Adventure Gap Year Courses

While any gap year is technically an adventure, on this page we are looking specifically at the types of courses that involve either some form of physical activity, or allow you to gain valuable teaching or coaching qualifications in one or more outdoor adventure activities. Learn to sail on a Royal Yachting Association course in Italy, gain National Governing Body awards on a five week gap year adventure in the Lake District, or simply enjoy the Canadian wilderness on a Mountain Biking Course.

The adventure industry is a perfect match for the profile of your average gap year student. Whether you are taking a gap year before, during or immediately after a university degree, our providers have a range of adventurous courses in countries around the world. Some gap year adventure courses are experience based, such as trekking in the Himalayas, or trying your hand at cattle ranching in the Australian outback. Others are skills or qualifications based, and these are the most popular. Not only can you get to travel to and live in a new part of the world but you will also be training and working towards gaining a recognised qualification that will look great on your CV and can help jumpstart your career in outdoor adventure.


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POPULAR ADVENTURE COURSES


Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Asia

Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
More Details.. Galileo Maritime Academy



Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program
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Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program

Asia

On this 10 week program in Nepal&Tibet you experience Nepali language&culture immersion whilst home-staying in a rural village.You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a community development project, trek Annapurna circuit, study yoga&meditation, raft down Kali Gandaki & visit Everest Base Camp.
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
More Details.. Plas Menai



Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth

Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth

Asia Europe NorthAmerica

EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships. Turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career. Receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer - all in one season.
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Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

SouthAmerica

Volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre in the jungle of Ecuador! The rescue shelter is home to various species of native Ecuadorian wild animals that have been abused, injured or neglected.
More Details.. Go Eco



ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Abseil Instructor

Abseil Instructor

We are recruiting abseil instructors and ground crew staff to deliver an 85 metre abseil experience from the Arcelormittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, London. This is well paid, mainly weekend work.
More Details.. Wire & Sky



Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK

Europe

UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Mountain Bike Instructor

Mountain Bike Instructor

Europe

Flying Fish have been delivering courses and getting people qualified in the Outdoor Industry for years. Our Mountain Bike Instructor course is ideal for anyone looking to become more proficient on their bike or who wants to go on and teach. Get in touch for more information.
More Details.. OutdoorJAC



Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

Join a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime at our beautiful dive camp in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve in order to improve your dive skills, learn about the marine environment, survey and hunt and dissect invasive lionfish, and contribute to valuable marine research.
More Details.. Blue Ventures



Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Kenya

Africa

Embark on the trip of a lifetime and immerse yourself into the hustle and bustle of modern-day Kenya as you make a lasting difference at one of the 11 community projects we support in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
More Details.. African Adventures



Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Africa

4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Snowboard Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion
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Snowboard Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion

Europe

We are owned and run entirely by professional, experienced, qualified ski and snowboard instructors and sports professionals so we can efficiently and cost-effectively include training and experience for our clients within our own ski and snowboard Academy. Poland is well known for being great valu
More Details.. Sunshine World



Ski Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion
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Ski Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion

Europe

Our prices are far lower than every other instructor course out there for a number of reasons: - PASSIONATE PROS - QUALITY CHALETS - OUR OWN TRAVEL COMPANY - POLAND IS THE BEST VALUE
More Details.. Sunshine World



Instructor Development Programme

Instructor Development Programme

UK

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world.
More Details.. Plas Menai



Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job

NorthAmerica

Qualify as a Level 1 ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler and then teach for the rest of the season! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. The CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor training and exam are included. Book now!
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide Ski



Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

NorthAmerica

Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
More Details.. Camp America



Farm work in Australia

Farm work in Australia

Australasia

Working on a farm is a great way to experience life in rural Australia. Starting in the training week and continuing on throughout your employment, learn to ride motorbikes and horses, use machinery such as tractors, and work with livestock. A job is guaranteed after the training course.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
More Details.. Wildpacks



Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Europe

As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
More Details.. Rockley Watersports



South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program
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South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program

Asia

This 10 week South East Asia Program incorporates various service learning projects such as elephant conservation & volunteering with a school. In addition expect a meditation retreat, rock climbing, caving, trekking, river boat, tubing, jungle exploring, visiting temples, muay thai & cookery class
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

NorthAmerica

Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
More Details.. Camp America



Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program
SPECIAL OFFER!

Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program

Asia

On this 10 week program in Nepal&Tibet you experience Nepali language&culture immersion whilst home-staying in a rural village.You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a community development project, trek Annapurna circuit, study yoga&meditation, raft down Kali Gandaki & visit Everest Base Camp.
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Asia

Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
More Details.. Galileo Maritime Academy



Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Asia

Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht?
More Details.. Galileo Maritime Academy



Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

UK

Outdoor Adventure's Fast-Track Instructor Training course is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the Outdoor Industry. You will gain 17 Instructor Awards and Qualifications in 16 weeks, with training, assessments, food and accommodation included leaving you prepared and excited about your new career
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22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

UK

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
More Details.. Plas Menai



Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

SouthAmerica

Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
More Details.. Pure Exploration



Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

NorthAmerica

Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
More Details.. Camp America



Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

Asia

You’ll discover unspoiled paradise beaches and dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the world’s most biodiverse oceans. You’ll help collect data vital to the locally led management of vibrant coral reefs while experiencing the culture and the surrounding landscapes of this beautiful cou
More Details.. Blue Ventures



