The Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship is designed to provide the outdoor adventure tourism and education sector with personnel who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to work in the adventure sports industry. Participants will get the opportunity to develop the practical and technical skills needed to assist in the leading of groups in adventure activities. The course is the ideal starting point for anyone who is interested in developing a career in this type of outdoor sporting work.
| Course Modules.
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This course will be delivered through a combination of training methods. These include instructions, presentations, supervised practice, practical work training, work environment practice, discussion groups and role plays. The course offers a rich learning experience by integrating theory and work practice. Participants will spend approximately 4 days per week over a 30 week period on practical outdoor adventure sporting skills in the mountains, on the rivers, up the cliffs and in the Atlantic ocean. A further 8 weeks will be assigned for work practice. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a research assignment during the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, practical exams, project work, portfolios, learner records, collections of work, and skills demonstrations. Satisfactory completion of the integrated work practice assessments is an absolute requirement to achieve the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship (Minor Award).
- Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to comply with National Governing Body requirements. Mature applicants are encouraged.
- A Junior Certificate or equivalent with relevant experience. Mature applicants with relevant life experience.
- It is desirable to show a keen interest through active participation, membership or leadership in sporting and outdoor recreational pursuits, outdoor sports clubs, or other sporting environments.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people at different levels, demonstrated by work in the community or within the sporting arena.
- Demonstrate a positive outlook, be adaptable, self motivated and have the ability to work on your own initiative, to take direction and to work with others as part of a team.
- A high standard of personal presentation and in particular have an interest in working with children, adults or corporate groups.
- It is desirable to have an understanding of and sensitivity towards the natural environment.
- Garda Vetting is a requirement for this programme and participation is subject to a satisfactory outcome of the Garda Vetting process.
- To safeguard their own health and safety and that of any client or learner engaged on the course, participants must be medically and physicall fit to cope with the high physical demands arising from the daily sporting activities that occur on the course.
Participans who successfully complete this course will typically seek entry level positions as assistant instructors in outdoor education centres, adventure tour companies and private enterprises.