About us

We teach the adventurous activities which we love to do ourselves and we work in such a stunning environment that is difficult for us not to enjoy working at Hengistbury Head OEC near Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset. Our enthusiasm, vast range of experience and excellent local knowledge is one of the key things that set us apart from other activity centres in the area.

  • Our staff are all qualified to the highest standard

    A little bit about our lovely staff

    We only employ staff who are qualified to the highest standards specified by national governing bodies such as the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Canoe Union, this is because quality is our main priority.

    Because our core staff team work so well together you will be welcomed in to a friendly and supportive atmosphere which we believe is imperative to learning and enjoyment .

  • Staff at Hengistbury Head

    All year round we go out on the water and grab any opportunity to up-skill and professionally develop ourselves; this ensures that visitors to the centre receive progressive tuition and up to date coaching from staff who really know their stuff.

    If you have the relevant qualifications, are hard working and enthusiastic about the sport you teach then we'd like to hear from you to be part of our team. Throughout the peak summer season we desire professional and competent freelance instructors who are willing to work to the high standards of our core team. Please call us, email us or drop in with your CV and meet us.

hengistbury head outdoor education centre water sports equipment

What we offer

We're sure you'll find the course for you here, however, if there's anything else you'd like to see, or to discuss something tailor-made for you, please call us and we'll be happy to try and put something together.




Based in a purpose-built facility in Southampton, our Marine Technologies facility offers professional qualifications (including apprenticeships), vocational courses, practical expertise, new and improved skills and bespoke courses on a part-time or full-time basis. Our dedicated staff, state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology provide excellent training for marine studies at all levels.