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Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course

The Ultimate Outdoor Job

Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course

£5399

Gain all the outdoor qualifications you need to live the life you love
Duration: Three months (Mondays-Thursdays)
Learn to lead activities including surfing, paddlesports and coasteering
Comprehensive training in First Aid and beach lifeguarding

Do you dream of waking up every day to go to a job you love? Take your future into your own hands and turn your passion into a profession with Newquay Activity Centre’s Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course. Based in Newquay, Cornwall, this in-depth training course will give you the tools you need to become an effective outdoor professional and set you up for a life of expertise in open-air action!

Outdoor Instructor Course Our Aim NewquayDo you spend your weekends embracing the outdoors only to return to the office again every Monday morning? Are you tired of having adventure stripped away from you? If you love spending time with the sand between your toes and the fresh air in your lungs, then qualifying as an outdoor instructor could take you down the new career path you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Here at Newquay Activity Centre we know first-hand the benefits of living the adventure life day in, day out. The sun on your face and the ocean breeze in your hair; there aren’t many jobs that even come close to providing you with such a high degree of lifestyle happiness.

 

If you like the idea of being surrounded by oceans, mountains, good people and good times, then it’s probable that life as an outdoor instructor is for you. Our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course is a three-month long adventure programme that ultimately equips you with the skills you need to become an effective outdoor instructor.

 

You’ll learn how to coach, guide, instruct and save lives at sea using the Newquay coastline as your very fun but very real training ground. During the course you could get the opportunity to shadow our existing instructors during weekend retreats, as well as the opportunity for paid work with our local business partnerships. We’re here to help shape your future in the industry however we can, no matter your desired job role.

 

During the programme you will gain a wide range of qualifications readying you for a life of enjoyable work in the great outdoors. These will include your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award, British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Award (this will allow you to guide kayak and SUP tours), a Beach Lifeguard Qualification and an award in Outdoor First Aid.

 

Our outdoor instructor course is Covid safe with theory work being delivered online or outside and all practical lessons safely taking place in the great outdoors. We’re focussed on finding that perfect balance between outdoor adventure and comfortable indoor learning.

 

Whenever the weather is right, we much prefer to be sitting on the beach or on a cliff top delivering your theory work rather than being stuck inside. After all, outdoor instructor life is all about having the fresh air in your lungs and the sun on your face. Why wait until you’re qualified to reap the benefits?

 

On completion of the course you could stay and work in Newquay with our ‘guaranteed interview’ process, or you could pack your bags and jet off to places like New Zealand, Morocco, Bali or beyond. Our qualifications are internationally recognised and highly sought-after, putting you in an excellent position for working abroad.

 

This is your ticket out of the office and into a life of flip-flops, wetsuits and adventure!

Outdoor Instructor Course Accommodation NewquayTo supplement our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course, we have a couple of in-house accommodation options available to add on as an extra. We have two apartments, both within walking distance to the beach and both stylishly fitted out with all modern luxuries.

 

Please note: the cost of accommodation is not included in the course price. Accommodation costs are due 8 weeks prior to the course start date. Please see the video below for a virtual tour of our apartments.

 

SUNSET VIEWS APARTMENT, PENTIRE, NEWQUAY

Our first apartment overlooks Pentire Headland and benefits from lots of natural light in a spacious living area. This two-bedroom property is perfectly located close to Fistral Beach and Newquay Town Centre; ideal for a post-lesson surf or a bite to eat in the evening. Both the Gannel Estuary and Crantock Beach are within a five-minute walk too, with the coastal path or main road being accessible from the apartment.

 

Our luxury apartment is located on the third floor with both elevator and staircase access. There is also a spacious, open-plan kitchen diner to enjoy home-made meals after a hard day of training. There is a juliet balcony in the kitchen that enjoys morning sunshine for alfresco breakfasts too. The dining room houses a large dinner table which is a great space for working or eating while enjoying ocean views out across Fistral Beach.

