We have currently wrapped up our hiring for the 2023 season. However things do change, please see more about our job’s below and don’t hesitate to reach out through our application process.

Swell Tofino, Tofino’s surf school and rental shop is always looking for passionate people that enjoy sharing their love for the ocean.

A little different then your typical outdoor industry instructor job; at Swell Tofino we value professionalism and view our employment opportunities as careers. We support all our staff to live a healthy and sustainable life in Tofino through numerous job benefits.

What makes these jobs different?

Guaranteed hours: For our full time positions we guarantee your work hours despite how busy it is (6 to 8 hours a day 5 days a week). We expect a commitment from our staff and in return we commit to them to create a dependable work schedule.

No overworking: It’s easy to burn out in the surf and outdoor industry when working in tourism. We don’t want our staff to be overworked, so you have time to surf and enjoy living in the most beautiful place in the world. We manage our schedule so that working more than 8 hours a day is not expected.

Tofino’s best staff accommodation: Housing in Tofino is always the biggest challenge. Our full time positions come with staff accommodation. We take pride in the quality of accommodation we offer for our staff. We have resources and process set up to assure a mature, clean, organized staff accommodation that is the backbone to healthy living.

We support your surfing: We love surfing and we’re here to surf. We have a number of additional benefits that help with the development of your own surfing. We provide instructors with a wetsuit, we have staff surfboards, and we provide weekly (bi-weakly in the summer) surf coaching with video feedback from team Canada’s surf coach Shannon Brown.

Available employment:

  • Surf / Paddleboard Instructor and Rental shop attendant (Year round. Feb 2023 start) – closed
  • Surf / Paddleboard Instructor and Rental shop attendant (Seasonal. April 15 2023 – Oct 2023) – closed
  • Surf / Paddleboard Instructor and Rental shop attendant (Seasonal. May 6 2023 – Sept 2023) – closed

Please see details for the positions below. Please send your application including PDF version of your resume and cover letter to

** please do not include expired certifications on your resume.

Surf/SUP  Instructor and Rental Shop Attendant (Staff Accommodation Available)

$19/hour full time for first time instructors. Comes with staff accommodation in Tofino.

$20/hour for surf instructors with one year experience. Comes with staff accommodation in Tofino.

** $1/hour bonus will be paid upon completion of the contract.

Additional Benefits: 

Health and Dental benefits (for year round staff)

Professional Surf Coaching

Tofino’s best staff accommodation

Staff wetsuit and deals on surf equipment


Swell Tofino is all about inspiring people to build connections with the ocean and others through getting on the water and outside together. As a surf and paddle school, we run surf lessons, SUP surf lessons, paddleboard tours, and first aid courses out of two locations: Mackenzie Beach Resort & Hotel Zed. We also offer surf, SUP, and bike rentals.

We are looking for organized, enthusiastic compassionate leaders to join our team both on the water and in the shop. The Surf & Paddle Board Instructor and Shop Attendant will be responsible for teaching surf lessons, delivering excellent experiences to guests, providing rental equipment and working together as a team to clean gear after lessons and rental returns.

Additional Job Duties:

Instruct recreational surf and paddleboard lessons and enforce safety rules, providing assistance and first aid when required. Assemble surf, paddle and bike equipment, ensuring they are excellent condition. Maintain, repair, and keep equipment in professional working order including surfing equipment, paddling equipment, bikes, safety equipment, and first aid supplies. Keep logs of weather conditions and equipment maintenance, maintain records of guests paperwork and prepare reports for inventory maintenance. Attend to projects and needs of the company related to any retail or maintenance.

The ideal candidate will exhibit the following experience and skills:

Professional, creative, energetic personality.

Responsible, punctual and well organized.

Outgoing and customer service oriented.

Teaching, Coaching and/or Instruction skills preferably in the outdoor industry.

Surfing or paddleboarding experience (2 or more years of personal experience).

Compassionate Leadership and team building. You need to be a strong leader and a great team player. With a small team, we all need to pitch in to get the work done, even if it’s not in your job description.

Ability to lead outdoor activities pertaining to a wide range of age groups.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: Clear and friendly communication skills and professional demeanour, over email, phone, and in-person with both co-workers and customers.

Organized and self-motivated. You need to be able to take initiative.

Problem-solving and multi-tasking in a fast-paced work environment.

Flexibility and the willingness to adapt to changes in work routine based around changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the surf industry.

Positive outlook and a curiosity to learn.

Required certs:

First Aid with CPR-C certificate

Bronze Cross (or higher level of lifesaving)

Valid full driver’s license (not new driver)

Additional useful certs:

Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Certification

ISA lvl 1 certificate for surf instruction


To apply please send PDF version of your resume and cover letter to

Location of work: Tofino, British Columbia

Hours: 35 – 40 hours / week

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Salary: $20 hour

Swell Tofino encourages all qualified individuals to apply by submitting a PDF version of their cover letter and resume by email to We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.