Key Information

Course Duration

18 months

Age Requirement

18 years old

Entry Criteria

5 GCSEs (Grade 4)


A passion for sport

Course Overview

Rockley's exciting Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship programme provides hands-on expert training, experience and education and is specifically designed to kick start your career in the outdoor industry. Our outdoor apprenticeship offers training in a wide variety of water and land based activities with the opportunity to fast-track you on to senior roles in our delivery team and work across our three Dorset-based activity centres.


As an apprentice you will take an active practical role in the day to day running of a successful activity centre and sporting college. Our outdoor apprenticeship will also have a full induction into the company and will cover elements such as First Aid, Health and Safety, Customer Care, Manual Handling, COSHH, Fire Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding. You will be fully trained in how to do your role as an Outdoor Activity Instructor learning all operational procedures.

Our optional training programme worth over £4000 allows you to up-skill and work towards a range of National Governing Body and in-house qualifications. We offer FREE training in both water and land based activities and gives you the opportunity to develop as an instructor and prepare for a career in the outdoor industry.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, powerboating, bell boating, raft building, high / low ropes, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, walking, orienteering, rifle shooting, tunnelling, tomahawk throwing, archery, team building, expeditions, bushcraft and many more.

As part of outdoor apprenticeship training you will complete a portfolio of evidence for the following units:

  • Preparing Sessions
  • Delivering Sessions
  • Completing Sessions
  • Behaviours
  • Meeting Session Outcomes
  • Organisation Requirements
  • Professional Practice

We are looking for individuals with a passion for sport and the outdoors and who can demonstrate a can-do attitude with the desire to give it a go!

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade 4, including English and Maths.
  • Personal skill level in water and land based activities
  • A desire to work with young people
  • Sports leadership, coaching or previous outdoor instructor experience
  • NGB qualifications in the activities we deliver is not a necessity but would be a distinct advantage
  • Be 18 years old by 31st August and ready to start in September

As a Rockley employee, you will be provided with a uniform. Should you require any additional kit, we will be happy to advise you on where to purchase clothing or equipment at the most reasonable price.

The Outdoor Apprenticeship programme effectively prepares you for employment within the marine, outdoor adventure and sport industries. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your education at university. Our expert teaching and practical staff will be happy to offer you help and guidance as you continue on to the next step of your exciting adventure.

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What Our Students Think

“I love watersports – it’s my passion and if you want to succeed, you’ve just got to put yourself out there and work for it. If you really want it, then sign up for everything - plus it’s a lot of fun as well!”

Finn Dickinson

“I wanted to gain more knowledge and develop my skills in everything really, especially the ropes and land-based side of things. It felt like I had been working towards this for three years and didn’t want to go anywhere else. I liked that I had an idea of how it all worked - for me it was the natural next step. Although I had already been here for three years, starting the apprenticeship still felt new and exciting.”

Chloe Crabb

“I really want to be more of a skills-related instructor, and love the idea of teaching the next generation of Instructors. I want to pass on the knowledge and skills I have gained in sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing as well as the climbing activities and encourage new students to develop their own skills and find their passion.”

Josh Monks

“I didn’t want to go to uni and felt that a hands-on apprenticeship was something that I would really benefit from. I enjoy everything outdoorsy, and this opportunity which included watersports really appealed to me.”

Verity Argent

Meet our Apprentices

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Maverick Goodchild

Activity Instructor Apprentice

Imogen Mottram

Activity Instructor Apprentice

Lucia Doe

Activity Instructor Apprentice

Nathaniel Hagon

Activity Instructor Apprentice


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