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Physical Training Instructor

Physical Training Instructors lead fitness and training programs that keep RAF personnel in top shape. They are healthy, active people who inspire others to be the same.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Conduct fitness and health tests as well as counselling
  • Organise sporting and adventure activities
  • Manage a wide range of sporting facilities

Similar civilian roles include Sports coach, Sports facilities manager, Sports administrator, Physiotherapist, Fitness instructor, Parachute instructor or PE teacher.

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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Key Facts

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Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£27,324 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,637 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 years

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Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

Cardiff, Glamorgan

Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim

 

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In the RAF

My Role

‘Our trade training was focused on teaching, because that’s the skill you need as a Physical Training Instructor. Then we did the coaching side of things, covering a lot of sports. You don’t have to be a county player but you need to be able to demonstrate all the skills and it’s good to look the part.

‘You start out as an acting Corporal, and that gives you a bit of clout, but to get to Corporal you have to fill your log book with things like canoeing, climbing and hill walking. Then you do your adventure training leader’s course at the RAF’s Resource and Initiative Training Centre in Wales, followed by two weeks’ general service training.

As a remedial specialist, I counsel people who fail the annual fitness test, encouraging them to change their lifestyles. I’ve gained a lot of civilian qualifications – diplomas in sports therapy, sports massage, aerobics, diet and nutrition – that will help me in the future.’

My Day

‘As a remedial instructor you look after the same group of people for four months and it’s the best job on earth. You get to know people and it is very rewarding to be able to help them back to fitness again.’

Max, Physical Training Instructor

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Recruit training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a Specialist training course of about 30 weeks at the School of Physical Training, Royal Air Force Cosford near Wolverhampton. The course is designed to qualify you in class instructional techniques, the effects of exercise on the body, leadership, coaching techniques, sports administration and officiating. At the end of this course you’ll have earned the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) at level 3.

Your First Tour

For your first tour you’ll probably be posted to an RAF base where you’ll help with the implementation of physical fitness and recreation programmes. You’ll carry out physical fitness tests, counsel RAF personnel on health and fitness and teach a variety of classes.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. There are opportunities to study for a BSc in Physical Activity and Health and Exercise, as well as to undertake management and leadership training.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015 with the rank of acting Corporal. After completing one year’s total service providing you pass further training courses, you will be confirmed in the rank of Corporal. Further promotion to the rank of Sergeant and beyond is by competitive selection. 

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job in the physical recreation and leisure industry.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

2 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 or 2 SNEs at Grade 5, in English Language and Maths. Approved standard of fitness in several sports assessed by formal interview and test. Candidates must be able to swim.

 

 

Age:

  • 17.5 - 29

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

2 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 in English language and maths. Approved standard of fitness in several sports assessed by formal interview and test. Candidates must be able to swim.
You will also require all of the following:

  • Be on the Register of Exercise Professionals to Level 3 Accreditation.
  • Be in possession of a level 3 award in Anatomy, Physiology and Health.
  • Have 2 years experience of teaching physical education.

 

 

Age:

  • 18 - 54.6

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.