South Cerney Outdoor

Based in the Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

South Cerney Outdoor

Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship

Why not combine your passion for adventure and the outdoors with a career helping others to do so too? In other words, become an outdoor instructor!

South Cerney Outdoor is a highly regarded outdoor education and adventure centre, based in the Cotswold Water Park and operated by an Employee Owned Enterprise, with end of season bonus schemes for all staff linked to the business performance.

This complete 12 month instructor apprenticeship will get you started on a career in the outdoor industry, gain essential instructor qualifications across a range of water sports and develop highly relevant and transferable skill sets in addition to valuable work experience.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will be guided to acquire industry recognised outdoor instructor qualifications and provided with solid outdoor teaching opportunities. You just need to bring bucket loads of enthusiasm and together we will get you started on your career to becoming an outdoor instructor.

You’ll learn how others have started from scratch and gone on to forge hugely rewarding careers and businesses teaching kayaking, canoeing, raft building, sailing and so much more.

Become one of the team at South Cerney Outdoor and train and develop your skills through the winter and get hands-on, real-world experience throughout the peak season as one of our full time instructors, while earning a monthly salary.

You can find out more about South Cerney Outdoor here.

During the apprenticeship programme you will have the opportunity to gain certification in:

  • Outdoor First Aid
  • Lowland Walking Leader
  • Learning in the outdoors (bushcraft) 
  • Food Hygiene 

The scheme will involve on and off the job training, professional development and assessment, and it is currently anticipated that the programme will be as follows:

  • 2 week Induction and Safety Training
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Level 3 Award Learning in Beyond the Classroom
  • Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
  • Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Walk Leadership
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Course





Day to Day Duties:

You will spend the winter months developing personal skills in a range of outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and more, before going on to achieve recognised instructor qualifications in sailing, paddling, powerboating and first aid.

South Cerney Outdoor will upskill you with a bundle of useful complimentary training and activities before you work directly as part of their instructor team for the summer season.

You will be teaching courses in sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding, working on our summer holiday programme, delivering corporate events, assisting with our boat hire programme and instructing private lessons.


Desirable skills and qualifications, but not essential:

  • Some experience in outdoor activities
  • A passion for personal development through outdoor activities
  • 5 GCSE’s (A – C or 4 – 9)

    Essential Details:

    The Complete Instructor Academy Apprenticeship scheme is a full time, 36 hour per week contract starting from Monday 17th October 2022 and graduating at the end of October 2023.

    You must be able to commit to 12 months of full time employment, including evenings and weekends in order to complete your apprenticeship and gain the qualifications you have worked towards.

    Salary: £764 per month / £9,168 per annum

    If you have a passion for the outdoors, are a keen learner that is able to persist through challenges and loves the idea of working in a small team in a people focused environment, submit your application today.

    Applications Deadline: 31st August 2022

    Selection Day: 12th September 2022

    Apprenticeship Start: 17th October 2022


    To Apply

    If you have a passion for the outdoors, are a keen learner who is able to persist through challenges and loves the idea of working in a small team in a people focused environment, submit your application today.

    Application is via a simple form available on the South Cerney Outdoor website here.