professional training courses
for the outdoors

We run courses for enthusiasts and professionals covering many aspects of the outdoors and related activities. The courses are endorsed by the relevant National Governing Body or Professional Institution. They include both personal skill development and coaching courses, many of which are used in a school or voluntary sector environment.

To view the courses we have available and to book your place please select from one of the four main categories below to display the relevant courses. Then select the 'more info' button to find out about the course and to book your place.  Use the 'View dates & book' icon to go to the online booking pages. Payment must be made by credit or debit card at the time of booking.

Bespoke Courses: if there is a group of you that would like to undertake a course together please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk and we will provide information about running a bespoke course.

If you are interested in these courses but do not have the funding available to you, GOV.UK has further information about career development loans.

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Instructor Training Course

Date: October 2017 and February 2018 start dates.

Duration: 8 weeks (5 days per week, with some weekends) 9am-5pm.

Location: Thames Young Mariners, Ham near Richmond.

Within this 8 week programme, we will offer the following courses;

  • British Canoeing (BC) One Star
  • BC Two Star
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Level One Coach Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Canoe Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Kayak Training and Assessment
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Start Sailing (dinghy)
  • RYA Basic Skills (dinghy)
  • RYA Better Sailing (dinghy)
  • National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Level
  • British Orienteering Teacher Part One

Full description of the courses (click here).

This course may be of interest to;

  • gap year students
  • students reconsidering their options after A Level results
  • older people with a pension looking to stay busy
  • people looking to change direction in their career

The cost for this course is £2,500, which is a substantial saving on doing each element separately. Accommodation is available.

If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact Simon Kibble on 020 8213 2891  or 07854 086896 or by email simon.kibble@surreycc.gov.uk

Teaching Orienteering Part 1 - Introduction to Orienteering

This training day is aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres.

The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering. It will introduce the basic skills of orienteering to beginners in a fun and exciting way on areas that are safe such as school sites or outdoor centre grounds. You will also be able to deliver simple competitions for participants.


On this practical course you will be provided with the knowledge you require to introduce the basic skills of orienteering and be given the opportunity to discuss and practice using this knowledge.

What are the learning outcomes of the training?

  • introduce children to orienteering in a safe environment
  • plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map
  • plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering.
  • organise and deliver simple orienteering competition
  • be able to advise children on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

Governing Body: British Orienteering
More info: British Orienteering

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Teaching Orienteering Part 2

This course will be practically based and you will be expected to join in with group discussions and activities.

The learning outcomes of the training:

  • develop orienteering skills on small areas with clear boundaries that have been risk assessed as safe for the level of participants involved
  • use your previous knowledge of planning learning programmes to plan programmes that include use of compass, scale, distance understanding, basic contours and the techniques required for the relevant external school examination
  • deliver orienteering sessions that achieve the outcomes of the learning programmes
  • organise and deliver a range of orienteering competitions

This course is not assessed; following the training candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.

You must be over 16 years of age and have attended the Teaching Orienteering Part 1 course or former British Orienteering Level 1 course.

Governing Body: British Orienteering
More info: British Orienteering

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

NNAS Bronze Training with Assessment

This course covers navigation in the countryside using paths, tracks and other linear features. Basic map interpretation and compass work is included.
 
This award is an introduction to basic navigation skills that will enhance your enjoyment of the countryside and develop sound navigation practice, including planning walking routes. This award is ideal if you are supporting Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions or are thinking about taking part in the Basic Expedition Leader Award.

Requirements: Minimum age is 14 years (must be accompanied by an adult). Bronze level requires no previous navigational skills or experience.

Governing body and for more info: National Navigational Award Scheme (NNAS)

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

NNAS Silver Training

Silver level includes navigation in the countryside using skills acquired at bronze level with addition to skills required to navigate to features and places some distance from paths and tracks. It also develops accurate compass work and an ability to use appropriate navigational techniques to go across country, for example: choosing an appropriate attack point.

This award is ideal if you are supporting the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions or are thinking about taking part in the Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3 (LEL3) training - formerly known as BEL.

Requirements: Minimum age is 14 years (must be accompanied by an adult). If you haven't completed Bronze level, some experience and knowledge of navigating using Ordnance Survey maps is required.

