Instructor Training

Fast Track Instructor

Instructor Training Course 2024 - 2025

40 days instruction for £3200

2nd Dec – 20th Dec 2024 & 13th Jan – 21st Feb 2025

We are offering a great programme for people who want to advance and develop as an outdoor instructor. Our 9 week Fast Track Instructor programme will give you the opportunity to develop clear coaching and instructional skills with first hand group experience. This course will give you the insight and experience to start a career in the outdoor industry.

Why Arete Outdoor Centre? Based in Snowdonia, North Wales we are in the ideal position for all outdoor venues. If you want to pass your Mountain Leader you need to be in the mountains, we are certainly primely positioned for easy access to all of the 3000ft mountains of Snowdonia. Climbing skills, you can’t beat the range of rock and crags on offer in North Wales – slate, limestone, quartzite, rhyolite, dolerite all multi and single pitch. Boating is secondary to none from the coastline of Anglesey that offers sea journeys for all, to the well known white water rivers and of course the many lakes. With coasteering and gorge venues too, nowhere else in the country offers such a diverse range of venues within a short drive.

We are renowned for running high level courses year round to all levels and abilities. The instructors we use hold the highest qualifications and years of experience and knowledge to pass on. We are friendly and welcoming, and will make sure you are personally looked after. Venue and location is very important too, all of our activities are based off site using the countless exciting and interesting venues around Snowdonia and the coastline of Anglesey.

The instructional days are during the week (with the exception for those enrolling on Mountain Leader training which is 6 days that includes one weekend day). The 40 days of instruction are spread out over the 9 weeks, giving opportunity for days off to gain personal experience and put to practice skills that have been taught. This is all given at a reduced price. And it doesn’t end there, upon completion you have a source of information you can access as you continue to learn and develop in future years.

Primary school residential rock climbing on sea cliffs Wales


NGB training & assessments

During your time at Arete Outdoor Centre we will coach your personal skills and put you through training and assessment courses for official national governing body qualifications (NGB’s). The more qualifications, experience and personal competency you possess the greater the number of outdoor jobs will be available to you.

With Arete you can choose between a combination of disciplines or just focusing solely on land or water based activities if you wish. A 2 day first aid course can be added, which is fundamental for all the activities. Possible courses we can provide for land and water based activities are listed below.

Land Based:

  • Mountain leader training and assessment
  • Rock climbing instructor training and assessment
  • Mine leader level 1 training and assessment

Water Based:

  • British Canoeing paddlesport instructor
  • Biritish Canoeing SUP instructor
  • Paddlesport leader training and assessment
  • Personal Performance Awards in Canoe, Sea Kayak, SUP or White Water
  • Paddlesport safety and rescue
  • New NCC Coasteering Guide Award
  • Gorge and Canyon skills

Course Structure

for Fast Track Instructor

Everyone who joins the course will come with differing amounts of experience and aspirations. As a result we will look to tailor the content for you, so we cover new ground and push you forward towards the qualifications you need. It is best to contact us to talk about your personal requirements and how we can make sure they are achieved.

It is possible to just focus on Land or Water activities if this is where you interest lays.

Land:  If you wish to focus on Mountain Leader or Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications we will put people through the official training, if this hasn’t been done beforehand. We coach new personal skills for everyone and increase their personal ability. For those that start the course with minimal, if any experience, in these activities then typically  they leave well on their way towards assessments, often just needing extra personal experience. Others who come in with lots of personal experience in walking or climbing  we will look to progress them towards taking an assessment during their time at Arete. 

Water: The British Canoeing awards are modular and we can keep pushing you towards the next step as soon as you pickup the skills.  Personal paddling is covered through the paddle awards and personal performance awards through British Canoeing.  Explore award gives an all round ability to manoeuvre different craft on flat water. The personal perfomance awards then specialise in canoe, sea kayak, SUP or white water. The entry level leadership award is paddlesport instructor for very sheltered water and then paddlesport leader for more open and flat but moving water.  

Gorge & Coasteering: We can combine the water and land skills you will learn and apply them to the gorge or coastal environments. Time with groups and getting to know key venues in North Wales with develop your understanding and competency in these activities. The National Coasteering Charter run the coasteering guide qualification that we can provide training and assessment for,

From the fast track course you will benefit from:

  • Experienced and passionate instructors
  • Your own personal mentor, to discuss and evaluate your needs
  • National Governing Body qualifications
  • Specific coaching to fast track you towards assessments. 
  • Experience with real groups and observing instructors in action.
  • Support with coaching skills, from qualified coaches and teachers
  • Development of group management and leadership skills
  • Opportunities to develop own personal climbing, kayaking and mountain walking skills
  • Full use of our extensive kit stores
  • Make the most of North Wales with its renowned climbing, kayaking and mountaineering venues
Gorge walk with primary school residential pupils
team building in slate buildings with primary school residential group


for Fast Track Instructors

For an additional cost of £70 per week we can provide you with a room within a static caravan onsite.  There will be kitchen facilities to use and communal area to socialise. All heating and hot water is included. 

How to Book

on the Fast Track Instructor course

Please contact us for more details if you wish to embark on this exciting journey to accelerate your learning in becoming a qualified instructor. Gareth can be contacted on  Please include any outdoor experience and any particular aspirations you have for the course.  We can then outline what is possible and make sure the course is suitable for your needs.

We encourage centre visits so you can see first hand the opportunities available for developing your instructor skills in North Wales and have a more formal discussion about your plans to become an outdoor instructor. 

Gorge walk with primary school residential pupils