UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers.

Adventure Sports Coaching graduates Karl Domeracki and Clare Mangan have chosen very different career routes since leaving UCLan.

Karl commented: "I currently volunteer as a climbing instructor at West View Leisure Centre, Preston, and train with Liverpool University Officer Training Corps which has provided me with a unique challenge. I've completed various military exercises, community projects and adventure training including and eight day skiing expedition in Les Contamines, France and a nine day sailing exercise in The Baltic Sea.

"I'll be taking part on exercise 'Airborne Student', an intense week consisting of the Paratroopers' gruelling selection process. Following this I'll do my ML training at Tyn Dwr in Llangollen, North Wales.

"This summer I've attained work as a canoe expedition leader in Canada, where children are taken out on expeditions around the great lakes situated in Algonquin Park.

The professional development and opportunities offered during my time at UCLan, moulded me into a highly motivated student, passionate for the outdoors. I'm now planning to further my knowledge by undertaking an MSc in Outdoor Education.

Clare added: "I currently work at Kaos Indoor High Wire Adventure, Lytham, which is an indoor high ropes activity centre providing curriculum-based programmes to clients ranging from 5 – 60 years old.

"I'm also training to become the assistant manger of the centre. In addition to the curriculum-based programmes, we also work upon clients learning and confidence as well as having a lot of fun."


I am currently employed as an Assistant Instructor with the Outward Bound Trust. The role requires me to work as a duty instructor for a set number of nights a week, the rest of my time I may assist sessions and shadow other practitioners. This role allows me to gain experience and qualifications prior to becoming a full instructor with the trust   (Alex, BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership).


The BA in Outdoor Leadership from UCLan has equipped me extremely well for a future in the outdoor industry. One could argue that the course had been designed for the job I now hold, in particular the emphasis on experiential learning and reflective practice. I can confidently say that I would not have been considered for my current job role without the knowledge and skills I developed during my three years on the course. The university staff have been incredibly supportive, providing professional references and solutions to issues regarding the course or the outdoor industry, in addition to their lecturing and their own research   (Emily, BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership)).  


To prospective students I would recommend making the most of the opportunities provided by the university, specifically the teaching staff with their years of experience in the industry. Work hard, both academically as well as gaining national governing body awards, and you will be rewarded when you look for a career in the outdoor industry upon graduation (David, BA (Hons) Adventure Sports Coaching). 

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