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Seb Dennis

"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

Seb practising Paddle Boating

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

Seb mountain biking in Croatia

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

Seb is a qualified Paddle Boat Instructor

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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