Outdoor Instructor Training | The People

Outdoor Instructor Training in Dorset is brilliant, it’s brilliant because of the landscape, the activities, the adventures and most importantly the people that work with us to create an incredible environment for learning and development

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People are Important 

The Land & Wave 15 week Outdoor Instructor Training course is unique and wonderful, it's at the heart of our company, it shapes what we do and how we do it, immersing brilliant people in the outdoor industry for 15 weeks is an incredible way to spend a Winter at work.

We've worked very hard to make our course fantastic, we've learnt that the best way of doing that is to work with inspiring, professional, engaging and generally wonderful coaches, instructors and assessors. 

We know that to build skills quickly and effectively our trainee instructors need to be taught by specialist, knowledgeable, passionate people - they're some of the best in the business, the bee's knees, the cat's pyjama


Experience | Empathy | Talent

Being taught by 15+ specialists over 15 weeks of training means you have 15 personalities to learn from, 15 different coaching styles to develop your learning, 15 experienced professionals to work with and 15 people to ask questions of. 

Land & Wave Instructor Training can be brilliant because of amazing locations, great qualifications and awesome equipment but what makes it really stand out is the number and the quality of excellent staff  that work with us to make sure our courses are the best we can possibly deliver. 

As a trainee on a Land & Wave course you benefit from a huge variety of teaching styles and techniques which will significantly accelerate your professional development. 


We'd like to introduce the people that'll be part of Outdoor Instructor Training 2018 - 2109

(In no particular order)

Paul Taylor - Activities Manager 

Climbs like a spider. Has spent more time on the Jurassic Coast than the dinosaurs. Makes sure that Outdoor Instructor Training is as good as it can be.

Specialities: Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Coasteering

Paul Taylor

Matt Roberts - Lead Instructor  

Man of the mountains, boundless enthusiasm, years of wisdom, occasionally has incredible hair. 

Specialities: Mountains, Climbing, Sea Kayaking

Matt Roberts

Mark Garland - Coasteering and Climbing Specialist

A man that teaches with empathy and insight. Works with Land & Wave to make our climbing and coasteering as good as it can be.

Specialities: Coasteering, Climbing, Mountains 

Scenery. Mountain Men 2

Sophie Tanner - 'The Management'  

Loves the ocean and jumping in the sea, a wise old sage of Land & Wave with decades of experience working with groups. 

Specialities: Bushcraft, Coasteering, Headbands 

Sophie Tanner Bushcraft

Mel Wycherly - Lead Instructor  

A man that loves a boat and a paddle, only really comfortable in a canoe or a kayak, tons of experience.

Specialities:  Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP

Jack Campion

Owen Senior - Jack of all Trades

Wrote the book on bushcraft (literally), incredible ginger beard, impervious to waves and cold (is quite fat). 

Specialities:  Bushcraft, Coasteering, Canoeing 

Owen Senior

Sam Locke - BTEC Teacher, Lead Instructor

 Will teach anything to anyone if  she has 10 minutes and a sharpie. 

Can run a marathon fuelled solely on melon and carrot sticks. 

Specialities: Teaching, the Ocean

Sam Locke

Jonny Rodgers 

South African, occasionally claims to be a vegetarian, tall, average facial hair. Helps us keep fit and look after ourselves 

Specialities: Bunny Chow, fitness, nutrition 

Coasteering. Jonny Rodgers

Graham Milton - Lead Instructor 

Once lived in London, loves a kayak, occasionally experiments with restrained facial hair, calm and considered. 

Specialities: Kayaking, Rivers, Blue Steel, Magnum

Graham Milton

Ray Goodwin - Canoe Specialist  

Wrote the book on canoeing (literally), thoroughly nice chap, decades of experience and knowledge. 

Specialities: Canoeing, Canoeing, Canoeing 

Ray Goodwin

Georgii Stidson  - Instructor

Georgii completed Outdoor Instructor Training two years ago, we love having her around. She's got plenty of experience working with groups in the sea, in the woods and on the beach.

Specialities: Group management , Infectious Enthusiasm, The 'Thousand Yard Stare' 

Coasteering. Georgii

Will Moy - Climbing Specialist  

Climbs like a fish and swims like a monkey. 

The only person we know that can surf but not stand on a paddle board. 

Specialities: Climbing, Mountains, Dashing Good Looks

Will Moy

Sam Waites - Kayak Specialist 

We've known Sam for years, he's an excellent human being and a kayaking wizard. Loves being in a boat, especially on a river. 

Specialities: Kayaking, Kayaking, Kayaking

Sam Waite

David Mutton - 'The Management' 

Paddle Boarding guru, master of risk assessment, BTEC teacher extraordinaire. Land & Wave longest serving member of staff. 

Specialities: Paddle Boarding, Teaching, Stubble

Dave Mutton

Paul Smith - White Water Specialist  

Experienced and approachable, a great coach who inspires confidence. Great to learn from, brilliant to spend a day on (or in) the river with. 

Specialities: Kayaking, Climbing, White Water 

Paul Smith

Jason Roberts - Lead Instructor 

Jason is an excellent human being, if you want an adventure organised (really well) He's your man

Specialities: Coasteering, Navigation, Group Work 

Staff. Jason and Paul

Darren Joy - Coaching Specialist  

A full time BCU Level 5 Coach with a loads of river experience under his boat, a Canoe England national trainer for safety and rescue and leadership awards. 

Specialities: Kayaking, Coaching, Development

Darrren Joy

John Boe - Bushcraft Specialist 

A mild mannered man of the woods, John's been helping us with British Bushcraft Association assessments for ages. Tall, dark with rugged good looks...

Specialities: Bushcraft, Plants, Fire.

Bushcraft. Man

We're always looking for more brilliant instructors, coaches and assessors to help us develop our training courses... 

Land & Wave help people have incredible adventures in Dorset, the UK and Europe. 

Every winter we run an Outdoor Instructor Training Course that we’re really proud of. 

Visit our website: www.landandwave.co.uk

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/landandwave 

Get out there and find your adventure…

by Owen Senior

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