Outdoor Instructor Course at Donegal Adventure Centre

A 10 week long Surf and Outdoor Training Instructor Course will begin at Donegal Adventure Centre, Bundoran on January 21.

A 10 week long Surf and Outdoor Training Instructor Course will begin at Donegal Adventure Centre, Bundoran on January 21.

Donegal Adventure Centre runs training courses for those wishing to become qualified outdoor instructors. This 10-week course is based in Bundoran, and provides the necessary training required by most outdoor centres. The course includes surf coaching, qualification as a surf instructor, lifeguard training and assessment, first aid training and assessment, child protection training, outdoor leadership amd management training, adventure activities training, kayak and paddle skills coaching, safety and emergency assessments and group management. The course also includes work experience on-centre.

One of course trainers is Bundoran native Richard Gillespie, who believes the course is a great asset to the town. “Not only has it provided employment and opportunities for people here in the North West, it also showcases Bundoran as the world class outdoor venue that it has become. “As a local, I think it’s great that well, as people from all over Ireland, we’ve had graduates from America, Holland, Germany and Sweden. In fact, one of our recent graduates was a US Marine fresh from his tour of duty in Afghanistan.”

Applicants must be 18 years old, and must be able to swim. There is no upper age limit, but applicants will need to be reasonably physically fit, and willing to train each day. There are no educational pre-requisites; applicants do not need CAO points.

Accommodation is available on campus, and includes free wifi and parking. Absolute beginners are welcome but applicants should be enthusiastic about outdoor sports and physical fitness.

The graduates of the last two years of the Donegal Adventure Centre courses have all found work in the Outdoor industry, and, as sports such as surfing, paddling and climbing increase in popularity, it is likely that further jobs will become available in these areas. In fact, the current operations manager of the Adventure Centre is a graduate of the first outdoor instructor course run in ‘05

Qualifications in outdoor sports are also excellent for young people planning to do some travelling – lifeguarding and surf coaching are popular world-wide, and graduates from the Donegal Adventure Centre course will be qualified to coach and lifeguard abroad. This course is also ideal for students who are not quite sure what they want to do: it offers some healthy and beneficial ‘time out’, with the added bonus of valuable qualifications.

The staff at Donegal Adventure Centre are well known for their friendly professionalism, and previous graduates have enjoyed the experience immensely.

Donegal Adventure Centre are now taking applications for the next course. Interested applicants should telephone Donegal Adventure Centre at 071 984 2418 for information or email info@donegaladventurecentre.net.