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Our unrivalled reputation, superb facilities, extensive resources and stunning location make Plas Menai the number one choice for those looking to break into the outdoor industry. Our programmes are designed to help you get the most out of your time with us and ensure you are equipped with the right skills and qualifications to gain work within the industry.

Plas Menai has been teaching outdoor instructors for 30 years and we have an enviable reputation throughout the industry world wide for the high calibre of ‘work-ready’ instructors we train every year.


What is it?

22 weeks of intensive, professional outdoor instructor training programme including the key Internationally recognised qualifications employers within the sector are looking for, opening global work opportunities; from working as a Watersports Instructor on a beach in the Med to working as a Crew Member on a superyacht in the Caribbean.

This training programme does not require candidates to hold any pre-qualifications, ideal for a school or college leaver or if you fancy a complete career change.


What is included?

During your time at the centre you will develop your own personal outdoor skills, in readiness for undertaking your instructor qualifications, as well as developing your teaching and group management skills which are necessary in becoming an effective instructor.

The programme includes ALL of the industry sought after qualifications along with all necessary personal protective clothing, equipment and tuition.


RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper Theory, RYA Day Skipper


RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Intermediate Powerboat, RYA Powerboat Instructor (for those with prior logged powerboating experience)

Dinghy Sailing

RYA Basic Skills; RYA Sailing with Spinnakers; RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry; RYA Dinghy Instructor


RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (Non-Planing); RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (Planing); Beach Start; RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor


BCU Levels 1-2 Canoe; BCU Levels 1-3 Kayak; BCU Foundation Safety &Rescue; BCU-UKCC Coaching Certificate Level 1


RYA First Aid, VHF Radio Licence; RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance; MIAS Mountain Bike Leader


All exam fees and relevant logbooks are included in the training programme package, however RYA membership, and additional handbooks, will incur a further charge.



Accommodation to all candidates is allocated, in a single room within our on site shared houses with easy access to all the centres facilities, kit storage and car parking.

Full board is included in your course fee with nutritious and healthy meals served.

Free Internet access and resource material.

Kit and equipment; We have one of the largest ranges of top quality outdoor equipment available for use anywhere in the UK, and availability to a range of high quality kit (Please note kit does not include shoes)



Plas Menai is a large residential, purpose built outdoor centre, set in four acres of grounds on the edge of the Menai Strait, our waterfront location is also a stone throw away from the renowned Snowdonia National Park, meaning we can offer students an unrivalled diversity of training locations and conditions, equipping students not only with qualifications but hands on experience of a range of challenging environments.


When can you start?

Date to be confirmed


Open Days

For dates please contact the bookings office 0300 300 3112 | email

This is a free event to attend and is all about finding out more about working in the outdoor industry and what options are available worldwide.

During the day staff who have been through the Training Programme with us will be on hand to answer any questions and provide advice on working in the outdoors, you will also get the opportunity to get out on the water and see some of the training areas we use.

Although the event is free, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL - Please call the centre to book on 0300 300 3112 or email

Alternatively, if you cannot make it to any of our open days but would like to visit the centre and discuss your training needs, please contact us and a suitable date can be arranged.



This full board 22-week residential Multi Outdoor Instructor Training programme course fee is:


Please be aware there is a £100 bond to be paid prior to the commencement of the course, this is redeemable providing the accommodation is left in a satisfactory state at the end of your course. It is there to cover any unreasonable damage caused in the house as well as centre kit.

Whilst taking part in organised activities at Plas Menai you will be covered for Third Party Liability by Plas Menai’s insurance cover.



Careers Assistance

Plas Menai will provide information and guidance about a variety of opportunities that are available both in the UK and throughout the World.

Invite leading employers of outdoor professionals to hold recruitment presentations and interviews at the centre.

Over 90% of graduates go straight into work.

Some of the companies that have employed Plas Menai graduates include:

Neilson | UKSA | PGL | Mark Warner | Cardiff International White Water


There is also further career development opportunities with Plas Menai’s Instructor Development Programme after successfully completing the Instructor Training programme, where you can gain paid work experience as an outdoor instructor on a placement between 6 and 11 months, find out more information about this opportunity here


If you are interested in any of our instructor training programmes and would like to talk to somebody about the opportunities, please contact our team on 


For those of you who are already at the required level necessary and only want to undertake a single instructor qualification you will find our standard instructor courses here.