Governing body and for more info: National Navigational Award Scheme (NNAS)

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

NNAS Silver Assessment

This is the assessment stage for the NNAS Silver award for those who have already undergone training and wish to achieve this qualification.

Requirements: Minimum age is 14 years (must be accompanied by an adult). You must have completed the NNAS Silver training.

Governing body and for more info: National Navigational Award Scheme (NNAS)

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

MT Lowland Leader Training

The Lowland Leader Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead others on walks in lowland countryside and woodland that fit all of the following criteria:

  • walks must not cross any hazardous terrain (e.g. cliffs, very steep slopes, water hazards etc.).
  • throughout the walk the group should never generally be more than 3km away from a key access point such as a car park, lay-by or populated area. Any potential escape routes should also lie within the scope of the defined terrain for the Lowland Leader award.
  • walks will require the ability to plan routes, use simple navigation skills using a map and compass and be self-sufficient.
  • walks must follow paths or tracks that are both marked on a map and clearly visible on the ground and that do not require navigation across untracked areas.
  • walks must use bridges or other recognised water crossing points.
  • walks must only take place in summer conditions (i.e. when there is no unavoidable snow or ice on any part of the route).

This training course lasts two days. In addition to this you will be required to book and attend a separate two day assessment course.

Candidates for this training must register on the Mountain Training website before the course and gain a candidate registration number. To register go to the Mountain Training website.

Prerequisites: You are required to have logged a minimum of 10 days walking (preferably on the Mountain Training Candidate Management System) prior to attending this course. Failure to do so may result in you not being able to fully take part in the course and may result in failure to complete training.

The course covers route planning, basic map work, equipment, dealing with hazards, leadership and group management, environmental and access awareness.

Download the recommended kit list.

Note: camping and expeditioning are covered in the two day Expedition Skills Module, a separate course, that can be attended after you have passed the Lowland Leader Assessment

For more information about the Lowland Leader Award please visit the Lowland Leader homepage or download the award handbook.

Download the Mountain Training Qualification Pathway and Mountain Training Walking Awards infographics.

National Governing Body: Mountain Training

Course Provider: Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

MT Lowland Leader Assessment

The Lowland Leader Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead others on walks in lowland countryside and woodland that fit all of the following criteria:

  • walks must not cross any hazardous terrain (e.g. cliffs, very steep slopes, water hazards etc.).
  • throughout the walk the group should never generally be more than 3km away from a key access point such as a car park, lay-by or populated area. Any potential escape routes should also lie within the scope of the defined terrain for the Lowland Leader award.
  • walks will require the ability to plan routes, use simple navigation skills using a map and compass and be self-sufficient.
  • walks must follow paths or tracks that are both marked on a map and clearly visible on the ground and that do not require navigation across untracked areas.
  • walks must use bridges or other recognised water crossing points.
  • walks must only take place in summer conditions (i.e. when there is no unavoidable snow or ice on any part of the route).

Requirements: before you book onto a Lowland Leader assessment, make sure you have completed the following:

  • you must have attended a Lowland Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • you must be familiar with the syllabus
  • you must have logged a minimum of 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types of terrain (woodland, coastal, farmland etc)
  • you must hold a current First Aid Certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Lowland Leader.

The Lowland Leader assessment is 2 days long (minimum 16 hours contact time)

Download the recommended kit list.

After you have passed your assessment, if you are interested in taking groups on multi-day walks, the Expedition Skills Module is the next step.

For more information about the Lowland Leader Award please visit the Lowland Leader homepage or download the award handbook.

Download the Mountain Training Qualification Pathway and Mountain Training Walking Awards infographics.

National Governing Body: Mountain Training

Course Provider: Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

MT Expedition Skills Module

The Expedition Skills Module is an optional module available to walking leaders. It's an opportunity to increase your skills where you will be trained and assessed to lead groups on multi day camping expeditions. The flexibility of the module makes it useful for Lowland Leaders in terrain and conditions within the scope of their respective leadership award.

This is ideal for those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and/or Ten Tors training (among other things) because the skills covered apply to expeditions using commercial campsites as well as wild camping. When you register for either the Lowland Leader scheme you will automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module.

