Sea Kayak Instructor

Job Description

NCOBS runs sea-kayaking courses during the winter in the Florida Everglades and during the summer in the North Carolina Outer Banks.  Sea Kayak Instructors are directly responsible for the welfare and risk management of all students participating on courses and assure the delivery of the NCOBS mission.  Because NCOBS sea kayak programs are designed to be self-sufficient and mobile, staff must be self-sufficient, innovative, and exercise sound judgment at all times.  In this context, judgment is based on personal and programmatic sea kayaking experience, and staff must be considerably practiced in both arenas.  Sea kayak lead instructors are responsible for the training of the assistant instructors and oversee the delivery of all course components and curriculum. All sea kayak instructors, lead or assistant, attend a sea kayak training in May in the Outer Banks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage safe and quality sea kayaking courses.
  • Manage all pre-course activities with co-instructor and Course Director.
  • Coordinate evacuations and early departures with Course Director.
  • Manage a student group and all emergencies.
  • Provides students with site-specific briefings based on risk assessment.
  • Teach all required sea kayak and NCOBS curriculum.
  • Stay abreast with industry associations and standards.
  • Provide support in additional tasks as necessary.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds and participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity, including but not limited to:
  • Paddling long hours in rough conditions, through the night, or over extended distances during an emergency.
  • Camping in the field; bearing the sun and heat of the NC Outer Banks.  
  • Performing self-rescue and swimming in rough seas.
  • Irregular work hours as necessary.


  • Strong personal and professional sea kayaking experience.
  • ACA Level 3 or higher coastal kayak instructor certification or BCU Level 2 Coaching + 3 Star Sea Assessment preferred.
  • Strong awareness of risk management and a mature respect of the dynamic nature of marine based programs.
  • Experience leading groups engaged in sea kayak expedition.
  • Experience operating industry standard emergency communication devices.
  • Fitness level appropriate for program activities and emergency situations.
  • Current CPR and WFR certifications.
  • Self-motivated and has the ability to work autonomously.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong understanding of Outward Bound methodology.
  • Able to pass MVR screening and drive NCOBS vehicles.
  • Experience in course area preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Starting per diem rate based on NCOBS credit level and prior experience. ($70-$142/day)
  • Access to additional seasonal benefits.
  • Access to broad pro-deal purchase program.
  • Room and board provided during contracted work-agreement.


The North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or parental status, mental or physical ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.  

To Apply

Application Instructions

  • Please visit this website:

  • Scroll to the bottom of the web page and select Apply to this Position.
  • Upload your cover letter, resume, and technical experience log to the web page.
  • Include three references with your resume.
  • For a blank template of a technical experience log, please contact [email protected].
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
  • Applications are due by March 31st, 2018.
Application Closing Date: 
March 31st, 2018
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Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Outer Banks, NC
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
May 2018

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