Supporting the Fitness, Sport and Recreation Industry in Queensland


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Instructs and guides individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bicycle touring, bushwalking, canoeing, caving, cross country skiing, horse trekking, rafting, rock climbing and sailing. Instructors develop the skills of participants so that they can act independently or with minimal supervision following the program and may be required to conduct assessments.

The outdoor recreation sector may work with special populations, young people or corporate groups. Work is often based on adventure tourism or eco-tourism, in holiday camps, or in outdoor recreation activities such as abseiling or canoeing.

Outdoor recreation instructors spend most of their working time outdoors. They are required to work in all weather conditions and in all types of terrain. Locations may include national parks, rivers, mountains, forests, at sea or underwater.

Specialisations: Abseiling Instructor, Adventure Challenge Instructor, Hang-gliding Instructor, Outdoor Education Teacher, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Paragliding Instructor, Rock Climbing Instructor.



Key Responsibilities

  • meets members of a tour on arrival and makes introductions
  • organises and supervises groups involved in outdoor adventures such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and white-water rafting
  • sets up and maintains equipment, and ensures that equipment is safe and in working condition
  • demonstrates and provides instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation
  • provides advice on safety measures, and ensures that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants
  • responds to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and takes appropriate further action if required
  • answers questions and advises on local interest points within a specific region
  • may maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work.

Education, Training and Skills Pathways

  • You can work as an Outdoor Adventure Instructor without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.
  • Qualifications include: Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Outdoor Recreation.

Other requirements

  • a first aid certificate is essential.
  • may also need a Bronze Medallion before guiding certain outdoor adventure tours. 
  • ability to handle a 4WD and have a bus driver’s licence is useful.

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Assistance and Support for Organisations and Clubs

We aim to make it easier to run local fitness, sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance provides free one-on-one advice on how to apply for and win grants, free access to club management templates and tools, fact sheets, videos, legal information, advice on staffing and volunteer matters and subsidised Strategic and Business Planning audits and workshops.

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