5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

UK

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
More Details.. Plas Menai



2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

Asia

On this exclusive adventure you’ll discover unspoiled beaches and dive (or snorkel) on the world's most biodiverse coral reefs. You’ll participate in cetacean surveys, spotting whales and dolphins as well as experience the immersive culture and the stunning landscapes of this beautiful country.
More Details.. Blue Ventures



Paid Work

Paid Work

Asia Australasia Europe NorthAmerica

Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand. Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals & enhance your CV.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



8 Days  Uganda Wild life Safari Tour

8 Days Uganda Wild life Safari Tour

Africa

A Safari Tailored to give you a feel of 3 of Uganda Wild Parks, to view many animals which include the Zebras of Lake Mburo, The chance too see the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi, the climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth NP's Ishasha Sector and a day in between to relax by the Lake Bunyonyi.
More Details.. Volunteers 2 Uganda



Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September

Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September

Africa

Spring Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. Spring is fresh, and a mixture of the seasons, stay prepared with your clothing... Again we are only at Base Camp for about 15% of the Quest, and now we move over towards the magical and popular Cape Province
More Details.. Warriors Academy



Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March

Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March

Africa

Summer Quest is a 50 day gap year program that runs from February to March in South Africa. The Summer Quest is built around the Toltec Emotional Fitness course, Adventure Pursuits, Community Service, Workplace Ready courses and the Conservation Awareness and Experience components.
More Details.. Warriors Academy



Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season

Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season

Asia Australasia Europe NorthAmerica

Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Europe

Donegal Adventure Centre is all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way's great outdoors. As an Instructor you will coach and supervise our guests in a manner that allows them to have great fun whilst feeling safe and secure.
More Details.. Donegal Adventure Centre



Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
More Details.. Wildpacks



Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included

Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included

Asia Australasia Europe NorthAmerica

Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Become a ski or snowboard instructor in 2020. Receive world-class training, gain internationally-recognised qualifications and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice.
More Details.. EA Ski and Snowboard



Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
More Details.. Wildpacks



Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
More Details.. Camp America



Resort Representative

Resort Representative

Europe

Ski Peak is a family run company that specialises in Vaujany. We operate 4 self-catered chalets and will have 3 staff Your responsibilities will include: Welcoming guests Being approachable and helpful at all times Cleaning of entire chalet every weekend and once during week for Saskia
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Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
More Details.. Wildpacks



Summer hospitality work in the Rockies

Summer hospitality work in the Rockies

NorthAmerica

Working in housekeeping or the food department in a Canadian hotel is the perfect opportunity to work through summer, exploring a new country and earning money during your stay. With plenty of free time to venture into the surrounding countryside, this role offers a unique opportunity.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

NorthAmerica

If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
More Details.. Wildpacks



Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

UK

Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
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Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand

Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand

Asia

Join our 120 hour TESOL course in either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai and gain a teaching job in Thailand. The course includes a fun-filled orientation week before the 120 accredited TESOL course begins.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Expedition Leader Program

Expedition Leader Program

Asia Australasia

This is a comprehensive program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.
More Details.. Pure Exploration



7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler

7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler

NorthAmerica

Gain your ski instructor qualifications and become a pro in just 7 weeks on our course in Whistler Blackcomb. If you are short on time, this is one of the quickest ways to get your CSIA Level 1 and 2. Exam fees included. This course also includes the Avalanche Skills Level 1 course!
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide Ski



Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Zanzibar

Africa

Embark on a life-changing trip to Zanzibar and make a lasting difference at one of the three community schools we work with, as you explore this famous archipelago's rich African-Arabian history.
More Details.. African Adventures



Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana

Exciting and meaningful volunteer programme in Ghana

Africa

Discover the beautiful coastal region of Ghana, where you will be immersed in a vibrant community with a proud West African heritage. Spend time working with one of 11 community projects we support and make a real difference.
More Details.. African Adventures



Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Australasia SouthAmerica

Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
More Details.. Pure Exploration



New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program
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New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program

Australasia

This is our most popular Program,a 10 week program in NZ & Australia. Think service learning conservation projects in diverse national parks, outdoors expeditions, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, surfing & educational adventure travel in NZ & Australia's mountain, forest and beach environments
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



Gap Year South Africa  WINTER QUEST June to August

Gap Year South Africa WINTER QUEST June to August

Africa

Winter Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. It's winter! It's really cold! Tracksuits, thermal underwear, beanies, jackets and an extra warmer blanket are now necessary. The Winter Quest has a number of highlights which provide further challenges for the Warriors.
More Details.. Warriors Academy



Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Africa

Join our 4 weeks all inclusive volunteer placements in the greater Kruger National park, South Africa. Live on a big 5 wildlife reserve, take part in game drives, bush walks and over 12 different and important conservation projects! Perfect both for a gap year experience or wildlife enthusiasts
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a rural charity in South Africa. Live and work onsite, get to know a new culture and play a key role in various projects to help uplift the community, teach children, develop local infrastructure and the economy and break the poverty cycle in this personally rewarding experience.
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
More Details.. Plan My Gap Year



Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

NorthAmerica

American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
More Details.. Camp America



Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a primate rehabilitation centre in rural Africa and be prepared for lots of monkey hugs! You'll be a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons, as they continue on their journey back to life in the wild.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



RYA Dinghy Instructor

RYA Dinghy Instructor

UK

This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses.
More Details.. Aqua Sports



Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

Europe UK

FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
More Details.. ACUK



Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Europe

Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy

Europe

UKSA’s Watersports Academy is part-funded with guaranteed employment in the UK. You will train in four disciplines and gain all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training

Europe UK

This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Europe UK

UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
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Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship

Europe UK

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

UK

The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
More Details.. Galloway Activity Centre