This module trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead others on camping expeditions:

  • expeditions should not cross any terrain that is beyond the scope of the Leadership Award held.
  • any exit route from a campsite that might be undertaken in an emergency should similarly fall within the defined scope of the held award.
  • camp sites may be commercial sites, sheltered 'farm' sites with limited or no facilities but accessible by vehicle or 'wild' sites away from vehicle access. (N.B. Due to the defined terrain scope of the Lowland Leader award, camping will tend to be 'non-wild' for holders of this award).

The Syllabus

If you have completed the Expedition Skills Module you should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during the two day course.

  • equipment
  • food and cooking
  • planning and leadership 
  • training and supervising expedition groups

Detailed information on each of the above topics can be found in the Expedition Skills Module Handbook (please see the Mountain Training website). As with all Mountain Training awards, your experience prior to attending the course will have a huge impact on the result and you should try to be as fully prepared as possible.

Effective expedition management is based on a combination of technical competence, leadership skills and a wide range of experience. The requirements of the module address these elements.

Training/Assessment

The Expedition Skills Module is a combined training and assessment course, typically lasting 2 days with at least one overnight camp. This means that at the end of the course, your attendance will be recorded as either:

  • completed (you have shown an appropriate level of competence and have sufficient experience) or
  • not yet completed (you are not yet proficient in certain aspects of the syllabus or lack experience). You will be given an action plan to help you work towards completion.

The prerequisites for the Expedition Skills Module are as follows:

  • you must check that you are registered for the module on the Candidate Management System (CMS)
  • you must have passed a walking leader assessment (Lowland)
  • you must have logged an absolute minimum of 10 overnight camps; ideally in a variety of contexts
  • you must have assisted with at least two group camps (these can be included in your 10 personal camps)
  • you must have a valid 16 hour First Aid Certificate, relevant to your work as a walking leader.

Download the recommended kit list.

For more information about the Lowland Leader Award please visit the Lowland Leader homepage or download the award handbook.

Download the Mountain Training Qualification Pathway and Mountain Training Walking Awards infographics.

National Governing Body: Mountain Training

Course Provider: Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3 (LEL3) Training - formerly known as BEL

The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership is a nationally recognised award that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to lead groups in lowland areas; have responsibility for the care of others when outdoors including day journeys, and organise base and mobile camps.

This award is the minimum qualification required by many Local Authorities and Operating Authorities of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme to train and lead groups in the expedition section of the Bronze and Silver Awards (lowland areas).

The LEL3 assessment is not included in this training course and must be booked and paid for separately.

Course Requirements:

  • 18 years and over
  • Sports Leaders UK registration fee (included in course booking cost)
  • some camping and expedition experience
  • Bronze NNAS level navigation
  • First Aid Certificate advisable

This training course is based out of High Ashurst.

Governing body and for more info: Sports Leaders UK

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3 (LEL3) Training - Intensive Course

The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership is a nationally recognised award that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to lead groups in lowland areas; have responsibility for the care of others when outdoors including day journeys, and organise base and mobile camps.

This award is the minimum qualification required by many Local Authorities and Operating Authorities of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme to train and lead groups in the expedition section of the Bronze and Silver Awards (lowland areas).

The LEL3 assessment is not included in this training course and must be booked and paid for separately.

Course Requirements:

  • 18 years and over
  • Sports Leaders UK registration fee (included in course booking cost)
  • some camping and expedition experience
  • Bronze NNAS level navigation
  • First Aid Certificate advisable

Governing body and for more info: Sports Leaders UK

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3 (LEL3) Training with Recognised Prior Learning

This LEL3 RPL course is designed for experienced leaders who believe that they already have 'Recognised Prior Learning' relevant to all nine units of the LEL3 syllabus. This particular course has an extra component, the (24 hour) Assessment Interview, which provides an opportunity for each candidate to show their RPL evidence, so that they do not have to attend some/any of the usual 70 hours of training & consolidation.

However all candidates still have to attend the LEL3 Assessment weekend (20 hours).  The LEL3 Assessment weekend is a separate course and is not included in the cost of this course.

To prepare for the (24 hour) Assessment Interview, each candidate must:

  • read the 'Recognition of Prior Learning – Candidate Guidance'.
  • complete the 'Recognition of Prior Learning – Evidence Record'. 
  • submit their completed 'Recognition of Prior Learning – Evidence Record' with enough time to allow the Tutor Assessor to prepare the 1 to 1 interview which takes place during the Assessment Interview.

