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Sea Kayak Instructor

Reports to: Operations Manager/Lead guide

Job Summary: Lead Instructor on all Paddle Canada courses, lessons and clinics and will be able to lead tours and other operations at East Coast Outfitters (ECO) if time permits. They will be responsible for the organization and delivery of all skills programs and oversee other instructors they will be working with. They are the front line of ECO and must serve customers by providing a quality product and service information, safety, and customer care.


  • Provide quality customer service while interacting with all ECO clients

  • Prepare for and lead all assigned sea kayak courses and lessons conducive to all ECO guidelines

  • Provide support for all Sea Kayaking courses and lessons

  • Maintain customer care and professionalism throughout all courses

  • Maintain all ECO equipment in a clean and professional way

  • Assist all clients in preparing for their course

  • Ensure that courses events operate safely and are successful

  • Represent ECO in a way that adheres to the mission, vision and values of the business

  • Have knowledge of all ECO programs and products so as to provide customers with options and recommendations to best suit their needs

  • Assist with any other ECO events

Skills and qualifications:

Customer Service, Product Knowledge, Quality Focus, Problem Solving, Documentation Skills, Listening, Phone Skills, Resolving Conflict, Analyzing Information, Multi-tasking

Education and experience:

Paddle Canada instructor and/or instructor trainer certification or equivalent. Leading people on the water, leading sea kayak/paddling tours

Employee Benefits

  • An opportunity to work in a beautiful area with spectacular places to paddle

  • A great work environment.

  • Very competitive pay rates.

  • Team-based continuous learning skill development.

  • Subsidized further training opportunities

  • Special family and discounted friends’ rates.

  • Access to Pro-deal purchases from leading outdoor suppliers

Application Requirements

To apply for a position with East Coast Outfitters please review the following requirements. Please clearly identify the position applied for and include the following information.

  • A cover letter detailing why you are interested in the position

  • A current resume.

  • Contact details for at least two work references.

  • Details of relevant certifications, achievement dates and renewal dates for PC certifications or equivalent.

  • Availability dates.

Employment Requirements

All positions require the following.

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.

  • Proficiency in English, other languages especially French & German are an asset.

  • The ability to work as part of a team.

  • Responsible, reliable, decisive, mature individuals

  • Good organizational skills

  • Familiar with the outdoor environment

  • Articulate and people-oriented

  • Ability to work with little supervision

  • Robust to inclement weather

We require the following:

  • Minimum: Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 2 Skills or SKGABC, BCU, ACA, equivalents.

  • Appropriate First Aid certification – Minimum WRFA (3-day course- 24 hours total with overnight trip). Must include CPR & CPR-C.

  • Marine VHF Restricted Operators Certificate recommended

  • Appropriate experience for the position.

  • Minimum: Paddle Canada Level 1 Instructor/Instructor trainer certifications

  • Progressively increasing depth of knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean, its flora, fauna, early history and geological features.

  • Appropriate personal equipment, e.g. PFD, Marine VHF, immersion clothing, etc.

Hours per week: Negotiable depending on the number of courses per year. The candidate is able to assist in setting their schedule. Looking for full or part-time


Anticipated start date: May 2023

About ECO:

Our Mission

East Coast Outfitters provides customers with world-class outdoor experiences in a safe and fun fashion that is socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

East Coast Outfitters strives to provide employees with a great place to work by offering an environment that is fun, challenging, and promotes teamwork and mutual respect.

Our Vision

East Coast Outfitters strives to be a leader in the paddling industry, and to do it in a way that promotes safe, healthy, and sustainable outdoor endeavours and is a positive influence on the lives of our clients, our employees and the members of our community.

Our Values

Safety, Integrity, Respect, Skilled staff, Fun, Teamwork, Friendliness and Service.

ECO is the premier sea kayaking outfitter in Nova Scotia. We have the largest fleet in the Atlantic provinces and we employ the most skilled guides that are passionate and enthusiastic about sharing paddling experiences with our clients.

Contract length: May-October

Salary: negotiable depending upon past experience and level of certification

Additional pay: Tips

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