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CANOE INSTRUCTOR JOBS & TRAINING COURSES

orange square Quite a few people fall in love with canoeing when they first try their hand at it, I know I did. The ability to propel yourself through the water is a great feeling. Canoeing, kayaking, indeed any form of paddlesport also has a lot of scope in terms of how you enjoy it. You may enjoy taking your time through peaceful lakes and slow water in a Canadian style canoe, or perhaps the rush of a furious white water river is more your thing.


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Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!


Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!
Company: PGL
Gain free UKCC Paddling qualifications when you join PGL as a Paddlesports Instructor. Share your love of the outdoors at a range of stunning locations in the UK. If you love being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then this is the job for you.

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Paddle Sports instructor


Paddle Sports instructor
Company: Voyager
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.




Sailing Instructor

Sailing Instructor

Introduce our guests to the basics of sailing in the UK, Southern France and Spain. Excellent RYA training and development opportunities. Our Sailing Instructors deliver group taster sessions in sailing as well as helping to organise and participate in evening entertainments.
Sailing Instructor

General Activity Centre Assistant

General Activity Centre Assistant

We have opportunities for general Activity Centre work Expereince. You'll join us for anything from 3 months to 1 year and experience Centre life including activity instructing. If you are with us for more than 3 months we'll try to get you at least one qualification.
General Activity Centre Assistant

JCA Apprentice Activity Instructor/ Group Leader

JCA Apprentice Activity Instructor/ Group Leader

Does the thought of putting on a suit and sitting behind a desk get you down? Are you ready to start your next adventure and climb your way to the top? Our Activity Instructor/ Group Leader Apprenticeship will take you on a journey like no other! Our instructors are the superstars of JCA, the
JCA Apprentice Activity Instructor/ Group Leader

Paddlesports Instructors

Paddlesports Instructors

We are frequently asked to find BCU / UKCC qualified paddlesports instructors to work in various locations around the UK and sometimes in Europe. Find out more about the type of people we are looking for.
Paddlesports Instructors


Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.
Outdoor Activity Instructor

Freelance Instructor

Freelance Instructor

BF Adventure are looking for freelance instructors to come and work with us. We offer a wide range of activities and we are looking for professional freelance instructors who can join us to deliver exceptional training courses. Send us your details over so we can get in touch.
Freelance Instructor

Paddlesports Instructor, southern France

Paddlesports Instructor, southern France

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for UKCC Level 1** qualified Paddlesports Instructors to join our team in the Ardeche region of southern France.
Paddlesports Instructor, southern France

Paddlesports Instructor

Paddlesports Instructor

The summer is approaching and time is running out for those who want to work as a Paddlesports Instructor with PGL this summer! You'll use your Level 1 3* Open Canoe qualifications to lead paddling sessions. Apply NOW to work in the sun this summer!
Paddlesports Instructor


Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

As a Senior Watersports Instructor you will be responsible for supporting the Centre Manager in the day to day running of the centre and in the delivery of the Watersports/ Activity sessions.
Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)

Trainee Instructor

Trainee Instructor

Teaching a wide range of water and land based activities to all ages from 7yr olds up to adult. Mainly to school groups during term time and scouts/guides/youth groups in holidays, evenings and weekends. Whilst gaining on-the-job training working towards NGB qualifications
Trainee Instructor

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.
Senior Instructor

JCA Activity Instructor/ Group Leader 2018

JCA Activity Instructor/ Group Leader 2018

Does the thought of putting on a suit and sitting behind a desk get you down? Are you ready to start your next adventure and climb your way to the top? Our Activity Instructor/ Group Leader position will take you on a journey like no other!
JCA Activity Instructor/ Group Leader 2018


Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2017

Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2017

We are actively seeking experienced and qualified Windsurfing Instructors to come work in one of our stunning Mediterranean beach resorts.
Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2017

Watersports Instructor Training

Watersports Instructor Training

UKSA’s Watersports Instructor training courses are a great way to kick-start your career. We give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor and we will train you in up to four disciplines.
Watersports Instructor Training

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America.
Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay

If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor at our Barton Hall centre in Torquay, Devon.
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay


Water sports Instructors

Water sports Instructors

With a massive range of activities set in 130 acres of Essex countryside in close proximity to London, Stubbers is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors without being miles away from anywhere.
Water sports Instructors

Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!

Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!

Gain free UKCC Paddling qualifications when you join PGL as a Paddlesports Instructor. Share your love of the outdoors at a range of stunning locations in the UK. If you love being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then this is the job for you.
Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2018!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2018!

