Here at Harbour Challenge, our Instructor Programme offers more nationally recognised qualifications than most!

You’ll achieve 11 NGB qualifications and two instructor qualifications - allowing you to work as an instructor anywhere in the world. PLUS you will get loads of other essential industry training like first aid, coasteering and archery, a subsidised kit package AND three month’s work experience.

The course starts twice a year – April and September and takes a total of 9 months. It may take longer than other options but we firmly believe that as well as time to instruct you to achieve your awards, you’ll need some extra time to really get to grips with what you’re learning  - to be the best coach you can. So each qualification has extended practice built-in.

As a charity and a small organisation, we currently only take a maximum of 6 per intake – so during your three month work experience, you’ll become an integral part of the team here – not just a number.

Work Experience

They say to get a job you need experience, but how do you get experience without a job? With us here at Harbour Challenge, we include three months’ work experience at our busy Centre in Poole Harbour. You will be working alongside experienced instructors and take sessions with clients, schools and Duke of Edinburgh groups. All perfect experience for when you apply for your next Outdoor Adventure role – which could be with us!

Additional Industry Skills

Develop your communication skills and how to build a rapport with your customers

Understand group control and develop a clear understanding of risk management

Understanding how to analyse customer progress

The Harbour Challenge Guarantee

Sometimes it can take some people longer than others to complete qualifications. So even if it looks like you might need a bit more time, Harbour Challenge guarantees that you will achieve the qualifications you need through the Instructor Programme.

For details of the Custom Kit Package - see our FAQs


  • £3999.00
  • Optional Kit Package
  • £890.00

Money from every activity you purchase goes directly to helping those less fortunate to try the same activities. You can see where your money makes a difference by checking out our charity page for our latest projects.

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Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park, take the main path through the park, past the cafe, and we are located near to the water’s edge.

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  • Included Qualifications

    RYA Powerboat Level 2

    RYA Safety Boat

    DofE Supervisor (subject to min age)

    DofE Assessor to Silver Level (subject to min age)

    RYA Level 2

    RYA Seamanship

    Either RYA Dinghy Instructor Or Start Windsurfing Instructor

    BCU 2 Star

    BCU Foundation and Safety Course

    Level 1 Kayak Coach

    RYA Start Windsurfing

    RYA Intermediate Windsurfing

    Coasteering Leader

    NNAS silver

    Archery instructor training

    8 hour First Aid

    Climbing training  - getting you up to scratch for your RCI training and assessment (additional charges apply)