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Jon Wilson 25 Nov 2019
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Climbing Wall Supervisor/Instructor, Full time, Permanent 

About Calshot  

This is a Fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic climber to join the climbing wall team at the South’s Premier Outdoor Centre. The climbing wall at Calshot is one of the largest in the country with well over 1200 square metres of wall, which combined with its location in one of the largest activities centres in the country makes this a unique position.

The climbing wall is open to the public on a daily basis as a ‘pay and play’ facility. We also run a wide range of climbing courses, from beginner sessions for 4-7year olds to adult learn to climb courses and youth climbing clubs to Climbing Wall Instructor & Rock climbing Instructor training and assessments. 

The centre as a whole offers residential and non-residential courses in an unrivalled number of exciting water and landbased activities. Situated in a unique position on the shores of the Solent, our magnificent setting gives immediate access to the country’s most popular watersports location. Ashore, historic hangars accommodate the state of the art climbing complex plus the only indoor Velodrome in Southern England and a dry Ski Slope. The range of activities taught at the Centre includes Canoeing, Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Track Cycling, Mountain Biking, Archery, Orienteering, High Ropes, Field Studies and Development Training.  

Our Client Base  

Our recreational climbers and course members come to us from a large catchment area, many regularly travelling 20+ miles to get to us. We also pick up many climbers who have been rained off from Swanage and Portland.  

The residential clients come from a diverse background. Hampshire school groups account for the largest numbers. We also actively market to out of county schools, currently we have schools from as far a field as the Channel Islands, Home Counties and the Midlands.  

Individuals and families from the local area and on holiday in the New Forest can come along to our new ‘The hangar’ Pay and Play facilities including Aero trek, Takeoff, Laser climb and Ringo’s. 

The Staff  

The wall has a team of full & part time staff covering wall supervision, instruction, equipment checks and route setting. The centre as a whole has around 40 full-time teaching staff in addition to a further 35 support services staff who provide us with food, accommodation, technical and admin support and without whom we could not exist. This strong staff team enables Calshot to operate fifty + weeks a year, seven days a week and is the Centre’s greatest resource. From Windsurfing Trainers, Dinghy and Kayak Coaches to Mountain Instructors and Track Cycling coaches, we have them all. Consequently, we are able to offer staff an unrivalled opportunity to benefit from their expertise, whether as part of training or through “top tips” when out playing after work!  

Who are we looking for?  

You should be an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Climbing Wall Instructor/CWI or Rock climbing instructor/SPA holder preferably with experience of working at indoor walls. Some key skills include:  

  • Broad knowledge of climbing equipment & belay devices  
  • Patience and diplomacy skills for dealing with tricky customers whose belaying skills or behaviour are not as we might like.  
  • Knowledge of PPE inspection and recording  
  • Working at height &/or Route setting experience  
  • Good instructional and coaching skills  
  • Ability to organise workload and work unsupervised  

Is Calshot for you?  

The job.  

The role has three main areas of work  

1. Wall supervision – ‘floor walking’ checking that customers are using safe practices and conducting membership assessments.  

2. Climbing Instruction – Instructing and coaching a range of climbing courses especially our junior climbing clubs.  

3. Equipment inspection – Carrying out and recording equipment checks and  


Other work may include route setting and assisting the climbing wall manager with wall development projects.  

Full training will be given at the start. Having completed your Initial training, development does not stop, higher NGB awards and developing coaching skills are critical to ensuring Calshot is THE premier Centre on the South coast.  

There will also be the opportunity for the post holder to use their spare time to join the training for our multi activity instructors in the other activities run by the centre.  


We have self-catering accommodation available to new staff. Some accommodation is on site with others in three cottages approximately a mile away in Calshot village. Staff usually have individual rooms, with a communal lounge, kitchen and shower. Alternatively staff can choose to arrange their own accommodation locally.  


We provide staff uniform, believing it is important that our staff are easily recognisable. You will be loaned polo shirts, jacket and a wall supervisor gilet. You may also take advantage of some of the discounted rates we have available from leading manufacturers.  

The Bare Facts  

This is a full time, permanent position with an average 37 hour week over a 6 week shift pattern.  This includes evening and weekend working. 

Salary £18,065  

Plus 50% enhancement of pay for Sundays and 100% enhancement for any bank holidays worked, typically adding another £750 to annual earnings.  

Paid holiday entitlement is 24 days plus bank holidays  

And an opportunity to tap into some of the best training in the country….  

Closing Date – 17 December 2019 

Interviews – 7 January 2020 

Start date – TBC  

Apply Now!  

Applications must be made on-line for more information & a link to the application page visit:  


For further details please contact:  

Calshot Activities Centre,  

Calshot Spit, Fawley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1BR.  

Email calshot.ac@hants.gov.uk  

Tel: 023 8089 2077  

Fax: 023 8089 1267  


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