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canoeing & kayaking jobs

are you?

Active, Enthusiastic, Safety conscious, Responsible

bonus qualifications:

Qualifications aren't required, but safety on the water is highly important. If you have relevant qualifications, let us know in your application. Some longer canoe trips include a few nights camping, so outdoor skills can be a big bonus here.

why should I teach canoeing or kayaking at camp?

You'll spend every day on the water, instructing groups of kids of different ages and abilities.

If you want to spend your summer out on the water, improving your own skills as well as helping others, then the role of being a canoeing and kayaking instructor is ideal for you. Nothing feels better than seeing your campers improving their skills on the water day after day, all thanks to you.

what does a canoeing and kayaking instructor do at camp?

You'll introduce campers to various different canoes and kayaks and help them become comfortable and confident out on the water.

Canoeing and kayaking instructors spend lots of time on the water due to the popularity of these activities, so camp directors will be looking for applicants who are very energetic, as well as experienced on the water.

Like other boating instructors, you will work closely with lifeguards to ensure the safety of campers who are in the water.

canoeing & kayaking faq's

What if I don't have any qualifications?

Short answer - it might not be a problem. For most activities, you won't need any particular qualifications to teach your activity at camp. For others, we may be able to provide training before camp starts - you'll still need a decent amount of experience in your activity, but we'll make sure you're ready before the campers start arriving. The best thing to do is apply for the role you want, and if it doesn't work out, you may be able to lock down a similar role. Whatever you end up doing, you'll still be fully trained for camp!

Do I still get days off?

Of course! Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries after an exciting but hectic week at camp, as well as the opportunity to explore the local area and further afield. Most camps will give you a 24 hour block of free time every week, whilst some others provide 2-4 days off in a row every few weeks.

Do I need to bring equipment?

Some camps will want you to bring equipment for certain activities, but this will likely only be in the form of clothes and personal gear, but they’ll let you know this once you’re hired. Most often, you won’t have to bring any specialist equipment, with Canadian summer camps being equipped with state of the art facilities to develop the campers’ skills, as well as yours.

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