Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship (Rockley / Dorset) ROCKLEY WATERSPORTS LTD

Rockley is seeking to employ a team of outdoor activity instructor apprentices. Join us to guide and inspire in windsurfing, sailing, climbing, archery and much more. We are seeking motivated individuals with a passion for the outdoors, that are eager to learn, committed to safety, instruction, and support to help participants achieve new skills.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Unlock over £4,000 in training & qualifications in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, paddlesport, & more. Develop as an outdoor instructor with comprehensive water & land activity training to enhance your career potential.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    You will be expected to work weekdays, weekends, and evenings. Your working hours will be annualised, meaning you may well work longer hours in the summer peak season than you do in the winter months (All shifts TBC).

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    13 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

The main responsibility of an outdoor Activity Instructor is to run a safe and enjoyable activity session. They will:

  • Prepare for the session – gather information about the participants and resources for the activity
  • Deliver the session – brief participants, maintain safety, provide on-going instruction and encouragement
  • Meet session outcome – support participants to achieve set outcome (such as new skills/knowledge, thrill seeking, personal or team challenge)
  • Close the session – hand over participants, return resources and equipment, log any issues

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship Standard

We take your training seriously and want you to be successful in your role. Therefore, you will be trained to deliver as many activities as possible. This training will not only focus on your own personal skill development, but also in house sign off and national governing body qualifications. The level of skill you leave us with will very much be personal to you and how much effort you put in and the progress you make. Activities we cover as part of the apprenticeship:

  • Waterbased - Sailing, Windsurfing, Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Raft Building, etc.
  • Land based - High / Low Ropes, Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Walking, Orienteering, Tomahawk Throwing, Archery, Team Building, etc.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone to develop their career in the outdoors industry where there are lots of opportunities for progression and further development. Full training and support will be offered and therefore applications are welcome from people with experience in sport and the outdoors or applicants that are new to the industry.  

Benefits of working for Rockley / We offer:

It’s hard to describe all that we can offer you as the Rockley world is difficult to put into words. What you can be certain of is:

  • An amazing experience and a chance to make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime
  • A unique apprenticeship, mixing education with work, new adventures and life skills
  • An opportunity to earn while you learn and then an ability to put that learning into action in a supportive environment
  • The chance to gain lots of extra qualifications and training, specifically the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship
  • A chance to develop your practical ability in a range of activities and potentially gain instructor qualifications in a range of activities
  • A job that’s varied, rewarding, fulfilling and outside

Potential waterbased qualifications available:

Dinghy Sailing:

  • RYA Start Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Basic Skills Level 2
  • RYA Better Sailing Level 3
  • RYA Seamanship Skill Modules
  • RYA Advanced Sailing
  • RYA Pre-Assessment
  • RYA Assistant Instructor
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing)
  • RYA Assistant Instructor
  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor

Paddlesport & Paddleboarding:

  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Kayak and Canoe Training
  • SUP Training


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Safe and Fun
  • RYA First Aid

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Our apprentices go on to work in sports and the outdoors. Some stay with Rockley working their way up through the business as senior instructors, assistant managers, centre managers, and such like. Others go on to travel the world, working as an instructor or being employed on ski season. We also have apprentices progress on to university to study sport-related degrees, like outdoor adventure management. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Experience of outdoor activities: • Waterbased - Sailing, Windsurfing, Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking etc • Land based - High / Low Ropes, Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Walking, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Tunnelling, Tomahawk Throwing, Archery etc

About the employer

Rockley was established in 1976 and is a UK Limited company. We are the UK’s premier provider of watersports training and group residential holidays. Our centres in the UK offer apprentices and excellent environment to learn whilst being supported by an extremely experienced team of Teachers, Centre Managers and Instructors. We pride ourselves on having created multi activity centres in some of the most beautiful parts locations and our aim is to offer outstanding experiences.




Rockley Point

BH15 4RW


Team Rockley


01202 677272

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Outdoor activity instructor

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

If you would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity, please visit our website to apply. You will be required to complete an application form and submit a CV which shows your education, work experience and any qualifications. As part of the application form, you will also need to submit a personal statement / covering letter that describes why you feel you would be suitable for the role.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 03 May 2024