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Adventure Sports Coaching Conference

Intermediate Level - 1 day

Course Rating: 4.0 Rated 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

Cost (no accommodation): £50.00

‘Leadership in Adventure Sports – unpicking our behaviours and actions that make a difference’

“Who we are, What we do and How we do it – A sharing of ideas and theories”


Adventure sports coaches (paddling, mountaineering, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking etc) have the common theme of developing learner’s personal performance in a dynamic and high-risk environment.

To do this successfully many would say a ‘unique’ set of coaching skills is required; one of these coaching skills is the art of leadership. With so much adventure sports coaching taking place in remote and hostile environments, where journeying is often playing a major part, the way in which the coach has the ability to lead those who join them is critical.

Within adventure sports there are also many who choose to focus less on the coaching and more on the leading, thus providing unique experiences and facilitating the natural environment to perhaps do the teaching. How these leaders lead is again critical to success along with the associated decision-making and interpersonal environment created.

Our team of leadership and coaching experts aim to bring cutting edge theories into the adventure sports domain to explore ways to develop our practice. The day will be facilitated in an interactive, supportive and informative way by a delivery team who hold some of the highest level of both academic and adventure sport qualifications.

The day is recognized as CPD points/Coach Update by the majority of adventure sports NGB’s.


2016 event:

To download copies of the presentations from the 2016 conference, please click below:

Doug Cooper: Empowerment based motivational climate

Justine Allen: Coach created motivational climate

Lesley McKenna: Radical gains in the park pipe world

Paul Reg Gray: Social interaction


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The qualifications and experience of the delivery team speaks for itself, but the most important thing about the team is the ethos they bring to this unique day. The team share a common belief on sharing knowledge in a way that both supports and inspires other outdoor practitioners to develop in what they do. The delivery team is aware that they are only a small part of the combined wealth of knowledge that will be present within the audience during the day, and in this they aim to facilitate the sharing of this knowledge for all to benefit from. This years theme of ‘Leadership in Adventure Sports’ will be relevant to many operating in the outdoors who support others to improve their performance, achieve their dreams or realize experiences for the first time. Whether you are an Olympic coach, a mountain instructor, paddlesport coach, outdoor leader or support informal learning on the rails or in the off-piste; the art of leadership is a topic area that is going to be core in everything you do.

This year we are fortunate to have Dr Calum Arthur joining the delivery team, who is viewed as one of the countries leading researchers in leadership and its application. Calum has experience of working with adventure sports coaches and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge along with learning from those in the room.

Provisional Programme

0900   Conference welcome and scene setting.

0910   Did last year make a difference? – A sharing of stories from the real world

0930   Leadership in Adventure Sports – It’s all about how we behave

1030   Coffee

1100   Leadership in Adventure Sports – Influences on behaviours, actions and decisions

1145   Group work break out groups – ‘Bringing it to life in my world’ – mixed discipline   groups.

1230   Lunch

1315   An Adventure Sports Coaching leadership model to consider…


1345   Group work break out groups – ‘Bringing it to life in my world’ – mixed discipline groups.

1430   Coffee

1500   Choice of one of the following sessions:

1) Transformational Leadership – let’s explore it a bit more

2) Episodic Coaching – a sophisticated approach to what we do

3) Coaching the tricky things – how do we do it

4) Transformational Coaching – how to make a difference

1615 So what did you miss – quick fire resume and key learning from the other     sessions

1645 Conference Conclude

Tea & Cakes


The day although interactive is indoors, so no specialist outdoor equipment or clothing is required. Teas and coffees are available throughout the day; lunch is included in the delegate fee as well as the traditional cake to round of the day. If requiring accommodation before or after the conference, please contact our office separately to arrange this.






Course Pre-Requisites

The conference is aimed at any coach, instructor, guide or leader who operates in adventure sports and is keen to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice. Attendance is currently recognized as CPD/Coach Update by the following NGB’s and Associations: Scottish Canoe Association, Association of Mountain Instructors, Mountain Training Association, Snowsport Scotland, British Association of Snowsport Instructors, Scottish Orienteering. If wishing to use the day as CPD/Coach Update please ensure you have the relevant membership details with you.

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