Employment: Seeking Guides for 2016 Kayak Season

December 28, 2015

Discovery Sea Kayaks is looking for guides for the 2016 season. Work schedule is full time between May and September. We run half-day, full-day, and multi-day kayak tours on San Juan island, Washington state. We strive to set the bar for quality kayak tours which means we expect a lot from our staff. Applicants should possess strong work ethic, leadership skills, and enthusiasm, and should already be familiar with the basics of sea kayaking. Please see below for a list of skills and terms applicants are expected to know:

Forward stroke, Backward stroke, Sweep stroke, Edging, Pivots, Lateral-moving strokes, Low and High brace, Cowboy rescue, T-rescue, Tides, Currents, Ebb/Flood, Knots, Rip, Spring/Neap Tides, Ferry angle, Bow, Stern, Deck, Hull, Deck lines, Skeg, Cockpit, Combing and Hatches.

If any of the above are unfamiliar, ask yourself if this is the job for you. Prospective guides who are selected will undergo in-house training to ensure they are proficient in all these skills. You will be expected to shadow seasoned guides on tours, and you will not guide solo until you have been cleared after being shadowed yourself.

Guides must not only master maneuvers in a sea kayak, but also extensive knowledge of tides, currents, and weather as well as knowledge of the natural and human history of the area.

*Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs with no difficulty.

*Current First Aid/CPR

Please send resume with applicable work history and experience to [email protected]

Office Contact 3603782559




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