Work With Us

We are hiring for our watersports centre for the 2024 season

  • Watersports Instructors (sailing, kayaking, SUP, windsurfing)
  • Assistant Watersports Instructors in the above sports which would appeal to those currently training for their instructor qualifications

We have both full-time and part-time roles available. Our season starts in May and runs until the end of August.

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Watersports Instructors

The Role:

As watersports instructor at Surfdock you will be delivering sessions to our customers for group sessions like kids birthday parties, school tours, hen/stag parties, corporate and team events as well as lessons in paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing (depending on your qualifications).

From June to August we also run a watersports summer camp from Monday to Friday for children from 8-16 years.

We offer two different types of roles – part-time and full-time from May/June until August.

Our centre is open 7 days a week during the season. Successful candidates have to be available to work weekends and evenings for the duration of our season.

What we are looking for in a candidate:


You need to be an instructor in at least one of the watersports we teach (paddleboarding, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking).

Your first aid certificate (Rec 3 or higher) has to be in date.

You have completed the Safeguarding 1 Child Protection Module.

You have completed a Manual Handling Course.

Ideally you have a powerboat certificate or are willing to obtain one before the season starts.


You have a passion for teaching and working with children as well as adults. Previous experience working with children, on summer camps and leading groups are an advantage.

All our sessions are structured to be fun for the participants, so in the sport you teach you will be responsible for the session plan including the games you want to play, challenges you want to give the participants etc.

You are confident in being in charge of a group of customers of any age.

You are available to work for the summer from May/June until the end of August.

All successful candidates will be garda vetted and induction training will be completed before work commences.

What we offer 

We have been running our watersports school and shop in the Grand Canal Dock for over 30 years and pride ourselves in excellent customer service and working conditions for our staff. We are a family run business, all members of our team are passionate about watersports which enables us to offer the best possible service to our customers.

When working with us, you will get:

  • A Competitive salary
  • Guaranteed hours (corresponding to full-time or part-time contract)
  • End-of-season bonus
  • Staff discount in our watersports store

We have a team of instructors working together and the diverse nature of our sessions offer successful candidates the opportunity to gain extensive experience in delivering a variety of sessions in a host of different sports.

Full company and location specific training will be provided at the start of the contract.

If you are interested, please send a CV to

Please include information on any relevant qualifications, certificates and your availability including your earliest possible start date

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Instructor Testimonials

I loved working at Surfdock. Everyone there was fun to work with. I learned something different from everyone, be it different games or how to keep a group interested in a session. It was a great overall experience


I worked as a SUP instructor at Surfdock this summer and it was, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I had the chance to meet like minded individuals, and by the end of the summer call them friends. Like any job it has its challenges, but it is also extremely rewarding. This job is perfect for anyone with an interest in water-sports and teaching others about what they are passionate about.


I would absolutely recommend working in Surfdock to other instructors! It's an exciting and rewarding working environment, teaching kids and adults the watersports we all love. There's a really nice team atmosphere working here.


I chose to work with Surfdock as I had previously done their camps for 7 years and loved it. When I turned 16 and was looking for a summer job it was the first place that popped into my head. I did my research, got my qualifications and applied for the position.

Since joining last summer I’ve made many friends who have brought my knowledge of water sports to the next level, some of these include kayaking, SUP and wing foiling. Many of my fellow employees are around my age and are always up to having a laugh or joking about whatever.

As a job I would describe it as both interesting and engaging as you have to be alert to participants’ needs. 

As for Collin and Nina I find them both very approachable and friendly. They are the kind of people who you can come to with any problem you may have related to the job.

Overall I would highly recommend working with Surfdock.


Working with Surfdock was great for my development as an Outdoor Instructor. It gave me valuable experience in dealing with different groups of people over various age ranges.

It helped me develop different coaching techniques with participants with different learning styles and abilities. Nina and Colin are very nice to work for and flexible to your needs such as time and days off. There was a good working ethos within the group of employees. It was well organised which allowed for a smooth daily operation of the activities. I would recommend Surfdock to anyone starting out in the Outdoor Industry.