 

In the large lounge you will find a sofa-bed, flat-screen TV, plenty of space and a private south-facing balcony. This means you will benefit from sunshine all day alongside excellent opportunities to check the surf and catch some epic sunsets.

 

Each of the two bedrooms have a set of twin beds, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table and reading light. One has an en-suite with two hand basins, a bath, shower and toilet. There is also a separate bathroom and WC. Both bedrooms have stunning sea views for that ultimate hint of luxury.

 

NEWQUAY BAY APARTMENT, THE HARBOUR, NEWQUAY

The second choice of accommodation is our Newquay Bay Apartment, a place where you really couldn’t get any closer to the action if you tried. This apartment is ideally located directly above the Newquay Activity Centre HQ, making it the perfect choice for those who like to snooze that alarm clock every once in a while!

 

Newquay Bay Apartment is a modern, quiet, two-bedroom property that benefits from brand new fixtures and fittings due to a complete refurbishment in 2021. There is a new and modern kitchen as well as a brand new bathroom. The apartment is just a two-minute walk to Newquay Harbour where you will find one of our favourite wild swimming spots and idyllic ocean views. In the opposite direction, but just as close, you’ll find Newquay Town Centre with an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and surf shops.

 

Inside the property there is a large and spacious living room/diner, comprising a sofa bed and brand new 52” TV. There is also a sizable dining table that lends itself nicely to group meals. Alternatively, it can double up as a large work or study space to go over your course notes in the evening. During the course we may transform the living room into a lush workspace to deliver some relaxed lessons in a chilled atmosphere.

 

The two bedrooms are both twin rooms with zip-link beds; these can be connected together if you’re after a private double room or you’re staying with a partner. Both rooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers, bedside tables and reading lights.

 

The living room space benefits from four large windows that face out across Towan, Great Western and beyond – all the way to Watergate Bay on a clear day! There is also a large south-facing courtyard to the rear of the property, perfect for catching some rays or hanging wetsuits out to dry.

 

You can view more images of our accommodation or please see our video tab for a virtual tour.

Outdoor Instructor Course Coaching Newquay2021 Course days run Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm

2022 Course days run Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm

 

Your course days will be split between outdoor practical learning and indoor theory work.

 

Do you feel like there’s so much more to be gained out of life? Maybe you want to boost your existing outdoor instructor skills? Perhaps you’ve decided to take a gap year before uni? Or maybe you just can’t face another day at your artificially-lit desk job; whatever your reason for wanting more, we have just the course for you.

 

Ordinarily it would take years to gain the qualifications and skills on offer. Enrolling in our instructor academy gives you the chance to kickstart your dream life on the beach as soon as possible!

 

To organise and book these qualifications yourself would take an immense amount of time and effort; you simply couldn’t do these qualifications back-to-back. Training options can be limited, out of season, and restricted with the demand in trade. You may get two or three per year, at most, if you timed things right.

 

Here at Newquay Activity Centre we have condensed all of your training into just a few short months. This means you can be qualified and ready to enter the world of outdoor instructing as soon as you finish the course. When you undergo outdoor instruction qualification, there are necessary shadowing hours as part of your training. These can be quite hard to come by so we have fast-tracked this process for our students within the course. These hours can be completed during the three months or fairly soon after completion.

 

Our NEW Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course in Newquay will harness you with all the training, skills and assessments you need to get qualified. What’s more, you’ll get real on-the-job experience through shadowing hours when you’re experienced enough to do so. You’ll also get a guaranteed interview for a lead instructor position after the course at our award-winning centre!

 

You’ll develop your skills and get trained in:

  • Surfing
  • Coasteering
  • Beach Lifeguarding
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Bodyboarding
  • Bodysurfing/Hand planing
  • Bushcraft
  • Team Building
  • First Aid

 

And more…

 

PRE-REQUISITES

You don’t need any previous qualifications to enroll in this programme. Neither do you need to be proficient in the course activities; we have excellent instructors who can teach you from the ground up.

