Tofino Jobs – Surf/SUP Instructor with Swell Paddle and Surf

January 14th, 2022

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Swell Tofino is hiring, we are currently looking for the following positions:

  • Surf and Paddleboard Instructor (flexible start time, March 2022 to June 2022)

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

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.

Swell Paddle + Surf 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, paddle 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 preparing for and delivering 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.

Required Experience & Skills:

Demonstrate the ability to surf and paddleboard at an instructional level, including safety and weather forecasting.

Outdoor Instructional Experience – Water based is an asset.

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.

Knowledge and ability to lead outdoor activities pertaining to a wide range of age groups.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to deal with people in a professional manner.

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

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

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

Flexibility and the willingness to adapt to evolving policies and procedures.

Clear and friendly communication skills.

Positive outlook and a curiosity to learn.

First Aid and CPR-C Lifesaving certificate

Bronze Cross (or higher level of lifesaving)

Valid driver’s license

Ideal Candidate will also:

Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Certification

ISA lvl 1 certificate for surf instruction

Have experience with social media

Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Certification

ISA lvl 1 certificate for surf instruction

Have experience with social media

Skills and/or training should exhibit:

Professional, creative, energetic personality.

Responsible, punctual and well organized.

Outgoing and customer service oriented.

Teaching, Coaching and/or Instruction skills

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

Required Certifications:

First Aid and CPR-C

Bronze Cross (or higher level of lifesaving)

Valid driver’s license (an asset)

To apply please send resume and cover letter to

Location of work: Tofino, British Columbia

Hours: 40 hours / week

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Salary: $18-20.00 per hour

Start Date: May or June 2022

Closing Date: February 15, 2022

Swell Tofino encourages all qualified individuals to apply by submitting 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.