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.


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!
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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LEAD FACILITATOR: BUSHCRAFT & FOREST SCHOOL

LEAD FACILITATOR: BUSHCRAFT & FOREST SCHOOL


Founded in May 2014, The Hive is a fast growing education company focused on Outdoor Learning. We run workshops for children, families and grown-ups. The Hive is unique in the UK, bringing together outdoor learning, narrative and technology in a Forest School setting.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2018

Windsurfing Instructor - Summer 2018


We are actively seeking experienced and qualified Windsurfing/Dinghy Instructors to come work in one of our stunning Mediterranean beach resorts.
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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 2018 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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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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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
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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 April - October season Teaching RYA and BC courses and taster sessions to adults and children. Experienced or newly qualfied candidates welcome Full training
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Outdoor Instructor (Permanent Contract) x 2

Outdoor Instructor (Permanent Contract) x 2


CMC Adventure is an outdoor activity centre with a 52-year heritage, situated within the Snowdonia National Park and set against the stunning backdrop of the Rhinog Mountain Range. The centre is also on the waterfront, enabling water sport activities to take place on-site.
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Freelance Instructor

Freelance Instructor


Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors BF Adventure is looking for qualified freelance instructors to work at its busy outdoor centre located near Falmouth in Cornwall. Qualifications required will be at least one or more from the following list: SPA Assessed, BC Level 1 caoch
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Ultimate Survival instructor (Bushcraft and multi activity)

Ultimate Survival instructor (Bushcraft and multi activity)


Title: Ultimate Survival Instructor Reporting to: Course Manager Salary: £297.95 - £445 per week including accommodation (Dependant on experience and qualifications). Hours: 0800 - 1800 Monday - Friday (and being on duty for one night a week during Camp Out).
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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.
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Apprentice Instructor

Apprentice Instructor


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

Outdoor Activity Instructor


Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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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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.
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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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Multi Activity Instructor IMMEDIATE START

Multi Activity Instructor IMMEDIATE START


Due to a strong level of bookings BF Adventure is looking to recruit 1 multi activity instructor to work at its main site and satellite sites in Falmouth and around Cornwall.
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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.
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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.
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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