"I was encouraged to take my qualifications to the next level, I’ve achieved things I never thought I could"
27th January 2020 – Tags: CCN Journey
Seb Dennis, shares how his action packed City College Norwich journey took him around the world in his role as a Sports Instructor.
The adrenaline rush
I studied a BTEC in Outdoor Leadership at City College Norwich from 2011 to 2013. I’ve always been passionate about adventurous sports; I love the adrenaline rush that you simply do not get from regular sports – and how awesome it looks!
Inspiration and encouragement
The teachers at City College Norwich clearly love what they do, they inspired me to go and do the same. I was encouraged to take my qualifications to the next level and I’ve achieved things I never thought I could.
I had great experiences at college, I made close friends, had lots of laughs and I took on every challenge and opportunity possible.
From Norwich to New York
After completing my qualification, I travelled to New York and worked as a Water-Ski Instructor at a summer camp called Raquette Lake for a summer. I returned for a second and third summer as Head of Departments for paddle sports and water-ski, training the staff and writing the summer programmes for the staff and children.
During the winter months, I worked as a Ski Instructor for The Ski Company in Switzerland. I worked there for four seasons, moving up the ranks to become Head Rep. I ensured the school and trips ran smoothly, whilst teaching skiing and snowboarding.
In amongst these seasons, I worked at Whitlingham Adventure as an Instructor delivering a wide variety of sports and sessions, whilst working my way up to being a Lead Instructor and a Duty Manager.
I also managed to cram in a short season in Croatia for Neilson Holidays as a Mountain Bike Guide and Climbing Instructor!
Present day and next steps
Recently, I have been delivering the British Canoeing stand up paddle-board modules and awards, and I am now a provider for the foundation safety and rescue training too. I am a full time Instructor at the Horstead Centre.
I’m continuing to train and further my abilities, gearing me up for the next step and whatever opportunities come my way.
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