Sea Kayaking Guides Needed

Sports and Recreation

Seasonal Full & Part-Time, Internships Available.

We hire our guides based on who they are just as much as on what they can do. We're looking for people who love providing memorable experiences for others within the amazing natural areas in which we work. We can train you in the arts of leadership and paddling more easily than we can teach you the art of living well. We expect you to come to this job with that part well established!


Guides/Instructors lead half day, full day, and multi-day sea kayak camping trips and teach safety and instructional courses in kayak and stand up paddle boarding. Guides may also lead SUP trips, fix boats, and have other work opportunities around the shop. This work requires you to work with people of all backgrounds, while being able to lift kayaks, work occasional long hours, and be out in all types of environmental conditions. Staff need to communicate well and work as a team, be in good shape, and be willing to learn. You can expect a positive work environment and a lot of opportunities for fun and personal growth. 


At the beginning of the season all guides go through ACA training as well as training in safety, repairs, driving vehicles, food preparation and more. Staff development opportunities are also offered weekly during the summer season.


Our guide structure:

Apprentice Guides/Interns – This is a training period where new staff shadow senior guides on trips and training courses until you are ready to be an assistant guide. Our intention is that you move into the role as assistant guide as soon as possible.


Assistant Guides – Have outdoor leadership experience and are gaining paddling skills and experience. Assistant guides may lead day trips and classes on their own once qualified, and may assist on overnight trips and skills trainings. Assistant guides are required to have first aid certifications, as well as proven on-water leadership skills and judgment.


Lead Guides – The Lead Guide position requires solid outdoor leadership skills and developed paddling and rescue ability. Often, lead guides possess an instructor certification in sea kayaking as well as advanced first aid certification such as WAFA or WFR.


Guide Qualifications & Responsibilities

  • Timely and able to work early and late hours.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Sense of humor

  • Friendly people-centered attitude. 

  • Willing to spend the time with clients to make it the best experience possible. 

  • Confident problem-solving attitude

  • Own transportation to and from work

  • Love of the outdoors!

  • Other desired skills: Ability to do minor repairs, grace under pressure, paddling skills, leadership and teaching experience.


Compensation & Benefits

We have a five-tiered system, with paddling experience, time in the field, and leadership bringing commensurate increases in compensation. Substantial increases are given to guides for gaining certification levels, returning for following seasons, and for previous experience. Staff get free personal use of equipment, paid training (via a bonus upon completion of contract) and access to our employee equipment purchase program offering up to 50% off retail prices on boats and other gear.

We believe that our compensation package is one of the best in the area and there is the additional potential for great tips.


Position dates

Our trips start mid-May with new staff training starting on Memorial Day with a staff BBQ. Some optional first aid trainings start earlier. Expected commitment is through Labor Day though flexibility with ending date is possible. Staff staying into September can expect laid-back shoulder season work with opportunities for taking personal trips and doing some whitewater paddling.


To Apply

Complete our application. Positions open until filled. Our goal is to have all positions filled by March 1st, though some years we are full by February, so apply early!