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Surfing Instructor

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 5, 2023

Surfing Instructor

GENERAL PURPOSE: Under the direction of the Surfing Program Assistant, Surfing Instructors are responsible for teaching surfing to students of all ages with varying levels of experience.


Primary Functions

  • Provide safe and educational experiences to students on land and in the water

  • Explain and demonstrate proper surfing techniques and equipment care

  • Prepare customers for a safe experience by providing thorough introductions to equipment and safety requirements

  • Perform equipment inspections and complete preventative maintenance projects

  • Monitor changing weather and ocean conditions and make appropriate decisions to ensure safety of students, MBAC staff, and other water users

  • Accurately document and organize class related paperwork

  • Prepare and clean up classroom, materials, and equipment

  • Maintain strong communication with MBAC Office Assistants and other instructional staff

  • Other duties as assigned

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Provides excellent customer service

  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with various A.S. and University departments


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as the first priority in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies

  • Adheres to Associated Students' Code of Safe Practices

  • Reports accidents to supervisor and reviews changes required to avoid reoccurrence

  • Ensures proper documentation is completed for each accident (employee and/or non-employee) and forwards to supervisor

  • Reports maintenance problems and/or broken and unsafe equipment to the appropriate party immediately
Minimum Requirements
Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • High School Diploma


  • Surfing and/or general ocean experience

  • Teaching experience preferred

License & Certification Requirements

  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (may be obtained after hire date through MBAC)

  • FBI, DOJ, and LiveScan fingerprint clearance


  • Prioritize safety of MBAC participants and staff as well as other water users

  • Must be available to work during the summer months

  • Continually work toward improving technical skills and teaching abilities

  • Be proactive about maintaining functioning equipment and clean areas

  • Capable of maintaining positive working relationships with other staff and customers

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team player

  • Able to interact effectively with a wide diversity of people and support San Diego State University Associated Students' values and mission


  • Must possess excellent customer service skills

  • Must be comfortable swimming in breaking surf

  • Must have competent surfing skills (or excellent understanding of skills)

  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow projects through to completion

  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others improve their surfing skills


This is a part-time position. Flexibility and willingness to work long hours including weekends with high demand during summer.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment will involve exposure to salt water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, seaweed, sea grass, ocean currents, sea creatures, breaking waves, and other outdoor elements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking, running, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students in the ocean and/or bay while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.


Inside the Organization:

  • Reports to the Surfing Program Assistant and Instructional Manager

  • Works closely with other staff members

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Part-Time, Range II, Step I - Starting Rate: $16.80/hour

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with Associated Students. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Associated Students employees who apply for the position. Fingerprinting is required for all employee and volunteer positions that have direct contact with minor children.

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