Free taster day for those wanting to know more about taking leap into outdoor adventures

Torbay Weekly

A Paignton-based outdoor adventure company are launching their 16-week training programme starting this November, designed to train and assess new instructors into the industry.

The course from Reach Outdoors of Goodrington is open to participants over the age of 18 and provides the perfect way to kickstart a new career in the outdoors.

Leading groups on expeditions across Dartmoor, guiding sea kayak and paddleboard journeys around Torbay's coastline and teaching people how to climb provides an exciting and varied lifestyle, and is all in a day's work.

Career choices are big decisions, and rightly so. Our career pathways are investments in our futures both financially, as we all need to work to live, but careers are also an investment into our well-being which is something that money alone cannot buy.

When we consider that in the UK we spend on average 36 hours a week in our employment, it’s easy to see that this considerable time spent working has a significant impact on our physical health and overall happiness in life.

This may be why more people are choosing a new career in the outdoor industry as they search for their dream job.

The 16-week intensive instructor training will provide participants with 16 qualifications and the skills, knowledge and experience to be employable in the outdoor industry.

Qualifications have been selected to ensure appropriateness to the immediate operating environment in the South West and also to ensure that they offer achievable assessment outcomes within the 16 weeks.

Reach Outdoors are holding a free open day on July 3 for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the outdoors.

There is no expectation to have any previous experience of outdoor activities but interested parties should be passionate about the outdoors, enjoy working with people and have a good level of fitness as a minimum.

Reach Outdoors director Rachel Mayhew-Edwards said: “Working as an outdoor instructor can be very rewarding. No two days are the same, the activities are always different as are clients and the good old British weather.

"The outdoor industry has provided me with so many opportunities. As well as getting to do the job I love every day, I manage to stay active and healthy, see some amazing places and work with some amazing people, and I get paid for the privilege.

"I would recommend anyone thinking about a career in the outdoors to come along to the open day which will not only provide information about our 16-week training programme but will also answer any more general questions that you might have about the industry.

"There are many ways to work in the industry and it is important that people make the right choice that suits their circumstances.

"Our open day is designed to present the 16-week training course as one of the options available and so we invite those interested in a career to attend to find out more.”

Further information about the instructor training programme can be seen by visiting and anyone interested in joining the free open day on July 3 should contact Ashley Hone on or call 01803 524 950.