If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor in 2018.
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2018!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire

If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor at our Liddington centre near Swindon in Wiltshire.
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Wiltshire


Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

We are looking for a watersports instructor to take a range of activities including; Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and raft building for a mixed group of adults and children at a well-known and established glamping holiday resort in Shrewsbury
Watersports Instructor

Chief instructor

Chief instructor

The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement
Chief instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

Teaching a wide range of water and land based activities to all ages from 7yr olds up to adult. Mainly to school groups during term time and scouts/guides/youth groups in holidays, evenings and weekends. During the summer we run week long skills courses.
Multi-Activity Instructor

Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

An apprenticeship with Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is an amazing opportunity. We work with 1st2Achieve to deliver a fantastic NVQ level 2 in outdoor activity leadership. At the end of our apprenticeship you will have real hands on experience enabling you to begin a career in the outdoors
Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership


Assistant Instructor / Rep

Assistant Instructor / Rep

An Assistant Instructors role is to support our instructional team delivering watersports activities. Even if you have limited previous experience in watersports our training and support programme will help you progress far quicker than you imagined. We can also offer NGBs.
Assistant Instructor / Rep

Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Working in an enjoyable, busy atmosphere you will be required to deliver high quality activity programmes to a diverse range of groups including; schools, youth groups (including Prince’s Trust and NCS), corporate groups and individuals with additional support needs.
Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Volunteer Trainee Instructor

Volunteer Trainee Instructor

Voluntary Trainee Instructor positions for 1 or 2 years available to committed Christians. Be one of the CMC team working alongside highly qualified instructors who will help you reach your full potential as an outdoor practitioner. You may gain ML, SPA, FIST AID, RYA quals., BCU quals. etc.
Volunteer Trainee Instructor

Adventure Activities Instructor

Adventure Activities Instructor

Are you looking to work in a location that offers you fantastic opportunities to develop your own personal skills? Do you enjoy passing on your experience and knowledge of the great outdoors to others? Then Newlands Adventure Centre/Keswick Climbing Wall is the place you are looking for.
Adventure Activities Instructor


Watersports Instructors

Watersports Instructors

CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are recruiting Instructors who have experience leading taster sessions to students of varying ages and abilities. You will be delivering a range of activities, from kayaking, canoeing to SUP boarding.
Watersports Instructors

3 Month Fast Track Instructor Course

3 Month Fast Track Instructor Course

Dave's Winter Program - A Fast Track Outdoor Instructor Training Course designed to help you gain the most useful NGB qualifications ready to start work as a qualified outdoor instructors. If you're serious about being an outdoor professional we will help you get there. 100% success rate.
3 Month Fast Track Instructor Course

5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure

5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure

Do you love Amazing Outdoor Adventures? Always wanted to try something different? Up for a real adventure? We have an amazing 5 week adventure that might just be the best experience of your life!!
5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure

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Quite a few people fall in love with canoeing when they first try their hand at it, I know I did. The ability to propel yourself through the water is a great feeling. Canoeing, kayaking, indeed any form of paddlesport also has a lot of scope in terms of how you enjoy it. You may enjoy taking your time through peaceful lakes and slow water in a Canadian style canoe, or perhaps the rush of a furious white water river is more your thing.

Then of course there is sea kayaking where you head out past the breakwater and are immediately pitched about like a cork, the person in front of you several feet above one second, disappearing from view below the next. The good news is there are jobs, skills and coaching training courses available for every style of paddling.

You are likely going to be introducing a group of school children to paddling on a small lake or teaching already competent canoeists how to improve their white water technique. Much depends upon the level of canoe or kayak experience you have. You will probably be required to have a UKCC (UK Coaching Certificate) Coaching Paddlesport qualification at either level 1 or level 2. Higher if your job involves developing already competent paddlers. The new style coaching certificates were introduced in 2007, and focus on developing your coaching skills as much as your paddling prowess. Conversion courses are available if you have the old style BCU Instructor qualification and wish to upgrade to the new style coaching award. There is lots more information below!

British Canoe Union: The National Governing Body

BCU logoCanoeing in the UK is run by the British Canoe Union (BCU), then further divided into national associations Canoe England, Scotland, Wales, and North Ireland. The body exists to promote canoeing from the grass roots level, through to coaching and international competition.

They are also interested in topics which affect the quality of our sport, such as environmental concerns, water quality and pollution, plus, legislation affecting access to rivers and other bodies of water. As the national body, the BCU are also responsible for the award schemes and coaching certificates which are standardised across each of the national associations. This means that whether you want to take local youth groups for paddles along a stretch of canal, school children in open canoes on a small lake, advanced amateurs on some grade three river sections, or a group of adults on a sea kayak trip, you will need a coaching qualification from the BCU.

Up until 2007, the coaching qualifications for canoeing were BCU Level 1 - 5. This changed when the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) was established to try to ensure that sports coaching qualification all complied with the National Qualifications Framework. Since then, the qualifications have updated and are now termed BCU / UKCC Level 1 - 5. If you have a qualification from before 2007, you may need to take a transfer course.

Do take a look at the British Canoe Union website to make sure you are getting the correct qualification for the type of teaching or coaching you wish to undertake. But here is a brief introduction to the skills and coaching awards available. Their awards range from complete beginners on flat water to advanced paddlers on serious grade six white water, and cover playboats, open canoes and kayaks.

