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WATERSPORT INSTRUCTOR JOBS

orange square Teaching water sports is quite different to teaching sports on dry land. You aren't just developing people's abilities in the sport or activity itself, you are also developing their confidence to do the sport in or on the water. And one of the biggest rewards for you as an instructor is seeing the confidence grow in people who have perhaps never been active on the water before. When you take part in sports on land, you don’t think about the land at all, whereas when it comes to watersports, as well as the activity, a lot of consideration is given to the water itself. Part of your job as a water sports instructor is helping people become less nervous about the water, and can concentrate more on the activity itself.


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Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job


Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job
Company: UKSA
UKSA is a world leader in instructing and coaching in watersports. Neilson are the leading specialists in active holidays. It’s a perfect match! This ten-week course and exclusive partnership will fund 77% of the course cost and guarantee employment for 2 years with Neilson upon graduation.

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Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)


Senior Watersports Instructor (UKCC Level 2 Required)
Company: JCA
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.




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

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders.
Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

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.
Dinghy 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


Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

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

Watersports Instructors

We are currently inviting applications from people who hold a recognised instructor qualification in water sport activities such as sailing, windsurfing and surfing. Let us help you make a great career move!
Watersports Instructors

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


Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean.
Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

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

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 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


Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

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.
Paddle Sports 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

Professional Yachtmaster (Offshore and Ocean)

Professional Yachtmaster (Offshore and Ocean)

UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
Professional Yachtmaster (Offshore and Ocean)


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

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

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

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 Little Canada centre on the Isle of Wight.
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Little Canada

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course


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

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

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

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!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Trainee Watersports Instructor

Trainee Watersports Instructor

The Seafarer Academy prides itself on maintaining highly competitive prices whilst still offering an action-packed, highly professional and enjoyable course of training to teach you all the skills needed to become a confident and professional RYA Instructor in Powerboating, Sailing or Windsurfing.
Trainee Watersports Instructor

Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job

Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job

UKSA is a world leader in instructing and coaching in watersports. Neilson are the leading specialists in active holidays. It’s a perfect match! This ten-week course and exclusive partnership will fund 77% of the course cost and guarantee employment for 2 years with Neilson upon graduation.
Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
Superyacht Crew Training Course

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!

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess or chef on a luxury superyacht?
Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef

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

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

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Let us have a look at the types of water sports on offer. The first group of activities are more obvious and mainstream than others and a qualification in these could offer more opportunities for employment. Sailing, yachting, windsurfing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking (see our paddlesport page). Then slightly more specialist watersports include jetski, waterskiing and wakeboarding, snorkeling, white water rafting, parasending and kite surfing. Specialist qualifications for these activities do exist, even for newer activities like kite surfing: britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk, which will actually replace windsurfing at the next Olympics.

How much does a watersport instructor earn?

The amount you can earn will depend on location and on what area of watersports you are teaching. As a general watersports instuctor, once qualified your take home pay will probably be in the region of £70 to £90 per week. As a more specialised and more senior instructor, for example sailing or windsurfing, a full time UK role will probably earn you between £16,000 to £20,000.

Watersport Qualifications

The main governing body for watersport qualifications is the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Their programme of skills and training courses is long and varied and includes certificates for marine radar and inland waterways, but we will concentrate on the main awards you are likely to encounter working as a watersports activity instructor. Courses and teacher training go hand in hand, but the awards themselves are often separated. As already mentioned, you can take all kinds of courses designed to improve your skills on the water, but if you want to progress to teaching other people those skills then you need to look at gaining instructor qualifications.

