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14:44 19th April 2013 by Adam Sims
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Becoming a seasonnaire is perhaps one of the best experiences a water-sports enthusiast can have, so we’ve got a couple of openings for what could potentially be a life changing move.

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So what is the attraction

Well the first and most obvious attraction is the tan you’ll come home with. Aside from this you get to be the star of the beach as guests come and go and see you, the instructor, as the blazing beach icon that is so typically stereotyped. You’ll be able to impress all day long with your smooth chat on the beach and awesome windsurf moves during lessons. On top of this you get a free place to stay, you get time off each day for your own activities and you even get a salary that is often split so that you can’t spend it all whilst there, which means you end up with a nice lump sum at the end of the season. Did we forget to mention the chance to work on your own windsurfing skills and perhaps become the next UK windsurfing star… If we just sold it to you then read on.

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Where should you go

There are a large number of options, some more obvious than others the question really is what are your aims and targets. If you fancy getting to grips with windsurfing a bit more whilst teaching and maybe building up your experience and qualifications at the same time then a more chilled out location may suit you, a place that sees slightly more subdued wind strengths than that of say Vassiliki. Locations like Nidri offer the perfect chance to teach both windsurfing and dinghy sailing whilst enjoying the company of other instructors. More about this destination here – alpineelements.co.uk/beach-holidays/resort/nidri.html

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However, if it is action, lifestyle and higher level windsurfing you are after, then Vassiliki really sits at the top of the food chain, offering the instructor quality on water time during peak season but at the same time a chance to mingle with guests who may be a little more experienced. Vass is really a place where many of the UK’s finest windsurfers have developed their routes so it has a strong history of raising the profiles of the young and driven individuals who work there. More on this location here - alpineelements.co.uk/beach-holidays/resort/activity-holidays-greece.html

What is on offer

Right now many of the jobs have already been snapped up, the London Boat Show is one of the best opportunities to sign up, take your C.V. and talk to the big dogs, you can really get your foot into the right door by doing this. However, all is not lost there is still time to speak to the holiday companies, and one such company is that of Ocean Elements, sister company to Alpine Elements. They have two opportunities available, the first is for an Advanced Windsurfing Instructor, where you will find yourself on the water everyday, the second is for a Mountain Bike Guide who will lead groups off into the trails for a break from the water. Read on to find out more and send your applications in to jobs@alpineelements.co.uk.

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Job Title:

Advanced Windsurf Instructor

Reporting to:

Activities Manager

Summary of position:

To work under the supervision of the Beach Senior, delivering safe and fun Windsurf  tuition and equipment use for adults and children.  Ensuring that all practices meet RYA and BCU governing body criteria.

Duties and Responsibilities: (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Attending daily staff meeting to discuss lesson plans and duties for the day
  • Opening and securing all beach equipment, including lifting and  moving equipment and security cages
  • Tidying and preparing communal areas ready for guests arrivals
  • Preparing teaching areas, teaching aids and simulators
  • Preparing equipment for tuition, including lifting and moving equipment ready for launching
  • Routine maintenance checks on all equipment and completion of maintenance records
  • Preventative and as necessary maintenance including board repair and GRP repair
  • Assisting guests with the rigging, carrying, launching and landing of equipment
  • Taking bookings for activities
  • Interacting with all guests in a professional yet relaxed fashion
  • Creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for guests to learn new skills
  • Carrying out first aid and completing accident forms as necessary
  • Providing safety cover for water users from a power boat
  • Providing safety cover for water users by surveying the area  from a tower vantage point
  • Teaching groups of adults new skills in line with the governing body syllabus
  • Teaching groups of children new skills in line with the governing body syllabus
  • Providing private watersports tuition if  requested ( commission based )
  • Being responsible for all safety aspects of your session whilst you are afloat, including considerations for ability, weather conditions and suitable craft to use.
  • Socialising with guests in the evenings,  including handing out awards on their last night
  • Carrying out monthly stock takes
  • Showing guests to their rooms and helping with their luggage
  • Assisting other departments as per operational needs

Experience / Qualifications required:

Experience working on an RYA beach, preferably with BCU knowledge also.

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Job Title:

Bike Guide

Reporting to:

Activities Manager

Summary of position:

To ensure that all bike guiding and free riding is offered in a safe, professional and enjoyable manor. To be solely responsible for the maintenance of the fleet.  In addition to the role of bike guide you will assist with beach operations when required.

Duties and Responsibilities: (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Attending weekly staff meetings to discuss bike feedback and duties for the week
  • Ensuing maintenance, cleaning and any other bike duties are carried out in a timely fashion
  • Responsible for the opening and set up of all bike equipment at the start of the day, inc manual  labour
  • Responsible for ensuring all bike equipment is securely locked and stored properly at the end of the day
  • Ensure all bike storage areas are ready for guests arrivals
  • Ensure helmets in safe working order and safety packs are kept stocked up
  • Complete essential weekly maintenance checklists for each bike
  • Give each bike a full service at once a month
  • Ensure accurate maintenance records are kept
  • Archive all bike maintenance records
  • Complete the weekly H&S audit
  • Plan a varied weekly program of guided rides to suit all abilities
  • Produce route cards for guests to use when free riding
  • Advertise rides and update daily
  • Train colleagues in basic bike maintenance and guiding techniques
  • Creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for guests of all abilities to enjoy biking
  • Carrying out first aid and completing accident forms as necessary
  • Being responsible for the overall safety aspects of all biking program
  • Writing risk assessments for bike activities
  • Provide a bike Welcome Speech to all guests at the start of their holiday
  • Ensure a full safety briefing is given before every guided ride
  • Obtain any relevant medical information from all guests before departing on a guided ride
  • Socialising with guests in the evenings,  including handing out awards on their last night
  • Carry out monthly stock takes
  • Showing guests to their rooms and helping with their luggage
  • Assisting other departments as per operational needs, in particular you will spend a portion time at the beach each day: see job description for instructor.

Experience / Qualifications required:
Strong maintenance knowledge, able to build a new bike and maintain it with weekly servicing. Instructor or Teaching qualifications in any discipline an advantage. Trail leader Award. First Aid.

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