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To give you a little taste of what winter is like at Land & Wave, here is what a typical water based week is like on the Outdoor Instructor Training course..

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A typical week on the Outdoor Instructor Training Course

The Outdoor Instructor Training with Land & Wave is a 15 Week insensitive instructor training course where you can gain between 14-16 qualifications.

These qualifications give you the needed experience and knowledge to begin your career in the outdoors.

Our next course is running from the 1st November 2021 to 25th February 2022. 

Training is Monday to Friday and the weekends are your own. You can either spend them resting or going out adventuring in the Purbecks.

Each week is full of learning, practicing and gaining new skills.

The course is split into 2 sections, water based and land based. Half the trainees will train in water based sports for the first half of the course and the others will complete land based.

The groups then switch after Christmas.

To give you a little taste of what winter is like at Land & Wave, here is what a typical water based week is like on the Outdoor Instructor Training course.

Monday - Kayaking

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The first day of the week will usually start with a recap of the previous skills learnt in that activity or if it is the first time doing that activity, we’ll begin with basics.

The beauty of the Outdoor Instructor Training is that you’re in small groups. This means our coaches can give you plenty of attention and make sure you get the coaching you need to progress.

Each group has around 8 people in, so there is loads of time to practice as well as get 1-2-1 advice from the coaches.

Tuesday - Kayaking

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The Purbecks are filled with loads of amazing locations. We make sure to utilise them all during your time on the course.

Different environments lead to learning new skills and techniques in your personal skills as well as progressing your instructing/coaching ability too.

That is one of the great things about the Outdoor Instructor Training, as well as developing your personal skills, you'll also be developing your own coaching skills too.

With our coaches being experts in the industry, it means they have loads of experience and tricks to make sure you become the best instructors and coaches in the business.

Wednesday - Canoeing

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To make sure you keep developing your skills across all the water based activities we’ll usually change up the discipline mid week.

This means you can keep practicing your skills in all the activities and it gives you time to think about and consolidate what you’ve learnt in the other crafts too.

With the weather and water getting chilly throughout the winter, you’ll be glad of the drysuit you get in the kit package.

The drysuit is a game changer when it comes to paddling. It means you can spend all day in the water without getting wet or cold.

It also means you can practice your rescue techniques and push your skills further without the worry of getting wet when you inevitably fall in.

Thursday - Canoeing

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Throughout the course you’ll get the chance to learn new skills from different coaches.

We get external coaches to come in and help teach. This means you get the experience of seeing how other coaches teach too.

These external coaches are experts in their field.

Darren Joy (Fluid Skills) who comes in to help assess paddling qualifications, as well as deliver training too, is an incredible paddler and is always a favourite among trainees on the course.

Each session on the Outdoor Instructor Training course is carefully planned out so that you keep developing and ticking off the skills required to pass and achieve the qualifications on the course.

Friday - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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Supping is definitely the wettest activity when you first start out on the course.

The first few sessions will be spent falling off the board and feeling like you’re learning to walk again.

However, you’ll soon pick up the technique and feel like you’ve got the hang of it.

This goes for all the activities on the course. When you start the course you don’t need to have any experience and it can take a bit of learning to get used to the different sports.

Our coaches are here to teach you all the skills you need to develop and become awesome instructors. 

Some people may pick-up sports quicker but our coaches will make sure you get the time and attention needed to excel in all the activities.

Saturday & Sunday

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Saturday & Sunday are usually your days off and you are free to do whatever. 

Dorset and the Purbecks are filled with loads of amazing places to go and explore.

The weekends are also a great time to relax, refuel and recharge after a busy week of activities.

There are also lots of local pubs where you can spend time unwinding and laughing about the adventures you’ve all been up to during the past week.

We also run workshops and evening seminars on lots of different subjects e.g; CV writing, Job Hunting, Health, Adventure, Travel (etc) to help you progress and develop in the outdoors.

If the Outdoor Instructor Training course sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can find out more information here.

We also have our first Open Days coming up on the 2nd and 3rd of April.

If you’re interested or would like to know more please send an email titled ‘OIT Open Day’ to jonny@landandwave.co.uk and we can give you some more info.

Make sure to check out our socials to stay up to date with all our adventures!



To find out more about our Land Based Weeks check out our blog here.

by Jonny Berry

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