Already in the Outdoors – Lillian

Many would say Lily Jones already had the survival skills of Bear Grylls as she balanced running the VIP service at a busy nightclub with being a special police constable and some freelance modelling. But it wasn’t until she signed up for the intensive outdoor instructor training course at Live the Adventure that this glamorous action girl found a way to turn her own love for adventure into a full-time job.

It meant Lily could finally realise her dream of both working in the outdoors and coaching others.

Now chief instructor at the Bristol Maritime Academy and Blueprint Water Safety she is leading the way as more and more people look to gain recognised formal qualifications in something they thought would be restricted to a loved hobby.

Lily is a self-confessed water baby who has been attracted to the all kinds of adventure sports since she took her first steps on dry land. But she had not considered how to turn her passions into a career until she did a search online and found Live the Adventure in Stottesdon, Shropshire.

“I had tried a few things including being special police constable and running a VIP service at a nightclub but I really wanted to do something on the water,” said Lily, now aged 25.

“I found Live the Adventure online and looked at their comprehensives courses on water safety and other outdoor instructor skills and just knew immediately it was for me. I signed up for the January 2013 intensive outdoor instructor training course and I have never looked back. It was an amazing time on the course with such excellent training both in terms of facilities and the staff running the academy.”

“I gained a great deal both in terms of the expertise I needed to explore the jobs market in this industry and the confidence to go out there and get the job I really wanted. I love the work I am doing now and even more so because I get to coach others. I feel very fortunate. I am determined now to make the most of every opportunity this industry has to offer including travel and other qualifications I might be able to get in the future. My ultimate aim is to run my own water safety company.”