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Instructor Mentoring

Instructor Mentoring

Currently over 60% of MIA candidates fail one or more days on their assessment. Whilst in other awards the number is much lower. Why not do it right first time and book on a re-assessment with us.

Why come to Snowdonia Mountain Guides for mentorship?

To answer this ask yourself what it is you think an outdoor instructor does and the skills your need to do that job...

Most people will recite the ML, SPA and MIA syllabus just fine but there are other skills beyond those that will turn you from someone who is qualified to someone who can offer more than a lesson is tying knots, making belays or climbing up a rock face. In essence there are skills beyond the remit of the syllabi that will help you stand out from the crowd on your assessment.

Many people refer to these as soft skills, but make no mistake these are hard skill to develop. As part of helping you reach the requirement for you Nation Governing Body (NGB) awards Snowdonia Mountain Guides focus on developing you as a coach, instructor, climber and a person. So that you can qualify and shine as a well rounded instructor.

We believe that reaching the technical level to gain the qualification is just the starting block. If you ask other guides and instructors what the trickiest thing they have to deal with when working you can bet that it is not knots or rope systems. Instead it is understanding themselves, their clients and managing all this in an appropriate way.

Snowdonia Mountain Guides mentorship programme then then is to focus on you as an individual and help you become a well rounded coach and instructor by making sure you tick the syllabus and then deliver these 'extra' skills so you feel confident to go straight out into the real world and succeed.

What are these 'soft skills'?

We like to think of them as human skills, in that if you genuinely care about what you teach and do in the mountains then you can't but deliver effective instruction. We do this by helping you develop:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Decision Making Skill (individual and group)
  • Reflective Practice
  • Coaching and Teaching Skills
  • Common Instructor Problems
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Student Centre Teaching
  • Being Human(e)
  • How does Snowdonia Mountain Guides Mentorship programme work?

    We believe in practicing what we preach in that all our students from those beginning to climb, right the way through to the instructors we mentor are all individuals. As such no two paths are the same, but within this there are common themes.

    First off we use our lead guide, Mark Reeves who has 20 years instruction and coaching rock climbing experience, an MSc in Applied Sports Science (Effective Coaching, Sports Psychology and Performance Physiology) and a BA(Hons) in Environmental Planning and Management, will oversee your mentorship.

    Mark will contact you to assess and discuss your specific needs, he will look at your logbook and on the back of this he designs a programme that suits both yout time and financial constraints. As part of our mentorship programme we also offer a follow up meetings so you can try and put into practice what we have covered and help you reflect on new ways to progress.

    We can do the on a 1 to 1 or group base. The cost can be shared if there are a few of you who want to be mentored. We also have some free online resources and can offer remote contact through messaging services. We mentor any of the mountain based awards from SPA, ML and MIA.

    What other benefits are there?

    As part of being on the mentorship scheme there will also be opportunities to shadow Snowdonia Mountain Guides course and we can help you by arranging real students for you to practice your new teaching skills on.

    We can also help with a mock assessment day. Including ‘real’ students, to help get you ready for the added pressure of assessment and give you an idea of just what an assessor will be looking for. We can also give you an idea of whether you are ready and what you really need to work on before your assessment.

    Of course the real benefit is that we guarantee that you will go into any assessment better prepare and more likely to pass 1st time than you would if you had not been mentored by us.


    Cost: £200

    Duration: 1 days

    Experience: Either trained or assessed CWA, SPA or MIA

    Dates for 1 day courses: We currently have no course dates set. Please get in touch to set up course dates to suit your needs.

    To book, find out more or to arrange an alternative date email us here.
    ...or call us on 01286650217