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.


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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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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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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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.
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Watersports Instructors - Seasonal

Watersports Instructors - Seasonal


You must have proven instructor experience; be RYA Dinghy Instructor, First Aid and PBL2 qualified. You must be a confident communicator with exceptional people skills; highly customer focused and have the ability to motivate and educate afloat at all learning levels. In-house training also provided
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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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Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers


Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht?
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme


We have been qualifying watersports instructors for over 30 years and our reputation within the industry is unmatched. We constantly review and adapt our training programmes to ensure they meet the changing needs of the industry. Our 6-week professional outdoor instructor training programme include
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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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Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months.
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Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp
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Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp


Go with the flow this summer. Spend your summer, having the adventure of a lifetime, as a canoeing or kayaking instructor at one of our camps in Canada. You'll spend every day on the water, instructing groups of children of different age and ability. This is an in-demand job role for camp directors.
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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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Call for Interns, Instructors and Seniors in Outdoor Education

Call for Interns, Instructors and Seniors in Outdoor Education


At Ecoventure our goal is to increase environmental awareness and inspire young people though outdoor education. We are looking to employ enthusiastic people with a passion for outdoor education and the environment who can help us meet this goal.
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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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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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Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA


Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
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Activity Specialist at Summer Camp
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Activity Specialist at Summer Camp


This is your chance to experience a summer in Canada on a whole new level. Camps are currently looking to recruit a variety of different activity specialists to spend a summer working on their camps. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the beautiful and authentic Canadian wilderness.
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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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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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Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor


Just you, your board and the wave. Once mastered there is nothing to match this sport. When you stand up and ride your first unbroken wave you will be hooked. Surfing will become your reason to travel, searching out the best spots. And after Flying Fish, surfing can become your whole way of life.
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 Sailing Instructor Training Course

Sailing Instructor Training Course


A great mix of theory and on the water training, this six week course is designed to take you to the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification and prepare you for a career as a sailing instructor. Train with us in Australia or Greece and then enjoy employment opportunities worldwide.
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Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor


Being THE BEST, we are looking for THE BEST! To be considered for this critical role, applicants must be able to first demonstrate a level of qualifications that are appropriate to the range of activities, combined with good levels of prior experience in delivering activities
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Apprentice Activity Leader

Apprentice Activity Leader


We are getting ready for a huge year of adventure, and we would love you to be part of it. If you’re passionate about working in the outdoors, inspiring young people to learn through having fun and helping them to become the best they can be.
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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 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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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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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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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches at your doorstep.
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Adventure Instructor

Adventure Instructor


Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives.
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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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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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Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor


Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches at your doorstep.
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Divemaster Internship

Divemaster Internship


The eight-week Divemaster Internship is a good value route from beginner to PADI professional. This course covers all the essential programmes needed to qualify as a Divemaster and start work as a PADI professional. Travel the world doing a job you love.
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Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses


Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
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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 Activity Instructor

Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructor


Join our seasonal team in 2020 for a rewarding and memorable summer. We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated team members, who love working with young people and in the outdoors. As a Seasonal Instructor with Essex Outdoors, you’ll run a wide variety of outdoor activities for our diverse
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Join us this season as an Activity Instructor at one of Girlguiding’s Activity Centres!
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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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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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Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship


UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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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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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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Flotilla Skipper

Flotilla Skipper


You will have a passion and enthusiasm for all things water based! As an experienced Flotilla Skipper you will not only be in charge of guiding guests from A to B in the safest way possible, but have in-depth knowledge of the Lefkada area, to brief guests on scenic and interesting routes.
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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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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!