 

However, this course does require competent swimming skills and a good level of fitness.

 

The course includes training & assessment modules alongside optional shadowing hours, helping you gain instructing experience in a variety of areas. You’ll get the chance to find direct employment and further training opportunities depending on your interests and abilities. If you can tick all of the following requirements, then you’re in a great position to start:

 

  • 18+ years old
  • Competent swimmer (to attain Surf Coach Safety + Rescue or Lifeguard Award)
  • Enthusiastic to learn
  • Good level of fitness

 

AFTER THE COURSE

After successful completion of the instructor course, you’ll have the opportunity to become a member of our friendly team or you may go on to work with other providers and expand your experience and training.

 

SURF NEW ZEALAND

For those who want to use this course as an opportunity to travel, we have some excellent partnerships that will allow you to do just that. Our Kiwi equivalent are based just north of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. Our deep connection to the ocean isn’t bound by borders and we’ve reached out to our Kiwi friends to implement an instructor exchange programme.

 

Once you’re fully qualified and competent in all aspects of the course, you could be given the opportunity to fly out to NZ and work for a season as a surf instructor. As well as being a paid opportunity for work, this is a chance to visit new places, meet new people and experience new cultures.

 

You’re guaranteed to make new friends, create awesome memories and maybe even open your horizons with regards to your career plans. Travel is food for the soul; this kind of opportunity doesn’t come around every day!

 

FUND YOUR TRAINING WITH LOCAL WORK

We can appreciate that enrolling on our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course can be a big investment – both in terms of time and money. That’s why we’ve partnered up with local businesses to help provide work for those that need it.

 

Our local partners can offer a mixture of working hours so you can generate a steady income whilst training with us in Newquay. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this life-changing experience due to financial restrictions, and we hope that our route into local work can be a helping hand for anybody doubting their potential to enrol.

NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE 

£5,399 per person

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Over the course  you’ll have the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

  • ISA/Surfing England Level 1 Surf Coach
  • RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
  • SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award
  • BC Paddlesport leader award (SUP & Kayak)
  • Safeguarding Qualification
  • ISA Level 1 Bodyboard Coach  (1st ever in the UK)

 

IN-HOUSE QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Coasteering Guide Award in accordance with the National Coasteer Charter Syllabus
  • Super SUP leader
  • Bushcraft & Foraging
  • Snorkelling and wildlife awareness
  • Incident management, safety and rescue
  • Outdoor First Aid Award

 

Additional training included:

  • Risk Assessing (including COVID-19 measures)
  • Longevity in the industry & personal development
  • Interview & CV writing skills
  • Coaching barriers and adaptations
  • Team Building and icebreakers
  • Housekeeping (invoicing, time management, professionalism)

 

ALSO INCLUDED : 

  • Purpose-designed pre-course fitness regime
  • Equipment use in and outside of course hours (Surfboards, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), Super SUP, Bodyboards, Fins etc)
  • Discounts with Rip Curl, leading outdoor brands and local businesses
  • Regular surfing and swimming coaching sessions
  • Unlimited shadowing hours
  • Work experience and live group experience
  • Opportunity to work with Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves and Bodyboard Holidays
  • One-on-one skills clinics when required
  • Final assessment & employment planning
  • Guaranteed interview for a lead instructor role at Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves or Bodyboard-Holidays
  • Discounted kit package
  • Opportunities for paid flexible work alongside the training course (please ask for details)
  • Access to an exchange program in New Zealand and other international surf camps and activity centres.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Sunset Views Apartment – £600 per person per month

 

Newquay Bay Apartment – £600 per person per month

 

This is for a shared twin same-sex room. Apartment allocation is made by us and determined by the dynamic of the students on the course. We will confirm with you which apartment you will be staying in a week prior to the course start date. Both are great, so don’t stress! Full payment for accommodation is due 8 weeks prior to the course start date.

 

HOW DO I BOOK?

