Outdoor Instructor Training Course.

A 14 week non-residential intensive skills and leadership training course allowing participants immediate progression in to the outdoor adventure education industry.

Start date: February 2018     

End date: May 2018 (includes a consolidation week)

Historic average Age: 18 - 48 years

National Governing Body Qualifications available: 12

Cost: £2,880


The Haven Banks Instructor Training Course is particularly suited to those looking for a focused, fast track approach to gain National Governing Body Qualifications.

With a similar training programme to our Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship, the Instructor Training Course sometimes provides a more attractive package for those who do not meet the requirements for the apprenticeship or those wishing to focus purely on their NGB qualifications over a shorter period of time. 

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been established for over 46 years and has more than 24 years’ experience in successfully delivering instructor training programmes 

With a minimum of 10 National Governing Body on offer our students have a 100% success rate of securing work in the outdoor adventure education industry.

 Who is the Instructor Training Course for?

With over 24 years experience of running such courses we have found our Instructor Training Course is the most successful at progressing students in to the outdoor adventure industry.

The course is designed for those with little or no experience and those who want a "jump start" with their qualifications.

For those wishing to remain in the area full time summer employment is directly available at Haven Banks to those successful participants 

Previous students have included:

  • Completed full-time students.
  • Those not eligible for an Apprenticeship
  • Professionals looking for a career change.
  • Retired professionals.
  • Trainee Instructors looking for progression.
  • Students taking a "year out"
  • Teachers looking to add practical qualifications to their QTS.

Further Information:

We recommend you visit the centre prior to completing and sending application. This allows you to look around the centre and our facilities, meet the staff and some students who have attended the course previously and also to get a general feel for the centre and how the course is structured and delivered.

During your visit the Centre Manager and/or Senior Instructor will also meet with you to discuss the course in more depth and answer any questions you might have which have not already been answered.

If you are unable to visit the Centre we can arrange a meeting over the phone, via Skype or Face-time, whichever is more convenient.

 How the Course is structured:

  • 14 weeks full time instructor led activity skills and leadership training.
  • Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm.
  • One day per week practical leadership/learning. Essential as a pre-requisite for logged group-work experience.
  • Weekends: Free-time or non-instructed consolidation days where students can *use centre equipment to practice skills and peer-peer coaching. Further in to the course some weekends will be allocated to NGB Training & Assessments.
  • April - Non-Instructed consolidation week.
  • After the course - Career advice and guidance given to students and the opportunity for selected students to gain paid employment at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre or other outdoor centres.

What is included:

  • 14 week full-time skills and leadership training with experienced leaders, instructors & coaches.
  • Full use of the centres extensive facilities.
  • Use of all specialist activity equipment*.
  • Transport to off-site activity locations**.
  • All listed NGB skills, coach & leadership courses.
  • NGB Registration, membership and Certification fees.
  • Access fees for caving, climbing**
  • Mentoring and Guidance from throughout.

Personal Equipment:

All specialist personal and activity equipment is provided. However, students may wish to benefit from purchasing their own personal equipment through one of the centre many suppliers at preferential rates.

Cost of the course: £2,880

 What about after the course?

The course is timed, designed and structured to allow you immediate progression in to employment as an outdoor activity instructor. Additionally, for those wishing to remain in the area full-time summer employment is directly available at Haven Banks to those successful participants. 

 Additional Costs to Consider:

  • Accommodation & board.
  • Optional National Governing Body handbooks and logbooks
  • Optional additional NGB courses to those listed.

Application Process

Please apply by emailing the centre manager Ben Hedden. We will then contact you to arrange a convenient time to invite you to the Centre 

Centre Manager on 01392 400153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Carlos Chamba Bravo

Since I was little I have been passionate about the Outdoors, growing up in the Andes Mountains I learned to love the outdoors. When I moved to the UK I had little experience of the activities but I wanted to succeed and make a career in Outdoor Adventure. 

I did a lot of research and found out about Haven Banks Instructor Course. Attending the Instructor Training Course gave me the tools I needed to transform my Outdoors passion into a lifestyle and livelihood.

Having completed the course I achieved many National Governing Body Qualifications in water sports including kayaking, canoeing and land-based activities such as climbing, mountain biking, walking and mountaineering

I have worked in various outdoor activity centres since completing my course both as a full-time and as a freelance instructor and I am now a sponsored paddler, competing in prestigious extreme kayaking races around the UK and across Europe.

The Haven Banks Instructor Training Course allows you to learn new and reinforce existing skills in a friendly, enjoyable atmosphere at the same time as allowing you to progress and find the right path to your instructor career as I did.

 James Hill-Reid

After graduating I worked in an office job but always had a dream in mind to change careers. I was lucky enough to complete the Multi Activity Instructor Training Course at Haven Banks in 2013 and I haven't looked back since!

After 3 seasons as an instructor at a centre I progressed to completed my PGCE and I now work in a further education college as a lecturer on a BTEC and Foundation Degree courses in Outdoor Adventure.

Haven Banks is a great environment to learn and progress in. There is such a wealth of knowledge and skills across the staff and you get to work with a diverse range of people that will equip you well for the future. Everything on the course is geared to improving your skills and qualifications. You get out as much as you put in and with so many opportunities on the course, the sky is the limit as to what you can achieve.

The best part of working in the outdoor industry is helping people enjoy what can potentially be some of the most fun and memorable experiences of their lives!

 Abi Campbell

I have always loved the outdoors, when I was little we would go away on family camping holidays to Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. 

This evolved while studying at school as I had the opportunity to visit an outdoor centre in PE sessions. Mr Parker our Outdoor Education teacher was a real inspiration and would encourage us all to take part in Outdoor Sports.

After School I went to University to study Tourism Management. While in my final year at University I joined Haven Banks’ Multi-Activity Instructor Training Course - this was where I first started to gain my National Governing Body qualifications and get experience teaching a variety of different groups in the Outdoors.

I enjoyed the course so much, I wanted to find a way to make it a career and a full time, permanent job.

Therefore following this I decided to do a PGCE at College and I was fortunate enough to be able to teach Further Education students Outdoor Education and Tourism as part of my course. I am now a Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Applied Outdoor Adventure course. I can highly recommend Haven Banks' Instructor Training Course which has provided me with a solid foundation to progress to where I am now.




*Students must be at a competent standard.

** During official course hours

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