Senior Sailing Instructor

Location Windermere
Discipline: Leisure and Fitness
Job type: Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £13.94
Contact name: Katie Conboy

Job ref: 181825

Senior Sailing Instructor

GLL is looking for a Senior sailing Instructor to work at Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre. If you have the skills and ambition to join us as a Senior sailing Instructor, there's never been a more exciting time to join us. This is more than a Sailing Instructor job, it's a career.

At Windermere Outdoors we are looking for an experienced Senior Sailing instructor to join us for the 2024 season. The role is up to 39 hours a week, starting in March till the end of October 2024 (with the prospect of more hours at busy times). It is an exciting time to be joining our staffing, as we are developing new and exciting courses for both adults and children, hoping to get more and more people onto the water. As the senior sailing instructor you would be working alongside the centre lead to develop and deliver adult and children’s programs along with excellent customer service, empowering people to get out on the lake in as many fun and exciting ways as possible, whether through Hire or Skills courses. As a senior Instructor it is essential that you have the qualifications, skills and experience to operate alone on the lake with a group. We will offer you a fun and exciting job, with a friendly team who are able to have as much fun on and off the water. If you want a challenging season, with lots of fun in one of the most beautiful places in the world, this is the role for you!

What you’ll do:

  • To deliver and plan fun activity sessions to children and adults on Lake Windermere in the scope of your awards and training.

  • To take an active lead in the boat hire team, offering a high level of customer service.

  • To work as a team to maintain a high standard of operation in accordance with operational procedures, Health and safety NGBs and AALA.

To be responsible for the care and maintenance of the sailing fleet.

To review, develop and take a lead in the operations of all sailing activities.

  • To develop and maintain good relations with Centre customers, offering advice and assistance to individuals and groups in the use of Centre facilities and activities.

  • Cleaning all areas including toilets and changing rooms daily, and cleaning the Lodge for customers.

  • As part of the team maintain equipment and facilities in safe and proper condition, carrying out and recording regular checks, effecting minor repairs where possible or arranging removal from use and notification of senior staff.

  • To attend regular staff training sessions and mentoring, As well as keeping you own personal CPD up to date.

  • Occasional work at Glebe Park, including maintenance and compliance of the centre.

  • Such other duties as may reasonably be requested. Staff flexibility is a feature of the Centre and in addition to the main duties and responsibilities outlined, the post holder will be expected to perform duties of a more general nature to achieve successful operation of the Centre.

  • Have lots of fun working in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

As a leader within the leisure industry we can also offer scope to progress your career, and job variety like nowhere else.

What you need:


The post holder will be required to hold and maintain the following qualifications:

  • RYA senior sailing Instructor
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • At least a season working teaching in a watersports environment (either at club or at a centre level)
  • Evidence of current up to date CPD
  • A positive, friendly can-do attitude is essential. There will be many jobs that involve thinking out of the box! 


Desired Qualifications include:

  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader (Or equivalent)
  • Bushcraft experience

What you get from us:

As a charitable social enterprise owned by its staff GLL has a great range of benefits for its employees:

  • A salary starting at £13.34-£ per hour

  • A Values driven organisation

  • Learning & development to support career development

  • Good Pension schemes

  • Discounted gym membership for you and your partner.

  • Industry leading rates of pay

  • Opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we are run plus invites to associated events

  • Exclusive discounts on villas in Portugal

  • Exclusive discounts on ski chalets in Bulgaria

  • Health Assurance

  • Career Pathways, professional development is just the start. To ensure you stay at the top of your game, we provide training with practical theory elements too.

  • Discounts across thousands of retailers (GLL Extras)

  • 25% off Red Letter Days

  • 25% off Buy A Gift

  • 20% off GLL spa experience treatments and associated products

  • Ride to work scheme

  • Free eye tests and discounts on glasses


About GLL:

As the UK’s largest leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer a range of careers for everyone in our local communities. We manage over 400 facilities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including public sport and leisure centres, elite sporting venues, libraries and children’s centres.

Our people are from the communities we serve and help us make real changes in their local area.

One of our core values is ‘More than a Job’, because working with us opens up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities for you, starting with how you work with us. To make sure we’re having a positive impact on our people, we also offer some flexible and part-time working options so you can make sure your new job works for you. Subject to vacancies, whether you are after a contractual commitment and a regular work schedule or the freedom of flexible hours, you may be able to choose an arrangement that works best for you and play your part in improving the health and wellbeing of your community.

We offer two different types of work arrangements:

  • A permanent employment contract - part time and full time

  • A flexible worker engagement by joining our flexible worker pool

If you are looking for a regular number of hours that you can work, and are flexible to meet the needs of a 7 day a week service, then a full-time or part-time permanent contract might be the right choice for you.

So whether your ambitions lie in sport and leisure, events & catering, health & beauty, corporate support or working with children, you’ll be able to find your ideal new job at GLL.

Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people and are Investors in People Silver Award employer.

However you choose to work with us, you can be sure that you will be a valued member of our team, working with great colleagues, and making a real difference to people’s lives.

We are an inclusive employer. We seek and welcome diversity in our teams.

All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications and location.