We’ve just spent the winter training 24 excellent human beings.
Outdoor Instructor Training runs through November, December, January and February each year.
We’re in our 10th year of Outdoor Instructor Training. All our (awesome) trainees achieved a 100% pass rate across every single qualification; maintaining the record from the start.
We’ve worked hard to improve our Outdoor Instructor Training course every year; this winter was the culmination of 10 years of hard work and development.
We’re really proud of our training courses. We’re really excited about how our courses grow and diversify in the future.
What went well for our Outdoor Instructor Training this winter?
We increased the size of the course from 16 to 24 candidates. A bigger course meant meant more personalities, more characters and more energy
It was our second year using lots of (brilliant) external trainers and assessors, some of the best people in the business.
We increased the size of our full time team of Lead Instructor; there were more people to learn from, different teaching styles and greater experience within the team.
We extended the course by a week. There was more time to get stuff done.
We added white water safety and rescue training and spent more time on the river – days on the river are good days…
What we could have done better this winter?
Better pre course information. We need to give trainees copies of log books, training frameworks and better qualification information sooner.
We need to find good quality bunk house accommodation that can fit 16 (ish) people in Dartmoor or South Wales. If you know somewhere excellent please let us know!
If trainees are ill, injured or run down we need to MAKE them rest for a day or two.
We could probably check that people are looking after their personal equipment a bit more rigorously.
What’s improving for Outdoor Instructor Training 2022/23
We’re giving out better pre course information.
We’re going to promote a second course manager.
We have introduced the Beach Lifeguard quallification
We’re analysing what people do after the course, we might make some changes to the qualification framework.
We’re going to spend more time in a larger variety of locations; we’re going to travel more and visit different rivers, crags, hills and coastlines.
What’s staying the same and what’s changing during Outdoor Instructor Training 2022/23
The cost of the course will be increasing to £9900 for the 2023 course. Land & wave will continue to subsidise equipment and accommodation to make the course as cost effective as possible.
We’re maintaining, and adding to, our team of full time Lead Instructors.
We’re hoping to use the same (wonderful) external trainers and assessors that we used this year.
We’re using Brenscombe to accommodate trainees; it’s a great facility !
Our next Instructor Training open day is on Saturday the 21st of January 2023 . It’s a great, free, opportunity to find out about the course and the Adventure Industry more generally, jump in the sea and visit sunny Dorset
There’s lots more information about the course and working in the adventure industry within our blog…
21 March 2018 by Phoebe Webster