Entry Level Training for Aspiring Outdoor Activity Instructors - Take Your First Step as an Outdoor Instructor
Six weeks duration: Monday 24th October to Sunday 4th December 2011
Price: £1,895 including accommodation, all training, NGB registrations & course fees
Looking for a start in the outdoor activities industry but don't know where to begin? Applied for positions & heard nothing back? Been on selection weekends & been unsuccessful? Looking to change direction from another sector / career? If you recognise any of these situations, then Craggan Outdoors' new introductory outdoor instructor training course is for you!
Craggan Outdoors, situated in beautiful Speyside in the Cairngorms National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is the TripAdvisor top-rated outdoor centre in Scotland, 2009 & 2010, & is the only outdoor centre to make the prestigious 'Best Visitor Experience' shortlist in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards, again in both 2009 & 2010.
Each year we recruit a number of passionate outdoors people through our Volunteer Trainee Instructor programme, & across the 6-month season play a significant part in developing them into high quality junior level outdoor instructors. We are deluged with applications, with many coming from those that do not yet have the appropriate prior experience, & / or entry level NGBs, & / or proof of prior people-facing customer service environments in order to be considered for invitation to our selection weekend.
Accordingly, & having researched other instructor training courses already out there, we have recognised a gap in the market for good value intensive training that will equip would-be instructors to take that next step in developing a career in this most competitive of industries.
Across an intensive 6-week period the course will cover the following:
Standard Operating Procedures & Risk Assessments....the bedrock of outdoor instruction
16-hour First Aid....a must for all instructors
GNAS Archery Leader....archery is many centres' number 1 activity by participant numbers
Kayak & canoe paddle skills to 3 star Level*
Trail Cycle Leader training*
Training & experience on common / popular non-NGB activities like high ropes & zip wire
Climbing log days towards SPA
Walking log days towards Summer ML
Team problem solving
'Soft' skills....coaching styles & techniques, verbal & non-verbal communication
Two free days per week to get out & 'play' in our fantastic environment!
*subject to individual participants prior experience, & skills developed during the course
Learning & experience will be gained in a range of different ways, including instructor-led, peer group learning & delivery, & 'real life' experience with client groups booked at the centre during the period of the course. Many existing courses concentrate on the 'hard' technical skills & work purely towards NGBs, often at considerable financial cost to the participant, but completely overlook the fact that what sets a really strong candidate & instructor apart is their people skills. Can you inspire, motivate, instil confidence, reassure? Are you able to use different coaching & communication techniques with different individuals & group types? It's not all 'one size fits all', & the best instructors recognise & deliver this, even early in their careers. These are the instructors that will make their mark at interview & selection weekends, & be in demand by centres.
That's how this course will be different from many others currently on the market, & we are confident that any participant that completes it successfully will set themselves up for an entry level position for the 2012 season. We are that confident in this that we will expect to secure some, or possibly all of the participants for our trainee instructor positions for 2012 from participants on this course!
So why not get yourself a headstart & book a place now. Contact Craggan Outdoors' owner Keith Ballam – 01479 873283 or firstname.lastname@example.org – now with any queries & / or to book your place. A non-refundable deposit of £635 is required to secure a booking.