Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship

 13 Months of Quality Instructor Training

Start your journey as an Outdoor Instructor! Land & Waves next apprenticeship opportunity starts on 15th April 2024 and runs until May 2025. This is one of the best-paid and qualification-rich apprenticeships within the outdoors. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply.

You can expect a friendly, personal experience whilst gaining professional, relevant qualifications to propel you into your outdoor career. You’ll train alongside other Apprentices for 2024/25 and meet plenty of other aspiring outdoor professionals as they start their outdoor careers.

We have been successfully training outdoor instructors for the last 12 years and this is our third year running this awesome apprenticeship.

This 13-month Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership between Land & Wave and Channel Training. You’ll be based in the seaside town of Swanage, Dorset.

You’ll gain 9 National Governing Body qualifications that are industry-recognised PLUS a wide range of in-house qualifications too, which will bolster your life skills in instructing and group management.

We know the biggest struggle of an apprenticeship is living on an apprenticeship wage (£5.28/hour). That’s why we’ve committed to paying much MORE than the National Apprenticeship Wage.

You’ll receive £7 per hour, with a guaranteed 30 hours a week. If you work more than an average of 40 hours a week in a month, you will topped up with National Living Wage (likely to be £11.46 in 2024).

This means you will earn AT LEAST £915 a month. The average homestay accommodation in Swanage is £600 including bills. Accommodation is NOT included as part of this apprenticeship, so you MUST be able to cover your rent and living costs for the 13-month period.

For more information on Land & Wave please visit their website here.



Prospect Business Park, Unit 14 Jaden Centre, Victoria Ave, Swanage BH19 1EJ


Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship Standard
  • Archery GB
  • Lowland Leader Training and Assessment
  • PSRT
  • ITC Level 3 Outdoor First Aid
  • PSI
  • NCFE Level 2 BC
  • Canoe Award
  • Sea Kayak Award
  • SUP Award

In-house sign off in:

  • Archery Tag, Team Building, Nightline, Pioneering, Beach Games, Campfire, Crabbing, Matrix, Mini Olympics, Slip and Slide, Sports
  • White water Paddling experience 
  • Climbing Experience 
  • Coasteering Experience

You will have access to further qualification at a discounted rate from both Land & Wave and Channel Training, as well as access to heavily discounted Kit.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Level 1 (GCSE Grade D / 3 or above) in Functional Skills Maths and English is Essential.


Essential Details:

Salary Details: £7 Per hour – More than 40 Hours worked in a week paid at Living wage. £915 a month (If 30 hours are worked) 

Working Hours: 30 hours per week

This opportunity is open to over 18s only


Closing Date: 4th March 2024

Interview Dates: 9th & 10th March 2024

Possible Start Date: 15th April 2024


To Apply:

To apply, you MUST be available for the Apprenticeship Selection Weekend on the 9th & 10th March 2024. This will be based in Swanage, Dorset. We will provide dormitory-style accommodation (Saturday night) and food for the weekend.

This 2-day Apprenticeship Selection Weekend includes a range of outdoor adventure activities, an interview and some assessment tasks. This is your opportunity to show us why you deserve a place on this fantastic Apprenticeship Programme.

More information can be found on the Land & Wave website here.

To apply please complete the online form linked below.