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About Active Nation

Don’t tell anyone…but Woodmill is definitely Southampton’s best-kept secret!

To those who drive past it, it probably just looks like any other old brick building. But step inside this converted former mill and it’s like walking through the wardrobe into Narnia. With an unexpected tranquil haven full of wonder and surprise (but without the lions or witches, obviously).

Woodmill is a busy outdoor Centre that deliver a range of paddle sport and outdoor activities to schools and the local community. Activities include, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, high ropes, low ropes, archery, tunneling, orienteering, bush craft, pond dipping and bug hunt. 

Woodmill is the only place in the UK that boasts four different types of water.  With a placid water lake, flowing River Itchen, tidal estuary and some thrill ride white water at low tide for kayaking & canoeing.

Woodmill is part of Active Nation, a national sport and exercise charity on a mission to persuade the nation to be active. Our people are instrumental in our charity fulfilling its objectives. We believe everything in life starts with a conversation; and getting into sport and exercise is no different. So if you are brilliant, remarkable and a great conversationlist…we need to hear from you!

Some of the benefits of working for Active Nation include: 

  • Use of facilities within the Charity, including Skiing and Snowboarding, Sailing, Gym and Swim 
  • PPE to include: Waterproofs & dry cag / trousers 
  • Access to clothing & equipment trade accounts 
  • NGB and centre specific training


Active Nation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts will be subject to an Enhanced CRB disclosure.



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Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, Southampton, Hampshire
£8.25/hour + benefits

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, Southampton, Hampshire

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