Profession outdoor activities instructor

Outdoor activities instructors organise and lead recreational outdoor trips through which the participants learn skills such as hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, rafting, rope course climbing etc. They also provide team-building exercises and activity workshops for disadvantaged participants. They ensure the safety of the participants and the equipment and explain safety measures for the participants to understand themselves as well. Outdoor activities instructors should be prepared to deal with the consequences of bad weather conditions, accidents and should responsibly manage possible anxiety from participants concerning certain activities.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Realistic
  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Protection from natural elements

    Forces of nature, such as weather patterns and seasonal conditions, their characteristics and any means of protection against them.

  • Outdoor activities

    Sportive activities performed outdoors, often in nature, such as hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, rafting, and rope course climbing.

Skills

  • Motivate in sports

    Positively foster athletes and participants' intrinsic desire to carry out the required tasks to fulfill their goals and to push themselves beyond their current levels of skill and understanding.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Apply risk management in sports

    Manage the environment and athletes or participants to minimise their chances of suffering any harm. This includes checking appropriateness of venue and equipment and gathering relevant sport and health history from athletes or participants. It also includes ensuring appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times

  • Instruct in outdoor activities

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of one or several outdoor sport activities, usually for recreational purposes, such as hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, rafting, or rope course climbing.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Organise sporting environment

    Organise people and the environment to achieve desired objectives safely and efficiently

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

  • Use rope access techniques

    Apply ropework to work in elevated position. Safely ascend and descend ropes, wearing a harness.

  • Assess nature of injury in emergency

    Assess the nature and extent of injury or illness to establish and prioritise a plan for medical treatment.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

Optional knowledge and skills

plan sports instruction programme belay techniques work with different target groups use modern electronic navigational aids team building lip reading assess students rope lashing manage resources for educational purposes inspire enthusiasm for nature prepare lesson content use geographic memory teamwork principles facilitate teamwork between students compass navigation represent the organisation use rigging tools climb trees read maps lead hiking trips maintain customer service