We're searching for an experienced Head Surf Coach to come join our team at Sunshinestories!
As a Head Surf Coach you will lead the surf department of Sunshinestories, coach and inspire a team of 3 other coaches as well as daily being hands on coaching, conducting theories and getting your hands and feet wet in the role as a surf coach.
The mission is to place Sunshinestories as a premier surf retreat worldwide providing a great guest experience and a one of a kind level of surf coaching incorporating progression and fun at the same time.
We are expecting you to be energetic and result driven, be a good team player and leader and always put the company’s vision and ethos first. You must be able to lead, coach, inspire, support and motivate your team, and always seeking to improve best practice. At times the workload will be big, the pressure high and it will be stressful - you need to be the bigger person for the guests, your team as well as all employees and handle critical situations calmly and professional showing that you are in control. Your long experience of surfing and surf coaching is spreading stoke to our guests and to your team of surf coaches who you'll help to train and progress in their own surfing as well as their teaching methods.
We're a small retreat and this is not a laid back management role. You need to get your hands and feet wet as you will be coaching your own group of up to 5 students through a week of surfing; daily in-water surf lessons, video analysis and surf theory classes while you are leading the other coaches at the same time.
As a surfer you are living and breathing it, you're an ocean lover and your lifestyle allows you to spend most of your time in and around the ocean which is what you love the most. You are continuously developing your own surfing and can perform advanced manoeuvres on various types of surfboards, both long and short. You think it’s just as fun to teach beginners and intermediates, shortboarders and longboarders how to surf and since the majority of the persons you teach are beginners this is where you thrive. You are interested in the technical aspects of surfing as well as the philosophy and lifestyle.
You are a great communicator and know how to explain the technical aspects of surfing, ranging from someone that has never surfed before through to experienced surfers, in a fun and interactive way. You are not afraid to stand in front of people and teach surfing, not only at the ocean but also in the classroom as you will lead surf theory classes daily about different topics. You are a responsible surfer and take great precautions to keep all the students at Sunshinestories safe, including those taught by the surf coaches that work under your command.
Organisational and computer skills are important as you'll be doing video editing and video analysis sessions daily with your group. This is where we break down the more technical aspects of surfing and are able to give valuable advise to the students. Moreso, you will also need to work form the computer to reply to emails and access booking systems and plan ahead for the coming weeks and months. You will also handle bookings for surf lessons sold and marketed via Ceylon Sliders and allocate the coaches accordingly to cover those lessons.
This is a work-stay opertunity on a volunteer basis with a small salary and not a gig if you're expecting the big bucks salary. However if you want to share your passion for yoga, surf every day and be part of an amazing little family sharing a good life in the sunshine for a few months, it's perfect.
- Fluent in English speaking and writing
- ISA or similar surf teaching certificate incl. lifeguard training
- Worked with surf coaching for a minimum of 5 years and preferably longer
- Can stay for minimum 5 months
- A good surfer on shortboard and longboard
- Leadership skills and experience in dealing with staff
- Computer skills (we'll give you training in our systems, but a general skill level is important)
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Please make your application via this career site. We hire surf coaches every 3-5 months, and usually hire a few months before the date period, once we start the hiring process we will be in touch with you with the dates.