Outdoor Adventure Education
Course Code: 5M5148
Entry requirements: Leaving Cert or equivalent. Mature students welcome. RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for FAS trained students.
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-ordinator: Mr. Jeff Cochrane
Course Director Jeff Cochrane is regularly contacted by people in the industry who are interested in employing Kinsale College’s Outdoor Adventure Education graduates.
Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Award in Outdoor Recreation will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award.
“The two-year instructor training course gave me the best possible stepping stone for a career in the outdoor industry. The challenges and experiences over the two years, from intensive training to exams; from kayaking white water rivers to climbing sea cliffs; from excellent friendships to training under some of Ireland’s best outdoor instructors, was phenomenal. Completing the course in 2001, I worked for several outdoor education centers throughout Ireland, developing the qualifications and experience I had been given from Kinsale. The qualifications and experience took me to work in Scotland, where I also worked as a white water raft guide and ski leader. Returning to Ireland, I was lucky enough to work with Ireland’s National Outdoor Training Centre for a short time, before setting up my own business in 2006. My business – Outdoors Ireland – specializes in guided tours, training courses and team building. Now with two operation bases (Killarney and Galway), a small team of instructors and a fleet of trailers and equipment; the key to our work and success comes from the experience and training I received all those years ago in Kinsale. The fun, training, experience and knowledge I received from the instructor course is a resource I still use on a weekly, if not daily, basis. In fact generally when I am recruiting for staff I firstly look to instructors who are qualifying from Kinsale. Whether as a life experience or a career choice I cannot recommend this course highly enough and I often remember it as I stand on Ireland’s highest mountains; pause partway up a sandstone cliff, or watch the sunset from a sea kayak.”
Nathan Kingerlee, OE Graduate.
The course in the first year aims to develop personal competency in a range of outdoor activities: