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Level 3 Outdoor Instructor Apprenticeship Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre

Looking for a fantastic opportunity to become an outdoor activity instructor? In partnership with Locomotivation, we are offering the opportunity to spend 18 months here at Horseshoe Lake, learning how to become an instructor in one of the most rewarding industries around. A standard working week will comprise of time on the water with groups, whether it be running a course, taster session or birthday  party.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    For the first 12 month you will be on apprentice wage, and for your second season with us, this will increase to at least minimum wage, however it is likely to be more than this.

  • Working week

    40 hours a week Split over shifts, Monday to Sunday - shifts to be confirmed at interview

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • A standard working week will comprise of time on the water with groups, whether it be running a course, taster session or birthday  party
  • Alongside time on the water there will be land-based activities, such as climbing
  • Outside of running sessions, you may spend time lifeguarding our open water swimming sessions, or working on the beach area running our casual hire, and greeting customers who are bringing their own equipment
  • There is always likely to be maintenance to be done or cleaning
  • There will of course be time set aside for you to complete any of your studying. 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor
  • National Governing Body Qualifications such as RYA and British Canoeing.
  • First Aid

All training will take place at Horseshoe Lake, Sandhurst, being delivered both online and via in-person workshops.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A long career in the outdoor instructional industry, with opportunities to work and teach all over the world. In your second season with us, alongside your training you will be acting as a fully qualified member of our team and your wage after 2 months will reflect this.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Physical fitness, Friendly and approachable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C or 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C or 4) Desired

Things to consider

The role involves working in the outdoors all year and so we expect staff to be willing to get stuck in even when the weather is less than favourable. Lunch breaks are paid and are included in the 40 hour work week. These hours will be averaged out as some weeks you may work more hours and some weeks less hours - during the peak season, days can be long.

About the employer

Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre offers Multi Activity Days, canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, dragon boating, raft building, and Open Water Swimming plus many more. Our excellent facilities provide a fun, safe and educational experience for all. Outdoor activities encourage fitness, discipline and co-ordination - offering the chance to embrace the challenge and HAVE A GO! Fun sessions for everyone - learning through leisure! Enjoyable activities that promote a sense of achievement.


Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre





GU47 8JW

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Training provider



01252 871808

Apprenticeship standard

Outdoor activity instructor

Level 3 (A level)

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