Sailing Instructors

Sailing Instructors

Essex Outdoors are now taking applications for the 2023 season.

We look for enthusiastic and motivated team members, who love working with young people and in the outdoors.  As a Seasonal Instructor with Essex Outdoors Bradwell, you’ll run a wide variety of outdoor activities for our diverse range of customers, including sailing.

Aged 18 years or over at the start of employment, you’ll be great at working as part of a team as well as on your own. You should be highly driven, hardworking and energetic. You’ll also need to be good at communicating clearly with both children and adults. While experience supervising groups is an obvious advantage, it is not essential.

You don’t need any previous instructional experience but having skills in sailing, powerboating or paddling and National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications are desirable. However we’ll provide a invaluable programme of training so that both you and our customers have a great experience. This will include RYA Dinghy Instructor, Keelboat endorsement, RYA Safety Boat, VHF Radio, RYA Safe and Fun safeguarding and First aid to successful candidates.

In addition our Bradwell centre can offer onsite accommodation and food for seasonal staff making it an ideal base for a summer job.

A standard day at our residential centres begins at 8.30am and finishes around 5.30pm. During the season there may be some earlier starts, later finishes and some overnight duties, as well as a need to work weekends. You’ll receive time off in lieu for hours worked beyond those contracted. We’ll provide you with PPE and basic uniform.

All instructional staff are involved with the basic maintenance and inspection of activity equipment, care of the site and some domestic duties. Whilst you’ll be based at one centre, there may be times when you’ll be required to assist at our other centres to support large activity bookings.

Year-on-year we have staff return to work for another season, and opportunities for longer contracts or permanent jobs do become available.

How to apply

Really Important

• You need to be aged 18 or over at the start of your employment
• You need to be available to work continuously throughout the main season which runs May to August. We will ask for details of your availability when you apply.

Please ensure your application includes:

  • your preferred centre. This could be more than one, and may be based on your need for accommodation. See the centre details above.
  • your availability to work for us from April to September 2023.

Option 1:

Follow the link to our online supporting information form. This form has 5 sections and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Unfortunately, it is not possible to save the form before submission.
The form includes the need to provide a statement explaining how you meet the requirements of the role. Focus on the skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours needed for the job. Please note that this information will be used by the Hiring Manager to short-list your application. We recommend approx. 400 – 700 words. You may wish to complete the statement separately and cut and paste it in.

Once submitted, please ensure you send your CV to

Option 2:

Download the supporting information form HERE, and complete and send it, along with a copy of your CV, to

Please ensure your CV includes:

  • everything you have done since you were 16/in secondary education
  • the start and finish date (month and year) of all your periods of education, employment and any volunteering. E.g. September 2021 to July 2022
  • details of what you were doing in any gaps in employment longer than 4 weeks. E.g. travelling, looking for employment

Shortlisting of your application can be delayed if this information is not provided.

If you require help to complete the application process or filling in the supporting information form please email us at

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day – an opportunity to meet staff from the centres and to showcase some of your skills! If then selected you’ll complete our core and centre-based training programme including activity delivery, first aid, manual handling, safeguarding and disability awareness.

Essex Outdoors is part of Essex County Council. As part of your employment with Essex County Council (ECC) the role requires a DBS check which is to be registered with the DBS update service.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Job details

Location: Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
Salary: From £18,327 per annum pro-rata (£9.50 per hour) (2023/4 rates TBC)
Contract type: Fixed term full-time 3 to 6-month contracts, subject to the requirements of the service. Part time hours may be considered.
Good to know: Full training is provided. Applicants must be 18+ and complete an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.