OBS might be the only outdoor provider that takes you as a newbie and trains you in all of the soft skills and hard skills for 6 months to be ready to take a group of students. You still get paid during those 6 months. You are trained to get:
- Sport climbing level 1, 2
- Abseiling level 1,2
- Lifesaving 1,2, 3
- Kayaking 1,2, 3 stars award
- Dinghy sailing level 1
- Powered Pleasure craft driving license
- Basic Cardiac Life Support + AED
- Wilderness Medical First Responder
- Challenge Rope course
- Soft skills training
Those are the basic training. During the instructor-hood, one will be plotted for more advanced training such as Abseiling 3, Climbing level 3, Tropical Mountain Leadership Proficiency and so on. OBS is an organisation that believes strongly in staff training and development and opportunities are available as you enter your 3rd
year to go for attachment in other companies or attend conferences. Again, see my earlier post where I share some snippets of these opportunities.
Lastly, you have a good progression scheme within the instructor-hood (to be a team manager, senior instructor and so on) or could move to the other support units or to the wider NYC family as part of your career choice/movement.