Training with Guaranteed Employment* Not Available in 2018

If you are looking for a career in the outdoor industry, or if you are already in the industry and looking to gain more qualifications, then the Ultimate Adventure Centre’s Training Academy can help. We have designed an intensive 13 week instructor training programme starting in January 2017 based at our site in North Devon. The course takes advantage of many of our on-site facilities and activities, but can also lead to industry recognised qualifications including the CWA (Climbing Wall Award), SPA (Single Pitch Award), MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor) Level 1, LOLA (Lowland Leader), BC (British Canoeing) Level 1 and 2, First Aid and Beach Life Guard.

The biggest difference between our Instructor Training Academy and other similar courses is that the Ultimate Adventure Centre will guarantee you employment at the conclusion of the course*.

Adventure Activity Instructor Training

The Instructor Training Course is based at our site at the Ultimate Adventure Centre located on the outskirts of Bideford, North Devon. Our centre provides an extensive range of outdoor activities including our Ultimate Assault (based on TV’s Total Wipeout), High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Laser Tag, SurfingCoasteering, Kayaking and SUP. We are a residential centre which now boasts close to 300 beds. The training course cost of £4,250 includes all skills training, transport and all NGB awards, there is also a residential option including accommodation, food and drink at an additional £1,300.

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* On successful completion of the course the Ultimate Adventure Centre will offer you a contract of Employment. The contractual hours and duration will depend on your achievements and experience and operational need. We hope to achieve some high quality graduates who can work successfully within our expanding outdoor centre.

Training towards NGB Qualifications

We have designed the Ultimate Adventure Centre Training Academy course to have flexible land and water based modules, so if you just want to achieve Climbing and Walking training and skills the we can offer you a solution. In additional to all of these modules we will also be offering training and assessment of the Climbing Wall Award (CWA), Lowland Leader (LOLA), Single Pitch Award (SPA), Canoe / Kayak Level 1 and 2 star and FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training) and RLSS Beach Lifeguard as stand alone qualifications.

If you’re looking for the best Outdoor Instructor Training in North Devon, you are in the right place.


When does the Intensive Outdoor Instructor Training Programme start?

We don’t currently have any availability for 2018, please check later in the year for future course dates.

What NGB qualifications could I achieve?

We have created a programme that includes qualifications in Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Skills, First Aid, Beach Life Guard and many more. Your achievements on the course will be determined by your own current experience level, pace of learning and personal development.

Hill / Navigation Skills
LOLA – Lowland Leader Award
Expedition Module
SPA – Single Pitch Award (Training / Award)
CWA – Climbing Wall Award (Training / Award)
CWAA – Climbing Wall Abseil Award (Training / Award)
Mountain Bike
MIAS Level 1 and 2
RLSS Beach Life Guard – Royal Life Saving Society
BC 1 and 2 Star FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training) – British Canoeing (BC)
BC Level 1 Coach – British Canoeing (BC)
First Aid
First Aid at Work

Training for CWLA (Climbing Wall Leader Award), ML (Mountain Leader) and BC Level 3 Star Sea and Surf can all be included within the programme depending on existing experience and qualifications (additional charge may apply)

What other training is included?

The Ultimate Adventure Centre provides an unrivalled range of activities. You will get session based skills training in most of our activities including Surfing, Coasteering, Campcraft, Archery, Climbing and Abseiling. Additional sessions will also cover Risk Management, Safeguarding, Weather and Tidal Conditions.

What’s included in the cost of the programme?

We’ve tried to make our training course fully inclusive, so you know what it will cost you and what you will get for it. For the non-residential option your investment of £4,250 includes all the skills training and National Governing Body (NGB) course fees, if you want to go for the residential option including accommodation and meals just add £1300. NGB registration fees are not included.

How do you deliver the course?

Prior to the start of the course each participant will have an interview to understand existing experience and skill level, we will then create a personal action plan for you. We start by explaining the whole course outline and highlighting the milestones throughout the course. Each element is delivered by highly qualified instructors who each have many years experience, they will gauge the levels of all the participants and pitch the training accordingly. We try and focus on each activity individually to maximise and consolidate the learning. There will also be the opportunity for you to further consolidate your learning outside of the structured sessions. The course runs through the winter which means we may have to change the course if there is adverse weather and tidal conditions.

Where do you run the training course from?

The course is based at the Ultimate Adventure Centre in Bideford, but we ultilise much of North Devon and surrounding areas. We are located very close to the South West Coastal Path and a five minute drive from the beach at Westward Ho! and the river Torridge. Our location gives us easy access to much of North Devon and North Cornwall including the Coastal Path, Hartland, Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Guaranteed Employment, what does that mean?

On successful completion of the course the Ultimate Adventure Centre will offer you a contract of Employment. The contractual hours and duration will depend on your achievements and experience and operational need. We hope to achieve some high quality graduates who can work successfully within our expanding outdoor centre.

What Equipment do I need?

We strongly recommend that all participants entering this course have the following. You can either purchase these items yourself or we can advise on the appropriate equipment, we can also help you with the purchase of the equipment at discounted rates;
• Winter wetsuit, boots, gloves and hat
• Buoyancy aid  and watersports helmet
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Walking Boots
• Rucksack
• Thermal rash vest, Base Layers, Fleece tops and wooly hats
• Climbing Harness, helmet and climbing shoes

Why should I sign up to your Instructor Training Course?

We’re looking for people who are looking seriously at a career in the outdoors or for those who are looking to add to their qualifications and development. We can provide you with experience of our unrivalled range of activities as well as industry recognised qualifications. The one major difference between our course and other similar ones is that we’ll guarantee you employment on completion of the course*.

Will I have to buy any additional kit?

If you’ve already got the appropriate equipment for walking, climbing and water sports, then no. You will need appropriate footwear and clothing for all activities, if you don’t already have it we can provide guidance on the best kit at discounted prices.

What if I just want individual NGB Qualifications?

In addition to our 13 week Instructor Training Course we will also be running certain elements as stand alone training and qualications. These will include the CWA, SPA, Beach Life Guard and First Aid at Work. We will also be offering additional courses throughout the year.

What are the pre-requisites for the training programme?

You don’t need to have any existing outdoor qualifications or to have previously worked in the outdoor industry, although a passion to develop your career in the outdoors is a must! The full programme includes walking, climbing, bike riding and walking elements, so a basic level of skills in each is preferred. Our aim is to provide you with all the specific skills you need, the pace that you progress will be down to you!

Is funding Available?

Professional and Career Development Loans are available to help you to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work, you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying. Click here for more information.

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