Where further training & consolidation is still necessary to fulfill certain units, the candidate will have to attend the relevant training days on the standard weekend based training course.

Sports Leaders UK registration fee included in course booking cost.

Governing body and for more info: Sports Leaders UK

To express your interest in this course please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk. Dates for the Assessment Interview will then be discussed with you.

Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3 (LEL3) Assessment - formerly known as BEL

Requirements:

Prior to the assessment weekend, you will be required to consolidate your skills by:

  • completing your personal action plan
  • completing at least 8 day walks (min 6 hours) within the last 3 years in lowland countryside
  • leading at least 15 hours of camp craft activities
  • leading groups in lowland terrain for at least 15 hours (remote supervision of DofE groups is not acceptable for this)

This award does not qualify people to lead groups in remote or mountainous areas.

This assessment course is based out of High Ashurst.

Governing body: Sports Leaders UK

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

MIAS MTB Leader Award - Level 1 Non-Technical Terrain, Level 2 Technical Terrain

This is an internationally recognised 2 day Instructor course: Accredited by AALA, NCFE and ABCC.

This award qualifies instructors to lead groups off road on way marked tracks below 600 metres and within close proximity of aid. Typically; cycle tracks, forestry, parks and canal tow paths.

Pre-requisites:

  • previous mountain bike experience
  • minimum age 18
  • a full suspension or hardtail mountain bike in full working order.

To validate the award candidates must lead with:

  • a valid (16hr) Outdoor First Aid Certificate
  • personal/company activity provider insurance.

Operating above 600m (including wilderness rides) the award must be backed up with a relevant ML Award or approved prior learning for leading groups at altitude.

Governing Body and for more info: Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS)

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Instructor Training Course

Date: October 2017 and February 2018 start dates.

Duration: 8 weeks (5 days per week, with some weekends) 9am-5pm.

Location: Thames Young Mariners, Ham near Richmond.

Within this 8 week programme, we will offer the following courses;

  • British Canoeing (BC) One Star
  • BC Two Star
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Level One Coach Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Canoe Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Kayak Training and Assessment
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Start Sailing (dinghy)
  • RYA Basic Skills (dinghy)
  • RYA Better Sailing (dinghy)
  • National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Level
  • British Orienteering Teacher Part One

Full description of the courses (click here).

This course may be of interest to;

  • gap year students
  • students reconsidering their options after A Level results
  • older people with a pension looking to stay busy
  • people looking to change direction in their career

The cost for this course is £2,500, which is a substantial saving on doing each element separately. Accommodation is available.

If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact Simon Kibble on 020 8213 2891  or 07854 086896 or by email simon.kibble@surreycc.gov.uk

National Powerboat Course (Level 2)

This two-day powerboat course includes taking out a variety of boats and developing basic seamanship skills such as handling the boat safely under power in different situations.

The course covers:

  • how to launch and recover from a trailer.
  • high and low speed manoeuvres.
  • seamanship skills such as man-overboard, recovery and anchoring.
  • shore based sessions which include instruction in engine maintenance and legal requirements.

The powerboat level two will enable you to gain the International Certificate of Competence that is often needed when boating abroad. It is also a requirement for most kinds of work involving powerboats. This course does not include coastal endorsement or the CEVNI paper.

Requirements: Minimum age is 12 years. For anyone under 16 the certificate will be endorsed "the holder should only use a powerboat under the strict supervision of a competent adult".

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Safety Boat Course

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For those wishing to develop their powerboat driving, the safety boat course is designed to train competent powerboat drivers in fleet rescue and the techniques required when rescuing small craft such as dinghies, windsurfers, canoes and kayaks. It is useful for those wishing to assist with rescue cover at their sailing club or scout group.

Participants should have driven powerboats for at least one season once a week or two years on and off.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years with Powerboat Level 2 certificate.

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme

The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is a suite of interlinked training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in on or near water to meet their civil and statutory safety management obligations (especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities).

Aims

  • Enable the facilitation, encouragement and enjoyment of safer open water activity by equipping those who work in, on or near water with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about safety.
  • Develop personal safety skills for lone workers operating in a water-based environment.
  • Develop aquatic emergency response skills.

Who is it for?

