Trainee Watersports Instructor
Full Season: May to September / Peak Season: July to September
You will have a passion for sports and have the ability to live and work in a small team. You will be self-motivated and able to work without supervision. You will need to be hardworking, enthusiastic, polite and friendly. Your main day to day tasks will include: preparing the equipment and teaching areas for guests, cleaning and de-rigging equipment at the end of the day, providing safety cover on the water, assisting with a range of watersports sessions.
Working with the support and guidance of your Watersports Supervisor you will be responsible for ensuring all activities are delivered in accordance with both Trek and RYA guidelines. During your first week of work you will shadow more experienced staff until you are confident working on your own. Excellent customer service skills and a friendly approachable style are essential in ensuring we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests.
Basic hours are 09:00 to 18:30. However, this will vary day by day. Some evening work may be required on occasion. Work is carried out 6 days a week. Working hours are flexible to the needs of the company.It is really important that all our staff recognise the need to be flexible in their approach to work. The very nature of our jobs means that no two days are the same. At times, you may be required to take on extra duties. At times, you may be required to work at a different centre.
We pride ourselves on offering our staff a different experience. We do all we can to ensure that your time with us is rewarding and enjoyable. We aim for all of our staff to finish their time with us having gained new qualifications and/or experiences to help further their career. We aim for all trainee instructors to gain the following qualifications: RYA Powerboat Level 1, RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Start Windsurfing, RYA Level 1 Sailing, RYA Level 2 Sailing, RYA Safe & Fun and RYA First Aid. You will also learn how to safely operate a range of watersports equipment, eventually being able to assist qualified instructors in the delivery of on water lessons. It is important to note that only hard working dedicated trainees will enjoy this role. When you first start your job a lot of your time will be spent rigging, carrying and cleaning equipment. If you work hard to learn new skills you will soon find you are able to do a variety of tasks within the team.
We value all of our hard working staff and love seeing teams building new friendships and enjoying their work year after year. If you want to learn new skills, make lifelong friends, experience a different way of life and immerse yourself in a small Greek community, this is the job for you.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks (this list is not exhaustive)
(This list is not exhaustive)
- Attending daily staff meetings
- Unlocking and securing the centre and equipment
- Dealing with customer enquiries
- Helping to instruct guests of all ages and all abilities
- Weekly maintenance checks
- Actively promoting sessions and generating bookings
- Ongoing training to improve job related skills
- Rigging dinghy and windsurf equipment
- Carrying and moving heavy equipment
- Equipment maintenance
- Power boat driving (safety cover)
- Manning the safety tower
- Cleaning equipment and cleaning the centre
- Litter picks and emptying bins
- General site DIY tasks
- Dealing with first aid needs
- Socialising with guests
- Organising daytime and evening social events, such as BBQ’s and volleyball
- Assisting with non-inclusive events, such as Yoga and Scuba Diving
- Understanding the Operating Procedures and ensuring they are adhered to at all time
- All staff will need to provide their own sun protection – including sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream. You will be expected to make use of these on a daily basis and demonstrate excellent sun care sense to all our guests. As a professional watersports instructor, this should be second nature.
- Interested in a variety of sports
- Competent Swimmer
- Clean DBS check
- Experience with manual labour or maintenance work
- Ability to work well within a team
- Clean and tidy appearance
- Excellent customer service skills
- Over 18 years of age
- Valid driving license (desirable)
What We Offer...
- Competitive Salary: With 2nd year increase for returning staff.
- Flights: To and from Greece at the start and end of your contract.
- Transfers in Greece: Between the airport and your accommodation at the start and end of your contract.
- Accommodation: 2 people in each bedroom with a communal kitchen and shared bathroom facilities.
- Utility Bills: Accommodation bills are paid by the Company.
- Insurance: Whilst working you are covered under our Public Liability and Professional Indemnity policies. In addition, you will need to take out personal travel insurance for injury and belongings.
- Uniform: T-shirts are provided for working hours. Please provide your own clean, presentable, suitable shorts.
- Day Off: All staff work a six day week, with the exception of Flotilla Staff. Flotilla working patterns are detailed at interview.
- Holiday Allowance: In addition to one day off each week, you will receive a set number of holiday days, dependant on the length of your contract.
- Travel to Work: Transport options are provided for all staff working outside of the local area.
- Watersports Equipment: All staff have free access to all watersports equipment, in line with the Company safety policies and procedures.
- Yacht Use: All staff have free access to yachts, when booking availability allows and in line with the Company safety policies and procedures.
- Hotel facilities: All staff have free access to our beach club facilities such as swimming pools and table tennis.
- Watersports Staff Lunch: Lunch is provided at the beach clubs for all watersports staff on working days.
- Yacht Staff Lunch: Details are provided upon application or at interview.
- Staff Discount: All staff receive a discount on food and drink at our Beach Clubs.
- Activity Discounts: All staff receive discounts at our local partners for activities such as Scuba Diving, Waterski, Wakeboarding and Yoga.
- Friends and Family Discount for Trek Holidays: F&F discounts are available for use outside of peak season.
- Mystic Watersports Discount: All staff are entitled to 40% off RRP on Mystic Watersports apparel if purchasing through our Trek discount process.
- Training: All staff receive a comprehensive induction on arrival to ensure you are confident and happy in your job role. Throughout the season you will be offered further training and development opportunities.
- Training Bursary: All staff automatically qualify for a £50 training bursary towards job-related courses. In addition, all staff have the opportunity to apply for a 50% ‘grant’ for promotion related courses. This grant is only applicable to job related courses which help support the company aims.
- Bikes: Bikes are available for the duration of your contract. They are very basic but good enough to get around the local town on.
- Job Swap: As part of our commitment to staff development we offer hard working staff the opportunity to sample different job roles throughout the season when operations allow.
The team is everything.
Whilst enjoying your work and the lifestyle that comes from living in Greece, you must always be respectful of those around you. This includes your team mates, our guests, our hotel staff, your landlord, your local neighbours and the local community as a whole. We are very fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. We are very lucky to be welcomed into the local community.
As such we only employ staff that we feel are mature enough to embrace the instructor lifestyle without causing upset or offence to our local friends and neighbours. If you are a mature, hard working, enthusiastic and fun instructor, with a passion for watersports then we’d love to hear from you.