CANOE INSTRUCTOR JOBS

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.


POPULAR CANOE INSTRUCTOR JOBS

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.
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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.
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FEATURED ADVENTURE JOBS

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.
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Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor


Donegal Adventure Centre is all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way's great outdoors. As an Instructor you will coach and supervise our guests in a manner that allows them to have great fun whilst feeling safe and secure.
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Instructor Development Programme

Instructor Development Programme


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world.
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CURRENTLY RECRUITING

Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)

Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)


Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for watersports and outdoor education.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA


Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Senior Water Sports Instructor

Senior Water Sports Instructor


We are looking for a Senior Instructor to come and work at our fun and friendly lake. You will be responsible for ensuring a team of instructors deliver our programmes to a high quality whilst maintaining a safe and fun environment. Seasonal position with the opportunity for extensions.
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Water Sports Instructor

Water Sports Instructor


Looking for a multi-qualified water sports instructor to help us deliver our junior and adult courses and assist with our regular club sessions. Seasonal position with the potential for season extentsions and permanent positions for suitable candidates. Come and work at our fun and friendly centre.
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Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor


The Delphi Resort is looking for a thrill-seeking surfing instructor, to join them in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains and stunning beaches on your doorstep.
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Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor

Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor


The Lambourne End Centre are looking for an Lead Outdoor Learning Instructor to plan, prepare and deliver engaging outdoor learning programmes, using adventurous activities to meet the needs of the groups and individuals on each programme.
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RYA Dinghy Instructor

RYA Dinghy Instructor


This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses.
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Warriors Academy Multi-Activity Instructor Training

Warriors Academy Multi-Activity Instructor Training


This is a two-year Program starting within the Warriors bridging year program with more focus in the second year on instructor development.
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Senior Sailing Instructor  - Immediate start

Senior Sailing Instructor - Immediate start


Peak Activity Services are looking for a full time Experienced and Qualified Senior Sailing Instructor for a immediate start to join our existing team based at one of our 3 outdoor watersports centres located in Sale Manchester.
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Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor


Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach, your activity sessions will be dependent on your qualifications, but you'll have the opportunity to get involved in all the activities we offer.
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Seasonal Outdoor Activities Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Activities Instructor


As a seasonal activity instructor, you will be assisting and leading coasteering and/or kayaking sessions depending on qualifications. You will be responsible for keeping kit tidy and maintained in a safe and effective manner. You may also be tasked to assist on a number of other roles as required.
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Paddle Sports Instructor

Paddle Sports Instructor


We are looking for a paddle sports instructor to come and work at our fun and friendly lake to help deliver our adult and junior courses and assist with our regular club sessions. This is a seasonal position with the opportunity for an extended season or permanent position for suitable candidates.
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Extreme Activities Manager

Extreme Activities Manager


We have an exciting new opportunity for a Full-time Activity Manager to join us on a permanent basis. You will be required to coordinate activities including Surf Simulator, High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampolines, Pool Inflatables and Waterwalkerz along with outdoor and indoor pool
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Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK


UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Trainee Instructor Course

Trainee Instructor Course


Our intensive three-month development programme is designed to equip you with the essential skills in demand across the outdoor industry.
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Seasonal Outdoor Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Instructor


We are looking for seasonal outdoor instructors with a minimum of 1 years experience working in a centre, current first aid and at least 1 ngb. The centre is located in the centre of Pembrokeshire close to the UK's only coastal national park where we make full use of this stunning coastline.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)


Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
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Water Sports Instructors

Water Sports Instructors


Working at UKSA provides opportunities for you to be part of a maritime community offering you the chance to develop your skills and progress your coaching techniques.
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Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course


Outdoor Adventure's Fast-Track Instructor Training course is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the Outdoor Industry. You will gain 17 Instructor Awards and Qualifications in 16 weeks, with training, assessments, food and accommodation included leaving you prepared and excited about your new career
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Seasonal Outdoor/Watersports Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor/Watersports Instructor


Gable Events has over 20 years experience in Charity & Corporate outdoor events and are the UK leading provider of Dragon Boat Racing If you are energetic, organised, customer-focused, interested in Watersports and/or Outdoor activities and keen to learn new skills then we may have the job for yo
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor


Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
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22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme
SPECIAL OFFER!

22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Activities Instructor

Activities Instructor


We're looking for both part-time and full-time activity instructors, starting in March/April until October 2020. You’ll work alongside our senior staff, apprentices and office team to deliver fantastic activities to our customers. We're based in Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest National Par
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard


Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
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Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor


You will be spending your summer months working at a fantastic summer camp in the USA! Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. We look to support enthusiastic individuals who are eager for a challenge!
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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy


UKSA’s Watersports Academy is part-funded with guaranteed employment in the UK. You will train in four disciplines and gain all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Trainee & Experienced Instructors

Trainee & Experienced Instructors


Based at our activity centre on the North Devon coast, we are looking for Activity Instructors to lead or assist in a wide variety of activities including surfing, water-skiing, climbing and abseiling, rib rides and more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2020 and beyond. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have previous experience in working with a range of clients, including school groups.
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Assistant Instructor

Assistant Instructor


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.
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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
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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.
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Watersports Instructor - Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing Paddlesports

Watersports Instructor - Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing Paddlesports


We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and committed instructor qualified in at least dinghy sailing and paddlesports. Working from May - October season Teaching RYA and BC courses and taster sessions to adults and children. Experienced or newly qualfied candidates welcome - training provi
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Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors

Seasonal Multi Activity Instructors


Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning are set in 36 acres of beautiful natural woodland, centrally located with easy access to the motorway network. Each visit is tailor-made for each individual group, by choosing the activities to suit their requirements
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Senior Instructor Sailing/Windsurfing

Senior Instructor Sailing/Windsurfing


Working at a busy lake-based operation set inside a country park, delivering a range of RYA courses and tasters to adults, children and school groups. This role involves management of maintenance programmes, set-up and pack-down routines, as well as customer service and bookings administration.
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Seasonal full time instructor

Seasonal full time instructor


CRS Adventures are one of the largest Outdoor Education Centres in the South West, situated on the unique and beautiful grounds of the River Dart Country Park on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. We are looking for a suitable candidate to join our ever developing Outdoor Centre.
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Paddlesports Instructors
SPECIAL OFFER!

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.
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Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor


FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
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Senior Instructor / Activity Manager

Senior Instructor / Activity Manager


The Senior Instructor's / Activity Manager role is to support the Resort Manager in delivering the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll be setting the bar for the resort team in professionalism, work ethic and leading activity sessions.
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Seasonal positions available from April to September 2019!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.
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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.
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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 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 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

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