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Outdoor Education


Outdoor Education Centres in Ireland (Irish OECS)

Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres

Outdoor Learning

 

Vocational Education Committees

Vocational Education Committees:

Irish Vocational Educational Association
www.ivea.ie 

Co. Mayo VEC
www.mayovec.ie 

Co. Wicklow VEC
www.wicklowvec.ie 

Co. Kerry VEC
www.cokerryed.ie 

Co. Offaly VEC
www.offalyvec.com 

Co. Clare VEC
www.clarevec.ie 

Co. Galway VEC
www.countygalwayvec.com 

Co. Donegal VEC
www.donegalvec.ie 

Co. Cork VEC
www.cocorkvec.ie 

Co. Wexford VEC
www.cowexfordvec.ie 

Co. Monaghan VEC
www.monaghanvec.ie 

Co. Limerick VEC
www.limerickvec.ie 

Sport & National Governing Bodies


Outdoor Education Ireland

Irish Canoe Union

Irish Mountaineering Council

Irish Orienteering Association

Gaisce - Presidents Award

Coillte

Irish Marathon Canoeing

Irish Trails

Sports Equipment Supplies

Great Outdoors

Outdoor Adventure Store

Fitness Functions Sports Equipment and Installation

Tourism

Tourism Ireland

Shannon Region Tourism

Shannon Region Trails

Irish Palatine Museum

Ballyhoura Failte

Wicklow Tourism & Information Portal

Failte Ireland

Hook Tourism

Educational Links


ACELS - Dept of Education Advisory Body for English Language Tuition

Dept of Education and Science

Junior Cycle Physical Education Support Service

Weather Links


www.met.ie 

http://www.yr.no/place/Ireland/

Travel Links

Bus Eireann

Irish Rail

Aer Lingus

RyanAir

Dublin Port

Cork Airport

Shannon Airport

Dept of Justice - Visa Information

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OEC Training

Outdoor Education Centre Training

There are three main avenues through the OEC's, which are open to individuals wishing to training for employment in the area of outdoor education or outdoor pursuits.

These are:

Proficiency and Leadership Qualifications - Each of the Outdoor Education Centres Completing run proficiency and leadership training courses and assessments in the various adventure sports.

These are run on behalf of the National Governing Bodies for each sport.

The OEC training courses and assessments include:

  • Canoeing
  • Hillwalking
  • Rock-climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Windsurfing
  • Caving
  • Sailing

Achill OEC, Kinsale OEC , Cappanalea OEC and Tanagh OECrun full-time training courses for students who have completed their secondary schooling.

These courses are NCVA level 2 and focus upon:

  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Hillwalking
  • Rock- climbing

Successful students can enter employment at assistant instructor level after year 1 and instructor level after year 2.

These programmes are also open to VTOS students. The Higher Links programme allows successful graduates from these courses direct access on some of the 3rd level National Certificate related academic courses.

CONTACT EACH CENTRE FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON THESE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES >>

Employment

Outdoor Education Centre Employment Opportunities

Each of the twelve OEC's are continually interviewing or recruiting instructors to work in a full-time or part-time on their programmes.

Throughout the year opportunities arise for employment in the outdoor education centres, so it is advisable for those interested in working in the outdoors, to have their C.V.'s presented to the centres or better still to have visited each of the centres.

Those seeking employment should:

hold appropriate outdoor adventure sports qualifications
have a wide range and depth of experience
be interested in working with people
be able to work well in a team

SO IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU'RE SUITABLY QUALIFIED AND ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB IN THE OUTDOORS,
PLEASE FORWARD YOUR CURRENT CV BY EMAIL DIRECTLY TO THE OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE, IN WHICH YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR WORK >>

 

Activities

Outdoor Education Centres Actvities:

Activities available in the twelve OEC's - The following is the list of the different activities which are available in the nine Outdoor Education Centres in Ireland.

Centre:

Achill

Baltinglass

Birr

Burren

Cappanalea

Gartan

Kinsale

Kilfinane

Petersburg

Schull

Shielbaggan

Tanagh

Abseiling
yes yes  yes yes yes yes yes yes  yes   yes  yes
Adventure Racing
        yes yes   yes        yes
Archery
yes yes  yes     yes yes       yes  yes
Basketball
yes yes           yes        yes
Bivuoacking
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes     yes  yes
Body Boarding
yes     yes yes yes yes yes     yes  
Bouldering
        yes yes   yes     yes  yes
Camping
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes     yes  yes
Canoeing
yes yes  yes   yes yes yes yes  yes   yes  yes
Caving
      yes          yes      
Coastal Walking
yes     yes yes yes yes       yes  
Coasteering
yes         yes         yes  
Dinghy Sailing
yes yes     yes yes yes       yes  
First Aid
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes     yes  yes
Gorgewalking / Riverwalking
yes yes  yes yes yes yes   yes  yes      
High Ropes Courses
  yes  yes                  
Hillwalking
yes yes  yes yes yes yes   yes  yes   yes  yes
Horseriding
  yes           yes        
Indoor Climbing
yes yes  yes     yes   yes     yes  yes
Initiative & Team Building Exercises
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes  yes  yes yes  yes
Kayaking
yes yes  yes yes yes yes yes yes  yes  yes yes  yes
Kayak Surfing
yes       yes yes yes       yes  
Language Courses
yes       yes     yes        yes
Low Ropes Course
  yes         yes       yes  
Mountain Biking
          yes   yes        yes
Mountaineering
yes yes  yes yes yes yes   yes     yes  yes
Navigation
yes yes  yes yes yes yes yes yes     yes  yes
Obstacle Course
yes    yes   yes yes yes       yes  yes
Orienteering
yes yes  yes yes yes yes yes yes  yes   yes  yes
Raft Building
yes yes  yes   yes yes yes          yes
Rockclimbing
yes yes  yes yes yes yes yes yes  yes   yes  yes
Sailing
yes yes     yes yes yes    yes  yes yes  
Scientific Study of an Ecosystem
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes     yes  yes
Scrambling
yes       yes yes         yes  
Sea Kayaking
yes     yes yes yes yes       yes  
Snorkelling
      yes   yes yes          
Surfing
yes       yes yes         yes  
Survival Training
yes       yes     yes        yes
Waveski Surfing
          yes         yes  
Whitewater Kayaking
yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes        yes
Windsurfing
yes       yes yes      yes  yes    

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