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Kayaking & Canoeing jobs

Are you?

Energetic, Enthusiastic, Pro-active, Safety conscious

Bonus qualifications

BCU Level 2 coach, UKCC level 2 coach

Why should I teach kayaking or canoeing at camp?

If you love nothing more than going out on the water, then you cannot beat working at a summer camp in the USA. Teaching kayaking/canoeing at camp is very energetic and hands on. You’ll be out on the water each day and you’ll need to be alert and enthusiastic when instructing and supervising.

It’s a rewarding job, when campers really grasp a technique and launch themselves down the river, it’s exhilarating.

What does a canoeing and kayaking instructor do?

From calm, serene lakes to turbulent rivers and rapids - kayaking at camp is easily one of the most popular activities in the schedule.

As a kayaking and canoeing specialist you’ll be instructing and introducing campers to all the tricks of the sport, developing confidence and fine tuning their boat handling skills.

From general purpose slalom kayaks to open cockpit canoes - camps have a range of boats for the campers to try out for the day. As a canoeing/kayaking specialist you’ll work closely with the lifeguards and at many smaller camps may even be involved in lifeguarding duties if qualified.

You should be prepared to bring the energy to work long days. Camp directors are looking for someone with experience, to work with campers on their skills and to confidently lead expeditions.

Based on age and ability, you’ll have the option to adapt which skills and games you’d like to focus on for the session and if the campers are strong, even going out on the rapids!

For my first 2 summers at camp I taught rowing. In the UK I achieved my Level 2 certification and I looked forward to putting it too good use. I would teach 3 morning periods and 2 afternoon electives. Some of the activities I planned included, exploring the lake, capsizing and having races.

It was good fun seeing campers picking up new skills and using the boats for a number of different activities.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I become a kayaking or canoeing instructor at camp?

When you begin your application you’ll be asked to select your top skills. Make sure you choose kayaking or canoeing and really tell us what you’re going to bring to the water. List your qualifications and be confident in your skill level. A camp director will then be able to assess if you’re a good fit and invite you to their camp.

How can I make my kayaking & canoeing application stand out?

Camp directors are going to want people with knowledge and experience for kayaking jobs at camp. Having the relevant qualifications will really make your application stand out and show you are competent and confident.

How many children should I expect to teach in one lesson?

Campers will come down to the session as a division (age group). Divisions can range from 10-30 campers. You’ll then be paired with a smaller group. Depending on skill level and confidence you’ll then either out on a small expedition or playing games in the lake.

A Day in the Life of a Boating Specialist

Spend your summer on a lake in America.