KATIE FIRTH

251Katie started at activities away back in 2007 when she came to The Lincoln Adventure Centre for her work experience from school. She is now at Lincoln uni doing a Sport Science degree, she has worked hard over the last 6 years now heads up our recreational staff team during the summer season. We grabbed her between sessions and got a 60 second interview – here is what she had to say…

So Katie, what do you think of working in the outdoor leisure sector?

I think its great, where else can you work in an office as beautiful as the outdoors! I love it, except when its raining of course! There should be a law about not working in the rain.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy paddling, its where I really started in the outdoors, helping with the local scouts before I got a work experience placement at activities away. Although I now do lots of different activities, I am a qualified BCU Paddlesport coach and an RYA PWC instructor. I intend working towards my RYA Powerboat instructors award this year and my next paddlesport qualification. I also have all the usual things like an enhanced CRB check, first aid and have completed a safeguaring children course.

So given that you spend most of your working life doing activities, how do you relax on days off?

Day off? Whats one of those? Don’t tell Steve I want a day off! No really… I enjoy this soooo much, I don’t often take a day off during the season as everyday is like being on holiday. On the rare occassion I do something different, it usually involves men in tight shorts and a rugby pitch!

Ohh err Katie, OK, so finally, what advice would you have for a young person wanting to start in the outdoor industry?

Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom to get to the top, and remember that experience is as important as bits of paper and qualifications, so don’t rush into spending lots of money on some of the ‘fast track’ outdoor instructor courses out there. You are better off getting experience at a ‘live’ centre who will help you with getting your qualifications.