There are many opportunities available for those interested in managerial positions in the watersports industry.
These include working in commercial training centres, local authority centres, charitable trusts, voluntary groups, holiday companies or sailing clubs with full time staff.
All these groups will have slightly different requirements for their management staff, ranging from RYA coaching and instructing qualifications (eg. Senior Instructor, Yachtmaster Instructor or Powerboat Instructor) to a degree, youth work or teaching qualification. Others may also require specific job related experience.
The role of watersports manager will involve many different skills ranging from instructing, coaching, programme planning, course organisation, recruitment, staffing, finance, budgeting, purchasing, maintenance, customer relations, bookings, sales, advertising, marketing, dealing with complaints and so on. In larger organisations you may have colleagues to assist you, but in smaller ones you will need to be a jack of all trades.
It is often the variety of work which people find most enjoyable and, if you can manage the differing tasks, you will find the role very rewarding indeed.
For further information on university leisure management degrees or other courses, contact UCAS or your nearest institute of higher education for advice.
Watersports management jobs are usually advertised in the major yachting magazines. Vacancies at local authority centres are often advertised through the TES.
Find out more about Instructor Training opportunities through the RYA.