Become An Instructor

Instructor Training Programme (Gap Year & 2 year)

Why choose Rock UK?

We’ve been around since 1922 when a bunch of Sunday school teachers took a group of children, who had never had a holiday before, out of London on a healthy break to the south coast to improve their spiritual, mental and physical health.

Since then, we’ve grown into a thriving business welcoming over 50,000 visitors each year to our four adventure centres around the UK. Our ethos which is to bring adventure into learning in the outdoors, to transform lives, remains as true today as it has always been. We want kids to have lots of fun on activities whilst growing in confidence and self-esteem.

An action-packed course

This is an action-packed adventure programme with on the job training. You’ll spend your Christian gap year (the first 12 months of the programme) or 2 years learning and working at the same time, gaining essential experience in youth work and leading groups.

Working with like-minded Christians

The course is residential so you’ll be living, working and training together with other like-minded Christians, building friendships and making life-long memories.

Your time will be spent learning how to plan, run and instruct activity sessions such as kayaking, archery and high ropes and will help deliver the busy summer programme of activities.

FAITH SHARED AT ROCK UK SINCE 1922

Course Itinerary

The course offers a good mix of faith, learning and adventure.

FAITH

It’s a faith-transforming, once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll be engaged in a range of challenging outdoor activities and a series of workshops and seminars. You will learn to rely on God to sustain you physically, mentally and spiritually through challenging outdoor activities, workshops and Bible study. You’ll gain a greater understanding of yourself as a disciple of Christ.

LEARNING

We’re passionate about groups experiencing the power of the outdoors as an educational tool. Understanding how different people learn is essential to working with groups, so during your training you’ll explore learning in all its forms and acquire the skills needed to teach, lead and run activity sessions.

ADVENTURE

We’ll fuel your thirst for adventure with training in the Cairngorms in Scotland and the Gower or Snowdonia in Wales. You’ll grow stronger through the challenges you face and bring all you’ve learnt back to the young people on centre where you’ll develop your youth work skills by putting your training into practice.

IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?

How does kayaking, rock climbing or gorge walking, working with young people and leading adventure activity sessions, sound to you? Spend time camping under canvas with a bunch of new friends that feel like old mates, share testimonies of faith, study the Bible together and go on a life-changing journey with God.

You’ll need to have a servant heart and be prepared to put in hard work and devotion.

You won’t need any previous experience, just a love of the outdoors, a relationship with God you want to grow and a heart to see young peoples lives transformed.

MISSION TO LESOTHO

As part of your second year, you will experience a trip to Lesotho in Africa. You will spend time with local instructors and run an outdoor residential for child headed households. You’ll also get a chance to see the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

WHAT’S THE COST?

There is no course fee, but in return you will be working to deliver our activity programme.
Your accommodation is included and you will receive a weekly allowance of £100. Essential kit is provided for you on arrival and a mission trip is included in the second year.

Raising support

You will have an amazing opportunity to build and nurture a personal support network of friends, family, church and others who will share your successes and challenges and partner with you financially.

We ask that you try to raise at least £3000 throughout the course to help towards the cost of training. It may sound daunting initially but don’t worry, the emphasis isn’t on the final amount raised but rather on you actively engaging in the process and overcoming the challenges you face. Some individuals go on to raise significantly more than the minimum amount. And some don’t. We will provide support and advice to assist you along the way.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS CAN I GET?

FIRST YEAR QUALIFICATIONS

  • BCU Level 1 Paddlesports
  • Archery GB Instructor
  • British Fencing – Core Coach
  • 16hr First Aid
  • STA Pool Lifeguard *
  • BC Level 1 MTB Leader *

SECOND YEAR QUALIFICATIONS

  • BCU Level 2 Paddlesports
  • BC Level 2 MTB Leader
  • SPA – Climbing Instructor
  • ML – Mountain Leader *

*Centre Specific

Course Structure

The first 3 months of initial training will be based at our Whithaugh Park training centre.

Training consists of six units which each seek to develop experience, knowledge, understanding and skills in a specific discipline or activity.

LIFE-CHANGING ADVENTURE

GAP year and year One

Phase One Sept – Dec

Initial intensive training programme based at Whithaugh Park (Scottish Borders)

Phase Two Jan – Mar

  • Placement at the Rock UK centre where you will be based
  • Site-specific training, for example pool lifeguard/bushcraft/orienteering
  • Further personal and spiritual development

Phase Three Apr – Sept

  • The first, busy summer season with Rock UK
  • A chance to apply all of your new skills
  • Continued development as an instructor through practise, observation, evaluation and feedback

Year Two

Phase Four Oct – Feb

  • Additional training programme tailored to harness your natural ability and interests.      For example: work towards National  Governing Body (NGB) Awards including: Single Pitch climbing Award (SPA),
  • Mountain Leader Award (ML)
  • Maintenance and development of on-site activities
  • The number of qualifications you obtain in Phase 4  and 5 depends on your individual commitment and focus
  • You will have training, support and resources to achieve as much as possible

Phase Five Mar – Oct

  • Consolidate your learning, instructing activities for our guests alongside practical observation, evaluation and feedback
  • Developing your personal skills

 

For more information or an application form, please contact Helen Tilney on 01933 654103 or email us at job.enquiry@rockuk.org