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About the Centre

East Coast Adventure in an “Adventure Mark” accredited activity centre and a “Royal Yachting Association” Training Centre. East Coast Adventure is also the official Mountain Bike Trail Provider for the world famous Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails offering Northern Ireland only uplift service as well as bike hire and a multitude of Mountain bike skills training and courses.

The East Coast Adventure “Fast Track Instructor Programme” has been designed specifically for individuals wishing to pursue a career in outdoor adventure. The course aims to initiate candidates into employment in the adventure industry, by providing a series of preliminary governing body recognised qualifications. Qualifications and leadership awards will have a focus on cycle sport and Mountain biking but will also include kayak leadership, power boating and jet ski awards. Candidates will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience assisting with the delivery of a wide range of activities under the supervision of expert coaches.

Who is this course for?

The Fast Track Instructor Programme is for anyone who wants to get into the outdoor adventure & leisure industry. This course can also be used to develop existing skills and qualifications.


The Mourne Mountains & Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre
East Coast Adventure, Rostrevor, Co Down


£5500 (Course Fees)
£900 (Equipment Package)
£1800 (6 Months Campus & Catering Costs)


– To introduce candidates to new skills
– To develop candidates existing skills
– To identify areas of personal development and effect positive outcomes
– To provide job opportunities
– To provide the opportunity to gain qualifications that will enable candidates to seek and secure work both home & abroad
– To have access top of the range equipment
– To train candidates in National Governing Body leadership and coaching awards.
– To introduce candidates to the industry network of activity instructors

No previous experience is required. All we ask is that you are 17 or over, open minded and up for a challenge. While the course isn’t academic, it is intensive and requires allot of self-discipline, motivation and willingness to work as a team.

Start Date: 1st October 2018

Duration: Course runs over 6 months
Christmas break from 15th Dec – 3rd Jan

The Course will run Monday to Friday weekly from 9am – 5pm. Evenings mid week and weekends are free time, and candidates are encouraged to either join in on centre operations in order to gain experience coaching and leading others or just go mountain biking or paddling with fellow course candidates to develop personal skills.

Residential full board (Monday – Friday) giving candidate the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the outdoors.

  • Balanceability Cycle Instructor
  • Cycling Ireland Sprocket Rocket Coach
  • Cycling Ireland Gearing Up Off Road Coach
  • Cycling Ireland Introduction to Cycling Level 1 – Foundation
  • Trail Cycle Leaders “TCL” Mountain Bike Leader Training
  • Rescue Emergency Care “REC” Level 2 First Aid
  • RYA Personal Water Craft certificate of Competence (Jet Ski Award)
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 Award
  • British Canoe Union “BCU” 2 Star Kayak Award
  • British Canoe Union “BCU” 4 Star Kayak Award
  • BCU Paddle sport leader
  • HSE – Child Protection Training and Assessment
  • “ILM” Level 2 Diploma in Team Leadership
  • Mountain Training – Lowland Leader Award
  • Mountain Training – Climbing Wall Leader Award

At the end of each day candidates will be expected to sit down for 15 minutes and record their days training. This will be used as evidence of skills training and experience that will prove invaluable when applying for jobs post programme. At the end of the week this will then be signed off by the course coordinator.

Rescue Emergancy Care 2 day First Aid
A two day course (16 hours). The emergency first aid course is designed to introduce a systematic way of first aid for managing casualties. Topic learning and practicals intermixed with scenarios of real situations. The course includes:

• The fundamental workings of the body, in particular the heart, lungs and airway
• Assessing a casualty
• Introduces a system to cope with all incidents as safely as possible
• Deciding how to deal with an accident or incident
Awareness of delayed medical help and adverse environmental conditions

Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski award)
Personal Water Craft is the technical name for a Jet Ski. This is the Royal Yachting Associations certificate of competence for driving and operation and personal watercraft safely. This certificate is recognised throughout the UK, Ireland and UK based business working abroad. This course will be delivered on our Yamaha Wave Runner 4-stroke PWCs.

Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Level 2 Power Boat Award
This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. This course will take place on our 6m Cobra RIB

British Canoe Union (BCU) 4 Star Sea Kayak award
This is a minimum requirement of personal competence for those seeking to lead others in a sea kayak. This certificate is recognised throughout the UK and Ireland

Sea Kayak Navigation Course
This course is a pre-requisite for the Level 4 Sea Kayak Course

ILM Level 2 Diploma in Team Leadership
This combined knowledge and competency based qualification is ideal for new team leaders who want to develop themselves as leaders and managers. It provides learners with the opportunity to learn and implement the core skills needed in today’s dynamic business environment. The qualification also forms part of the ILM Level 2 Apprenticeship in Team Leading.

The Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) Archery Leaders Award
This will qualify candidates to run safe archery sessions. This certificate is recognised throughout the UK.

Cycling Ireland Sprocket Rocket Coach
Sprocket Rocket focuses on delivery to youths aged 5 to 11 years old, although it can be delivered successfully to anyone of any age. The programme focuses on 4 main skills; Cornering, Pedalling, Braking and Balance. Throughout the Sprocket Rocket Programme the cyclist is brought through three progressions in each of these skills. It is ideal for learning and developing skills and can be delivered by clubs, teachers, parents or anyone else involved with young cyclists.

Balanceability Instructor
Whether you are a teacher, independent instructor or from a leisure organisation; delivering the programme in school, after school, at the weekends or on holiday camps – you will be helping children towards their first real taste of independent cycling and it is a huge privilege to be part of that learning experience. Running safe and enjoyable sessions is paramount and the training day will prepare you for this.

Child Protection Training
Child protection training is a requirement for all people working with children and venerable adults in the outdoors.

Please contact East Coast Adventure for a course schedule a pricing structure.

Equipment List: £900
  • Dry Suit
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Kayak Helmet
  • Water Proofs
  • Course Fleece
  • Wet Suit Boots
  • Canoe Cag
  • Cycling Helmet
  • Knee Pads
  • Elbow Pads