Most popular activity at a watersports centre is probably sailing. Despite the more popular association with small bright yellow inflatables that get eaten by sharks in the movies, the small sail boats you will find at most centres are actually classed as dinghys. Becoming a Dinghy Instructor takes more than a single step. There are various levels of instructor and more than a few skills courses needed to attain each level. To keep it simple, the first level is an assistant instructor. Next comes 'instructor', for which you will qualify specifically to teach either dinghies, smaller keelboats or larger multihulls. To qualify for the course and exam you need your first aid, Powerboat Level 2 and the pre-entry assessment, but after that you will be qualified to teach small groups of children through to improving adults. This is perhaps the most common qualification if you plan on teaching sailing at a watersports activity centre. If you want to get more specialist from here you would look to gain an advanced certificate, a senior certificate and ultimately a coaching or assessor qualification.

Also popular is windsurfing, which will no doubt get a further boost with a recent British silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. Windsurf Instructors would also start with an Assistant Instructor qualification, but to become more useful to a centre you'd be looking to achieve at least 'Start Windsurfing Instructor'. With this you can begin teaching under supervision of a senior instructor. As with the basic dinghy sailing you need Powerboat Level 2 and first aid as a pre-requisite. Advanced and senior instructor certificates would be your next goal - see the RYA website for full details of course requirements.

Chris Worthy - Sailing activity instructor

"I was working at a fish processing factory in Great Yarmouth, mostly wishing I was doing something less boring. I have always lived by the sea and we messed about in boats since we were kids, but I heard too many stories about commercial fishing to know that it wasn't something I wanted to do. A friend got a job last summer at a combined water and land activity centre here in Norfolk and the more he talked about it, the more I wanted to get involved!

My friend told me they took applications year round and had vacancies every few months, but they usually recruited people for the sailing positions as they found them more difficult to fill. I already had basic sailing experience so I was able to take a relatively short instructor training course that fitted around my job, and was designed to get me the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification. Once I had that I updated my CV, and sent off an application. Eventually I got invited for an interview and accepted as an instructor on a two year renewable contract.

I haven't been here very long, only about four months, but it is the best thing I ever did. Every day I wake up looking forward to teaching people. Most of the people who visit are school groups wanting taster sessions, but we do teach adults too. I prefer when I get to give someone a full day on the water as you can really see their progress, whereas with the school kids, they are more there to have a laugh and experience something new, not necessarily to learn anything.

On a typical day we have to start work about 7.30am, getting the boats ready, checking all the safety equipment and doing the paperwork for the day ahead. We get fed a good lunch and work is done by 4pm in winter, though we do have to work later in summer. My favourite part of the job is seeing people get into a boat, never having been in one before. I know that after showing them the basics and taking them out on the water for a while, they will be confident enough to handle the boat without me really needing to help. Passing on my knowledge to other people is the best reward and I am not just saying that because they pay isn't great, ha ha. Actually the pay isn't too bad and there do seem to be opportunities to move up within the company. I know a lot of people treat these kinds of jobs as a filler between other jobs, but my aim is to make it my career. Because I am on the water every day, my own technique is constantly improving and the company I work for are happy to subsidise training courses for employees who show they are keen to improve themselves. I hope to become a senior instructor next year and then take it from there."

Mark Jenkin - Windsurfing Trainer Course.

"I spent a couple of summers working in Greece as a holiday rep and got talking to some of the guys who were running the beach activities. They were clearly having a blast and I asked them how they got into it. My plan was to get the qualification in the UK then head out to the Med to soak up the sun, but in the end I stopped here in sunny Swansea. The centre has an AALA licence so we get groups of kids on adventure holidays coming down to the coast to learn how to windsurf and kayak. The bay has perfect conditions for windsurfing as we have beaches facing various directions so we can adapt to the wind direction."

"The training course itself lasted six days and is recognized by the Royal Yatching Association. I’d say this is the thing to look for, RYA level. I had been taught the basics before I went on the course, as some will require a basic level of competence. Some even require certificates from more basic courses. The training was probably 70% on the water and 30% theory, on land. I came out with the qualification that allows me to teach windsurfing at registered RYA centres. And that’s what I do. I love it."

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Multi Activity Career Guide

Multi Activity Career Guide

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