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Adventure Travel Jobs – Skills and Requirements

Posted Jul 28 2012 7:10am

Finding the right job is one of the most important aspects of anyone’s life. No one wants to be stuck in a job that they are not entirely happy with because spending so much time of almost every day in discontent is enough to send anyone “around the bend”. For those adventurous people amongst us, this causes a real problem because there are almost no jobs that fulfil the constant urge for physical activity and adventure. The jobs that do exist to fulfil the needs of the adventurous can seem few and far between which makes getting such a job quite a difficult task. But such jobs certainly do exist and only those who do their research and gain the appropriate level of practice will succeed in getting them.

People often do not realise that they may hold a skill which will already give they a foot in the door for an adventure job. For example, for those with an interest in water sports, why not look into becoming a water sports instructor. This job would require that you become a professional in instructing water sports and this is something that can be achieved from companies such as the UKSA who specialise in providing courses involving yachting, powerboats, kayaking, windsurfing and many more.

Interested in adventure jobs with a bit more of a solid base? (that means snow as opposed to water). The growing popularity for ski holidays in recent years has created waves and waves of jobs in accommodation, events organisation and sales at popular ski resorts. For those who are fond of skiing and want to live and work in the shadow of snowy mountain ranges, the “ski host”, “chalet manager” and “ski event manager” jobs that are available through a number of companies (such as Crystal and Flexiski) require that applicants are experienced in skiing and have an enthusiasm for the slopes.

One of the more general jobs within this field is the “activity instructor” or “activity manager” job which is usually involved in looking after children, teenagers or families that are taking part in some sort of adventure activity such as camping or some sort of holiday such as a quad biking expedition. Surprisingly, to be eligible to train on the courses that are tailored for this type of job, companies such as Kingswood actually require you to have minimal qualifications so that their course is a natural progression from your school life. These courses will provide you with the relevant insight into the adventure activities industry so that you are in the know when it comes to anything from which tent to buy to the dos and don’ts of map reading.

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