  • If you’d like to book, please contact us.
  • Once paid you’ll be sent an email confirmation and an enrolment form to complete
  • Payment plans are available

Outdoor Instructor Course Covid NewquayDue to the ever-changing restrictions around COVID-19, we are constantly monitoring the latest news and making sure our practices are always up to date with Government guidelines.

 

All of our practical lessons and assessments will safely take place outside observing the 2-metre social distancing guidelines. To help keep our course as safe as possible, all of our theory work will be delivered online allowing you to study safely and remotely. We have developed our learning techniques to make sure restrictions and lockdowns will not affect your ability to complete the course.

 

We ask all of our students to be transparent and honest if they, or any member of their family, develop any COVID-19 related symptoms. If you think you may have contracted the virus, we ask you to self-isolate for the appropriate amount of time (generally two weeks) before joining or returning to the course.

 

It’s important for us to stress that you will not miss out on the course if you fall ill. We are able to offer online learning to make sure of this. We have delivered this successfully on numerous occasions and we are regularly updating our Covid policy in respect of this course. This can be supplied to you upon request. All pupils receive the policy as part of their pre-arrival information pack.

 

Please see our FAQ’s tab for more information.

Outdoor Instructor Course Area NewquayAREA

We might be slightly biased, but we think the landscapes around Cornwall (or ‘Kernow’ to the locals) are some of the most interesting, varied and adventurous landscapes in the whole of the U.K. We have golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, historic fishing towns and rugged coastlines; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

 

Head inland and you will find even more raw beauty with rolling green hills, cavernous mines, ancient stone structures, vast moorlands and granite-topped mountains. And while the landscape holds a picture-perfect gaze in the eye, the undulating lands are also a symbol of the history surrounding Cornwall itself. From gin-smuggling pirates on the coast, to the tin-mining villages in the hills, to the legend of King Arthur in Tintagel; there’s so much to explore and learn.

 

NEWQUAY

Newquay is our home and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome course students to this relaxed and friendly surf town. It’s a place filled with independent retailers, artisan coffee shops, high-end eateries and epic beaches. There are surf shops to stock supplies and welcoming pubs for well-earned rests; you might end up staying a little longer than you expected!

 

Grab a coffee and watch surfers wander down towards the waves, or wake up early to catch an epic sunrise over Fistral Beach. While you’re in town, be sure to make the most of your 15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store on Bank Street.

 

WAVES

There’s a reason that Newquay is known as the surf capital of the UK. In part due to the relaxed and easy-going lifestyle, but mostly because of the epic beaches and the consistent Atlantic swell that Newquay benefits from year-round.

 

Most of our beaches work best with different conditions. This means that no matter the tide, wind or swell direction, you’re always likely to find something worth heading out for. All of our instructors have excellent local knowledge so you needn’t worry about missing out. We’ll visit the best-known breaks, our secret surf spots and also explore a little further off the beaten track.

 

TOWAN BEACH

This sheltered, sandy bay is the perfect spot when the west-facing beaches are big and blown out. It’s the most friendly break for beginners, and you’ll almost always find a fun, clean wave here.

 

FISTRAL

Backed by rugged cliffs and sand dunes, Fistral Beach is the jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s surf scene. It delivers waves on every stage of the tide and serves up dreamy conditions on an offshore southeasterly wind. You can almost always find a suitable peak for your ability.

 

GREAT WESTERN BEACH

Wedged between Towan and Tolcarne, this is one of Newquay’s central beaches. It offers consistent and clean conditions in a southwesterly wind. There are plenty of lefts and rights for everyone.

 

THE GANNEL ESTUARY

The Gannel is Newquay’s relaxed river alternative to the buzz of the beaches. Turquoise waters sashay their way past golden sand banks, local wildlife and vibrant green hills. Once a prominent passage for schooners and barges, the estuary holds a whole host of historic tales and secrets just waiting to be explored.

