Outdoor Sport and Recreation Courses

Lough Allen College at The Lough Allen Adventure Centre, Drumshanbo

Do you feel mentally charged and in love with life when you’re physically active and outdoors? 

Are you trying to figure out what direction to take in life? 

Do you want to try something new?

Would you simply like to have fun and meet new people? 

At Lough Allen College we get it. We all have different interests, goals and motivations. 

For us, the call of outdoor adventure was too great to ignore and we didn’t take the conventional route after school. 

We became skilled in all sorts of outdoor adventure sports including becoming snorkelling and freediving masters, kayaking kings and even sailed yachts around the world (and we got paid for it too!). 

And yes, we had to do a little study along the way. Sorry to disappoint you!

We started with ZERO skills but as we learned and improved, we also became mentally robust and physically fit. We progressed and eventually, our QQI qualifications gave us direct access to third level courses, even though we didn’t plan on doing degrees when we started our journey!  

Instilling a passion for the outdoors, on and off the water, was the reason we established Lough Allen Adventure Centre. Deciding to train and teach the next generation was a natural progression for us. Our mission is to nurture each student’s goals and guide them on their own journey of self-discovery. You can read a little more of our story here

We want you to be excellent instructors and skilled outdoor adventurists. When you finish your course, you’ll be qualified to Level 5 or 6 QQI, internationally-recognised qualifications.

You’ll have the benefit of a firm foundation in both the physical sports and the academic background to take your career to the next level.

If you choose to continue your studies, your QQI level 6 qualification may allow you to by-pass the first year of a relevant third-level degree course.

Did you know that outdoor adventure and adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing industries? 

Whether you want to be a top instructor, have an interest in the outdoors, want to learn new skills or are just looking to get fit and make friends, this course is for you. 

Because healthy, happy people make a wealthy world. 

Outdoor Sport and Recreation Course Modules

Outdoor Sport and Recreation (5M5148)

(Year 1 – Level 5 QQI)

  • Outdoor Leadership and Safety
  • Adventure Activities
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Kayak Instruction Skills
  • Stand-Up Paddle board Instruction
  • Mountain Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Communications
  • Teamworking
  • First Aid
  • Powerboat Licence


Outdoor Sport and Recreation (6M5147)

(Year 2 – Level 6 QQI) 

  • Sports Industry Practice
  • River Kayak Instruction
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Low Land Leader
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Experience and Fitness
  • Community Development
  • Event Management

Entry Requirements and Information

We would like to meet you, show you around and get to know a little more about YOU and why you want to do the course. CAO points are not required. 

We welcome mature applicants, Leaving Certificate students and early school leavers. 


For adults who are returning to education or work, this course is ideal to rebuild confidence and upskill.

If you don’t know what direction to take your life, that’s fine too. Just talk with us to see if this course interests you. 

Low registration fee. 

Some equipment provided. 

Course participants may qualify for a SUSI grant, a “Back-to-Education” Allowance, VTOS, or may be able to maintain their social welfare payments under available schemes. 

Courses run Monday to Thursday, from September to May. 

People who have successfully completed this course have gained employment or gone into further studies in the following areas: 

Activity instructor / Adventure guide

Health and fitness / Professional athlete

Marine biology

Defence Forces

Business owner / Entrepreneur

Education / Social care


Please note that this course is run under the auspices of MSLETB and Lough Allen College. 

For further information, please contact us at: 

Tel: Tojo on 083 388 2280; email: tojolazzari@msletb.ie