Our ex-students are working all over the world in some of the best positions in the adventure industry. For example, we have recently formed an alliance with Sail Carribean and Landon Carver to complete an 11 week work placement during the summer of 2015 sailing in the Caribbean.
Sail Caribbean British Virgin Islands Placement (SCBVIP) brings 6 trainees who are undertaking the Shackleton Outdoor Adventure Management course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education to complete an 11 week work placement during the summer of 2015 sailing in the Caribbean. Throughout the placement, participants will assist the Captain in leading others through sailing, instruction of curriculum, shipboard life, land and water activities, time management and group living.
They will also assist in the facilitation of group dynamics onboard and planning of activities that challenge students. Candidates will receive command experience and award opportunities while with Sail Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands. SCBVIP will add substantially to participants employability in the sector as well as contribute to prerequisites for Irish Sailing Association / Royal Yachting Association qualifications.
Our former students also work in Adventure Centres, Leisure and Community Centres and as Sport Development Officers, Adventure Travel, Youth Development work, Yacht Masters, Raft Guiding, PE Teachers, Army and Navy Officers, members of the Gardai.
In the past students have continued their education with advanced entry into the following colleges: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Business and Outdoor Education), Waterford Institute of Technology (Leisure Management), IT Tralee (Outdoor Learning), University of Chicester (Outdoor Education), Strathclyde University (Outdoor Education) and University of St Martins (Outdoor Education). CDCFE also provides a level 8 top up: https://www.cdcfe.ie/courses/health-and-leisure/b.a.-top-up-degree-in-adventure-facilitation-education
Apply using the application form online.
Application for the program is a two step process: An interview (in the college) followed at a later stage by a "practical" day (taking place in Dalkey Quarry).
A keen interest in the outdoors and some previous experience are desirable. For applicants who have completed a year long FAS course in Outdoor Education, a limited number of places in second year are sometimes available.
Interviews have already taken place for Sept 2017 admission. Some limited places may become available over the summer, keep an eye on the CDCFE admissions page for details.
Online applications are still open for the second year of the programme (HND1 Outdoor Adventure Management) starting in September 2017.
Please note that students must be 18 years of age at the time of registration.
Water confidence and a good swimming ability is required for this course.
This course requires a high level of physical fitness and self motivation, and a strong interest in outdoor sports. The practical qualifications provided depend on the individual student achieving the required standard. This is a practical course: it is estimated that 60% of our activities are practical in the outdoors, the other 40 % academic. While our course suits people with different learning styles, the second and third years of the Higher National Diploma require good academic and organisational skills.
It is estimated that the student should budget for 1500 euro per year in addition to the registration fee to cover the cost of personal gear, trips away and external qualifications.
Trips away are an important part of the Shackleton course, allowing students to develop character and leadership and teamworking skills. In recent years, students have undertaken trips all over Ireland, hiking and kayaking trips in north Wales, sea kayaking expeditions in Scotland, sailing trips in Croatia and Corsica, and whitewater kayaking expeditions in Slovenia, Spain, Uganda and Morocco.
These trips allow students the opportunity to push themselves and develop self awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and an understanding of others.
Have a look at some recent films made by students to get a feel for the course:
Here is a short promo film made by Darragh Mc Morrow of his three years on the Shackleton course:
Contact: Tel: 01 848 1400
Year 1: €800*
Year 2: €850*
Year 3: €595*
* includes €200 Govt. charge
International students are welcome, please read the following: https://www.cdcfe.ie/student-information/prospective-students/international-students
All photos taken by staff or recent students