 

THE ‘GAZZLE’

Gazzle is the Cornish word for armpit. Affectionately used to refer to a 2 km-stretch of Atlantic coastline, this area of protected coves, cliffs and caves is a fantastic place for kayaking, coasteering and paddleboarding. The Gazzle has proved to be a firm favourite for customers and instructors alike.

 

Other great spots nearby include Crantock, Perranporth and Watergate Bay. There are plenty more that offer uncrowded perfection on their day – you just need to know where to look. That’s where we come in.

 

CLIMATE

Cornwall’s climate is fairly unique and independent from the rest of the UK’s weather patterns. Thanks to the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic ocean and the jet stream in the atmosphere, we enjoy the warmest sea and air temperatures in the country with a relatively mild climate year-round.

 

Each bay, beach and pocket of adventure seems to have its own microclimate in Cornwall. It’s best to be prepared by always keeping sun cream packed in your bag just in case those rays start to filter through the cloud.

 

The benefit of this means we are able to deliver our course year-round; spring, summer, autumn or winter. We have many sheltered spots along our stretch of coastline along with all the correct technical equipment for the relevant season. We are well-equipped to deliver practical lessons in all weathers and conditions.

For the duration of the course, we have all of the necessary equipment stocked in our centre for our students to use for free. However, we have put together this recommended kit list for you to consider buying whilst on our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course. You may already own some of the kit yourself which is great, please bring this along with you for the course. Having your own equipment ensures that you are wearing kit that fits you correctly, means you’re comfortable and makes you look professional.

 

If you don’t currently own any equipment or you need to increase your existing box of adventure goodies, we can create a kit package for you to purchase at a discounted rate. This will be available to buy on the high street or online – please let us know what you are interested in. We will make sure you are provided with all of the kit you need for the duration of the course if you are arriving empty-handed.

 

If you do have the budget and are excited to start purchasing your outdoor instructor kit, this is what we recommend you focus on first:

 

WATER WEAR

  • A full-length wetsuit (winter or summer, hooded or non hooded – time of year dependant)
  • Wetsuit Boots (time of year dependant)
  • Wetsuit Gloves (time of year dependant)
  • Wetsuit Hood or skull cap (if you have a non hooded wetsuit – time of year dependant)
  • Wetsuit socks (time of year dependant)
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Helmet
  • Tow Line
  • Throw Line

 

The following are non-essential items that we do not stock for use during the course. You may already have these items which is a great way to save money whilst bulking out your instructor kit.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Changing Robe/Towel
  • Kayak/Coasteering Shoes – Note : Any old grippy lace-up trainers are fine
  • Waterproof Phone Case
  • Whistle (Look for Fox 40)
  • Safety Knife
  • Water Bottle
  • Flask
  • Gloves (time of year dependant)
  • Swim fins
  • 80L dry bag
  • 10L dry bag
  • Warm + waterproof jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Beanie
  • Water bottle
  • Soft racks for carrying surfboard on vehicle
  • Car seat cover to keep seat dry incase you’re driving in a wetsuit
  • Lock box or storage device to store car key whilst surfing

 

Remember, we will allocate you use of our equipment during your spare time throughout the course. This will need to be reserved in advance. If you want to improve your surfing, kayaking, bodyboarding, SUPing etc during the evenings or weekends, please feel free to speak to one of our staff who will be happy to assist.

 

This is an unusual privilege on a training course like this but we feel it will offer you an excellent opportunity to up-skill throughout the course. This will need to be booked in with the centre for your required times.

Outdoor Instructor Course Food NewquayEach day of your course will be broken up with a midday lunch break. This could be at home, in town, in the centre or on the move – we like to keep the adventure alive! Please bring your own lunch and snacks to refuel your body between sessions. The course is physically demanding so energy-rich foods and healthy snacks are recommended. Please also bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. We highly advocate the use of reusable bottles to limit plastic waste and to reduce our carbon footprint as a company.

 

Newquay town has a vast selection of excellent shops and cafes so if you forget to bring some lunch, you won’t go hungry! As a member of our course, you will also benefit from discounts at local cafes and coffee shops – we will supply you with a discount card on arrival.

 

If you are booking accommodation through us and staying in either of our apartments, you will have full access to a modern working kitchen. This will give you the opportunity to self-cater and help keep your costs down throughout the course. When COVID restrictions allow, we take great pride in organising tasty and fun social group meals; perfect for making new friends if you’re joining the course alone.

BY CAR

Newquay is a 15-minute drive from the A30 which links to the M5.

Our main centre is based on Fore Street near Towan Beach. We’ll send you detailed information before your arrival, including parking instructions and maps.

 

Both of our accommodation options are within walking distance to Fistral Beach, Newquay Bay, the town centre and many local supermarkets.

 

BY TRAIN

The railway station is in the town centre. If you’re travelling by train, we may be able to pick you up from the station (time dependent). Get in touch for more details.

 

BY AIR

We’re a 20-minute drive from the airport. You can fly into Newquay from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Flights are also available from key European cities.

HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY?

  • If you’d like to book, please contact us.
  • Once paid you’ll be sent an email confirmation and an enrolment form to complete
  • Payment plans are available
  • Pay in full at the time of booking
  • Split the payment into two instalments
  • Split the payment into three instalments

 

We’ll agree the instalment dates with you at the time of booking. Generally, we take instalments on the 1st of each month.

 

We can’t reserve your place until we receive payment (in full or an instalment). You’ll then be sent a trip confirmation and enrolment form.

CAN I RESERVE A SPOT TO THINK ABOUT IT FOR A FEW DAYS?

Due to this course being in high demand, we have very limited availability. However, we can hold your space for 24 hours without payment.

CAN I ATTEND ON MY OWN?

Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with friends for life.

DO I NEED TO BE A GOOD SURFER?

As you can imagine you will be learning lots of technical skills from our team. Some are harder than others and we think surfing may be the most difficult to learn from scratch. However, we have proved this to be achievable for first-time surfers during the course.  

 

If you think you may benefit from a few extra sessions before or during the course, please check out our surf lessons and get in touch, we will discuss how this works. Please bear this in mind for any other technical skill that you think could need improvement.

DO I NEED TO BE A STRONG SWIMMER?

To work at Newquay Activity Centre as a surf instructor, you need to gain an SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award. In order to complete this award, you need to be able to swim 200 metres in under 5 minutes. This is quite achievable for most standards of swimmers. Please note: at many activity centres you do not need this qualification in order to deliver kayaking, coasteering or stand up paddleboarding sessions.

To help you achieve the right swimming standard, there will be both sea and pool sessions built into the course. We also strongly advise you to train in the swimming pool prior to the course.

I’M INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING A CAREER AS A LIFEGUARD, WHAT SWIMMING STANDARD WOULD I NEED FOR THIS?

If you are looking for a career in lifeguarding, you will need to pass the RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification. To do this you will need to complete 400 metres in an indoor pool in under 8 minutes. Although the NVBLQ is an excellent qualification to achieve, this is only necessary if you are interested in becoming a beach lifeguard. This assessment can be quite tough and will require most people to undertake prior swimming training to achieve the targeted time.

Both assessments are towards the end of the course so you will have a decent amount of time to train in the lead up. If you are currently wildly out on those swim times, you may need additional sessions in your own time and/or consider getting some coaching or joining the swim fit sessions at our local swimming pool.

ARE YOU COVID SECURE?

Due to the ever-changing restrictions around COVID-19, we are constantly monitoring the latest news and making sure our practices are always up to date with government guidelines. We have developed our course to be COVID safe with all teachings following the correct safety guidelines. All theory work will be completed online during lockdown allowing you to work remotely from the safety of your home or hotel. Our practical activities will be taking place outside and will follow all social distancing guidelines.

 

We ask all of our students to be transparent and honest if they, or any member of their family, develop any COVID-19 related symptoms. If you think you may have contracted the virus, we will ask you to self-isolate for the appropriate amount of time (generally two weeks) before joining or returning to the course.

