Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Outdoor recreation instructors grow 66% in five years

Outdoor recreation instructors grow 66% in five years
June 4, 2014

A report by Service Skills Australia has revealed a 66% increase in the number of outdoor instructors between 2006 and 2011, including a boom in paddling, climbing and caving qualifications awarded.

Enrolments for outdoor recreation certificates II and III rose between 2011 and 2012, but an absence of funding for in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and the ACT was cited as barrier to growth for the sector.

The Government-funded 2014 Sport, Fitness & Recreation Environmental Scan collated both statistical and anecdotal data.

The report also cites a growing demand for more volunteer staff with first aid and specialist activity skills, and suggests participation in bushwalking increased by around six per cent between 2009 and 2012, though this remains down on 2005 figures.

In adventure tourism research has found that experience seekers make up 49% of visitors to Australia and that ‘nature’ was the number one experience that motivates visitors to come to Australia.

Together, these indicate that the provision of quality nature-based activities is a key drawcard for Australia’s significant tourism industry. Participation numbers in nature-based tourism have seen growth of 3% per annum among international visitors and large numbers, but little growth, among domestic visitors.

Despite the inherent risks involved in outdoor activities and industry advocacy for greater regulation of the sector, the report highlights an overall lack of standards and regulation. Subsequently, the industry has been developing State and Territory Adventure Activity Standards (AAS), which recognise the skills and knowledge that enable compliance with safety standards and encourage responsible environmental, cultural, and corporate management.

The report also highlight that outdoor education is valued for its ability to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, equip students with technical skills to undertake activities safely in the natural environment and to build an appreciation for the environment. This has been recognised in the first national curriculum, which will potentially increase the number of trained staff needed to deliver outdoor education nationally.

Click here to view Service Skills Australia's Outdoor Recreation Snap Shot.

24th September 2012 - ACTIVE OUTDOORS EXPO TO INSPIRE ACTIVITY IN THE OUTDOORS

28th May 2010 - NEW ADVENTURE ACTIVITY STANDARDS FOR QUEENSLAND


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

THE FITNESS GENERATION

The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business