How to become a Outdoor Adventure Leader

An outdoor adventure leader instructs and guides individuals and groups undertaking adventure activities in a variety of outdoor locations. Activities may include bicycle touring, bushwalking, canoeing, caving, cross-country skiing, horse trekking, rafting, rock climbing and sailing.

Personal requirements of a Outdoor Adventure Leader

  • Enjoy outdoor activities
  • high level of skill in one or more outdoor activities
  • good administration and organisational skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • able to lead, motivate and supervise other people
  • strong decision-making skills
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • patience, tact and composure under pressure
  • ability to speak another language may be an advantage.

Duties & Tasks of a Outdoor Adventure Leader

An outdoor adventure leader may perform the following tasks:

  • plan and prepare activities for both individual and group participation
  • demonstrate the relevant body movements and skills required
  • check suitability, condition and performance of all equipment prior to, during and on return from programs
  • supervise and maintain control of the individuals and groups involved
  • provide advice on safety measures and risk-avoidance strategies
  • respond to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and take appropriate further action if required
  • accept responsibility for the environmental preservation of activity sites and surrounding areas.

Working conditions for a Outdoor Adventure Leader

Outdoor adventure leaders spend most of their working time outdoors. They are required to work in all weather conditions and in all types of terrain. Locations may include national parks, rivers, mountains, forests, at sea or underwater. Due to the nature of the role, outdoor adventure leaders may be required to work on weekends, public holidays and evenings.

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