Water Sports

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Water Sports

Being a water sports instructor on Summer Camp Exchange USA combines the responsibilities of teaching on the waterfront with being a camp counselor. It's a fun and rewarding, yet challenging way to spend a summer outdoors while teaching a sport you love and at the same time enhancing your skills.

We're looking for water sports instructors with experience in the following areas:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water-skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Motor boat driving.

Teaching at camp usually means working in idyllic surroundings, but it can be an energy-zapping job! You could be working on the water for several hours a day, often in high temperatures, so stamina, patience and motivation are very important! On the other hand, on a very hot day, where better to be than on the water?

Teaching at camp can involve anything from teaching basic skills in the shallows of the camp lake, to teaching more advanced sailors on larger lakes or the ocean. Your role as an instructor will be to develop and enhance children’s confidence, skill and proficiency on the water over the summer. The children may be absolute beginners or have a lot of experience, so a broad knowledge and plenty of patience are important. Your responsibilities may also include the maintenance and upkeep of the camp’s equipment.

What experience or qualifications are camps looking for?

Working as a watersports instructor you are expected to be:

  • Enthusiastic and motivated - even in working for several a day in often high temperatures
  • Hard-working - teaching the kids and maintaining the equipment
  • Confident
  • Ability to balance the fundamentals of teaching skills and safety

Stand out from the crowd

Camps are looking for staff members who have worked in a similar role and/or have great personal experience of watersports. Therefore, previous experience working with children in a supervisory role and a high level of personal skill in sailing is essential for a strong application.

Qualifications
Awards that strengthen an application include BCU UKCC Awards, BCU Star Awards and those which are part of the RYA sailing scheme. Lifeguard qualifications (RLSS, NPLQ etc) are often also required.

Voluntary Work
If you're already familiar with the world of water sports then why not volunteer at a local club? If you can gain experience in the sports above these would look great on your application!

Waterfront staff are generally asked to arrive early at camp in order to undergo special training.

Want to discuss your experience? Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 or request a call back!