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 2020.
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Yacht Master Instructor

Yacht Master Instructor


Join our management team now and have the chance to create your mark on a new and exciting brand in Yachting for one of the most highly respected names in Beach Clubs and RYA Training Centres.
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Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore


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.
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Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training


This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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Activity Instructor

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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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).
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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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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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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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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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Ultimate Survival-Course Instructor & Course Leader (Bushcraft and multi activity)

Ultimate Survival-Course Instructor & Course Leader (Bushcraft and multi activity)


Ultimate Survival Instructor will deliver outstanding, structured outdoor education activities to groups of children. You will be expected to guide groups of children aged between 7 and 14 years through week-long courses, with the emphasis being; fun, personal and wilderness education.
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BTEC Level 3 in Sport & Physical Activities

BTEC Level 3 in Sport & Physical Activities


BTEC Level 3 in Sport & Physical Activities is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for watersports and education.
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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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Windsurfing Instructor

Windsurfing Instructor


Our instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. You main role on the beach will be leading Windsurfing sessions but you will also get the opportunity to assist and deliver Sailing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding; as well as helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager programme.
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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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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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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!
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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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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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Outdoor Instructor Training Course
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Outdoor Instructor Training Course


If you are seeking to venture into the exciting world of outdoor education and are looking for a partner to help, coach, develop your skills thus enabling you to begin your new career with the best possible advice, training and support, look no further than The Manor House Activity Centre.
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RYA Senior Instructor

RYA Senior Instructor


This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody with their Senior DI qualification who is looking for a Senior Instructor position or an Activity Manager position.
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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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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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Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor


You will be responsible for delivering the fitness programme at our Surf Hotel property in Vassiliki, Greece. The fitness programme is available to all guests and will involve multiple activities each day. Activities include: Stretch and Relax Classes, Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, Running and more.
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Flotilla Host

Flotilla Host


Working as a Flotilla Host for Ocean Elements, you will be fun and enthusiastic about all things water based! You will not only be running and organising all the great evening activities for our guests, but you will also be the first mate to our Flotilla Skipper.
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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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Photographer

Photographer


You will be responsible for the capture, promotion and sale of high quality images of our clients. You must be organised and have the ability to meet sales targets. The majority of your day-to-day will be spent either on land or in a powerboat, capturing images of guests partaking in activities.
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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor


Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.
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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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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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Youth Squad Instuctor

Youth Squad Instuctor


As a Youth Squad Instructor you will be leading and assisting RYA sessions for any children/teens on holiday with Ocean Elements. You will provide practical and theory based tuition that adheres to RYA criteria.
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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.
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Children’s Activity Group Leaders

Children’s Activity Group Leaders


Robinwood is looking for fun and outgoing people to work as Group Leaders and deliver great courses to the thousands of primary school children who visit our centres every year. Apply now to become part of our award-winning staff team!
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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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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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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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Multi Activity Instructors France

Multi Activity Instructors France


We are looking for suitable candidates to become multi-activity instructors at our two French activity centres: Le Château du Broutel and Le Château de Warsy, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. No previous experience nor French language required. Vacancies available now!
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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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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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Kids Club Activities Leader

Kids Club Activities Leader


You will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare program 5-6 days a week. You will be responsible for the safe and effective deliverance of the various Kids Clubs that we operate across our programs which encompass children of ages 4-7 and ages 8-12.
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Watersports Instructor Traineeship

Watersports Instructor Traineeship


If you have finished your GCSE's and want to work in the watersports industry, our 26-week Watersports Instructor Traineeship programme could be what you are looking for. The course will train you to become a multi discipline watersports instructor with a number of weeks dedicated to work experience
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Multi Activity Instructors UK

Multi Activity Instructors UK


We are recruiting for instructors with and without previous experience, to work at our UK activity centres Lockerbie Manor, Abernant Lake Hotel, Norfolk Lakes and Culmington Manor, where you will be teaching outdoor pursuits to school groups. We now have vacancies for 2019!
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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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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
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School Groups Co ordinator

School Groups Co ordinator


Job Role • Organise and co-ordinate the arrival and departure of your group. • Ensure the accommodation is kept clean and tidy at all times. • Ensure meal times run smoothly and organise the children for tidying up. • Run / organise evening activities which include campfire
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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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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."