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Apprenticeship: Gain over £6K of qualifications in 12 months

Apprenticeship opportunity with over £6K of qualifications and training. Train to be Outdoor Activity Instructor

About the Land & Wave Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship…

Apprenticeships with Land & Wave are excellent. This Outdoor Apprenticeship delivers over 6K of professional Instructor Training, with National Governing Body qualifications, many of which are featured in our professional Outdoor Instructor Training Course HERE.

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Land & Wave is a thriving independent adventure activity centre based in Swanage, Dorset, with over 12 years experience of training people to become excellent outdoor instructors. We pride ourselves on providing action-packed experiences ranging from school trips to stag parties both on land and sea. Our training academy has paved the way for hundreds of people to launch happy, satisfying careers in the outdoor industry. This is our second year of running an Apprenticeship – following a hugely successful cohort last year.

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Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship – the details

If you love the outdoors and want to pursue a career in it, then this apprenticeship scheme is the perfect opportunity to dive into something that actually sets your world on fire. During the 12-13 months you’ll gain 14 (NGB) qualifications PLUS a wide range of in-house qualifications too, which will bolster your skills in instructing and managing groups of all ages.

Why work for us?

Here at Land & Wave, we’re a close-knit bunch of both family and friends, so you’ll be welcomed with open arms. You can expect a friendly, personal experience whilst gaining professional, relevant qualifications to propel you into your outdoor career. You’ll train alongside three other apprentices for 2023/24 and meet plenty of other aspiring outdoor professionals as they start their career in Outdoor Adventure.


Our apprentices from last year are now working as fully qualified outdoor activity instructors this Summer- what an achievement in such a short space of time! They are now armed with professional qualifications that they can use across the UK and worldwide.

Many of our past trainees have gone on to work all over the world including: Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cyprus, China, Scotland, Ireland, Canada to name a few.


National Governing Body (NGB) Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

Mountain Training
-Lowland leader training
-Lowland leader assessment

British Canoeing

-Canoe award
-Sea Kayak award
-Stand up paddle-board sheltered water award
-Foundation safety & rescue training
-Coastal navigation & tidal planning
-Paddlesport instructor

DofE (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award)
-Duke of Edinburgh expedition supervisor/assessor

FAA (First Aid Awards)
-Outdoor first aid – 16 hours
-Level 2 safeguarding course

– Level 2 Bushcraft Instructor Training
– Level 2 Bushcraft Instructor Assessment

RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society)
-Water safety management program level 3

NCC (National Coasteering Charter)
– National Coasteering Charter Guide training

Outdoor Instructor Training


-Food Hygiene Level 2
-Enhanced DBS

Internal training / ‘soft non-accredited skills’:

-Raft building
-Team building
-Slip ‘n’ slide
-Sports/Mini olympics



-Grade 4 / Grade C equivalent in GCSE Maths AND English
-Driving license and own transport strongly advisable
-Energy and desire to be outdoors (in all weathers)
-Strong work ethic
-Aged 18+ (no maximum age)

Accommodation is NOT included for the duration of your apprenticeship, however we can provide FREE camping accommodation from May – September if it’s helpful. You will need to get to Swanage each day Monday – Friday 08.30 – 17.00.

Holiday: 28 days paid holiday

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Some applications have been successful in claiming Universal Credit during their apprenticeship year, which maybe helpful.

Application procedures

Email with a cover letter about why you want to be selected for this apprenticeship opportunity.
Please include your phone number and we’ll call you for a chat in the first instance

There will be two opportunities to join our 2-day selection weekend .
Option 1: 17 and 18 July
Option 2: 25 and 26 July

We are offering four apprenticeship opportunities for the 2023/24 intake.


You can find out more about the Land & Wave Outdoor Instructor Training HERE

An excellent apprenticeship opportunity with incredible qualifications

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