Four Month Instructor Training Course (Summer)

Are you looking for a career as an outdoor instructor? Actives four month Outdoor Instructor Training Courses in Scotland offer passionate outdoor people the opportunity to make a breakthrough towards a career as an outdoor instructor and guide. The course is based at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre, in the Cairngorms National Park.

This course is unique in offering NGB qualifications in Land, Rock, Water & Snowsports. No other course offers such a wide range of activities and qualifications to ensure you have year round employment prospects.

Our team of highly experienced and qualified instructors look forward to working with you. They will train and inspire you to become a competent all round coach and leader. It’s our goal at Active to train and develop instructors who will be top of the game and a credit to the outdoor industry.


The aim of the 4-month course is to introduce you to a comprehensive range of adventure activities including: canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hill walking and more. During the course we will help to develop your practical and coaching skills to a standard where you can gain a variety of National Governing Body (NGB) Awards.

We are aware of how challenging and time-consuming gaining this experience is for people. This course aims to reduce these barriers, offering an intensive four months of training and practice. The aim to develop you into a skilled and employable person in the outdoor industry. If this is not your goal, the course will still equip you with a range of skills that will give you confidence to venture into wild and remote places with friends and family.

The course is aimed at people who have a keen interest in outdoor activities and instructing others, or have some experience/basic awards in one or more activities on offer. You must be at least 17 to take part, but there is no upper age limit for this course and we regularly have candidates in there 30s and 40s. Most importantly you will be a highly motivated and reasonably t person, prepared for the challenges this intensive course will present to you.

This may be your first course since leaving school/college or the first step in a radical change in career or lifestyle. Regardless, this is a fantastic opportunity which will have a signi cant impact on your life and open up opportunities to work in this exciting and rewarding industry.

Course Info

Outdoor Instructor Training Courses in Scotland: Dates & Prices

July 10th 2018 – November 8th 2018

 Cost: £6,795

Included: All coaching/instructing/teaching, Self-catering accommodation, Transport during training, Fees for training and assessment modules (approx £1,700), VAT, Use of centre equipment (in accordance with centre Health & Safety Policy), Opportunities to assist coaches at work, Discounted outdoor clothing and equipment available through our shop

Not Included: Food, Membership fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs), Insurance (personal and travel)


Our Location

The course is based at Craigower Lodge Outdoor Centre in

Newtonmore, set in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. From here we have quick and easy access to some of Scotland’s nest mountains, rivers and ski areas. In fact the Cairngorms is the hub of adventure tourism in Scotland and supports many center-itc4outdoor industry jobs. This has to be one of the nest places in the UK to learn and develop your outdoor skills!

Most of your training will take place within the National Park, but we will make forays to other parts of the country too, including the west coast and the far north. You will also have the opportunity to take part in our two week winter trip to the Colorado Rockies (more on this later). This is an optional extra and is not included in the course fees. If you would like to discuss this option in greater detail just get in touch.
Course members will have their own shared rooms within the centre, as well as their own lounge and kitchen within the staff accommodation. There is a dedicated drying room and plenty of storage space for all your equipment. You will also get to know our staff who live on-site, and be able to learn from their experiences, many of whom started out on this very course!

What You’ll Learn

During this course you will train in the following activities. This will provide you with a comprehensive set of skills to start your new career.

Single Pitch Award
Outdoor First Aid Award
Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Training or Assessment
Scottish Rafting Association (SRA) Level 1 Guide Award or level 2 Restricted
Snowlife Snow-sports Awards Levels 1 – 9 (Snowsports trip is an optional extra and comes at an additional cost)
British Canoe Union (BCU) Star test 1 – 4 & UKCC Level 1 or 2
British Canoe Union (BCU) Start test 1 – 4 & UKCC Level 1 or 2
British Cycling MTB Leadership Award Level 2

On top of all this, you will also receive in-house training for CanyoningGorge Scrambling and Duckies. These skills will directly transfer into other activities you will be training for, helping to broaden your overall skillset as an outdoor instructor.

* Please contact us if you would like to chat regarding what you can hope to achieve on this course.

What You’ll Need

Below is a list of equipment students should have for the course, some of which is required for the rst few weeks. The list is not exhaustive; it contains what we would describe as your “Tools of the Trade”, essential kit for working as a professional in the outdoor indus- try. All of the equipment listed can be purchased from Active’s Outdoor Shop in Aviemore. This is a great way to see and try what you are buying, as well as get expert advice from our instructors who will accom- pany you.

Items marked with an asterisk are recommended but optional, these can be purchased during the course. Many (but not all) of these are also available from the centre stores, but may not be of the same quality.

Optional Extra’s

If you enjoy our 4 month course, there is an opportunity to extend the fun and learning. We are pleased to offer candidates a space on our winter trip to North America with the 5-month ITC students.

For two weeks in December, you will jet out to the other side of the pond and spend two weeks learning how to ski or special-offer
snowboard. We base ourselves in Breckenridge, Colorado, deep in the Rocky Mountains. This is an ideal location to use with its high altitude (the town sits at roughly 9,600ft) and wide expanse of runs. During your stay here we will bring you step by step through the Snowlife Award levels, helping you to establish good technique as well as on piste awareness. Our aim is to not only develop your skills
through teaching, but also self-discovery. So only half of each day is lesson based, the rest you are free to explore the moun- tains. This helps promote a feeling of independence as well as making the most of your time on the slopes.

While training in Breckenridge, you will be staying at the Grand Timber Lodge. Ideally located at the foot of one of the main slopes, this accommodation is the perfect combination of convenience and comfort.

After a long day on the slopes, why not recline in one of the outdoor pools/hot tubs with a cool drink in hand, basking in the mountain views. Alternatively you can make use of the gym and pool tables available to guests.

ski-tour4Heading in to town for some shopping or a meal? There is a free shuttle bus provided by the lodge that will drop you o anywhere in town… and pick you up again at the end of the night.

In fact, the accommodation is so good, you may find yourself thinking you’ve found yourself on a luxury holiday rather than an instructor training course!

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