Outdoor Adventure Education
Course Code: 6M5148
Entry requirements: This one year course is a progression from the FETAC Level 5 Outdoor Sport & Recreation or other relevant FETAC Level 5 courses. Mature students welcome. Mature applicants will be considered on their own merits.
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-ordinator: Mr. Jeff Cochrane
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This course is the second year of a two year course during which students continue gaining certification and professional qualifications required for employment in the Outdoor Adventure Education industry.

Students continue to develop skills in various outdoor activities, as well as completing training in the psychology of instruction and dealing with groups of various ages, background and ability.

Successful students will graduate as qualified as Instructors with Certificaes awarded by the governing bodies of these activities in Ireland.


Modules info & codes:

Windsurfing Instruction: 6N5365
River Kayaking Instruction: 6N5193
Sailing Instructor:
Sports Industry Practice: 6N4650
Communications: 6N1950
Work Practice: 6N1947
First aid: 5N1207
Powerboat Instruction: 6N5192

How to apply/Application deadline:

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2016 for all courses commencing in September 2016. Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.


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Career Opportunities


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 may decide to continue studies in Health and Recreation, Leisure Management or as Personal Trainers.

Further Studies Opportunities


Students may decide to continue studies in Health and Recreation, Leisure Management or as Personal Trainers.

Student Experiences


“The expert level of tuition we received on the Outdoor Education Course gave me the confidence to challenge everything head on and I was always encouraged to reach my full potential. Learning from experienced tutors who have worked at the top level in the outdoor industry gave me the confidence to open my own adventure centre just 12months after completing the course. The advice I received during this time was invaluable and helped my business become what it is.”
Ronan O Connor – Owner Ardmore Adventures. O.E student 2006–2008.

“My time on the Kinsale Outdoor Education Instructor Training Course was a great learning experience, brilliant fun and I finished with qualifications which were essential to furthering my career in the outdoor adventure industry. Thanks to the skills and experience I gained, I quickly got a fulltime job setting up and running a SOLAS (formerly FAS) course in Outdoor Recreation. The Kinsale course is run by enthusiastic, experienced instructors and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of a career in this area.”
Ruth Herman

Other Info


This intensive course aims: 

  • To make available the challenging educational resources of the outdoors.
  • To provide the skills and knowledge necessary to instruct in various outdoor activities.