It’s important for us to stress that you will not miss out on the course as we are able to offer online learning while you are self-isolating. We have made sure that your ability to complete the course will not be affected by future restrictions or lockdown rules.

WILL THE QUALIFICATIONS I GAIN BE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED?

Due to the ever-changing restrictions around COVID-19, we are constantly monitoring the latest news and making sure our practices are always up to date with government guidelines. We have developed our course to be COVID safe with all teachings following the correct safety guidelines. All theory work will be completed online during lockdown allowing you to work remotely from the safety of your home or hotel. Our practical activities will be taking place outside and will follow all social distancing guidelines.

 

We ask all of our students to be transparent and honest if they, or any member of their family, develop any COVID-19 related symptoms. If you think you may have contracted the virus, we will ask you to self-isolate for the appropriate amount of time (generally two weeks) before joining or returning to the course.

 

It’s important for us to stress that you will not miss out on the course as we are able to offer online learning while you are self-isolating. We have made sure that your ability to complete the course will not be affected by future restrictions or lockdown rules.

WHEN DOES THE COURSE DAY START AND FINISH?

Start time: 09:00 – Finish time: 16:00. Please note that these times are approximate and will be subject to change. For example, we may need to start earlier to catch a tide or we may finish later due to sessions overrunning. We will inform you about this when possible so you can plan ahead. Please let us know on a week by week basis if you won’t be available outside the hours of 09:00- 16:00.

 

We try our utmost to make our instructor courses enjoyable and informative. We hope that our students want to gain as much knowledge as possible during this time of learning and that hopefully flexibility will come from the passion to learn. You will get out of this course whatever you put into it and we appreciate your enthusiasm for making the most of the available resources.

WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS AFTER THE COURSE?

The outdoor activity industry is a sector that is growing both here in the UK and in many countries around the world. Having the correct qualifications and experience could potentially see you outdoor instructing in all four corners of the world! This is your chance to change your life for the better and bag yourself a healthy, active and fulfilling career on the coast.

 

After the successful completion of the Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course, you will be offered an interview for the chance to become part of the team at Newquay Activity Centre, Bodyboard-Holidays or Women + Waves. This will be a paid role and you will form part of our instructor team.

 

Newquay Activity Centre holds an instructor exchange programme with an incredible surfing company in New Zealand. This makes it entirely possible to live the endless summer, moving from one side of the world to the other. There are also other international surf schools and centres that we share staff with so we can help you to build a career of international work if that’s the path you wish to explore.

 

If you’ve set your sights elsewhere, there are many other options including contract and freelance careers. The beauty of this course is that it gives you the tools to make ‘work’ work for you! We suggest spending as much time experiencing as many different activities as you can; this is a great way of finding out where your passion lies.

 

Is there one particular area that you wish to explore more? Do you want to work abroad and travel the world? Are you happy just being outside as much as possible? Do you want to head down the management route? Maybe you want to open your own centre? Our course is designed to help you explore the options and guide you into making the right decision.

 

It is for you to answer the question: What do you want to do?

DO I NEED MY OWN EQUIPMENT?

Due to the nature of the job we can appreciate there’s some pretty specialist equipment that not everybody will own. If you already have some of your own equipment (such as a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet etc) we recommend bringing it with you to use on the course. However, don’t worry if this is all totally new to you; we’ll help you to order the best equipment at the best price.

 

We can also appreciate that costs add up and that you may need to delay investing in your equipment until a little later on. If this is the case, our helpful instructors will be able to sign over Newquay Activity Centre equipment for you to borrow during the course. This is to be kept safe and taken care of until the time comes to return it. Any loss or damage to the kit will be charged accordingly.

 

Leading up to the end of the course and beyond, we do advise that students begin building their own selection of good quality outdoor gear appropriate for professional use. If you are well equipped to start work straight away you will feel more comfortable and confident in your ability. In addition, we have close links with some of the top outdoor equipment brands with pro equipment deals available to trainees.

