/ Active outdoor pursuits instructor course
I'm thinking of applying for the Active Outdoor Pursuits Instructors Course in Newtonmore and I was wondering if anyone has done it or knows anything about it? I would love some feed back before committing myself or some advice from people who know the area and centre. Thanks, Judy.
Are you doing the course in order to get a career in outdoor activities instruction? You'd be better off getting a trainee position at an outdoor centre as mentioned by the other poster.
Newtonmore's pretty much the perfect place to live* if you like mountains though. Halfway between Lochaber and the Cairngorms, right on the A9 - within an hour's drive you've got some of the best climbing, paddling and biking in the country, without the summer hordes that plague the Lakes or Snowdonia.
* in the UK at least.
Thanks for the advice. I'd like to find a trainee position but I'd presumed it would be hard to get without the qualifications first. I'll definitely look further into that.
Lack of qualifications isn't necessarily a barrier as the whole point of trainee jobs is to get qualified while on the job. It is very useful to have experience of working with groups though - volunteer with a local scout or DofE group, join a climbing or canoe club, or help out at a local school. Learning how to set up a top rope for a group is easy - what is harder to learn is how to reassure nervous participants and help them to feel positive about their experience, or how to adapt your coaching of a technique to an individual's needs.
Sent you a message but I'm a trainee and loving it best thing I've ever done my advice is just get out and do stuff I volunteered at a centre before going for a trainee position to Mae sure it's what I wanted to do
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