Working as a Paddlesports Instructor
Combine your passion for paddling with leading land-based activity sessions.
As a PGL Paddlesports / Activity Instructor, you will split your time between leading paddling sessions and taster activity sessions in our core land based activities. Depending on the location of your centre, you could be teaching groups on rivers, natural lakes or on-site purpose built paddlesports lakes. The Paddlesports Instructor role is a fantastic opportunity to develop your all-round outdoor leadership skills in a supportive environment with plenty of scope for future training and qualifications.
The Paddlesports Instructor job offers you an excellent first step in the industry if you are a UKCC Level 1 paddler, or if you have an interest in working with children and gaining the UKCC Level 1, PGL will put you through the qualification. For more information on PGL's Paddlesports roles contact the Recruitment team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You'll need to already hold your UKCC Level 1 paddlesports award to be considered for this role (or be available to attend one of our UKCC Level 1 training courses early in the year). We offer a comprehensive UKCC and BCU development programme to help you further your paddling career. We're looking for people who have previous experience of working or volunteering with young people, with boundless energy and a real love of all things outdoors. Our Paddlesports / Activity Instructors need to be committed to excellent customer service and be passionate about sharing their love of paddling with our guests.
We're looking for people who have previous experience of working or volunteering with young people, with boundless energy and a real love of all things outdoors. Our Paddlesports / Activity Instructors need to be committed to excellent customer service and be passionate about sharing their love of paddling with our guests.
As a PGL Paddlesports Instructor, you will split your time between leading paddling sessions and taster activity sessions in our core land based activities. Depending on the location of your centre, you could be teaching groups on rivers, natural lakes or on-site purpose built paddlesports lakes.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your all-round outdoor leadership skills in a supportive environment with plenty of scope for future training and qualifications. including training in the delivery of our land-based activities. If you hold the older BCU coaching awards, please also give us a call.
All of our Paddlesports / Activity Instructors undergo a comprehensive training programme when they first join PGL, including the opportunity to obtain a UKCC Level 1 for those who do not already hold the qualification. To ensure you're happy and confident in your new role, you will be enrolled on to our 9 day pre-employment Activity Instructor training and selection course (usually at our Boreatton Park centre in Shropshire). Training courses are free of charge providing you complete your contract of employment with PGL. You will have to pay for your assessment and membership of the relevant National Governing Body.
As a Paddlesports/Activity Instructor, you'll work towards your Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership which forms part of our Apprenticeship Programme. You will also have the opportunity to gain further UKCC and BCU qualifications.
As a PGL Paddlesports / Activity Instructor, there will be numerous opportunities for you to extend your experience and gain National Governing Body award qualifications in a range of other activities, particularly if you return to work for us for subsequent seasons.
Many of our senior paddling staff joined us as Activity Instructors, developing their canoeing experience and British Canoe Union qualifications through our in-house training programmes.
Lee Brennan, Osmington Bay
I chose to come to work for PGL as part of my gap year, and still haven’t left. I have worked at Dalguise, Caythrope and Little Canada, as well as visiting some other centres for training courses. I have always been an AIGL, but as a centre team we also help all other departments.
As a Paddlesports Instructor I get quite a varied rota. My day is usually a mix of watersports based at the National Sailing Academy and rope sessions based on centre. I also have the opportunity to coach other staff and aid in their development. The progress people make is very rewarding as a trainer. There’s never a dull moment on centre, as all staff live and work together. There always seems to be something to do .Food is provided and there’s no washing up!
In future I would like to take my experiences from PGL and apply them in the classroom as a teacher. PGL is a great spring board for developing yourself with your confidence, leadership and other transferrable skills. You also get the opportunity to enjoy a fresh challenge every day, potentially changing kid’s lives.
Staff Package UK
Details of our staff package is in the table (right).
All new Paddlesports / Activity Instructors with no or limited previous experience will join our Apprenticeship Programme.
All residential staff will receive free accommodation valued at £42 per week for the purposes of calculating your overall package.
Paddlesports / Activity Instructors that join us with the relevant experience and Apprentices who have completed 34 weeks of the Apprenticeship Programme will receive the relevant age-related rate of pay and will be offered the opportunity to purchase a 'meals package' that works out at just £1.90 per meal or £40 per week.
This includes breakfast, lunch and evening meal – even on your days off! There’s always a fresh salad bar option as well as soup and a cooked main course, dessert, fresh fruit and hot drinks.
Apprentices whilst on the Apprenticeship Programme can take advantage of this food offering free of charge.
Staff Package Overseas
Overseas packages are based on the above rates and overall the package is equivalent. Cash salary may appear different as accommodation and food is provided as a ‘benefit in kind’ to comply with local legislation.
Key PGL Facts
Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:
- we employ over 3,000 people every year
- over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
- we are old! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957 (almost 60 years)
- we have the most competitive staff package
- we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!