land-based training courses

We run courses for enthusiasts and professionals covering many aspects of the outdoors and related activities. 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.

If you are interested in these courses but don't have the necessary funding available to you, then please see the information published by GOV.UK about career development loans.

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.

LEL3 (Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3) 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.

LEL3 (Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3) 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.

LEL3 (Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3) 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.

LEL3 (Lowland Expedition Leader Level 3) 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.

Bespoke group courses

If there is a group of you that would like to undertake a course together please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk.