Wild beach

Wild Beach Leader Training Level 3 Award

Location: Lee on the Solent beach, Solent Beach Path
Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9LR
The Wild Beach Leader Level 3 training course will enable you to deliver a Wild Beach Programme for any age group.

Event details


9:30am - 5:30pm
A static map of Wild Beach Leader Training Level 3 Award

About the event

Four days of experiential learning in the marine environment including taking the Forest School ethos to the beach, risk benefit analysis, marine wildlife identification, understanding tides, shelter, games and activities.

This is a LASER Level 3 Award for Wild Beach Leaders (RQF), developed by Sussex Wildlife Trust with OCN West Midlands.

There are 4 mandatory Training Days (9.30 to 4.30pm):

Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th August 2021 at Lee on Solent Beach, Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th August 2021 at Hurst Spit, Milford on Sea.

A coursework portfolio which should be completed within 6 months of the start of the course.

Wild Beach is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in the marine environment.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills, play and curriculum linked activities, our Wild Beach Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Wild Beach Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Wild Beach Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to confidently deliver, plan and monitor all aspects of a Wild Beach programme. All our Wild Beach courses are delivered on our beautiful coasts in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

For initial queries on Wild Beach training, please email ForestSchool@hiwwt.org.uk

Before booking, please ensure you read the Course Booking - Terms and conditions

Should current Governmental Advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic require that the course be cancelled or rescheduled, participants will receive a full refund.

If you cancel at any time in the 8 weeks before the course start you will risk losing the full payment for the course. If we are able to fill the space we may be able to offer a partial refund of your payment minus 20% administration fee. If you cancel during the course we are unable to offer any refund.

Entry Criteria

Participants should be over 21 and hold a qualification at Level 2 or above in teaching, pre-school education, youth work, or as a countryside ranger, and have significant experience of working with young people.

We recommend participants hold a First Aid certificate when taking groups of children to the coast. This can be the 16-hour Outdoor First Aid certificate. N.B. If you work with under 5’s, the EYFS guidelines require you to also hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

You will be contacted by one of the Course Tutors and your course fee will be fully refunded should you not meet the course entry criteria.

Covid Secure Mission Statement for groups

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust continues to take steps to help limit the spread of Covid-19. We are keeping the situation under review, and so there may be the need to change your booking at short notice. The below statement outlines what to expect from us, and what we expect from you. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below, we reserve the right to stop your visit.

What to expect from us: 

We will follow the latest government guidelines- your visit could be cancelled or postponed at short notice if guidance changes 

We will always remain 2 metres apart from you

We will provide you with access to hand washing facilities whilst on site

There will be enough equipment for your group to maintain social distancing (the Trust is practicing 2 metres, not 1 metre plus). We will clean all equipment before and after your visit 

The activities within your session may be adapted to minimise equipment, this will be discussed at an online briefing before the course start date.

We will continue to provide first aid and emergency care for you. In an emergency we may not be able to maintain social distancing, staff providing the first aid will wear appropriate PPE

We will not be providing snacks or drinks. Participants will need to bring their own.

If one of our staff delivering on your visit becomes unwell within 2 weeks we will inform you 

What we expect from you: 

You will follow the latest government guidelines 

You will remain 2 metres apart from our staff and group participants

You and your group will practice frequent hand washing 

You remain responsible for arranging your own travel

If you become unwell within 2 weeks you will inform us by contacting the member of staff who booked your session.


All equipment used for the sessions will be cleaned before and after use. Each individual or bubble will have their own set of equipment which will not be used again until it has been washed and dried.


Dawn O’Malley – Training and Outreach Officer

Course Reviews

Sarah, Boscombe

Doing my Forest School Level 3 with Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust was fantastic. The training was delivered in such a magical location with trainers who were really knowledgeable and experienced but more importantly, friendly, approachable and so passionate about Forest School. I left with a spring in my step, wood smoke in my hair, loads of new ideas and an eagerness and confidence to begin delivering Forest School myself.

Steve, Penn

The instructors were absolutely fantastic both in terms of their knowledge and skills as well as in their delivery style.

Daniel, Gosport

We had a chance to apply skills, develop and then re-apply them in a managed and supportive environment over consecutive days. The course, in parts, exceeded my expectations.

Carine, Basingstoke

Thank you for an *amazing* experience and all your hard but seamless work in providing the course.

Victoria, Christchurch

I just wanted to say a huge thankful for a wonderful weekend last weekend and, a really great training course. I had no idea I would learn as much as I have, let alone run sessions successfully. One day, even if I can only be a fraction as good as you both as practitioners that would be amazing.