Advanced Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship

The Advanced Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship course has been designed to up skill and enhances the employment opportunities for those working or training in the outdoor sector. The purpose of this award is to enable the learner acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and or in an instructional, coaching, supervisory, and /or management role in a range of operations and activities in the Outdoor Education/Adventure Tourism industry. The course aims to develop attitudes, personal effectiveness and job seeking skills that will enable them to obtain employment.
This course is delivered through a combination of training methods. These include instructions, presentations, assignments, supervised practice, practical work training, work environment practice, discussion groups and particularly self-directed learning. The course offers a rich learning experience by embedding theory in best work practices.

Kerry ETB Training Centre is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

• REC Level 3 First Aid

• Canoeing Level 4

• Canoeing Level 2 Instructor

• Sea Kayaking Level 4 or River Kayaking Level 4

• Kayaking Level 2 Instructor

• Orienteering Instructor

• Rock Climbing Instructor

• Lowland Leader Award Training or Mountain Leader Training or Trail Cycle Leader Training

• Sports Industry Practice, Team Leadership and Ecology and the Environment


A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, practical exams, portfolios, learner records, collections of work, written exam and skills demonstrations.

Applicants must be 18 years of age

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Garda Vetting

Aptitude for and interest in outdoor recreational pursuits


Graduates will have the skills to work in multi-activity organisations as instructors in OETCs; Adventure Centres; adventure tourism markets and in private enterprise. The graduates will have the skill; knowledge and competencies to work with a range of clients including working with people with disabilities.