Seasonal Guide / Coach position

Sea Kayak Coach talking to students

We are recruiting for a Sea Kayak Guide / Coach to join our team in 2024

Job details

Seasonal position, though there is potential for the position to become permanent for the right candidate

Start date: March-April 2024 (exact date to be determined by mutual arrangement)

End date: 29th September 2024

Hours: 32 hours / week with possibility of paid overtime. Weekend working essential

Pay: £14.50 (£30,160 pro rata) upwards depending on qualifications and experience

About Sea Kayak Oban

Sea Kayak Oban is one of Scotland’s leading providers of sea kayak courses. Based within 50m of the sea in the centre of Oban, we cater to everyone from complete beginners to advanced paddlers. We offer British Canoeing qualifications in personal paddling, safety, leadership and coaching. Alongside this, we run half and full day trips for tourists and occasional paddlers, as well as expeditions throughout the Inner and Southern Hebrides.

Sea Kayak Oban is the largest kayaking retail shop in Scotland, with a demo fleet of over 40 sea kayaks. The company has been in existence for around 15 years and under the current management for the last 5. We are a small business, with a maximum of 4 employees at any time. Our ethos is based on ensuring we are customer-focused, and that what we provide our clients represents the best available option for them.

Essential requirements

– friendly and engaging manner with customers

– BC Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) or equivalent

– full UK driving licence

– recent experience of acting as a sea kayak guide, ideally in a professional context

Strongly desirable

– BC Sea Kayak Coach (moderate or advanced water) or equivalent

– BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader or equivalent

– experience of driving large vehicles & trailers


– experience of marketing and social media management

– retail experience

Job description and responsibilities

The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for leading trips and running courses appropriate to their level of qualifications. They will be able to work independently and without direct supervision.

Additional responsibilities will include:

– preparing equipment for trips and courses

– cleaning and maintaining equipment

– taking bookings, including advising customers on the best options for them

Although not a primary responsibility, in cases where there are no trips running then work in the shop including unpacking and sorting stock and making shop sales will be required.


– training and support for personal progression, including access to training and assessments for BC qualifications

– access to personal equipment at discounted prices

– access to SKO equipment for personal use outside of working hours

– potential for long-term progression with the company for the right candidate

Application deadline 31st January with interviews to be held at the start of February (online interviews available)

Please send CV, covering letter and 2 x references to

Please be aware accommodation can be challenging to find in the Oban area, and candidates should look into this before applying.

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