Instructor Training Academy

Instructor Training Academy

Get ready for your dream job.

1 Course x 14 Weeks x 7 Qualifications = 1 fully qualified instructor: YOU!

Are you looking for an exciting career as an outdoor activity instructor? The Adventure Speyside Instructor Training Academy offers the perfect residential course to make YOUR dream job a reality.

We believe that this is the best course of its type available in Scotland. Rather than simply offering our participants lots of training courses, we will instruct you to a level where you will be ready to gain valuable National Governing Body (NGB) awards, so that you leave our course as an employable outdoor instructor.

Our location is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, with access to mountains, crags, rivers, lochs and world class mountain biking, with the coastline close by too.  Our instructors and NGB course providers are among the best in the country at their chosen sports and are keen to pass on their skills, knowledge and passion on to you.

We keep our course small so we can really concentrate on you and your skills development. With only six participants per course you really get the best possible learning environment. Each participant gets a room of their own in our residential centre and participants have sole usage of the centre during the 14 week course, so you can really make yourselves at home.   

The first step to your dream job…

During your 14 weeks of practical training from our highly skilled and experienced instructors, in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, you will learn skills in over 13 adventurous activities.

During this time, we will concentrate on the skills required to gain the key National Governing Body awards that will kickstart your career in the outdoor industry and make you stand out from the crowd.

National Governing Body awards will be gained in:

  • First Aid at work
  • Foundation Safety Rescue Training (includes assessment)
  • Paddlesport Instructor (training & assessment)
  • White Water Safety Rescue (includes assessment)
  • Level 2 Mountain Bike (training & assessment)
  • Summer Mountain Leader Award (training & Assessment dependant on experience)
  • Rock Climbing Instructor Training

We will also train you as Coasteering and Gorge Walking Leaders and you will learn skills in the following activities: hill walking, scrambling, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, gorge walking, coasteering, mountain biking, team building activities, orienteering and wilderness skills.

Employment Opportunities

What makes the Adventure Speyside Instructor Training Academy unique is that you leave with real employment prospects. Our staff will advise you on your options after the course and can assist with interview techniques and applications to ensure your success in your new career.  On completion of the course you will be given the opportunity to interview to become an Adventure Aberdeen / Adventure Speyside Outdoor Instructor, providing adventurous activity across the north-east of Scotland.

The Location

You will be based at Adventure Speyside residential centre in the Caringorms National Park, the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This location gives access to some of Scotland’s most stunning mountains, rivers and landscapes, and is the perfect natural playground to develop and hone the skills you need to become an excellent outdoor adventure instructor.

Is this course for me?

If you are over 18 and are an enthusiastic and motivated person who interested in pursuing a career as an outdoor adventure instructor, but don’t yet have all of the qualifications you need, then this is the ideal course for you.

Course Dates

The next course will run from 16 August – 19 November 2021.

Costs and What’s Included

The cost for the fourteen week course is £5,500 which includes accommodation throughout.

Further details

During the course your home will be Adventure Speyside, our residential centre based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, just outside Grantown on Spey.

This recently renovated, attractive and comfortable centre is ideally located within easy reach of some of the most spectacular water and land based activity sites in Scotland.

The accommodation is fully furnished with a spacious kitchen and social areas. All bedding is provided and laundry facilities are available. Catering is not provided, but the kitchen has all necessary cooking goods and utensils and residents can shop for groceries at the nearby Grantown on Spey.

What kit is provided?

All technical equipment to complete this course is provided for you. There are some items you will require to bring but we will provide the following:

  • Canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards
  • Mountain bike , helmet , gloves
  • Technical climbing equipment, harness, helmet, ropes, rack etc (you need you own rock shoes)
  • Camping equipment, tents, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
  • Drysuit
  • Buoyancy Aid & Helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • River Knife
  • Throwline
  • Rescue Tape
What do I need to bring?

Although the technical equipment will be provided, you will need to have your own basic equipment. This includes:

  • Goretex jacket and trousers (or similar)
  • ¾ season walking boots
  • Thermal base layers
  • Technical mid layer clothing
  • Outdoor walking trousers
  • Hat suitable for cold mountain weather
  • Thin pair of gloves and one thick pair of insulated gloves
  • Warm walking socks
  • Padded biking shorts
  • Cycling over shorts
  • Appropriate biking shoes
  • Cycle trip meter
  • Rock shoes for climbing
  • Warm technical base layers, warm fleece top, tracksuit or fleece trousers and warm socks to wear under a dry suit and old trainers to wear on top of the dry suit feet.
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream

The following equipment is nice to have but we can provide if necessary:

  • 30 – 40L rucksack
  • 60 – 70L expedition rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Waterproof map case
  • Camping: Sleeping bag 3/4 season. Camping mat, camping stove, camping pots / pans.
  • Water sports: If you have any of your own water sports equipment, please bring it with you. If not, we will provide everything you need.
  • Climbing: You will need your own rock shoes. We will provide all the other technical equipment. If you have your own climbing gear, please bring it with you.
Contact Us

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us on or 01224 270990

How to apply

To express your interest in participating in this course please email and provide a phone number and a member of the team will give you a call.

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