San Juan Island, Wa 2023 Sea Kayak Season

We are seeking individuals that are already or interested in being involved in the outdoor industry, guiding, or kayaking. Those with experience will be given preference. To apply complete the form at our website at the following link: https://discoveryseakayak.com/about-discovery-sea-kayaks/job-opportunities/

About Discovery Sea Kayaks

DSK is a small sea kayak tour company based in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We started the company as a small group of individuals passionate about paddling and sharing the outdoor experience with others. As time has passed we have grown and have made a decision to keep our staff small and adhere to our small company roots. We hire a few talented outgoing individuals with diverse backgrounds and provide them with the proper training to become the best in the industry.


Current First Aid and CPR certificate (Must have before you arrive for training)
Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Positive attitude and desire to learn
Hard-working and flexible
Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 50lbs overhead


Confirm trip assignments promptly
Operate all tours to company standards
Complete in-house company training (see below)
Off-the-water duties include pack-up and clean-up at “the yard” where equipment is staged, basic gear maintenance, and time at our downtown storefront location.
Adhere to all laws and guidelines regarding behavior around wildlife on the water.

For the 2023 season, we are looking for several guides that can operate our 2 and 3-Day Kayak Tours.

Season: May through early October

Training: (We plan to have everyone on staff training around the first week of May)

We are known for providing the most extensive training program on the island. We perform our training sessions in the areas where guides will be paddling, not in inland lakes. All guides are provided with dry suits, paddle equipment, and safety gear. Before leading kayak tours all guides will learn all skills necessary to competently operate tours to Discovery standards. Prospective guides can expect training to be rigorous and rewarding. Guides will also learn about local wildlife, history, etc. in order to provide a cohesive and informative tour. The final step of our guide training involves a “shadow” period in which prospective guides first tag along on seasoned guides tours. Next, they will lead a tour and be shadowed by one of our seasoned guides to ensure they are ready to guide on their own.

Please visit our website for more details about Discovery and Employment Opportunities.

We look forward to working with strong, competent individuals with good leadership skills and the desire to work and play outdoors!

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


First Aid and CPR (Red Cross, WFA, WFR): First Aid and CPR certificates must be valid for the work season when you arrive.
Driver's License: A valid driver's license and clean driving record.
Complete our in-house kayak skills clinic and guide skill/knowledge clinic.

Required Skills:

Be able to lift 75 pounds to chest height.
Work well with a small staff.
Maintain a timely manner for all work engagements.
Willing to work long days.

Preferred Skills:

Preferred: Previous outdoor guiding work.
Preferred: Previous sea kayak skills certifications,
Preferred: Background in natural sciences.

About Discovery Sea Kayaks

We offer high-quality kayaking tour experiences from San Juan Island in Washington State.

Application Instructions

To apply visit our site at the following link and complete the application form at the bottom of the page. https://discoveryseakayak.com/about-discovery-sea-kayaks/job-opportunities/