Cycle Trainer Course

Cycle Trainer course from Cycling Scotland

This course is for you if you want to be able to deliver all three levels of Bikeability Scotland. As a Cycle Trainer you can develop, plan, prepare and deliver learning sessions to anyone that wants to learn to cycle.
You should be fully competent on a bicycle, and have experience of riding on busy roads.

This course is entirely free to any East Lothian staff and Volunteers and will be held at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base 0900 – 1630. Course dates are 13/14 Jan and 29/30 Jan 2015.

Cover costs will be paid for teaching staff that wish to undertake the course. Please contact Martyn to book –  0131 6535217

Bikeability Fan

For those that wish to deliver BikeabilityScotland but only levels 1 and 2 then the one day Cycle Training Assistant (CTA) course is for you. A CTA course can be delivered on a date and venue to suit you – all we ask is to ensure that minimum number requirements are fulfilled (5). Once again please get in touch with Martyn – 01316535217 for booking or other enquiries regarding BikeabilityScotland in East Lothian.

SUPer Summer

With a summer of SUP paddling now behind us it is time to reflect on the achievements of the county’s SUPer paddlers. Steve SUP Orchestrated by one of the authorities finest names in SUP coaching – Steven Nelson – a summer coaching series has resulted in the following awarded through the Academy of Surfing Instructors


  • One fully qualified Level 2 Exposed Waters Instructor
  • One fully qualified Level 1 Enclosed Water Instructor
  • Eight (8) Level 1 Enclosed Water Paddler Certification following a 10 week course.

DSCN2268 The 10 week course from June to October took place on Musselburgh Lagoons along with the fantastic sunshine that East Lothian often has to endure. For many of the paddlers it was their first experience of any watersport and their progression was a joy to behold. Many are now looking to continue their SUP journey by progressing onto Level 2 and attempting to set up a weekly SUP club. Some thoughts from the paddlers:

“…amazed at how quickly – with the help of Rab – I was able to be up and paddling,”
“…looking forward to continuing with this sport and would be delighted to be able to go further and become an SUP instructor myself”
“…originally thought that this activity would just be for me – but now looking into how to embed SUP into my work with young people within the council”

The two coaches who assisted Steve were gaining their requisite hours within an approved SUP school. The knowledge that was shared by the three coaches gave all participants a chance to experience a range of coaching styles and teaching techniques.

P1030779In some beautiful October sunshine all the paddlers took their skills and used them in a guided circumnavigation of the island of Fidra off the beautiful East Lothian coastline.

For information on next summer’s SUP courses – please get in touch with Martyn at Outdoor Learning –



Can you and your School spend money?

Like to do more CLPL but teaching cover costs an issue?

Need an excuse to get more active?

Would you relish the oportunity to embed active outdoor learning into your yearly plan?

then read on and help us spend grant funding from Cycling Scotland

  • One day Cycle Trainer Assistant Courses (Cycling Scotland recognised course to deliver BikeabilityScotland Levels 1 and 2. This is the minimum course that anyone across the authority should hold to deliver BikeabilityScotland). FREE
  • One full day course – scheduled dates below or can run a bespoke course at your school (minimum particpant number 5 – maximum 12). FREE
  • All cover costs paid for for any school staff -no maximum limit. Want the whole staff to do the course and you can find that number of supply staff the Cycling Scotland funding will cover the supply costs.
  • Volunteers/parent helpers/other interested adults all welcome on these courses. FREE
  • Booking – get in touch direct with Martyn –
  • If you would like to do the Cycle Trainer course (4 days) to enable you to deliver all levels of BikeabilityScotland and mentor others then we can organise this for you – again FREE and COVER costs covered.


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Bikeability Training

More Cycle Training Assistant courses available through your Outdoor Learning Service.CTA course brochure

For more information on CTA and other Cycling Scotland courses please click on the image above

These courses are FREE to all staff and volunteers working within East Lothian for schools and community groups. This is made possible through funding from Cycling Scotland. Funding is also available to fund cover costs for staff from schools in order for them to be able to come away from their workplace.

Next programmed course is Friday 5th September at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base.

To book please complete a booking form available here.

Any questions or queries then please get in touch with Martyn ( or 01316535217)

Book now for 2014/15 and beyond

Specialist Outdoor Learning Teacher ProvisionIMG_5033-1
These days are FREE to schools – limited amount

This is an opportunity for schools to utilise the skills and knowledge of a specialist Outdoor Learning Teacher to work alongside school based teachers to develop lessons/projects to use the outdoor environment and adventurous activities as a medium for delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Adventure Award daysRoss High Silver DofE Sea Kayak
There is a cost to these days of £24 per day (£16 per half day) – presently unlimited number of days to each school

This is an opportunity for young people to gain the skills needed to progress in a range of adventurous activities. Young people have the opportunity to gain local and national certification. All awards meet a range of CfE experiences and outcomes.

Extra curricular/ Extra RequestsPeebles camp
The costs of these days will be £60 per day – presently unlimited number of days for each school

Support the demands on schools and community such as DofE, JMA & Residential experiences and other outdoor learning provision

Staff Development (CLPL) ProgrammeSoutra Gorge MGS
These courses are FREE where possible – please click here. No limit to the amount of CLPL you can book onto.
Add some fresh air to your CLPL programme!

Provide CPD/ CLPL opportunities (including NGB awards) enabling staff to build confidence and pass on skills and knowledge to young people in an outdoor learning environment.


All of the equipment and resources managed by Outdoor Learning is available for use – FREE

To book any type of day please call/email and we will help you complete a booking form if required