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The Abernethy School of Adventure Leadership

Foundation Instructor Training Course

This course at our School of Adventure Leadership is a fantastic opportunity for those who have limited time or resources.  Our qualified instructional team will provide training and guidance to prepare you for training and assessment courses in a range of outdoor activities.  An important part of the year is the opportunity for personal Christian growth and an insight into the value of outdoor activities in Christian ministry.

You can read about what our Trainee Instructors get up to week by week on their blog HERE.

Applying for this course is a big decision and we welcome your questions on 01967 411222 or by e-mail

What qualifications can I achieve during the year?

  • Mountaineering:  Summer Mountain Leader Training
  • Rock Climbing:  Rock Climbing Instructor Training
  • Kayaking & Canoeing:  BCU 2 Star Award,  Foundation Safety & Rescue Training,  Paddlesport Instructor Training & Assessment.  Plus either BCU Open Canoe 3 Star Award or BCU White Water 3 Star Award.  Also Paddlesport Leader Training
  • Skiing:  BASI Alpine Level 1 based in Switzerland
  • First Aid:  BASP Outdoor Emergency First Aid
  • Orienteering:  Introducing Orienteering
  • Archery:  Archery Instructor Award

What are the pre-requisites?

With the exception of the Mountain Leader Award, there are no pre requisites for joining the Foundation Instructor Training Course.  Some informal experience of some of the activities would be an advantage.

To complete the training section of the Mountain Leader Award, you should arrive on the course with a minimum of 20 quality mountain days, as stipulated by Mountain Training.  For advice on this contact us.

Starting to complete log sheets prior to the course is useful preparation:

What if I already have some experience or qualifications?

If this is the case and you are of an appropriate standard, we will, where possible, coach and encourage you to gain a higher qualification.

What is included in the price?

  • Full board and accommodation for 7 months
  • 2 weeks work placement
  • Coaching, training and assessment fees
  • Use of transport and equipment while taking part in training
  • Membership of the various governing bodies
  • Travel to and from Switzerland, full area lift pass and travel insurance for this part of the course
  • School of Adventure Leadership fleece

What is not included in the price?

  • Maps and map cases for the Summer Mountain Leader training and assessment courses
  • Any specialist clothing or equipment you may want to purchase

Contact us for a to find out more, or click HERE to read our prospectus.  Please get in touch if you'd like a copy of the prospectus posted to you. 

How to apply:

  • Complete an application form and return to the School of Adventure Leadership, Abernethy Ardgour, Fort William, Inverness-shire, PH33 7AD or scan and e-mail to us.
  • If appropriate, we will offer you an interview, including an overnight stay at the centre
  • We will take up references and will require a PVG Disclosure before being able to confirm the offer of a place
  • If a place is offered a deposit will be due immediately followed by the remainder for the course fee split between September and January.
  • Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis, applications open in September of the preceding year – on occasion applications may be received more than a year in advance

Start date & price

17 September 2018 - Mid April 2019 | £8725 | Please contact Abernethy Ardgour.

T | 01967 411222 or e-mail | Abernethy Ardgour 

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