/ Want to be an outdoor instructor type?????
Check out the film above by Dan Goodwin....
I didn't see any instructing going on, or any students for that matter.
Or any rain!
It's about the lifestyle not the instructing itself.
Its not even about the life style is it? How many outdoor instructors spend their time roaming the hills in good weather on their own??
If it was about the life style it would be about getting up before the students, making sure breakfast is on the go, organising vans, kit and the like. Briefing students, ............ Checking on them.......Dealing with problems......... Making sure that everyone is in the van, knows what time dinner is, sorting out the kit.......checking whats happening tomorrow, listening to other instructors mishaps/.adventures etc., checking next days forecast, sorting your own gear out for the next day. Having some food. Having a bath, a pint and back to bed. Some life style video that'd be.
That may be at the same time the most miserable and most truthful takedown I've ever seen on here.
I do love it, couldn't work a normal job, but it's not the life people imagine. (Saying that, I did have a cracking day today introducing a friend to scrambling in Glencoe :-) )
> I do love it, couldn't work a normal job, but it's not the life people imagine. (Saying that, I did have a cracking day today introducing a friend to scrambling in Glencoe :-) )
Couldn't disagree more!
Work to live!
Unfortunately, if you really are an instructor, life-style is secondary.
If life style is important, then you are not an instructor and either well to do, supported by family or living in a fantasy world!
Em it is. I know the guy in the film personally, very well. We worked together at Outward Bound Loch Eil many year ago. It IS about his lifestyle. Maybe not Dullswater but on Mull things are a bit more exciting.
> Em it is. I know the guy in the film personally, very well. We worked together at Outward Bound Loch Eil many year ago. It IS about his lifestyle. Maybe not Dullswater but on Mull things are a bit more exciting.
Ha ha. (:-))
Any instructors on here care to comment? Do you get paid to stroll the hills on your own?
Irrespective of the pros and cons of outdoor instructing I thought the voice-over was very good and wish someone had given me some careers advice like that when I was young. Could have been interesting though "What do you really love to do?" "Erm...get high?". Instead all I remember was the Careers Adviser at University saying "Well I was a Classicist and I got a job."
I remember once coming across a lonely instructor at Bonehill with a minibus load of be-helmeted mouthy yoof. Any aspirations I had in that direction evaporated that day! Respect to those that do.
I'm not sure what your problem with this is? I think you are confirming my view that many instructor types take things very seriously when actually this is just a light hearted video of someone who has many years experience, in different situations. I know the guy.
I do not have any issue with the words in the film. What the narrator says is absolutely sound. I've pursued what I wanted to do and have continued to do so. I wake up and look forward to the day's work. The music is just up my street too. The shots are stunning. But its entitled Outdoor Instructor Type.
Content should reflect title. I've been an outdoor instructor, freelance management trainer in outdoor centres and centre manager. The film's content does not reflect in any shape or way the title.
If I have one abiding memory of working in the outdoors it is being with people, communicating with people, and being aware of people all day, and sometimes in the evenings too.
This film as lovely as it is, simply does not reflect the 'dream' of being an outdoor instructor. Perhaps I'm missing a point. Is that what the film is supposed to reflect?
You may as well have a film entitled, "Want to be a ski instructor?" and have a film of someone skiing virgin powder in some remote lonely (and people free) location.
Nice film anyway
To be fair, the video is just a background to the narration, probably just poorly titled.
I completely agree that communication and people skills are 90% of any day at work. To be a successful and memorable instructor you need to "enjoy" your clients company (sometimes easier than others). Its a two way thing, if you don't, its just a crap day at work, like any other job.
I wouldn't swap it for being stuck in an office/indoors etc. Personally its the best job I have ever had. Get paid to play out FFS!
Hi Pete, I haven't forgotten about the group absail setup.
Fantastic - I've been meaning to stoke my existential angst by listening to that Alan Watts piece for ages, now I get to do it to Dan's footage.
Or at least I will once it has buffered on my slow Turkish wifi!
Nae bother. Watch out for the waiters. Or are they Greek?
I got a few sessions in and got my SPA ticket at last! So get in touch if you ever need a hand. Thanks for thinking of me.
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