.  You’ll manage a team, coordinate big projects and take responsibility for key areas that fit your skill set.

Once you’ve been with us a year, we’ll work with you to develop you within an activity-based management role.

You’ll work an average of 44 hours over 5 days a week.

You’ll get 28 days holiday per year.

The Training Package 

We’ll pay for lots of training and qualifications. You’ll get enough relevant coaching time to make huge difference to your log book. As a guide only, over 18 months, we’d expect you to achieve…

  • BCU Level 2 Coach
  • 4 star Sea Leader
  • 4 star Canoe Leader
  • Mountain Leader Summer
  • SPA
  • D1 Mini Bus Driver
  • Whatever else you have the ability and motivation to succeed at

We’ll pay for all training in full. Time to complete training and assessment courses will be your days off or holiday allocation.  Minimum Qualifications and Experience 

(please don’t apply unless you have these or will have them by Monday 30th October 2017)

  • 2 years experience working within the outdoor industry
  • SPA Training
  • Coasteering experience in a good variety of locations (inc different areas of the UK)
  • Mountain Leader Summer Training
  • 3 Star Sea Leader
  • One other 3 Star Leader Award
  • 4 Star Leader Training in at least one discipline
  • BCU Level One Coach
  • A driving licence 

Who We Want

The ability to work with other people and build really positive long term working relationships is essential.

You must be kind and compassionate.

You should be; enthusiastic, articulate and innovative; the ability to adapt, overcome and create solutions (rather than just pointing out problems) is really important.

We value trust, loyalty and friendship above most other things…

Guidance 

To be considered for this role we’ll need to know that you are already being tenacious in terms of your own personal development.

At interview you will be asked what else you have planned to develop professionally (should you not be offered the job), you’ll need to answer this question well.

This role will be hard work, it will test you physically and mentally; most weekends will be spent on courses or building your log book. You will need to carefully manage your own fitness to perform within a Lead Instructor role and be successful in your own training.

All training and assessment courses will be paid for by Land & Wave based on a minimum return of service.

How to Apply

This position is only available to current or past Land & Wave employees.

Please apply before Friday the 30th June 2017.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 10th July.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter via email to owen@landandwave.co.uk. Please use ‘Lead Instructor (Training Package)’ as the title of your email.

Please don’t send a CV that’s more than two pages long.

If you want to talk to me about this position please come and have a chat early in the morning; I’m in at about 07:30 most days.

Charge on!

Margaret Green | Land & Wave | Fundraising Events – Join us and Support Local

Margaret Green Logo

Margaret Green Logo

 

We’re very happy to announce we’re working with Margaret Green to help fundraise for their awesome cause.

We’ve set up two days of awesome adventure for you to get involved at half price and ALL proceeds go to them.

We’re keeping things local; we’ll be down at Swanage beach 09:30 – 11:30 for Paddle Boarding – £15pp,  June 4 and August 20.

Then come and join us on for an afternoon at Dancing Ledge for some Coasteering – £25pp, June 4 and August 20.

Simply book online HERE and that’s it!

If you aren’t familiar with Margaret Green they’re a local animal rescue centre, they have a few bases around the UK the closest being just down the road from Land & Wave HQ in Church Knowle. They take in pets that have become homeless and give them a warm bed, lots of love and attention and most importantly they find them a new forever home to go to.

They receive no government funding and rely on public donations and support to help rescue the large number of animals that come through their door every year.

They have tons of amazing events all the time to help with the fundraising and after getting our campsite chickens from them, we asked if there was something we could do to help. This is where you come in…

In case you missed it last time the booking link is HERE.

All the money we make goes to Margaret Green – you’ll be having a great adventure and helping a great cause along the way.

Spread the word, we want as many people involved as possible – spaces are limited so if you’re interested get booking and get re-sharing.

Check out Margaret Green on Facebook for up to date information on what’s happening at the centre and other ways you can get involved.

If you’re more of a picture person then have a sneak peak at our Instagram, or if you’re all about 140 characters our Twitter is always worth following.

We look forward to seeing you for the adventure.

#SupportLocal #SharingIsCaring

The Casio System Explained

The ‘Casio System’ – An Idiots Guide 

The Casio System has been used to recognise and reward exemplary performance and high standards in the outdoor adventure sector for many, many years.

The Casio System is beautifully simple and sublimely flexible – perfect for fast paced, customer service focused industry.

The Basics 

The Casio System utilises the benefits of both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards systems. Loosely based on the Gerhart and Rynes (2003) system but offering core simplification of the complex and sometimes confusing subject of indirect compensation.

The Casio System operates on 3 distinct levels with some crossover within adjacent levels, in exceptional circumstances there is some crossover between all three levels.

Primary – motivations for decision making, knowledge of outcome, cause and effect, alacrity, improving short term experience for peers

Secondary – effect of action, consistency of behaviour, measuring response, duplication of positive, longevity of purpose, planning

Tertiary – consistent unselfish positive action, recurring unrewarded positive action, tenacity, improving mid – long term experience for peers

Complexity 

The Casio System takes great steps forward in demonstrating the efficacy of rewards while reducing the liability of reward design within management attention.

That said, as with any reward system, some resolution will be based on subjective decision making by managers. The Casio System helps ensure the consistency of that subjective management system by utilising evidence based criteria eliminating a potential critical blind spot.

The System 

NB: It is worth noting that Land & Wave has combined the earlier ‘Myers’  Casio System with the most recent, and far more complex ‘Pfeffer’ Casio system

Blue Casio’s are used to reward Secondary and Tertiary action and response when linked with Primary (or Secondary) action

Green Casio’s are used to reward Primary and Secondary action when linked with Tertiary response, they can be linked to a secondary focus.

Yellow Casio’s are used for Tertiary reward but can be backtracked to utilise a Primary lens

Orange Casio’s  are primarily used for Tertiary planning (occasionally primary response)

Silver, Gold and ‘Specialist’ Casio’s are issued with more subjectivity than other Casio’s but will normally have some Tertiary focus when combined with a cross linked underlier

Classic Casio’s have been known to bypass the normal rotate process and can be issued based on no less than a 67.56 average.

And that’s it. Simple!

Any questions about the system should be directed to Paul Taylor – our resident expert.

Easter: What’s On

Easter Activities

Kids Holiday Club

Exciting adventures this Easter for children aged 8-14. Our Ofsted-approved Kids Club includes different activities every day; Rock Climbing, Paddle Boarding, Bushcraft, Raft Building and Kayaking.

Book online HERE and use code ‘easter30’ to get 30% off single days and full week bookings. We now accept childcare vouchers, please call the office to use them 01929 423 031.

£40pp per day (£28pp with discount)

£159pp for 4 days (£112 with discount)

Running until 21 April.

Coasteering – Easter Sessions

We currently have the following Coasteering sessions for small groups and individuals (Age 8+):

Good Friday 14 April | 10.00 – 13.00 | £45pp

Easter Saturday 15 April | 09.30 – 12.30 | £45pp

Call 01929 423 031 to book

Paddle Boarding & Kayaking – Easter Sessions

We have the following sessions available at Sandbanks (Age 8+):

Easter Saturday 15 April | 10.00 – 12.00 – Paddle Boarding | £30pp

Easter Saturday 15 April | 13.00 – 15.00 – Kayaking | £30pp

Call 01929 423 031 to book

Bushcraft – Easter Sessions

We have the following Bushcraft sessions available near Corfe Castle. Includes fire lighting and wild game butchery (Age 8+):

Saturday 22 April | 10.00 – 12.00 | £30pp

Call 01929 423 031 to book