Watersports Advisor, Instructor

Southampton, United Kingdom
£21,135 to £24,871 Term Time only- 30 weeks per year- permanent + UWP1 10% shift allowance
18 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2022
Contract Type

Sports & Wellbeing

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £21,135 to £24,871 Term Time only- 30 weeks per year- permanent + UWP1 10% shift allowance
Term Time Only Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 14 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1664722EW

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to work with the University of Southampton’s Watersports offerings, based across four sites in the city of Southampton. We offer Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Canoe England courses to students, staff, and the general public throughout the year, as well as a number of recreational opportunities. We host our University sports clubs on site, providing equipment and facilities for them to run their own activities, as well as providing support as required. We have a strategy that aims to get as many people active and onto the water as possible through both the provision of courses and water-based sessions. During the summer months, we look to run courses for children in the local community and utilise our amazing facilities for the benefit of the wider community. 

  1. The Watersports Centre is the hub of activity, located close to the main campus and halls which allows students easy access to the rowing, rifle, canoe and basic sailing facilities on offer. We have a number of dinghies, powerboats, canoes, SUPS, and rowing equipment on this site.  
  2. Southampton Sailing club is a key satellite site for the University of Southampton where we offer more advanced sailing courses, recreational sailing, RS200 training and our Windsurf provision. We have a large number of dinghies on this site ranging from RS Quba’s through to an old rig 49er plus Windsurf kit ranging from wide boards to foiling. 
  3. The National Oceanography Centre is where we facilitate our advanced powerboat courses from. We also support our academic colleagues with training and research support. We have two coded 6.5m ribs on this site that live on versa docks.  
  4. Town Quay Marina is the location where we keep Flying Formula our Sigma 38 yacht. She is coded for 10 people as well as an RYA training boat for courses.  

We are looking for someone who has a real passion for watersports who is driven to share their love of the water and get people active. The post holder will need to have experience working as an instructor, teaching sailing and or windsurfing, and can display good course management skills. They would also need to have completed the RYA Safe and Fun Qualification and any additional qualifications such as Canoe England, RYA Powerboating Instructor would be desirable. Throughout the University terms the post holder may be asked to assist the Supervisor to organise and host events for student clubs, which showcase our facilities and student talent. We are excited to work with someone who has vision for participation and enabling on water activity.

Key aspects of the role would be: 

  • Deliver teaching, staff observations and water-based tuition throughout the University Terms.  
  • Uphold a robust culture of health and safety, following processes and procedures and Governing Body Guidelines.  

The position is term-time only and the successful candidate would be expected to work a number of weekends when courses are scheduled. (Currently every other weekend). This would include some late working for any events planned. This is reflected though the addition of the shift allowance at 10%.  This role may lead to additional work during the University Holidays working on courses for children and facilitating activity on water.  

As well as core benefits including a large employer pension contribution, maternity, paternity, and adoption leave and sickness benefits, other benefits include access to arts and culture facilities, childcare vouchers, a range of staff discounts, and flexible working policies. 

 An enhanced DBS check may be required for this role.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle Jose (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1664722EW on all correspondence

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