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Outdoor Activities Instructor

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Education
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€16k > 25 
Outdoor Pursuits Instructor
Salary Range
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€16 - 25 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works with people on outdoor activity sessions and trips, or teachs them skills in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, orienteering, abseiling and canoeing or hill walking.


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1Total Records: 2

Martin Dunn
Activities Manager  
Martin Dunn works as the Activities Manager in the Kippure Outdoor Activity Centre in Wicklow.  He received a BSc Hons Degree in Outdoor & Environmental Education from the John Moores University in Liverpool.  He holds numerous other qualifications in related areas such as rock climbing, mountain leader training, basis kayaking and scuba diving.
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Ciara Roosli
Activities Instructer  

Ciara is an Outdoors Activity Instructor with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford. She got a degree in Marketing and Languages in Waterford Institute of Technology, and then went travelling abroad for a while. She returned home to take up her current position and loves her job.

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The Work header image

Outdoor pursuits instructors work with individuals or small groups, teaching them a range of skills. These include abseiling, kayaking, caving, dry skiing, mountain walking, orienteering, parachuting, and horse riding, rock climbing, sailing and wind surfing. They teach all ages and abilities.  
 
Courses may last for just one or two days or for one or two weeks. Groups may come from schools, youth clubs or Guide/Scout groups. They may also come as part of a work-based training scheme for new trainees or senior managers. Individuals or families may come for holidays or to extend existing skills. The instructors therefore have to plan a programme of activities that is different for each course or group. The programme is tailored to meet particular needs, interests and levels of ability and experience.  
 
Although some lecturing is involved, much is done by practical demonstration and helping individuals to complete the various outdoor pursuits. Instructors also have to teach basic safety rules and emergency first aid procedures. They may also be involved in running social activities in the evenings on residential courses.  
 
Other duties include advising on equipment for outdoor activities, writing up reports, keeping student records and other administration. It may also be necessary to drive a minibus to transport students to locations away from the centre.  
 
All outdoor pursuits instructors have to pay great attention to Health and Safety regulations. The work may be dangerous on occasions. Instructors work out of doors as long as weather conditions are safe to complete an activity. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.

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Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.

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Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.

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Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.

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Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.

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Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.

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Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.

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Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.

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Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.

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Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a high level of physical fitness and stamina as well as good levels of competence in several outdoor activities. You must have good communication skills and be able to relate well to students of different ages and backgrounds.  
 
Good organisational and administrative skills are important, as is maturity and a strong sense of responsibility. Dealing with groups requires leadership skills and initiative, in order to cope with the unexpected and emergencies.


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Organisation: Outdoor Education Ireland - National Network of ETB education centres
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