Study : Lead : Train

As a Volunteer Trainee Instructor at Heatree you will study, lead and train as part of the Outdoor Education Team. Throughout the program, you will gain experience delivering outdoor learning and working towards and gaining national governing body outdoor qualifications including:

First Year Qualifications

  • Paddlesports Instructor Award (British Canoeing)
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue (British Canoeing)
  • Climbing Wall Instructor (Mountain Training)
  • Mountain Bike Trail Leader (British Cycling)
  • Lowland Leader Award (Mountain Training)
  • Archery Instructor (Archery GB)*
  • Go-Fence leader (British Fencing)*
  • 16hr First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene
  • Level 1 Safeguarding Certificate

Second Year Onwards

  • Paddlesport Leader (British Canoeing)
  • Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award (British Cycling)
  • Climbing Wall Development Instructor (Mountain Training)
  • Rock Climbing Instructor (Mountain Training)
  • Mountain Leader Award (Mountain Training)*
  • Forest School Leader
  • Lantra Forestry qualifications

*Person Specific

Other awards and qualifications are included in the scheme and gaining these will depend on your experience, personal interests and the requirements of the Centre.

Christian Leadership

At Heatree we recognise faith as an integral part of life and there are many parts of local churches you can join and become a part of. In addition, we have developed an Adventure Christian Leadership program, endorsed by Moorlands Bible College. For more details please call Tim on 01647 221307 or email:

What does it cost?

There is no cost to be a Volunteer Trainee Instructor – we provide you with accommodation, food, utilities and all equipment and uniform needed for your training at Heatree.

If you enroll on one of the degrees at the University Centre South Devon, government student loans are available – see the University Centre South Devon website for more information about course fees.

You will need to raise funds for day-to-day personal expenses, like mobile phones, travel, casual clothes, and leisure spending money – we can provide guidance if you need help.

How to Apply

For more details and an application form email Tim on: or call 01647 221307.

Adventure Leadership Degrees

Vocational Study

The University Centre South Devon currently offers an Adventure Leadership degree and Teaching and Learning Certificates, enabling students to achieve Qualified Teacher status.

For the full course details and entry requirements visit:

Both are awarded by the University of Plymouth.

Course Modules include:

  • Principles of adventure
  • Physiology for the extremes
  • Business start-up
  • Expedition leadership
  • Psychology of the outdoors
  • Applied adventure sports