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Outdoor Leader Training

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in the Outdoor Industry? Have you set your sights on a career as a Mountain Leader and are looking for a more interactive and supported training experience? Perhaps you are on an extended break and want to use this time to develop your outdoor and leadership skills.

Whatever your background or motivation, our comprehensive 28-day outdoor training course in North Wales provides a perfect platform from which to accomplish your career or personal goals. Chock-full of practical training, experience and nationally recognised qualifications, your instructors will lead you on an exciting journey of professional development and self-discovery, equipping you with the fundamental principles of outdoor leadership through an active and engaging training course.

Perfect for: UK Programs Outdoor Courses


  • Develop your outdoor leadership skills through a combination of mountain days, interactive training sessions and team leading opportunities
  • Make the mountains your home by logging 8 Quality Mountain Days and completing your Summer Mountain Leader Training
  • Be ready for anything with nationally recognised certifications including Activity First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and RGS Off-Site Safety Management
  • Become a confident water dweller by completing the National Water Safety Management Program and the British Canoeing Paddle Awards
  • Receive personal and constructive feedback from our experienced Instructors, helping you progress faster and further!

WEEK 1: Mountain skills and First Aid introduction

The first week will develop your key mountain skills such as navigation, kit selection, and group management as a platform for your Mountain Leader Training later in the course. You’ll also begin training for the Activity First Aid level 2 certification, an essential qualification for any aspiring outdoor leader.

WEEK 2: Safety Training - Land & Water

Alongside finishing up your first aid qualification you will progress to building the skills and knowledge for two further national governing body awards: the Water Safety Management programme with the Royal Life Saving Society and the Off-Site Safety Management certificate with the Royal Geographical Society.

WEEK 3: Advanced Mountain and Leadership skills plus Kayak training

This week’s focus is on developing your personal leader brand and gaining an understanding of leadership traits and responsibilities. While these theoretical aspects are important, practical training still makes up the bulk of this week as you complete the British Canoeing Paddle Awards (Start, Discover, Explore) and continue your mountain training with night navigation and an overnight expedition into the mountains of Snowdonia.

WEEK 4: Mountain Leader Training

The final week of the course sees you complete your Summer Mountain Leader Training. This is the accredited training course you need to complete before assessment as a UK Summer Mountain Leader and will build on the skills you have developed over the previous three weeks. This will be another active, rugged week covering advanced navigation, dealing with hazards, wild camping, night navigation and much more.

The course ends with a careers workshop, exploring the options available to you as you begin your career in the outdoor industry! A final debrief and farewell from the course staff will bring to an end your training and the start of your outdoor journey!


This course is largely practical and much of your training and skills development will take place on days out in Snowdonia. You will be trained to route plan, have the opportunity to lead a group, practice incident management and the mountains of North Wales will certainly give you some experience in dealing with inclement weather. On top of your Mountain Leader training, you will have the opportunity to bag 8 Quality Mountain Days as part of a group, with the ability to refer to the pros to optimise your performance. This will add real value to the logbook of anyone looking to complete their Mountain Leader award after the course.

For further information about this training course, please feel free to contact one of our team.

What’s Included

  • Pre-training support
  • All internal transport
  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Comprehensive Training
  • Qualified & Experienced Gapforce Instructors
  • Activities as listed
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • OLT Logbook with Certificates and Written Feedback from Instructors
  • OLT Graduation Pack

Training & Awards

  • Summer Mountain Leader Training
  • QA Activity First Aid (16hrs)
  • RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme
  • Off-Site Safety Management
  • British Canoeing Paddle Awards
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Incident Management Training
  • Medical Scenario Training
  • Leadership Theory Training
  • Presentation & Briefing Training
  • Cultural & Environmental Workshop
  • Outdoor Industry & Career Workshop 

What is not Included?

Flights to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Visa & Vaccinations • Spending Money

What is the food like?

All meals are provided throughout the month long course and will be cooked by the group. Food will be local supermarket fare, hearty and nutritious. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know at least a week before the program starts. Vegetarian options will always be provided.

What type of transport will I be using?

You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the start point of the course. During the course, all internal travel is provided. Internal travel throughout the course will consist of a range of transport types, please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.


Where will I be staying?

You will be spending the majority of your time either in a bunkhouse or camping. Please be prepared for basic accommodation throughout your stay. Bathrooms and kitchen facilities will be shared.

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  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Departures: May, October

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