Swiftwater Rescue Instructors provide Swiftwater and flood rescue training to public safety (Fire, EMA, Police) and military teams. This position is responsible for teaching a variety of classes including in-water, nighttime, and raft-based courses. Instructors must convey progressive and best-in-class techniques that enable program participants to save lives in emergency settings. Swiftwater Rescue Instructors are part-time employees that report to the Outdoor School Director.
• Facilitate Swiftwater, flood and boat-based instruction to groups with an informative and enjoyable approach while proactively managing the inherent risks involved with water rescue
• Provide constructive and meaningful feedback to students to foster skill development
• Engage in class planning sessions, utilize student-focused instruction techniques, and develop performance assessments
• Execute all safety and operational processes involved in Swiftwater rescue instruction for up to Class IV whitewater
• Practice thorough communication with the paddle sports team and aid where needed to ensure guest service standards and efficient operation across public-facing and instruction programs
• Maintain accurate knowledge of activities, products and services offered by the Whitewater center
• Maintain availability to work weekdays and weekends
• Clear and professional communication skills including public speaking and demonstration
• Minimum of 2 years of experience guiding or whitewater kayaking in up to class III whitewater
• Prior experience teaching or facilitating classes
• Prior experience working in the fire or rescue field preferred
• Prior participation in Swiftwater classes is required
• Instructor Course Requirements
• Whitewater Level I and II Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Class
• 5-day Instructor Candidate Course or Shadow Process
• Whitewater guide safety check process
• Current First Aid, CPR & AED Certification – courses are offered by the Whitewater Center
• ACA Whitewater Swiftwater Instructor certification preferred
• Must be able to safely self-transport over uneven terrain or in a confined space.
• Must be able to work outdoors for sustained periods of time in all weather conditions.
• Must be able to lift and move at least 50 pounds.
• Must be able to instruct in front of large groups for up to 8 hours a day.
• Must be able to perform challenging maneuvers confidently and consistently in Class II-IV whitewater.
• Must be able to rescue participants in Class II-IV whitewater.
• Access to the Whitewater Center’s pass activities
• Staff discount program and pro deals
Overview of Department
The Outdoor Activities Department is responsible for leading and supporting experiences in a variety of water and land-based sports. The department also instructs guests through the Whitewater Center’s Outdoor School and Summer Camps. Outdoor Activities employees engage with guests through an assortment of pass
About U.S. National Whitewater Center
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its 30+ land and water-based activities, outdoor instruction and certification programs, festivals, races, films, and various outdoor events throughout the year. Whether you visit the Center’s 1,300 acres on the Catawba River or engage in the brand’s mission through one of our off-site initiatives, the USNWC empowers guests to play, relax, and learn outside.