Gap Year South Africa

Multi-Activity Instructor Training (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: 

Award Outline

Compulsory and practical based training

SAQA Courses

High Horizons Courses

Modjadji First Aid Training

ROAG Training

Kakuli Safari Experience


Warriors Academy Training


(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.

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. 

General information


Not Included:

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.


Rock Climbing



Mountain Biking

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 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.

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