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Surfing Instructor

  • STARTING PAY RATE: $12.20/hour
  • JOB TYPE: Part-Time Hourly
  • POSITION START DATE: May 2017

Job Description

Under the direction of the Surfing Program Assistant, Surfing Instructors are responsible for teaching surfing to students of all ages with varying levels of experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide an outstanding, safe, and educational experience to students on land and in the water
  • Explain and demonstrate proper surfing techniques and equipment care
  • Prepare customers for a safe experience by providing thorough introductions to equipment and safety requirements
  • Perform equipment inspections and complete preventative maintenance projects
  • Monitor changing weather and ocean conditions and make appropriate decisions to ensure safety of students, MBAC staff, and other water users
  • Accurately document and organize class related paperwork 
  • Prepare and clean up classroom, materials, and equipment
  • Maintain strong communication with MBAC Office Assistants and other instructional staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Minimum & Preferred Requirements

Education:

  • High School Diploma

Experience:

  • Minimum two years of surfing experience
  • Teaching Experience Preferred

License & Certification Requirements

  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (must be obtained within the first month of employment)

Performance Expectations

  • Prioritize safety of MBAC participants and staff as well as other water users
  • Must be available to work during the summer months
  • Continually work toward improving technical skills and teaching abilities
  • Be proactive about maintaining functioning equipment and clean areas
  • Capable of maintaining positive working relationships with other staff and customers
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team player 
  • Able to interact effectively with a wide diversity of people and support San Diego State University Associated Students’ values and mission

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must possess excellent customer service skills
  • Must be comfortable swimming in breaking surf
  • Must have excellent surfing skills (or excellent understanding of skills)
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow projects through to completion
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others improve their surfing skills

Schedule and Working Conditions

This is a part-time position. Flexibility and willingness to work long hours including weekends with high demand during summer.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment will involve exposure to salt water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, seaweed, sea grass, ocean currents, sea creatures, breaking waves, and other outdoor elements.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking, running, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students in the ocean and/or bay while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.

How to Apply

Download and complete application and supplemental questionnaire or in person at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center at 1001 Santa Clara Pl., San Diego, CA 92109 or at the Associated Students Business Office on the lower level in Aztec Center at SDSU.

Background Screening

A background check (including a criminal records check) may be required for this position and must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with Associated Students of SDSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current A.S. employees who apply for the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Associated Students is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (to include religious dress practice and religious grooming practice), color, sex (to include breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeed-ing), age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or any other protected group. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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