Teachers, Technicians, Outdoor Activity Instructors, DofE Leaders, Countryside Rangers, Community Safety Wardens, Dock workers, Construction workers, the Emergency Services – everyone and anyone who works in, on or near water.

Overview

This is an entry level course.

Level 1: Basic Water Safety Management – this half day course requires a 2 hour self study unit prior to the course. This is theory and practical based. You will not be required to enter the water.

Level 2: Environment Specific – half day in still water. This is theory and practical based. You will be required to enter the water at the end of the session.

Further modules in beach, river, life support and the Level 3 element water rescue unit can be arranged.

Further information can be found here.

Governing body and for more info: RLSS

Dates to be confirmed. Bespoke courses can be arranged, please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

This course is delivered at Thames Young Mariners. We can provide courses at your venue providing you have a suitable environment.. For example, If you have a lake or at your school / work place.

BC 1 Star Introduction to Paddlesports

A canoeing and kayaking course for individuals aged 14 years and over who are interested in learning more about this diverse sport. Sessions are led by our fully qualified instructors and will be adapted to suit the needs of the individuals.

The course is aimed at beginners and will guide you through the syllabus to include personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety leadership and group skills and theory. Once you have completed this, you will be provided with a personal development plan. To gain the 1 star you will be required to display the required skills.

Requirements: No previous experience required. Minimum age is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 2 Star Training

This course combines kayaking and open canoeing. Completion of this training course will lead to a personalised action plan in preparation for assessment. Assessments can be arranged with the course facilitator at a time convenient to you.

Requirements: Minimum age is 14 years. You will need to be able to paddle a kayak and canoe competently on flat water (ideally with BC 1 star award).

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This award is a pre-requisite for the BC Level 1 Coach Course. Candidates must be 14 years or more and of 2 Star standard. You will learn a variety of flat water rescue techniques which you will apply to a diverse range of craft. The course is delivered as a practical workshop enabling trial and error to take place. Around 20% of the course requires you to be immersed in the water, so please bring suitable equipment. We can provide 'long john' wetsuits, basic cagoules and buoyancy aids.

Requirements: Candidates must be 14 years or more and of 2 star standard.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Open Canoe Training and Assessment

The candidate will need to demonstrate personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of force 2-3 and on simple moving water as part of a led group. 

Only candidates that have reached the designated standard will be assessed.

Prerequisites:

  • provide evidence of three different journeys in an open canoe of about 3 hours duration (10km each) with at least one of these in an open water environment.
  • it is recommended that the candidate holds the BC 2 star award.
  • where the BC award is not held that candidate should provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Canoe Training

This discipline specific award involves journeying on open water exposed to the weather and moving rivers without rapids, using good paddling technique.

Minimum age for this course is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Canoe Assessment

The day will be based on the BC 3 star syllabus. This course can be one of the pre-requisites for the BC Level 2 Coach course.

Requirements:

You must:

  • provide evidence of a minimum of three different journeys of more than 10km
  • provide evidence of a kayak session of at least three hours.
  • be a minimum age of 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Kayak Training

This discipline specific award involves journeying on open water exposed to the weather and moving rivers without rapids, using good paddling technique.

Minimum age for this course is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Kayak Assessment

The day will be based on the BC 3 star syllabus. This course can be one of the pre-requisites for the BC Level 2 Coach course.

Requirements:

You must:

  • provide evidence of a minimum of three different journeys of more than 10km
  • provide evidence of an open canoe session of at least three hours.
  • be a minimum age of 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC UKCC Level 1 Coach Training and Assessment Course

This course is the entry point into the BC coaching scheme and includes both training & assessment. It covers the coaching of both open canoeing & kayaking.

As well as becoming a BC member, you must register with its coaching scheme three weeks before the course. To register with the BC, you must be at least 16 years old, hold an FSRT* and need to have achieved either the current 2 star award (which includes both kayak & open canoe) or the 'old' Kayak 2 star with the 'old' Open Canoe 2 star.

*The BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course is a pre-requisite for this course.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC UKCC Level 2 Coach Training Course

This non-discipline-specific award is relevant to coaches holding the new UKCC Level 1 qualification who wish to run progressive sessions with more autonomy.

