Kinsale centre is offering free course in outdoor pursuits

October 12th, 2018 5:50 PM

By Emma Connolly

Jon Hynes, James Keane and Tessa Kingston, all from Kinsale OEC and Barry O'Connell Cork Sports Partnership.

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ANYONE interested in exploring a career in outdoor education will be interested in a place on a new and free course in Kinsale’s Outdoor Education Centre. 

The centre have launched a 16 week Go Adventure Training course, in conjunction with Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), that is open to anyone, starting on October 16th. 

Places still remain on the course which centre director Jon Hynes said is designed to give people a springboard towards pursuing an instructor qualification. 

Throughout the 16-week training, participants will experience hands on outdoor activities; both land and  water, along with classroom learning. Modules include: sea kayaking, archery, athletics leader, powerboating, disability inclusion training, rock climbing, canoeing, REC First Aid, rock climbing and more. 

With a focus of this course on employment opportunities, other key modules include personal development and job preparation. Individuals will be coached for the jobs market through CV writing, mock interviews, IT skills and hints and tips on job seeking.  

Jon, who has been director of the centre since  2017, said the emphasis would be on personal development through activity.

‘Our mission is to create a pathway for every learner and it is through courses such as these that make this a possibility. We hope that this free training course will provide an avenue for adults to return to education and continue to upskill, which will act as a springboard for their career. We encourage anyone who has thought about working outdoors, in particular with water sports to register for their place on this course.’

He pointed the course was also a response to market needs with a lot of employment opportunities in the region. It’s intended this will be one of the centre’s flag ship programmes along with a Young Mariner’s Programme which this year has 36 students enrolled. 

Applications are now open at  or for more information call 021 4347096 or [email protected]

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