HOW WILL WE TRAVEL TO EACH LOCATION?

Our HQ is situated within walking distance to many of the sites we will be using throughout the course. We are located in Newquay town centre with lots of paid and unpaid parking options close to us. We are also just a short walk to both Towan and Fistral beaches, with many surf shops and cafés nearby. 

  

On some days it will be necessary to venture further afield to make use of the conditions and the environment. On these days we encourage our students to car share as much as possible (please note our Covid guidelines). This helps to lower our carbon footprint and to split the cost of fuel. If you are happy to take fellow students in your vehicle then please let our instructors know. Travelling won’t be necessary every day but widening our activity net on the odd day will help to expose you to new surroundings and landscapes. 

  

Our Newquay Activity Centre van will be fully loaded to supply these trips with the equipment they need. However, if you are struggling for space in your vehicle please let us know and it may be possible to arrange something in advance.

WHAT PERSONAL SKILLS DO I NEED?

You’ll need :

  • Patience and the ability to work well with others
  • Enthusiasm to learn and train
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Leadership skills
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to work on your own
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • The ability to retain important information
  • The ability to remain calm when faced with new situations

DO I NEED INSURANCE?

Cover for public liability will be in place whilst you partake in activities with Newquay Activity Centre, this is to a limit of £5 million. Personal accident cover is available, similar to travel insurance (injuries due to accidents etc), this is something participants can acquire themselves by looking online if they wish to purchase. Insurance is a topic covered during the course Q and A sessions so that everyone is clear of how this works in the outdoor industry.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE?

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Travel costs (We may occasionally travel further afield to seek out the best conditions. However, our centre is within walking distances to most sites so this will be kept to a minimum.)
  • Personal equipment

CAN I SEE MORE OF THE ACCOMMODATION?

Yes, please click here for more information and pictures of accommodation.

WHO WILL I BE SHARING MY ROOM WITH IF I BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION?

We will do our best to place you with people of similar ages, backgrounds and interests. This will vary depending on course participants. You will be sharing a same-sex twin room.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE COURSE?

There will generally be ratios of 1:8 (instructor to pupil) for all activity training. However, theory classes may have larger ratios. You’ll often be broken down into smaller groups and all learning will observe the correct social distancing guidelines.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE COURSE?

There will generally be ratios of 1:8 (instructor to pupil) for all activity training. However, theory classes may have larger ratios. You’ll often be broken down into smaller groups and all learning will observe the correct social distancing guidelines.

ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?

You need to be over 18 to join the course. If you are 65 or over we’d love to chat to you about the course before you book. Please email us to arrange a time and we’ll contact you. Or you can call us on 01637 877722

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY BOOKING?

If you can’t join the course, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.

 

Cancellation charges are payable as follows:

  • Over 12 weeks – deposit only
  • 36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
  • 21-35 days – 75% of total cost
  • Under 20 days – 100% of total cost

 

Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.

 

Find out more under our terms and conditions.

COURSE DATES

2021

4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, 9am – 4pm

 

5th April – 1st July

20th September – 16th December

 

2022

5 days a week, Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

 

3rd January – 11th March

14 March – 20th May

23rd May – 29th July

19th September – 25th November

CONTACT US

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Quick Facts

Purpose-designed pre-course fitness regime
Equipment use (Surfboards, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), Super SUP, Bodyboards, Fins etc)
Discounts with Rip Curl, leading outdoor brands and local businesses
Regular surfing and swimming coaching sessions
Unlimited shadowing hours
Work experience and live group experience
Opportunity to work with Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves and Bodyboard Holidays
One-on-one skills clinics when required
Final assessment & employment planning
Guaranteed interview for a lead instructor role
Opportunities for paid flexible work alongside the training course Access to an exchange program in New Zealand and other international surf camps and activity centres.

Book Your Course

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01637 877722

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