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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 a 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.


MAI Compulsory components

SAQA Fall Protection Plan Developer

  • Fall Protection Plan
  • Fall Arrest Training

Complete Outdoor Instructors

  • Site Safety
  • Program Developer
  • Multi Activity Instructors
  • Group and Therapeutic Skills
  • Work at Height

BOSWA Phase 5 Survival Ranger

  • Phase 1 – Basic and Survival
  • Phase 2 – Bush Craft and Navigation
  • Phase 3 – Extreme Survival and Solo Survival
  • Phase 4 – Bush Medic
  • Phase 5 – Survival Course Delivery

First Aid – Level Three

Ropes Course Instructors


Mountain Bike Instructor


Award Outline

The award is divided into the following components:

  • Compulsory components
  • Practical Based Learning
  • Soft Skills
  • Specialists Courses Optional (an extra cost to the Student)


Theory Based Learning

  • General knowledge of common Fauna and Flora – covered in the Level 4 Nature Guide course:
  • Basic Geology of the South African landscape
  • Basic Climatology
  • Theory of Fall Protection Plans and Risk Assessments
  • Theory of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Map Interpretation
  • Navigation
  • Computer Literacy
  • Basic Astronomy


Residential Based Practical Learning

  • Rope Work
  • Zip Line Safety
  • Commando Course
  • White Water Training
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Raft Building
  • Cycling
  • Archery
  • Air Rifle Shooting
  • Paint Ball
  • Initiative / Problem Solving Exercises
  • Shelter Construction
  • Structure Construction
  • Scout Warrant Course
  • Catering and CookeryCamp Craft
  • Camp Based Games
  • Hike Craft
  • Equipment Care and Maintenance
  • D.I.Y. Skills
  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Brick Laying
  • Video Editing
  • Fitness Development
  • Driver’s License / PDP (Age 21)
  • Basic Vehicle Maintenance?
  • Drumming
  • Survival


Soft Skill Training

  • Activity Delivery
  • Safety First
  • Inclusive and Client 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

Specialists components elective

The following Specialist Components are elective and will be completed within the year. Due to logistics, students are restricted to a maximum of two Components, 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.



General information


Recommended Text Books


Recommended Personal Equipment


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:

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:

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 year two 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 ten months from January to October. There will also be Mid-Term breaks, but these will be governed by public holidays and the availability of suitable course tuition sessions.

It is stressed that this program will run from the beginning of January 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.