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Trainee Instructors

Carlingford Adventure Centre

Carlingford, Ireland

All meals and accommodation, First Aid, ISA Power Boat level 2/Safety Boat (optional), €100 - €195 per week

March 2015

March – Mid October


Join the most exciting and professional outdoor team!

Want to kick start your dream career in the outdoors? Carlingford Adventure Centre can provide the perfect opportunity for those who have a passion for outdoor pursuits and/or studying outdoor education in their first year of college or university. If you are looking to gain valuable experience and learn vital technical and people skills needed to work in this industry, Carlingford Adventure Centre is the best place to be.

As a trainee instructor you will learn how to instruct every activity from kayaking to emergency rescue procedures on our massive zip line and sky trekking park.  We will coach you to improve the following key skills: how to adapt your session plans for a variety of clients, group control and its importance, care of equipment and facilities, set up and de-rigging of activities, child protection, first aid, manual handling, time fillers/icebreakers and more!

We are recruiting NOW for 2015. All positions start with a minimum of a 10 day training/induction course. Then after, you will start our development programme where you will shadow and assist fully qualified instructors on activities until you are a competent instructor.

If this appeals to you, grasp this amazing opportunity and apply now!


There are no qualifications needed however some experience working with children/youths and outdoor pursuits are preferential.  The most important qualities for our trainee instructors to have are the following:

  •  Enthusiasm!
  •  Passion for the outdoors
  •  Charisma/sense of humour
  •  Outgoing

(* SPA trained and UKCC/ICU level 1 instructors will also be considered depending on additional qualifications and experience)

All outdoor qualifications are desirable and will be taken into consideration.

Who are we?
With over 25 years’ experience, Carlingford Adventure is the biggest and most successful Outdoor Activity centre in Ireland! Situated in the beautiful medieval village of Carlingford, we make the most of the breath-taking scenery where all our activities take place.  We have the largest privately owned quarry in Ireland, a magical forest and the stunning sparkling blues of Carlingford Lough – all to play in!  Spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains can be best appreciated from 60ft up in the air at our New SKYPARK – one of the largest Zip Line and Sky trekking parks in Europe.  Land, Sea and Sky – we have over 20 exhilarating activities to offer!

Why should you join the team?

  • Excellent Training and Skill Development opportunities
  • Competitive wage
  • Over 20 amazing activities
  • Brilliant variety of clients 
  • Modern Facilities
  • Subsidised accommodation and meals
  • Lively social life and event calendar
  • Outstanding location and only 1 hour to Dublin/Belfast
  • To be part of a highly successful Adventure Centre!

Instructor training and skills development:
We take great pride in offering an extensive induction week that covers a huge variety of activities.  We provide opportunities to build experience and skills, pivotal to furthering a career in the outdoor industry!  Whether this is your first career in the outdoors or you are a qualified instructor, our aim is to motivate and support you to be the best of your ability.  We are passionate about personal development and have created programmes that allow instructors to progress into key roles within the management team of a fast paced, dynamic adventure centre.

Our activities are split into 3 departments:


  • Rock Climbing and Abseiling
  • Laser Combat
  • Ziptopia
  • Hill walking
  • Orienteering
  • Bush Survival Skills


  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Raft Building
  • Sailing 
  • Windsurfing 
  • Rock Pooling


  • Skypark
  • Zorbing
  • Body Zorbing
  • Archery
  • Team Building High Ropes Course
  • Challenge Island 
  • Communication Breakdown  (3D maze entirely in the dark)


Our Centre offers: 

  • Comfortable and modern accommodation for up 220 people 
  • 3 conference rooms with all mod cons
  • New Sports Hall
  • Large kitchen and dining facilities
  • Private activity sites
  • State of the art equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi

Instructor Accommodation:
Our newly renovated staff accommodation is located a minutes’ walk from the Adventure Centre.  Instructors can live there temporarily at a subsidised rate and trainee instructors live here free of charge.  Fitted with a full kitchen, living/social area and laundry facilities, it has all you need.  Male and female comfortable dorm style rooms are provided and the house can accommodate up to 18 people.

Due to the high numbers of holiday homes it is often very easy to find short term rental property in Carlingford if interested.

Carlingford is situated just under an hour to Belfast and Dublin Airports. It is just 15 minutes away from Newry City which has 2 large shopping malls, supermarkets, a cinema and train and bus stations with links to Belfast and Dublin. In the opposite direction is Dundalk which also has transport links to Dublin, a shopping mall, cinema and bustling night life. Carlingford is very easy to get to via public transport.

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