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Instructing Outdoor Fitness

Course Code: YMIOF

Level: 3
Subject area: Sport & Leisure
Awarding body: YMCA
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three days
When you'll study: Various days, 9.00am - 4.30pm

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver safe and effective fitness training sessions to groups of participants in outdoor environments.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas:

  • the considerations involved in working with groups in outdoor environments
  • planning a range of exercises relevant to groups of participants outdoors, using body weight, environment, and small equipment
  • planning appropriate exercise sessions, taking into account the opportunities and limitations presented by the environment
  • instructing safe and effective group exercise sessions in outdoor environments.
Entry requirements

You will need to hold a YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent.


You will be assessed via a practical examination.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the YMCA Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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