As well as being a BC member, you must register again with its coaching scheme three weeks before the course. To register with the BC, you must be at least 17 years old and need to have achieved either:

  • the new UKCC Level 1 Coach award or the 'old' Level 2 Coach status.
  • the current 2 star (which includes Kayak and Open Canoe) or the 'old' Kayak 2 star with the old Open Canoe 2 star.
  • a new or old 3-Star award.

Following this course, we will arrange a mutually convenient date for you to attend a UKCC Level 2 Coach Assessment day.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RYA Level 1 Start Sailing

Whether you are taking your first steps afloat or you want to develop your skills, we have a dedicated team of instructors and coaches to look after you and a range of small boats for you to try out. All our courses are run to the guidelines and recommendations of the Royal Yachting Association, the National Governing Body for sailing in Britain.

This short course is aimed at getting you sailing your own boat confidently. You won't learn everything in a weekend, but you'll learn the basics and get a good sense of achievement from being able to helm your own boat. You'll be introduced to the basic sailing techniques in the Pico or Bahia.

The minimum age for this course is 16 years.

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RYA Level 2 Basic Skills Sailing

An ideal follow up for those who have completed the Start Sailing course or who have some previous sailing experience. We aim to give you in-depth tuition in sailing the boat effectively around a triangular course and some basic seamanship manoeuvres. By the end of the course you should be well on the way to becoming a competent sailor in good conditions.

The minimum age for this course is 16 years.
 
Governing Body: Royal Yachting Association
For more info: www.rya.org.uk

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

The Paddlesport Leader Award

The Paddlesport Leader award is aimed at paddlers wishing to take on formal Leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, enjoyable, quality trips based on the groups needs and aspirations.

There is no requirement to attend formal training before assessment, however the two day Paddlesport Leader training course is authorised by British Canoeing and will complement a leader's existing skills and experience to prepare candidates for assessment. Candidates are expected to be of Three Star standard in their preferred craft and have a range of experience of journeying in other types of craft in flat water environments.

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

The Paddlesport Leader Award - Assessment

The Paddlesport Leader award is aimed at paddlers wishing to take on formal Leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, enjoyable, quality trips based on the groups needs and aspirations.

Paddlers wishing to complete a Paddlesport Leader Assessment are required to register with British Canoeing before they are able to attend the assessment.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date. At the point of registration, evidence of the following is required:

  • Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day First Aid award
  • Full British Canoeing Membership
  • Registration Fee Payment

You must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.

As well as personal paddling and safety and rescue skills, candidates will be expected to show an understanding of participant focused leadership skills. They will also be expected to present a logbook showing a range of previous experience gained from many journeys and sessions, both as a participant and a leader.

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Ideas to Develop Creative Woodland Sessions in your Outdoor Space for ages 8-16 years (Key Stage 2 and 3)

This is a practical course designed to give you the skills and confidence to offer creative woodland activities to groups of young people. The course will include:

  • Making a fire and fire lighting
  • Cooking and types of food, for example dough twists, stews
  • Tool work, for example making key rings, kazoos, charcoal pencils

There will be information and advice on best use of equipment.

We will provide all equipment including ingredients. Lunch will be cooked on the open fire.

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Developing your School Woodland area for Outdoor Learning

This training is an introduction to using and developing your woodland area for outdoor educational and learning activities. This will be aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2. It will cover the following areas:

  • understanding and preparing your woodland area for learning
  • safe group management in your woodland area
  • affordable resources/equipment you might require for your woodland area
  • simple activities and tasks to use in your woodland area.

We aim to give you the skills and confidence to use your woodland area as a safe, creative and inclusive learning environment.

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Implementing Outdoor Learning into your School Curriculum

Our Staff welcome the opportunity to come and visit you at your school to discuss how to develop a ‘whole school approach’ to using outdoor learning in your school curriculum.

This will include:

  • Looking at ways in which outdoor learning can be delivered e.g. in school, educational visits, residential visits etc
  • How outdoor learning can become embedded, progressive and curriculum linked
  • Training opportunities  for your school staff, individually or bespoke packages for inset days

We aim to inspire you to increase the amount of outdoor learning your school uses and make the most of these experiences from a learning and development perspective.

Please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to arrange your school visit.

Outdoor Learning Card Training

A course for anyone looking for new ideas and activities in the outdoors.

The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) has developed and designed a range of outdoor learning support resources to help educational professionals to integrate outdoor learning into the curriculum.

