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Summer Camp Sail Instructor - Heeia State Park
Title:Summer Camp Sail Instructor - Heeia State Park
Division:Environmental Community Services
Site:Heeia State Park
Job Position: Summer Day Camp Sail Instructor
Reports Directly To: Heeia State Park Director & Day Camp Director
Classification: Hourly / Seasonal
Location Heeia State Park, 46-465 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI 96744

Nature Of Supervision:
Works under the supervision of the Heeia State park Director, Waterfront Director, or independently in their absence.

Job Summary:
Responsible for the safety and well-being of all waterfront participants. Must be able to safely lead watercraft adventures, educate participants on sailing and kayaking safety, and execute water rescues, when necessary. Strive to make all waterfront-related activities unique, meaningful, and enjoyable for every participant. Follow schedule and start activities on time. Ensure that group is safe and never left unsupervised. Remain with the group for the duration of the waterfront excursion. Set a positive example for children and day camp staff to follow. Wear a Personal Flotation Device, abide by Coast Guard boating and Kaneohe Bay regulations, and Kama`aina Kids Policies and Procedures at all times.


  1. Welcome all guests in a friendly and professional manner.
  2. Always know how many in the group and whereabouts of each person assigned to group.
  3. Always ensure safety and health of all group members.
  4. Properly set-up, breakdown, clean, and maintain waterfront and boating equipment each day.
  5. Prior to the start of each waterfront adventure, check all equipment to ensure that it is safe for use.
  6. Prior to departing land, lead all guests in a safety orientation, which must include the Emergency Action Plan and the appropriate use of a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
  7. Provide proper instruction for use of sailing equipment, prior to leading the group on the water.
  8. Once on the water, teach appropriate sailing techniques—sometimes from a safety boat—while ensuring that all participants are safe.
  9. Maintain waterfront equipment logs and document any accidents or incidents that occur on the waterfront excursion.
  10. Perform water rescues in the event that a boat capsizes.
  11. Understand and be in accord with Kama’aina Kids mission, values, policies, and dress code.
  12. If time permits, organize an activity that is in line with the objectives of the sailing program, which will further the sailing abilities of the participants.
  13. Stimulate creative learning and create fun and positive group experiences.
  14. Communicate with the adult leaders of children on a daily basis.
  15. Care for and maintain facilities and equipment used by the group.
  16. Attend all meetings called by the Heeia State Park Director or Waterfront Director.
  17. Desire and ability to work with children outdoors.
  18. Work as part of a team, including fellow waterfront staff, day camp staff and other Kama'aina Kids Personnel.
  19. Assist in teaching other waterfront activities (such as kayaking) or safely maneuver other watercraft.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalency.
  2. Must be able to pass all criminal background checks and fingerprinting clearances
  3. Current CPR & First Aid, and AED Certificate , or the ability to obtain one
  4. Current US Level 1 Sail Instructor certification, or equivalent, or ability to obtain one before 6/01/18
  5. Current Lifeguard & WSI Certificate from recognized certifying body, or the ability to obtain one 6/01/18
  6. Positive attitude and an ability to follow directions and perform duties in a self-directed manner.
  7. Communication skills to effectively converse with co-workers, and children in a professional manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience working with children, in a professional setting, such as an afterschool or youth camp program
  2. Prior experience as a sail instructor for children ages 6-12 years old.
  3. A passion for outdoor education and aquatic activities
  4. Ability to disconnect from technological devices (including, but not limited to: smartphones and tablets) and social media platforms
    (including, but not limited to: Instagram, Facebook) for the duration of the work shift.

Essential Functions:

  1. Assist children and adults in water emergencies, including, but not limited to: retrieval of participants from a capsized boat, drowning victim,
    unconscious adult or child on the water, and basic first aid.
  2. Maintain constant supervision of participants for the duration of the waterfront excursion.
  3. Lift 40 lbs. and ability to lift and carry a kayak, push or pull a sailboat, or lift and carry other waterfront equipment.
  4. Swim at least 50 yards, run, jump, bend, squat, stand for four (4) hours.
  5. Lead or assist with safe loading and unloading of all watercrafts.
  6. Ability to accept supervision and guidance from a supervisor or co-worker.
  7. Ability to professionally communicate with others, and implement and abide by the rules and boundaries of the waterfront program, in order to maintain the safety of all program participants.

Position Content:

This job description is not intended to be and should not be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position.
While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify; add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary to meet
the needs of the children, the program, and the center. Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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