Designed for locals and travelers seeking a positive developmental stepping-stone into independent travel, working the adventure tourism industry or next life chapter
One-day training costs: $199
Two-day training costs: $399
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For many years we have guided and instructed for excellence outdoors and in nature. We exhausted many years of research in to best meet needs of hopeful outdoor educators and the broader industry for coming decades. As the twenty first century unfolds, we help people better understand and engage with their world through excellence in outdoor leadership.
By blending ideas, practical experiences and modern issues; we train instructors and guides for the forefront in making a difference. Using integrated instructing and guiding approaches addressing change, our approaches increase a sense of connection to where we live and who we live with.
Promoting the highest instructor and guide training standards, we have supported outdoor education as a profession by using formal peer reviews thus improved our way of working collaboratively as Outdoor Recreation Guides/Instructors.
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About instructor and guide training
Our Guide and Instructor Training is taught by qualified and experienced Outdoor Recreation Guides/Instructors. We give you the skills, knowledge and experiences to go on your own adventures and lead others. You will engage with natural landscapes to develop detailed understandings of instructing and guiding in the outdoor and tourism industry and what it means to our society now and for the future.
Develop your instructing and guiding then share your passion using unique combinations of theory and practice through proven talents in outdoor education.
You will learn effective Outdoor Recreation Guiding/Instructing training methods for teaching and helping others to engage with and respect our spectacular outdoor settings and instruct activities within it.
Pay for outdoor recreation guides and instructors is paid by hour, day or trip and varies depending on experience, qualifications, and type of work. New entry-level outdoor recreation instructors usually earn minimum wage ($20/hr) or $41,600 a year. Senior instructors with higher qualifications and experience can earn an indicative pay between $21-30/hr or $43,680-$62,400 per year often with an allowance for clothing and equipment. Social Nature Movement is a Living Wage employer, meaning we pay a minimum of $22.75/hr or $47,320 per year.
Job opportunities are average so what are the chances of getting a job? Chances of getting a job as an outdoor recreation guide or instructor are good because tourism is New Zealand’s largest export industry and is growing by 8% annually. If you are well-rounded with versatile skills and knowledge and able to work all seasons then you can expect plenty of work!
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors may work for:
Progression and specialisations
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors may move into senior, management or training roles, or may set up their own guiding businesses. They may also teach at polytechnics or outdoor recreation centres.
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors usually specialise in an area such as:
What your guide and instructor training might cover
Outdoor Recreation Guides/Instructors may do some or all of the following during their Guide and Instructor Training:
Our Ethical Practices for guide and instructor training
Promoting standards of Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor professional behaviour and portrayals for practicing as outdoor professionals while Guiding and Instructing:
Who needs guide and instructor training?
Our Guide and Instructor Training. Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor is designed for people who have already developed their personal skills in a particular activity, have begun instructing and guiding others and who wish to become legitimate.
Our instructor and guide training will go through the major elements required for industry standards.
We help you identify any gaps before you take responsibility for others and attend assessments. Guide and Instructor Training. Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor.
Personal attributes for guide and instructor training
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors need to be:
Useful experience for outdoor recreation guides and instructors includes:
Registration is not compulsory for outdoor recreation guides and instructors. However, they may choose to register with the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors’ Association (NZOIA) or join the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP).
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors who register their qualifications are re-evaluated by NZOIA every three years to ensure they are up to date with current standards.
Skills and knowledge
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors need to have:
Outdoor recreation guides and instructors
May work long and irregular hours, including weekends and nights
work at locations such as national parks, mountains, forests, caves, rivers, lakes and the sea
may work in hot, cold, wet, windy or dangerous conditions
may travel within New Zealand or overseas to areas where the outdoor activities take place.
People are drawn to education outdoors and adventure recreation. We are all happier in the outdoors; feeling better, sleeping better, time slows and the air feels good to breathe. That is why our instructor and guide training is not all about nature and pursuits. There are cultural activities and exchanges; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration into one seamless program.
Your instructor and guide training will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training; gaining world-recognised guiding qualifications, plus industry experience in the adventure tourism industry. All this will give you the best entry into the instructing and guiding adventure industry with skill-sets for becoming a confident outdoor adventurer and global citizen. You will experience places most only dream of seeing.
We focus on meaningful experiential travel, immersing people in unique cultural environments, educating and inspiring them to reach goals, and encouraging personal development. Through adventure and exploration, we want to help your instructor and guide training through mental fortitude, internal confidence and external wellbeing.Guide and Instructor Training. Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor.
Our approach to guide and instructor training
Our instructor and guide training philosophy threads through all our action-packed itineraries, encompassing developmental and educational ideas. We provide vast skills, great knowledge and huge experiences within an adventure travel context. We create cultures and ever-expanding levels of independence for you and others.
Each place and practice for instructor and guide training is chosen for your perfect ‘classroom’ toward personal development, immersive learning and managed challenges.Guide and Instructor Training. Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor.
How to enter the job
There are no specific entry requirements to become an outdoor recreation guide or instructor. However, a diploma in outdoor recreation (Level 5 or 6) may be useful.
Outdoor recreation qualifications from Skills Active Aotearoa or the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors’ Association (NZOIA) may also be useful.
Skills Active Aotearoa website – information on outdoor recreation qualifications
New Zealand Outdoor Instructors’ Association (NZOIA) website – information on outdoor recreation instructor qualifications
You must also have a high level of skill and experience in the relevant outdoor activity.
Skills Active Aotearoa oversees outdoor recreation instructor apprenticeships.
Skills Active Aotearoa website – information on outdoor recreation instructor apprenticeships
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
Oranga Tamariki website – information on Vulnerable Children Act requirements
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an outdoor recreation guide or instructor. However, geography, physical education and English are useful.
Year 11 to 13 students can learn more about the outdoor recreation industry by taking part in a school and workplace partnership through Skills Active Aotearoa.
Skills Active Aotearoa website – information on school programmes and workplace partnerships
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SNM are NZOIA qualified guides and members.
Promoting excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications for professionals since 1987. Our instructors can organise, instruct and lead multisport kayaking on flat water and moving water up to and including class II. Our team have awards in both whitewater and multisport instruction.
SNM are externally audited in Adventurous Activities.
AdventureMark™ is New Zealand’s largest adventure certification body. They work with over 200 operators here in New Zealand and in several countries worldwide providing our health and safety audit and adventure certification services across the globe.
SNM are registered DOC Concessionaires.
The Department of Conservation is the public service department of New Zealand charged with the conservation of New Zealand’s natural and historical heritage.
SNM are Master Educators in Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics.
Leave No Trace New Zealand seeks to educate and challenge the New Zealand public and visitors on how and why to minimise their environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas.
SNM are Tourism Industry Association (TIA) members.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is the only independent association that represents all sectors of New Zealand’s large and diverse tourism industry