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Working as a Sailing Instructor in the UK
Our Sailing Instructors deliver group taster sessions in sailing as well as helping to organise and participate in evening entertainments. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your love of sailing and the outdoors with our young guests.
£500 Thank you bonus
Earn up to £22,932 (pro rata) per year
Full time position
Progression opportunities available
Working in fantastic locations on the coast of southern England, you'll get the opportunity to work with a fantastic team and be challenged to instruct a wide range of guests often looking for their first taste of adventure out on the water!
You will need to hold the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification. We look for applications from people who can demonstrate energy, enthusiasm and the ability to relate to young people.
This role is particularly great for anyone looking to start their career in the outdoor industry, searching for a career break or a rewarding Gap Year project or wishing to develop your existing sailing awards. You'll pick up numerous transferable skills for your CV including group communication, confidence, resourcefulness and how to handle situations as they arise.
Working as an Sailing Instructor offers a great deal of variety, not just because you will find yourself doing lots of different activities, but because you may also find yourself helping the Group Leaders with evening entertainment or liaising with visiting teachers and party leaders.
You'll be responsible for your group of guests whilst on session, teaching them the key aspects of sailing keelboats in some stunning locations.
Our team is comprised of sailors with a range of experience and qualifications. There are opportunities to progress onto further qualification. We've put staff through a range of courses, including RYA Assistant Instructor, RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Senior Instructor, RLSS Beach Lifeguard, BSAC Snorkel Instructor, RYA Safety Boat and First Aid at Work. We also run some multihull and keelboat endorsement courses.
As a PGL Sailing Instructor, there will be numerous opportunities for you to extend your experience and gain National Governing Body award qualifications in a range of other activities, particularly if you return to work for us for subsequent seasons.
For example, many of our Senior Instructor sailing staff joined us as Sailing Instructors, developing their sailing experience and Royal Yachting Association qualifications through our in-house training programmes.
Linden Softley, Little Canada
As well as the standard land based sessions, I take groups out sailing in our keelboats. I have also gained my RYA Senior Instructor qualification, so I can also look after the whole sailing operation on the water. I'm also involved in the maintenance and upkeep of our fleet.
Being out on the water in the sun is amazing! Seeing guests challenge themselves and conquer a fear make the role really enjoyable.
I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I did an Outdoor Education course at college, and started work with PGL straight after.
Life on centre is very social, there's always something going on and people to do it with.
Working with PGL is a great chance to be with other like-minded people, every day is different, and there's a huge sense of achievement helping others achieve something they didn't believe they could do.
In your role as a Sailing Instructor, you’ll work full time up to six days a week, earning up to £1,911 a month.
PGL provide and fund a variety of excellent training and qualifications opportunities, allowing you to develop your career and expand your possibilities. Your uniform is also provided for you, and we offer a 20% discount to all colleagues in our on-site stores.
In addition, we have optional accommodation and meals packages that allow you to benefit even more from your PGL experience.
Our fabulous on-site accommodation will allow you to save whilst letting you make the most of frequent staff social events, including sports clubs, games groups and karaoke nights. With all bills and utilities covered, you’ll still earn up to £318 a week.
Our meals package will provide you with three nutritional meals every day for only £46.00 a week. We can cater to all dietary requirements, and have daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options available alongside a diverse salad bar. As part of the meals package centres will also offer special themed meals at select points during the year.
Key PGL Facts
Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:
- we employ over 3,000 people every year
- over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
- we are experienced! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957, more than 60 years!
- we have the most competitive staff package
- we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!