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Multi-Activity Instructor (MAI)

This is a two-year Program starting within the Warriors bridging year program with more focus in the second year on instructor development.

With a growing International need to train professional outdoor pursuits instructors, Warriors has developed a training program to equip students with a variety of skills to enable them to compete in a fast growing industry. International career opportunities allow graduates of this unique course to choose work anywhere in the world.

Professional and highly experienced trainers in their respective field of expertise will provide training to students.

With Adventure Guides being in such short supply and a growing need for experienced and qualified Multi Activity Instructors, Warriors Academy has set about developing an instructors development program with the aim of being international leaders in the training of such personnel.

Students will have the opportunity to choose a field of special interest and a bespoke development program will be designed for each individual.


Candidates must demonstrate performance excellence and proficiency in the following: 

  • Performance of multiple activities.
  • Setting up and conducting standard operating procedures for each activity.
  • Safety aspects of each activity.
  • Equipment care and maintenance for each activity.
  • Client care.
  • Administration requirements.
  • Basic general knowledge of the common Fauna and Flora of South Africa.
  • Basic knowledge of Geography, Climatology and Astronomy.

Award Outline

  • The award is divided into the following components: 
    • Compulsory Components 
    • Practical Based Learning 
    • Soft Skills 
    • Electives - Specialists Courses (an extra cost to the Student) 
  • There are four levels to the award namely:
    • Bronze – attended the full course and completed with a fair amount of competency
    • Silver – Attended the course and demonstrated a good level of competency, aptitude and initiative
    • Gold – Attended the course and demonstrated an excellent level of performance and professionalism in both the delivery of activities as well as the background administrative duties of running a program.
    • Platinum - Attended the course and demonstrated an excellent level of performance and professionalism in both the delivery of activities as well as the background administrative duties of running a program. In addition, we would gladly reccommend this candidate as a senior instructor to any other organisation.
  • In addition, there are three tiers within each level, enabling us to distinguish between candidates on each level.  These are in ascending order, 3rd. 2nd & 1st Class awards.


Compulsory and practical based training

SAQA Courses

  • Fall Protection Planner SAQA 229994
  • Fall Arrest Technician and Basic Rescue SAQA 229995 and 229998

High Horizons Courses

  • SA MDT Walking Group Leader
  • Wilderness Rescue

Modjadji First Aid Training

  • Level Three First Aid Certificate

ROAG Training

  • Recreational Abseil
  • Gear Inspection

Kakuli Safari Experience

  • Delivery of Guided experience
  • South african Fauna and Flora


  • Fire Fighting

Warriors Academy Training

  • Mountain Bike Instructor
  • Centre Administration
  • Group Games and Debriefing
  • Program Facilitation
  • Basic Construction
  • Basic Brick Laying
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Camp Craft
  • Basic Welding
  • Basic Knife Making
  • Video Making and Editing
  • Client Care
  • Basic Mechanics
  • Recreational Archery
  • Recreational Orienteering
  • Recreational Knife Throwing
  • Program Design
  • Rope Work
  • Outdoor Safety
  • Adventure Coach
  • High Ropes Facilitation  
  • Flat Water Padling
  • Survival Instructor


(At extra cost to the student including all food transport and equipment hire)

The following specialist components are elective and will be completed within the year. Due to logistics, students are restricted to a maximum of one component, the price of which is in addition to the cost of the compulsory component. Should there be a course that a student would like to include in their training, that is not on the following list, we will endeavor to facilitate it into the students learning program. The cost of these electives is determined once the instructors sign up for a course as the number of candidates will affect the cost of running the course.  Courses will be run in conjunction with service providers’ availability.  It is aimed to run these training components at the end of the year, once Students have completed the formal MAI training program, as this is the obvious "Next Step" in their proffessional development.  This means that the time period of the complete programme may well extend into November/December, depending on the nature and time requiremnts of students respective electives.


  • Raid Dive Master
  • Ocean Skipper
  • River Guide
  • Luxury Yacht Deck Hand
  • Fire Arms Instructor

Soft Skill Training

The following lists are focused on, throughout the year, as they are skills that are required in each and every activity that the instructors engage in. 