Paddlesport Start is the first certificate you can gain, but without taking anything away from the people who have achieved this, all you really have to do is sit in a boat and splash about a bit. It is the kind of award you get given after completing a taster session in a swimming pool so that you have a certificate to show your Mum. If it encourages more people to take the sport further then it serves a good purpose. The next step up is BCU 1 Star. Again this is really just a basic boat handling skills award. While perhaps not always necessarily a pre-requisite for an activity centre job, this would tell your potential employer that you know what a canoe looks like and that you probably wouldn't flip over and sink if they put you in one.

Next up is BCU 2 Star. This course can take up to a week to achieve, depending upon who is giving the course, and lasts for life. This is the foundation for a lot of canoe and kayak qualifications. Consisting of completing a number of strokes in both open canoe and kayak to set levels of skill and all of the basic care and maintenance involved, it also has a strong and committed side to the safety and rescue of both crafts and students. This is a pre requisite for United Kingdom Coach Certificate (UKCC) Level 1 coaching course.

The Foundation Safety Rescue course can takes 2 days and the qualification lasts for 3 years. It is a follow on from BCU 2 star and it enhances the safety and rescue skills already learnt to a greater standard. This is also a pre requisite for the UKCC Level 1 coaching course.

At this point it could be argued that you are at a bit of a junction. If you wish to continue your own improvement, developing your skills for your own benefit, then you can go on and gain the BCU 3 Star, the difference being this time you take an award specific to the type of boat, ie 3 Star Sea Kayak, or 3 Star Open Canoe. On completion of a three star award you are considered an intermediate paddler. From here you can get your 4 and 5 Star 'Leader' awards. On the other hand, you may decide to go down the coaching route with UKCC. There is nothing stopping you getting the 3 Star award as well, but you can start collecting your first level coaching certificate once you have your 2 Star.

BCU UKCC Level 1 is a course designed to teach coaching in paddlesport. This course takes four days and the qualification lasts for life, if membership is kept current and a three yearly update day is completed. This course consists of four days of learning and applying the skills in coaching canoe and kayak group in both craft and in various situations and water conditions. Both this qualification, and the Level 2, are not discipline specific, so you can teach people in either canoe or kayak. The final one is Level 3 and at this point you qualify to teach a specific discipline, be it Canoe Slalom, Surf Kayak, or something else.

open canoe

Open Canoe Interview

If open canoes are your paddlesport of choice, have a look at our interview below with Dave Magson. We ask how he got involved in the instructor side of the sport and share his top tips for passing both your star skills certificates and your instructor level exams.
Open Canoe Interview

kayak canoe

Kayak Interview

If open canoes are your paddlesport of choice, have a look at our interview below with Dave Magson. We ask how he got involved in the instructor side of the sport and share his top tips for passing both your star skills certificates and your instructor level exams.
Kayak Interview

rafting

Raft Guide Interview

If open canoes are your paddlesport of choice, have a look at our interview below with Dave Magson. We ask how he got involved in the instructor side of the sport and share his top tips for passing both your star skills certificates and your instructor level exams.
Raft Guide Interview

Paddlesport Instructor Articles


Most useful qualifications?

Most useful qualifications?

People often ask us which NGB qualifications they should be looking at achieving in order to kick start a career in outdoor adventure. To be honest is isn't an easy question to answer because it really depends on what you are planning to do long term. If you are completely new to the industry and looking to get started, you can either build up a few qualifications on your own, or you can try to get employed with a multi activity centre, who will usually offer you some NGBs as part of your training and qualification - this way you will also get some great experience too. Whichever route you decide, this article takes a look at which qualifications are most useful for budding instructors.

Most useful qualifications? >>

Triathlon coaching pathway

Triathlon coaching pathway

Inspirational Olympians and Britain's prominence in the sport of triathlon in recent years have resulted in a huge increase in interest, both in people wishing to take part in the three disciplines, and in those looking to coach the new influx of newcomers. British Triathlon is the national governing body, with further divisions for England, Wales and Scotland. In this article we give you a background to the sport, and talk about how to get involved in coaching at local club level and at national level.

Triathlon coaching pathway >>

Mountain Instructor awards

Mountain Instructor awards

Following on from our Mountain Leader page we now take a look at the even more serious Mountain Instructor scheme, overseen by Mountain Leader Training UK. The leader awards are great qualifications to have on your CV and very useful when it comes to introducing groups to our upland areas, but for serious climbers and budding mountaineers the MIA and MIC scheme is the next target on the horizon.

Mountain Instructor awards >>

Multi Activity Career Guide

Multi Activity Career Guide

You probably went on a residential activity holiday when you were at school; most children do. Getting a job as one of those idolised instructors is actually easier than you may think. Hundreds of thousands of school kids every year means lots of centres and each one requires plenty of instructors. For young people, the wages are pretty good considering the alternatives, and when you factor in the training, experience and qualifications you can achieve in a single season... So how do you get involved? We discuss the different options for starting out, and offer some valuable inside tips on passing a selection weekend.

Multi Activity Career Guide >>