Outdoor Adventure Instructors provide adventure-based experiential education in outdoor adventure and bushcraft.

Also known as: Outdoor Adventure Leader.

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

You can work as an Outdoor Adventure Instructor without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

Tasks

  • 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.

All Outdoor Adventure Guides

  • $1,265 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Outdoor Adventure Instructors

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 28 years Average age
  • 41% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Outdoor Adventure Instructors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Outdoor Adventure Instructors work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Arts and Recreation Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 28 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (36%).
  • Gender: 41% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training54.9
Arts and Recreation Services29.6
Public Administration and Safety4.4
Other Services3.0
Other Industries8.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOutdoor Adventure InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.331.6
VIC32.525.6
QLD20.220.0
SA5.67.0
WA10.510.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOutdoor Adventure InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1911.3-5.05.0
20-2424.7-9.39.3
25-3432.7-22.922.9
35-4413.6-22.022.0
45-5410.8-21.621.6
55-593.1-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOutdoor Adventure InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree30.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV24.2-21.121.1
Year 1216.9-18.118.1
Year 112.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.5-12.512.5

You can work as an Outdoor Adventure Instructor without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in outdoor recreation might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Outdoor Adventure Guides who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are physically fit.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Sales and Marketing

    75% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    71% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Clerical

    66% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Administration and Management

    64% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Geography

    58% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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  1. Deal With External Customers

    96% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

  2. Frequency of Decision Making

    93% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Contact With Others

    90% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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