Instructor training guide

Training to be an instructor is a great way of working your way around the world.

Most instructor training courses focus on adventure sports. Snowsports are particularly popular, as are water sports, including surfing, diving and sailing.

For snowsports, the most popular instructor training places are in Europe (especially Swizterland) and Canada. The USA, Scotland, South America and New Zealand also have ski and snowboard instructor courses.

For any kind of surfing, the USA, Australia and the Caribbean are places to go. If you want to be a scuba diving instructor, anywhere tropical should be able to offer you training. Sailing courses run in a variety of places.

  • Make sure your insurance covers you for whatever sport you will be doing - you sometimes have to pay an extra premium for adventure sports.
  • Courses can be expensive, but as with many other things, you get what you pay for. The ski instructor courses featured here, for example, use top instructors and have very high pass rates.
  • Make sure the qualification you receive is one that is internationally recognised, if you're planning to teach abroad.
  • Many training organisations will help you find a job when you pass - some even guarantee it.
  • You're not too old - lots of older people do instructor training courses on their career break!

Organisations offering instructor training courses

Altitude Futures logo

Altitude Futures

10-week ski and snowboard instructor courses for career breakers aged 18 to 65, to get you an internationally-recognised qualification.
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Bunac logo


Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Go to BUNAC website Find out more
Simply Snowports logo

Simply Snowports

Simply Snowports runs ski instructor courses and snowboard instructor courses in Canada.
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Flying Fish logo

Flying Fish

Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.
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Oyster Worldwide logo

Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
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Nonstop Snow logo

Nonstop Snow

A range of ski and snowboard instructor courses and powder camps in Canada, France and New Zealand's best resorts - ideal for season-long stays and career breaks.
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TEFL Org UK logo


Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.
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VMM International

VMM is a non-profit organisation with over 46 years’ experience in recruiting, training and supporting volunteers for short and long-term projects abroad.
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Educating Adventures

Educating Adventures

Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
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Alltracks Academy logo


Ski & snowboard career breaks in Whistler, Canada, including instructor courses (2 weeks to 5 months), improvement camps and off piste clinics.
Go to ALLTRACKS Academy website Find out more
Amanzi Travel logo

Amanzi Travel

Specialist tailor made trips in Africa, where you can help on wildlife conservation, medical, orphan care and teaching initiatives, join incredible overland trips and take wildlife management and game ranger courses.
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