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Kayak & Canoe Instructors

Newlands Adventure Centre

The Lake District & Cumbria

£312 per week plus free meals (live in position)




Are you looking to work in a location that offers you fantastic opportunities to develop your own personal skills? Do you enjoy passing on your experience and knowledge of the great outdoors to others? Then Newlands Adventure Centre is the place you are looking for.

Newlands Adventure Centre is the oldest established outdoor centre in the country and also runs Keswick Climbing Wall another busy outdoor centre on the other side of Keswick. Newlands Adventure Centre offers live in positions on site at Newlands and can also offer a limited number of live out positions if you have your own accommodation.

We are looking for talented and qualified Instructors to work between both centres who have the experience of working with school children but are mature enough to adapt to a more varied client base.

We are looking for a BCU UKCC Level 2 coach or an old BCU Level 2 Kayak or Canoe coach.

We need instructors that wish to develop personally and who are always ready to learn that little bit more.

Instructors work a maximum 48 hour week with one day off each week and are entitled to 33 days holidays pro rata. Instructors are not required to supervise the groups out of activity times, during meals or at bed time.

Activity days are highly structured as programmes must run on time, however, we do often run special courses where the normal routine changes and so you must be adaptable.  

After work and on your day off your time is your own and a position at Newlands Adventure Centre offers you the opportunity to make the most of what the Lake District has to offer with Northern Fells, Borrowdale crags and many lakes and rivers all within easy reach.

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Personality and experience count for a lot, however licensing and current good practise demand that staff are qualified in what they instruct.

You are required to hold 2 of the following NGB’s:

* BCU Level 2 Canoe Coach
* BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach
* BCU UK CC Level 2 Coach ( counts as two qualifications)
* Single Pitch Award
* Summer Mountain Leader

Also required:

* Driving License
* Current First Aid Certificate
* Two references.
* DBS Enhanced Disclosure

Applications from candidates with 1 NGB and training towards a second will be considered and remuneration if successful would be adjusted accordingly.

Newlands Adventure Centre is the oldest established outdoor centre in the country being converted from a working mill in 1905 by the Countrywide Holiday Association to make a walking holiday centre.  Over the years, other outdoors activities were added to make what is now an exciting and challenging programme. Newlands is proud of its history but we make sure our future is as solid as our past by developing and changing with the times, without losing our core values of safety and fun.

Independently owned, Newlands has 135 beds and can offer our guests everything from a night’s bed & breakfast to a full week’s multi activity holiday, all year round. Our unique location, relaxed & friendly staff team, modern facilities, residents bar, and well maintained activity sites & equipment all combine to provide the ideal place to work, whatever your outdoor interests.

From March till November the majority of our clients are school and youth groups on multi activity holidays up to one week long. Half day activity sessions are offered at an introductory level but, if required, can be altered in length and content to suit a groups needs.

Based in the heart of the Lakes, only 3 mile from the market town of Keswick, Newlands Adventure Centre is surrounded by fells, crags, rivers and lakes.  Not only are these wonderful natural assets used with visiting groups but are essential for staff training and personal skills development.   

After a day’s work there is still time to play as the Northern Fells, Borrowdale’s crags and many Lakes and Cumbrian rivers are all within easy reach. We employ a young team which can give rise to a hectic social life, and as well as our own on site bar, with the high proportion of young people employed in the local tourism industry, Keswick offers a lively night out. A lot of Newlands staff return for a second or third season, often living in and around Keswick for the winter. Many of our ex staff are now familiar faces in the local outdoor industry, attributing their success to the years they spent with us and all cite Newlands as having been the perfect base for developing their careers.

Having permanent highly qualified senior staff who can facilitate and assess NGB awards on site, there are wonderful opportunities to gain further qualifications, or get excellent training towards them.  All Newlands staff must go through a 2 week induction at the start of the season, and are also monitored and receive feedback throughout the season.  This gives you a great opportunity to fill skills gaps and work towards gaining more or higher qualifications quickly.  Senior Staff are always available to discuss training options and personal development and to give advice on how to move up the career ladder.

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