  • Client Care
  • Activity Delivery
  • Safety First
  • Inclusive Care
  • Log Book Recording
  • Centre Documentation
  • Leadership Styles
  • Assertiveness
  • Toltec
  • Coaching Skills
  • Life Skills Coaching
  • Personal Branding
  • Public Speaking
  • Curriculum Vitae Development
  • Personal Care and Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Accounting

General information

  • This is the Award outline and Warriors will endeavor to complete at least 80% of the provided list.
  • Delivery of some activities are prone to circumstance and weather
  • The list is not exhaustive and is seen as a working document.
  • The MAI Award is built up of a collection of Certificate and Merit courses endorsed by governing bodies (where possible) of the various disciplines. There are also some in-house courses.
  • To qualify for the Award, candidates must complete all delivered modules with demonstrable proficiency of a high standard and excellence.
  • Each component of the Award must be logged in the candidate’s logbook and signed off by the course director in order to count towards the overall achievement.


  • All coaching/instructing/teaching/ accommodation/transport during training.
  • Fees for training and assessment modules.
  • Use of center equipment (in accordance with center Health & Safety Policy).
  • Opportunities to assist coaches at work.
  • Discounted outdoor clothing and equipment.

Not Included:

  • Membership fees for National Governing Bodies (NGBs)
  • Flights & transfers for international trips
  • Laundry services
  • Equipment hire

Recommended Personal Equipment

Below is a recommended list of equipment students should have for the course. The list is not exhaustive; it contains what we would describe as your “Tools of the trade”, essential kit for working as a professional in the outdoor industry. Some of the equipment can be hired from Warriors Academy at an extra cost.


  • Waterproof Trousers and Jacket 3/4 Season - Essential
  • Walking Boots- Essential
  • Rucksack - Day Pack and Expedition Pack - Essential
  • Head Torch - Essential
  • Whistle
  • Camp Stove- Essential
  • Water Bottle- Essential
  • Compass
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Winter Walking Socks
  • Map Case - Waterproof

Rock Climbing

  • Harness – Highly Recommended
  • Helmet – Highly Recommended
  • Belay Device
  • Screw Gate Karabiners X 5– Highly Recommended
  • Rock Shoes
  • Slings X 5– Highly Recommended


  • Tent 1-2 Man (3 Season) - Essential
  • Sleeping Bag (3 Or 4 Season)
  • Camping Mat (4 Season) - Essential
  • Stove - Essential
  • Pots, Pans & Cutlery- Essential


  • Base Layers (Merino)
  • Warm Outdoor Clothing
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bags (Various Sizes)

Mountain Biking

  • Cycle Trip Meter (Optional)
  • Cycle Helmet – Highly Recommended
  • Mountain Bike Repair Kit- Essential
  • Mountain Bike– Highly Recommended

Instructors File

Each instructor is required to build up his file with demonstration and illustration of learning. All activities will be documented in the file under the following sections:

  • Curriculum Vitae and Certificates/Awards
  • Hard copies of presentations
  • Standard Operating Procedures for Activities
  • Fall Safety and Risk Assessment for all activities
  • Course notes

These files are paramount in demonstrating the curriculum covered during this course, as well as, the level at which each student has performed. They will be extremely important for the student when attending interviews as they will give a comprehensive insight into the students training and experience. The file will also be an invaluable source of information that the students will need to draw on from time to time once they enter the work place.

Instructors Log Book

Each Instructor will be required to set up and maintain his/her Personal Log Book. This will have the following sections within it:

  • Personal details and photo
  • Courses completed with dates
  • Certificates achieved with dates
  • Activity log – a separate section for each discipline
  • Instructor log
  • Serious incident log

As with the Instructor files, the log book is a valuable document as it highlights the amount of experience that the student has. Training is not a standalone requirement in this industry and the more evidence of experience that can be shown the better. This evidence props up the training and is a vital tool in progressing within the industry.

General Daily Structure for MAI candidates

The working day will follow a structured program but there may well be variance from time to time when client groups are on site.  Evening sessions may be held from time to time if necessary.  Weekends are generally managed by the students, but they are encouraged to use this time doing their preparation and logging in hours on activities.  The course is based on a workplace readiness model, meaning that students will be involved fully in the running of this and other Centre’s whilst training.

Duration of Course 

The course will run for approximately nine months from February to October. There will also be Mid-Term breaks, and these will be governed by the Warriors Quest dates, public holidays and the availability of suitable course tuition sessions.

It is stressed that this program will run from the beginning of February through to the end of October. There will be times when the students are given a break, but these are linked to course and facilitator availability and will be confirmed at a later stage.