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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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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.

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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.




Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Share Discovery Village is Ireland's largest activity residential centre. The centre is based on the shores of Upper Lough Erne offering over 30 activities on site, these activities are water, land & art based. SHARE is looking for qualified Instructors to lead group sessions from March - August.
Full Time Seasonal Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

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.
Multi 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

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


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

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

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

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Join us this season as an Activity Instructor at one of Girguiding’s adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres! This will escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day and provide a hands-on, all systems-go experience.
Activity Instructor


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

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

Bosun/Watersports Instructor

Bosun/Watersports Instructor

This is a split role whereby you will divide your working day into mornings and afternoons. One half of each day will be spent in the role of Watersports Instructor – teaching RYA group sessions, the other half of the day will be spent maintaining the wide range of watersports equipment.
Bosun/Watersports 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


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

Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice Instructor

You will assist with teaching the RYA syllabus - you will be responsible for providing support to instructors teaching sessions, as well as providing excellent customer service to our guests within the resort.
Apprentice Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Based at one of our Centres, Full time, live in seasonal contract. The Watersports Instructor is responsible for the delivery of all water sports activity sessions to our client groups in a safe, enjoyable and professional manner.
Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructors

Watersports Instructors

You'll assist with the overall smooth running of the waterfront in resort. You'll be leading and assisting RYA sessions for adults and children alike. You'll provide tuition that adheres to both RYA & BCU criteria. You'll be on hand to offer guidance to guests who wish to free sail.
Watersports Instructors


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!

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 – 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 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


Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Want to further your career in the Outdoor Industry? We are recruiting Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the France and Italy.
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

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

Beach Senior

Beach Senior

You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.
Beach Senior


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

Activities Manager

Activities Manager

You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.
Activities Manager

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

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Seasonal positions available from April to September 2018!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
Activity Instructor


Outdoor Activity Instructors

Outdoor Activity Instructors

Essex Outdoors is now recruiting for both experienced and trainee outdoor activity instructors to work throughout the 2018 season at one of our centres in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow or Mersea.
Outdoor Activity Instructors

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

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

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


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

Private Watersports Instructor

Private Watersports Instructor

Design, implement and promote a range of bespoke/tailored tuition to meet individual guests needs covering a multitude of disciplines not limited to; windsurfing, sailing, powerboat, SUP. You will be actively promoting and selling your own private tuition.
Private Watersports 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

Permanent Full-Time Senior Instructor

Permanent Full-Time Senior Instructor

An opportunity has become available for an experienced outdoor professional to join the Senior Team at Manor House Activity & Development Centre You will be working during the summer providing activity sessions to schools hens etc and leading elements of our Instructor Training Course in the wint
Permanent Full-Time Senior 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)

Activities Supervisor

Activities Supervisor

You will assist with the overall smooth running of the activities available in resort. As an Activities Supervisor you will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors, Activities Manager and Child Care staff.
Activities Supervisor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

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

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


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

River Leader

River Leader

Want to further your career in Paddlesports? Acorn Adventure are recruiting River Leaders who will be responsible for the delivery of various activity sessions to guests at our centre in Savane in Southern France. We are also launching a 5 Star Open Canoe Training & Assessment Scheme for experience
River Leader

Apprentice Activity Instructor

Apprentice Activity Instructor

Join us this season as an Apprentice Activity Instructor at one of Girguiding’s adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres! This will escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day and provide a hands-on, all systems-go experience.
Apprentice Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

FREE instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then qualify those on the scheme in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. must be 18-24 yrs old.
Trainee Activity Instructor


Activity Manager

Activity Manager

The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.
Activity Manager

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

Village Manager

Village Manager

Customer Focused, Friendly, Energetic Team Members Wanted! As the Village Manager your main responsibility is to ensure that our guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday whilst on centre, outside of activity sessions.
Village Manager

More vacancies

Looking for something else? We have plenty more jobs awaiting your application.





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


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 Leader awards

Mountain Leader awards

To get an idea of the full route from beginner climber through to professional mountaineer, take a look at our career guide to climbing, further down this page. This post is all about the Mountain Leader awards which come in two flavours - Summer and Winter. They follow on from Walking Group Leader and set you up on the start of a career leading small groups in mountainous terrain.

Mountain Leader awards >>

Highest Salaries

Highest Salaries

Perhaps you want to spend a season working in outdoor adventure as a way of filling the time between college and university, or on a temporary basis before you start working towards that 'proper' job that your parents want you to get. Or maybe you are serious about getting on and making as much money as you can, which still enjoying a career in outdoor adventure. If you are wondering which roles are going to give you the highest disposable income then take a look at this article as we bring you details of eight well paid jobs.

Highest Salaries >>

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

With unemployment at a dizzying high and the real pressure on school and college leavers, and graduates, beginning a career in outdoor education is often a great way to avoid the dole queue. The government want to get young people into training, and activity and adventure centres need young people to help teach their visitors. This perfect match is often supported by apprenticeship schemes which act as a fantastic stepping stone towards a career in the industry.

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