Coastal Activity Leader Training

Coastal Activity Leader Training is an accredited outdoor education and leader training course, developed specifically for our vast stretches of wonderful beaches and coastlines. Learn to confidently lead Beach School and Coastal Classroom sessions.

Accredited as an NCFE Level 2 Award, the Coastal Activity Leader Training course is designed to inspire students to lead groups of children, young people and adults in the coastal environment. Participants will complete the course feeling confident in the exploration, discovery and conservation of the wild marine environment.

During the course students will gain coastal bushcraft skills, increase their coastal naturalist knowledge, discover new seashore activities and learn the basic health and safety requirements required to lead groups and outdoor learning sessions in this unique and dynamic environment.

Coastal Activity Leader students will learn the legal roles and requirements of leading outdoor learning sessions with groups of both adults and children in a coastal environment, in addition to:

  • How to identify seaweeds and their uses
  • Learning to survey for cetaceans (dolphins, whales and porpoises)
  • Confidence in leading outdoor activity sessions in coastal environments
  • Be able to inspire different groups with appropriate coastal education games
  • Learning how to write inspiring session plans
  • Foraging and preparing wild food from the coast
  • Coastal bushcraft skills, including traditional fire lighting, knots and tools
  • Conservation activities (and the leave no trace philosophy)
  • Coastal naturalist knowledge, including ethnobotany and conservation
  • The tools required to manage the dynamics of outdoor education in an ever changing environment
  • How to link activities to the outcomes of the National Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence

Wild things! will also provide guidance for our future coastal activity leaders on a variety of different resources and methodologies for creating and delivering the best possible outdoor learning sessions.

This course is for anyone and everyone who wants to lead environmental education and outdoor learning sessions, or facilitate positive nature experiences for children, young people or adults. Whether this is as a parent, as an outdoor enthusiast or in a professional capacity. The following is a sample of professions some of our previous CALT graduates were employed in:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Rangers
  • Parents
  • Wildlife Guides
  • Adventure Activity Instructors
  • Outdoor Instructors

The course is structured over 45 guided learning hours with an additional 6 hours of home study. The course is designed to incorporate practical outdoor activity sessions and indoor classroom learning.

Assessments are a combination of practical and written tasks. If you have any additional requirements to enable to fulfil either of these please Contact Us to discuss how we can best support you.

Wild things! provide all necessary equipment, tools, and learning resources.

Instruction and supervision is provided by our qualified and experienced Wild things! activity leaders. Maximum group size is 12 participants. Emergency Transport (4-wheel drive vehicle) is always available.

We have a selection of excellent venues for delivery of our Coastal Activity Leader Training courses this year:

  • The Wild things! venue for CALT is at Kinloss, not far from our office base in FIndhorn. The facilities are excellent, and we have access to the incredible coastline from Findhorn to Lossiemouth, along the Moray Firth, for the practical sessions.
  • The Ecology Centre is located at Kinghorn Loch in Fife, with wonderful on-site facilities and access to the wonderful natural environment at Kinghorn Loch and along the coastline of the East Neuk of Fife. We are delivering a course in partnership with The Ecology Centre, combining our diverse range of knowledge and skills.
  • The National Marine Aquarium, based in Plymouth, Devon, is the largest aquarium in the UK. With excellent on-site facilities, they are committed to education, research and conservation problems, and have access to the golden sandy beaches and diverse marine biology of North Devon. This course here is being delivered in partnership with the National Marine Aquarium.

We can supply a list of nearby accommodation options for each of our venues on request.

Our Coastal Activity Leader Training is just £450 for the full course. The course fee includes tuition, assessment, registration fees, and all necessary materials. The fee does not include accommodation or any meals. We can supply a list of nearby accommodation for each venue if required.

Select your chosen course from the dates and options listed above and complete the online booking form and make payment to confirm your place.

Please feel free to Contact Us for additional information about our holiday clubs, or if you wish to pay a deposit to secure your booking.

Kit List for All CALT Courses

  • Waterproof Outer Layers
  • Appropriate layers of warm and cool clothing for the changeable Scottish weather
  • Walking boots/shoes and wellies for outdoor activities
  • Camera
  • Any reference books you would like to share with the group
  • A water bottle and/or flask
  • A packed lunch and snacks
  • Your love and enthusiasm for the outdoors!


CALT Moray

  • The course starts at 6PM on Sunday 3rd July and finishes at 6PM on Saturday 9th
  • Classroom sessions will be based in the Culbin Room at Kinloss Church Hall, in Kinloss. Please meet here at the start of the course.
  • Coastal outdoor sessions will be held at nearby Findhorn Bay.
  • Breaks will be scattered throughout each day. Lunch is 45 minutes and we recommend bringing a packed lunch. If you would rather treat yourself to lunch there are several wonderful places to eat nearby: The Bakehouse Café, The Kimberley Inn and The Crown and Anchor in Findhorn, or The Abbey Inn in Kinloss.



  • The course starts at 9AM on Monday 25th July and finishes at 6PM on Sunday 31st
  • Classroom sessions will be based at the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn. Please meet here at the start of the course.
  • Coastal outdoor sessions will be held at nearby East Neuk beach.
  • Breaks will be scattered throughout each day. Lunch is 45 minutes and we recommend bringing a packed lunch.


CALT Devon

  • The course starts at 7PM on Monday 15th August and finishes at 6PM on Monday 22nd
  • Classroom sessions will be based at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Please meet here at the start of the course.
  • Coastal outdoor sessions will be held at nearby East Neuk beach.
  • Breaks will be scattered throughout each day. Lunch is 45 minutes and we recommend bringing a packed lunch.

“This may well be one of the most inspiring courses I have ever done. I can’t wait to get out and use this.” Course Participant

“Wild things! does for environmental education what Ray Mears has done for bush craft, and Bear Grylls has done for survival training. The bonus is that you will not only learn new skills for yourself, you will also learn how to pass them on and in a way that sustains and encourages others to enjoy and sustain our natural environment.” Course Participant

Funder Supporter Esme Fairburn Funder Supporter Robertson Trust