Working in the Outdoors

Working in the Outdoors


If you love the great outdoors, and have a passion for helping people reach their goals, then there’s a good chance you’ve either heard of an Outdoor Recreation course, a great alternative to just pursuing a Personal Training career.

Pushing past limits, demonstrating courage and working through uncomfortable times are just some of the requirements you need to meet when you decide to work outdoors with people. We caught up with VFA Learning’s Aaron Healy to find out what it takes to work in Outdoor Rec.

Overcoming Challenges

It might be a raft experience gone wrong, or someone simply can’t see the reward for completing an event. Whatever it is, Aaron says that, as leaders, it’s about ‘Assisting students and participants with overcoming preconceived limits, both physically and mentally.’

Students get first-hand experience from some of the best teachers, who show them how to ‘demonstrate courage, and at times experience the uncomfortable, in order to develop and become extraordinary outdoor leaders.’

Developing Communication Skills

Working with groups of people requires good and strong communication skills, which Aaron says are of paramount importance. ‘Communication should be specific, clear and relevant. If done effectively, it will result in positive outcomes for everyone involved.’

While it may sound ‘tough’, Aaron says that it helps to ‘develop and sustain motivation’, help with relationship building for a variety of different groups, and ultimately, turn challenging situations into unseen opportunities.

Of course, there’s always room for humour, especially in these situations!

Life (and class) In the Great Outdoors

There’s no better way to learn about the outdoors than studying in it, and with VFA Learning, students spend most of their time with teachers outside of the classroom.

‘Students learn from first-hand experience in real life settings,’ Aaron says, adding, ‘Outdoor Rec is a hands-on experience with students obtaining extra vital qualifications that make them highly employable at completion of the course.’

Career Choices

Aaron says there are numerous roles that can be taken on once students have finished their courses, such as the following:

–       Outdoor Guide: work in Education, Training, Arts and Recreation

–       Adventure Leader: instruct and guide people on bike tours, skydiving, bushwalking, canoeing and more

–       Tour Guide: look after busloads of people in exotic destinations, or show them around a city centre

–       Youth Worker: develop and facilitate programs for young people

Aaron adds that there’s more than just the excitement of big-far events: ‘The outdoor’s also used in a wide range of other careers.

‘For example, occupational therapy uses outdoor activities to help with rehabilitation, and psychology uses wilderness therapy to help youth develop self-confidence and self-esteem.’

Contact VFA Learning Today

Interested to learn more about Outdoor Rec and what it can offer you as a career? Head to our main site to find out more, or talk with one of our staff and get insights into being an Outdoor Leader.