This is a new one day course that will train teachers and youth workers in how to deliver exciting and inspirational outdoor learning activities using the 50 Outdoor Learning Card resources.

The training will cover four elements:

  • team building and problem solving
  • orienteering
  • bouldering
  • journeying.

These activities can be used for Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3 in a variety of situations. Each participant receives training and sets of learning cards can be purchased individually.

Courses take place at the following locations:

  • Henley Fort, Guildford
  • High Ashurst, Mickleham near Dorking
  • Thames Young Mariners, Richmond near London

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Teaching Orienteering Part 1 - Introduction to Orienteering

This training day is aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres.

The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering. It will introduce the basic skills of orienteering to beginners in a fun and exciting way on areas that are safe such as school sites or outdoor centre grounds. You will also be able to deliver simple competitions for participants.


On this practical course you will be provided with the knowledge you require to introduce the basic skills of orienteering and be given the opportunity to discuss and practice using this knowledge.

What are the learning outcomes of the training?

  • introduce children to orienteering in a safe environment
  • plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map
  • plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering.
  • organise and deliver simple orienteering competition
  • be able to advise children on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

Governing Body: British Orienteering
More info: British Orienteering

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme

The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is a suite of interlinked training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in on or near water to meet their civil and statutory safety management obligations (especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities).

Aims

  • Enable the facilitation, encouragement and enjoyment of safer open water activity by equipping those who work in, on or near water with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about safety.
  • Develop personal safety skills for lone workers operating in a water-based environment.
  • Develop aquatic emergency response skills.

Who is it for?

Teachers, Technicians, Outdoor Activity Instructors, DofE Leaders, Countryside Rangers, Community Safety Wardens, Dock workers, Construction workers, the Emergency Services – everyone and anyone who works in, on or near water.

Overview

This is an entry level course.

Level 1: Basic Water Safety Management – this half day course requires a 2 hour self study unit prior to the course. This is theory and practical based. You will not be required to enter the water.

Level 2: Environment Specific – half day in still water. This is theory and practical based. You will be required to enter the water at the end of the session.

Further modules in beach, river, life support and the Level 3 element water rescue unit can be arranged.

Further information can be found here.

Governing body and for more info: RLSS

Dates to be confirmed. Bespoke courses can be arranged, please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

This course is delivered at Thames Young Mariners. We can provide courses at your venue providing you have a suitable environment.. For example, If you have a lake or at your school / work place.

REC First Aid Training (Level 2)

This is a very comprehensive practical two-day course that meets the HSE guidelines. The course outlines first aid for people who work remotely in the outdoors, where advanced medical aid is not nearby and evacuation may be required. However, the course is wholly appropriate for those who live and work in urban areas as well.

This course is recognised as appropriate training by various national governing bodies, including: RYA, BCU, MBLA, MLTUK, ML Summer and Winter Awards, Single Pitch Award, BOF and most others.

Rescue and Emergency Care is a HSE approved organisation that runs training courses for first aid instructors and validates courses for the HSE certificate.

Governing Body: Rescue and Emergency Care
For more info: www.recfirstaid.net

Courses take place at the following locations:

  • Henley Fort, Guildford
  • High Ashurst, Mickleham near Dorking
  • Thames Young Mariners, Richmond near London

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Catering

This popular qualification is required by any persons working in a catering environment where food is cooked and handled. This also includes group leaders taking groups on expeditions and delivering lessons or sessions where food is prepared and cooked.

The course will cover the importance of food safety, knowledge of systems and procedures involved, controlling risks and be to be confident in delivering food hygienically and safely. There are no pre-requisites to attend this course.

This is a one day course and assessment is by multiple choice paper at the end of the day. It is recommended that this qualification is refreshed every three years.

Regulating Body: Ofqual and QCF

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

CIEH Level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Catering

The pre-requisite of this course is a basic understanding and knowledge of food hygiene and ideally the Level 2 in Food Safety.

This qualification has been developed to benefit anyone working in a supervisory position where food is prepared, cooked and served. It is relevant to all catering operations.

This is a three day course and assessment is by multiple choice paper on completion. It is recommended that this qualification is refreshed every three years.

Full board accommodation is available for this course, please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk

Regulating body: Ofqual and QCF

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.