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Make the ocean your university.

College & University are great but are certainly not for everyone. There are now huge opportunities for those who are interested in the outdoors to learn by doing rather than sitting in a classroom.

Donegal Adventure Centre is promoting training courses for those wishing to become qualified outdoor instructors this autumn.  There are 2 main courses, the first is a 10 week Outdoor Instructor Course (OITC). The second course is run by Donegal ETB who offer a 26 week fully funded Surf instructor & Lifeguard Training course for those who are eligible.

Surf instructor

Surf instructor

Both courses include RLSS lifeguard course and assessment,  surf coaching, first aid training and assessment, child protection training, outdoor leadership & management training, adventure activities training, safety and emergency assessments and group management. The course also includes work experience on-centre. The OITC course includes a kayak option as an extra.  The 26 week course also includes the Irish Surf Association exam and assessment.  While you must apply for the ETB course through your local welfare / ETB office , as the provider of the last three courses the Adventure Centre is happy to talk to applicants and families with questions about either course , eligibility and suitability.

One of course trainers is Bundoran native Richard Gillespie, who said he thinks the course is a great asset to the town. “Not only has it provided employment & 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 all over Ireland, America, Holland, Germany and Sweden.

 

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.

Train to be a lifeguard

Train to be a lifeguard

The graduates of the last two years of the Donegal Adventure Centre courses have  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 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 is 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 0719842418, see the website www.traintobeasurfinstructor.com or  email info@traintobeasurfinstructor.com

Outdoor Instructor courses

Outdoor Instructor courses