Whitewater Kayak Instructors at the Whitewater Center are core members of the paddle sports team. Teaching students from a variety of demographics in private, group, and multi-day settings, Instructors will impart efficient techniques and convey their passion for the sport. Whitewater Kayak Instructors are seasonal employees and report directly to the WW Kayak Supervisor.


Facilitate whitewater kayak instruction for individuals and small groups with an informative and enjoyable approach while proactively managing the inherent risks involved with whitewater activities
Provide constructive, meaningful feedback to students in order to foster skill acquisition and long-term paddler development
Utilize differentiated, student-centered instruction techniques, exercise useful and purposeful practices, engage in instructional session planning, and develop performance assessments
Execute all safety and operational processes involved in kayak instruction for the Class II-IV artificial whitewater course
Practice thorough communication with the paddle sports team, and aid where needed to ensure guest service standards and efficient operation
Continue to improve and develop personally as a whitewater paddler
Maintain accurate knowledge of activities, products, and services offered by the Whitewater Center
Maintain availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required

Energetic individual with the ability to communicate clearly and professionally
A minimum of 2 years of experience working for a whitewater outfitter within a kayak instruction program, a guiding program, or another similar experience
Current First Aid, CPR & AED Certification – courses are offered by the Whitewater Center
ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor certification preferred but not required

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Required Skills:

Physical Demands

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 and/or guide a minimum of 3 whitewater classes per day
Must be able to perform challenging maneuvers confidently and consistently in Class II-IV whitewater
Must be able to rescue students in Class II-IV whitewater

About U.S. National Whitewater Center

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 activities and help create memorable outdoor experiences.

Working at Whitewater

Whitewater’s mission is rooted in the belief that we all share a genetic code that compels us to play outside and share these experiences with others. This mission is accomplished through promoting access and opportunities to play outside and bring people together. Our approach is simple: Make it compelling and easy to engage with nature and invite others to join.

Application Instructions

Please apply directly through our Employment Page at the following link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f874f8a4-e289-44da-9cfd-3acb872cdc86&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=404807&source=NOLS&lang=en_US