Instructor Training Courses
Course Title Instructor Training Courses
Location Active Outdoor Pursuits - Scottish Highlands
Date See dates below

Active Outdoor Pursuits Instructor Training Courses

ITC Winter Courses
Winter 5 month course dates
October 23rd 2018 – March 29th 2019 Cost: £7495.00
(PCDL funding is available for this course)

ITC Summer Courses
July 10th 2018 - November 8th 2018 Cost: £6795.00

Our courses have been designed to give people looking to make a quick breakthrough into a career in the outdoors a reality. No other course can offer students such a wide range of activities and possible outcomes in such a spectacular area.

The courses are based at Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre in the Scottish Highlands, set in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. From here we have quick and easy access to some of Scotland’s finest mountains & rivers as well as the Cairngorm ski area. Surely this has to be the perfect place to learn and develop your outdoor skills! In addition to this you may also spend 3 weeks climbing in Spain and 2 weeks skiing in the USA.

Our team of highly experienced instructor’s look forward to inspiring and guiding you on your outdoor journey.

Activities and possible outcomes of Active Instructor Training Course
Activities Possible National Governing Body Award outcomes
Hill Walking Summer Mountain Leader (SML) Training or Assessment*
Rock Climbing Single Pitch Award (SPA) Training or Assessment*
Skiing Snowsports Awards Levels 1-7
Snowboarding Snowsports Awards Levels 1-7 (this activity will depend on group size)
Canoeing British Canoe Union (BCU) Star test 1-3 + UKCC Level 1
Kayaking British Canoe Union (BCU) Star test 1-3 + UKCC Level 1
White Water Rafting Scottish Rafting Association (SRA) Level 1 Guide Award
Mountain Biking Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award (SMBLA) Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Training
First Aid Outdoor First Aid Award
Mountain Skills Winter mountain skills training (5 month course only)
Canyoning Canyoning
Expeditions Expeditions by Canoe, Sea Kayak, Bike & on foot
Activities duckies, funyaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards
* Assessments may be available to those who have previously completed the appropriate NGB training courses

What’s included?
5 Days coaching per week (average)
All training & assessment fees
Self Catering accommodation
Transport during training
Use of centre equipment (In accordance with centre Health & Safety Policy)
Opportunities to assist instructors on activity sessions
Opportunity to purchase discounted outdoor clothing and equipment.
VAT @ 20%

What’s not included?
Flights & Airport transfers & lift passes (winter course)
NGB memberships & certificates

Course fees
Please contact us for the fees for the course you are interested in undertaking -

Our aim is to facilitate a course which will allow you the following opportunities.
To gain experience and National Governing Body Awards.
To develop leadership and coaching skills.
To gain employment as an outdoor instructor.
To learn technical skills and judgment to be self reliant in wild country.
To gain an understanding of group dynamics
To improve your confidence and motivation.
To mentor and guide you on your future career path
To raise awareness of environmental issues
A possible gateway to active’s Outdoor apprenticeship
To give you a truly memorable experience!

Course outline
The Course is based at Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre in Newtonmore. This is 12 miles from Aviemore and set within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Craigower is a busy residential centre owned and operated by Active Outdoor Pursuits. Course members will have their own shared rooms within the centre as well as their own lounge and kitchen within the Staff accommodation.

Most of your training will take place within the National Park, but we will make forays to the west coast or to the far north. Within 30 minutes of Craigower Lodge you can access around 50 Munro’s, three of which you can walk to from the doorstep. We have some of Scotland’s finest rivers for canoeing and white water rafting including the Rivers Spey & Findhorn, we are 30 minutes from Cairngorm mountain Ski area and 45 from Nevis Range. We are surrounded by hundreds of miles of world class mountain biking. This has to be the perfect place to learn and develop your outdoor skills! The Cairngorms is the hub of Adventure tourism In Scotland, supporting many outdoor industry jobs.

In addition to the practical coaching you receive, you will have your own coaching mentor. You will have opportunities to discuss your progress, identify your strengths and areas which need further development as well as offer you career advice for the outdoor industry. We feel privileged to live and work in such an amazing place, we want to share it with you, take you to places of breathtaking beauty and splendour. We will share great adventures, which you will cherish for life. This is your opportunity to train at a world class venue.

Our Environment
Outdoor activities can have a serious impact on the landscape, flora and fauna. An important aspect of this course is to raise people’s awareness of the impact we have and how this can be kept to a minimum. We are acutely aware that many people make a living from the countryside. At Active we take a pro-active approach to ensuring best practice is adhered to, we work in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It is also a priority to ensure good working relationships with land users and land owners are established and maintained.

Clothing & Equipment
All technical equipment can be provided with the exception of clothing and footwear and some personal expedition equipment. You will need good quality clothing such as goretex jacket and trousers, quality walking boots, see the full equipment list. We will be glad to advise on equipment and you will have the opportunity to purchase equipment from our outdoor equipment shop in Aviemore. Participants on the ITC course will be eligible for a discount of 15%.

Getting here
Newtonmore despite its remoteness is easily accessed by Air, Train and road links.
Air – Daily flights to Inverness with and other airlines. From the airport take the bus into Inverness and then direct to Newtonmore by bus or train.
Train – Trains direct to Newtonmore from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Bus – Direct bus links from across the UK to Newtonmore.

For the full details of the course please visit our course page -

The aim of this 4 month course is to introduce you to a comprehensive range of adventure activities and develop your skills to a standard where you will gain a variety of National Governing Body (NGB) Awards.

We are aware of how challenging and time consuming this process can be for people, this course aims to reduce these barriers and leave you as an employable person in the outdoor industry, if this is not your goal, the course will equip you with a range of skills that will give you the confidence to venture into wild & remote places.

CONTACT: Roy or Sophia.
Active Outdoor Pursuits
Craigower Lodge
ADDRESS2: Newtonmore
PH20 1AT
TELEPHONE: 01540 673319