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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Superyacht Interior Foundation (Hospitality)

Superyacht Interior Foundation (Hospitality)


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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Watersports Instructor Traineeship

Watersports Instructor Traineeship


If you have finished your GCSE's and want to work in the watersports industry, our one year 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 experienc
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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


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

Neilson Watersports Instructor Training and Job (Greece)


UKSA is a world leader in instructing and coaching in watersports. Neilson is the leading specialists in active holidays. It’s a perfect match! This ten-week course delivered in Greece, is part-funded and offers guaranteed employment for 2 years with Neilson upon graduation.
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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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General Camp Counselor in America

General Camp Counselor in America


Spend 3 months having the most epic summer at camp in America. Travel the states and earn up to $1250 in pocket money. Become a Camp Counselor and push yourself to be a better person, you will walk away from the summer as a problem solver, a communicator and a team player.
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Lead Instructor 2019

Lead Instructor 2019


We are currently looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Activities team at Blackland Farm, reporting to our Deputy Manager. The ideal candidate will have at least one seasons experience of working in the outdoor industry with recognised National Governing Body qualifications in at least tw
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Senior Activity Instructor

Senior Activity Instructor


We are looking for a confident and enthusiastic person to join our Activities team at Waddow Hall, reporting to our Deputy Manager.
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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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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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Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)

Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)


FACT offer a range of outdoor adventure activities to a wide variety of groups in the context of a Christian community. We welcome schools, youth groups, individuals and more to our converted lightvessel, Trinity, moored on the Essex coast. Each day is different but every one is full of adventure.
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme


6 weeks of an intensive, professional outdoor instructor training programme including the key Internationally recognised qualifications employers within the Watersports sector are looking for, opening global work opportunities.
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Adventure Activity Instructors

Adventure Activity Instructors


We are after conscientious individuals who are looking to extend their experience and further their careers in the outdoors. Previous experience is not essential but will be an advantage, we ask that anyone wishing to apply for this role has the minimum of a UKCC Level 1 coach award.
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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.
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Summer Instructor Training (UK)

Summer Instructor Training (UK)


UKSA’s Summer Instructor Training (UK) is a great way to gain an instructor qualification during the UK summer holidays.
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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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Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job

Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job


Rockley want to nurture and develop the next generation of watersports instructors, giving young people access to achieving qualifications with one of the world's leading providers of professional watersports training, whilst reducing the costs associated with accessing that training.
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Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp

Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp


Experience Canada on a whole new level. This summer, spend 9 weeks canoeing with children at an incredible Canadian summer camp. With mountains on your doorstep, this is an opportunity to work in potentially the world’s best job, in some of the world’s greatest locations.
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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 Instructors

Trainee Instructors


For 2019 we are recruiting candidates for our Volunteer Trainee Scheme. Candidates will receive training in many of the activities we provide as well as gaining several NGB qualifications.
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Activity Specialist at Summer Camp

Activity Specialist at Summer Camp


Experience Canada on a whole new level. Do what you love while working. This summer, spend 9 weeks teaching children at an incredible Canadian summer camp. With mountains on your doorstep, this is an opportunity to work in potentially the world’s best job, in some of the world’s greatest locatio
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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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Paddlesport Guide Course

Paddlesport Guide Course


Our paddlesports guide development course is for anyone who has ever wanted to become a guide and develop their personal and leadership skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will help progress your skills taking you on your own personalised pathway to becoming a paddlesports instructor.
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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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Centre Management Team

Centre Management Team


Rockley are looking to employ experienced senior centre staff to perform the Centre Manager, Activity Manager and Centre Senior roles at our French activity centres. Our unique locations in the South West of France provide a fun and adventurous working environment.
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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 16-19 year-olds who have a passion for watersports and education.
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Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor


Get set for 2017 - as a Trainee Activity Instructor at one of our adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres: with activities from canoeing to zip-wires!
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor


At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2019 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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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 Activity Instructor

Apprentice Activity Instructor


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

Outdoor Activity Instructors


Essex Outdoors is now recruiting for both experienced and trainee outdoor activity instructors to work throughout the 2019 season at one of our centres in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow or Mersea.
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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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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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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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Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor


Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2019.
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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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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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Customer Service Representative - Get RYA Qualifications

Customer Service Representative - Get RYA Qualifications


The Customer Service Representative is responsible for the successful implementation of our activity programmes. Day-to-day responsibilities include: Customer & Supplier Liaison, excursions and transport, programming and pre-arrival admin & accommodation management.
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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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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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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 Full training
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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."