Outdoor Education

Outdoor Adventure Education

Outdoor Adventure Education Course Dublin

This course offers you the opportunity to get involved in the exciting area of outdoor adventure education. While pushing your own limits and exploring the outdoor environment you will get the chance to discover the rewards of working with people through a career in outdoor education.

First Year Course Content

In first year students develop their personal proficiency skills in the practical modules while their class work deals with the theory associated with all of the adventure sports such as first aid, environmental studies, navigation and leadership, expedition planning and the business of outdoor recreation. Modules covered are:

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Adventure Activities
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Single Pitch Rock-climbing
  • Safety Boat Handling Skills
  • Windsurfing Skills
  • Mountain Skills
  • Kayak Skills
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard

Second Year Course Content

In second year students develop their professional qualifications in the practical modules while their class work deals with the theory associated with employment and opportunities in the outdoor education industry. Modules covered are:

  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Event Management
  • Communications
  • Work Practice
  • Sports Psychology
  • Single Pitch Rock-climbing
  • Powerboat Instruction
  • Deep Water Lifeguard
  • Kayak Skills

Paddle Sport

The first year of paddle sport instruction is designed to introduce students to a broad range of paddle sports such as open canoeing, sea kayaking, sit on top kayaking, rafting and white water kayaking. This participation culminates in the level three personal proficiency award which is the gateway to instructor awards.

During second year, our students complete the Level 1 Kayak Instructor/Level 1 Coach training and begin preparation for their assessment. Students will continue to develop their own personal skills by attending river safety rescue (RSR) workshops and the level 4 personal proficiency skills training.

Mountain Skills

Students will receive training in navigation, camping, survival skills, emergency procedures and environmental awareness. You will get the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and the Mourne Mountains regularly. We will also run short expeditions to the Reeks and other mountainous regions around Ireland.

Students are assessed at the end of first year at Mountain Skills (Hillwalking Proficiency) level by An Bord Oiliuin Sleibhe (the Mountain Training Board).

Paddle Sport

The first year of paddle sport instruction is designed to introduce students to a broad range of paddle sports such as open canoeing, sea kayaking, sit on top kayaking, rafting and white water kayaking. This participation culminates in the level three personal proficiency award which is the gateway to instructor awards.

During second year, our students complete the Level 1 Kayak Instructor/Level 1 Coach training and begin preparation for their assessment. Students will continue to develop their own personal skills by attending river safety rescue (RSR) workshops and the level 4 personal proficiency skills training.

Windsurfing/Power Boating

The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is the national governing body for power boating and windsurfing in Ireland. First year students aim to complete the national powerboat certificate and the safety boat certificate. Students that progress to second year will aim to achieve ISA powerboat instructor certification.

The majority of powerboat training will take place on Blessington Lake using centre console and tiller steered powerboats. Our windsurfing base at Blessington is equipped with modern windsurfing equipment suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced sailors. First year students will aim to complete the Go!4it certificate, progressing to become ISA windsurfing instructors by the end of Second year.

Rock Climbing

Students begin their training in Dalkey Quarry and eventually progress to other climbing crags all around Ireland. The focus is on personal climbing ability in first year and leads to SPA (Single Pitch Award) training. Over summer break and throughout second year, the students develop and gain experience as trainee climbing instructors.

Through dedication and hard work the second year students acquire the knowledge and skills required to complete an assessment to become a Single Pitch award holder qualifying them to work with the public as a climbing instructor.

Lifeguarding

Certification is by Irish Water Safety. Students train at Crumlin Pool. Skills involve swimming stroke technique, stamina, personal safety, land based rescues, contact rescues, spinal injury management and boarding, basic life support dealing with emergency situations preventative lifeguarding.

Shallow Water Pool Lifeguard is achieved in first year and Deep Water Pool Lifeguard Award in second year.

Awarding Body

QQI

QQI Advanced Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise (6M5147) Level 6 (2nd Year)
QQI National Certificate in Outdoor Sport and Recreation (5M5148) Level 5 (1st Year)

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will be at Leaving Certificate or LCA standard with possible prior experience, competent swimming ability and have a genuine interest in the sports.

Given the nature of this course it is expected that students be physically equipped to cope, on occasion, with difficult weather conditions and be in reasonably good health.

Students must be 18 years of age or older. Final selection of course participants will be by interview, early application is recommended.

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