Senior Instructor (Full-Time)

About You

We are passionate about what we do and our high standards! We’re looking for someone with the same mind-set as us, someone with a passion for the outdoors (must be an active climber and kayaker), a lover of extreme sports with oodles of enthusiasm and experience to join the team and help us become even better. This is a lifestyle and not just a job! If this sounds like you then read on…

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Instructor to join the team at Hatt Adventures, based from our outdoor shop in Brighton Marina.

As a Senior team member, you will be involved in developing our Land and Water based activities; whilst having the opportunity to feed into the retail business. The right candidate will operate at a high standard, have an aptitude for developing people and an excellent understanding of health and safety management. This Senior Instructor position would suit someone looking to progress towards Management.

This is a great opportunity to take on a key leadership role within our busy and exciting outdoor adventure company.  We are committed to running high quality adventures, skills courses and trips. We are an environmentally aware company, committed to minimising our impact on the environment in all aspects of our business.

The role includes both administrative and instructional elements along with recruiting, training and developing new staff, and designing new activities and adventures. You will be expected to work on your own and run teams of staff both within the office and in the outdoors.


  • The Senior instructor serves as a duty manager. Working on a shift pattern, running the day-to-day operations across the South East and more remote trips throughout the UK.
  • Act as a point of contact for incidents and assist Operations Manager/Director.
  • Support the delivery of training and supervision of junior staff.
  • Assisting in the planning and administration of the operational schedule, such as compiling Event paperwork, staff rotas and updating our CRM System.
  • Diligently meeting Health & Safety legislation and S.O.P’s.
  • Completing equipment inspections and other maintenance tasks.
  • Developing resources and taking responsibility for specific activity areas and programmes.
  • Deliver and lead our portfolio of activities, including adventure skills courses, trips, and corporate events.
  • Supervise the operation of complex charity events, including our permanent operation at the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth.
  • Work with the Operations Manager to manage the daily schedule of events with groups, activity equipment and Instructors.
  • Support the Retail Manager with the day-to-day running of the retail shop.

Required Skills

You should be a well-qualified outdoor instructor with a strong background in delivering skills courses activities and excellent administrative, communication and computer skills.

Practical SkillS

  • British Canoeing - Paddlesport Instructor / Leader / Level 2 Kayak or higher.
  • Mountain Training - Rock Climbing Instructor or higher.
  • Current logbooks demonstrating experience and currency of qualifications and best practice.
  • First Aid (16hr Outdoor specific).
  • Previous Senior Instructor Experience.
  • Excellent people skills.

Administrative Skills

  • Experience in leading other staff.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Skilled in computers (ideally Macs) / internet / emails / word / excel.
  • Excellent communication skills, dealing with customers / corporate clients / booking agents / complaints (not that we get many of these).

Additional Roles

  • Coordinating staff rotas.
  • Staff training / reviews / appraisals.

Distinct Advantage

  • BC - Course Provider.
  • Rope Access Qualification.
  • MT - Mountain Leader.
  • RYA - Powerboat Instructor or commercially endorsed PB2

What We Offer

We offer you the chance to become involved in this dynamic and expanding company. We are looking for someone who is passionate about their work and who wants to progress the business as we have many great plans for the future!

Staff Equipment Discounts

We offer a staff discount scheme on all equipment sold through the shop.

Training Courses

As well as staff discounts on equipment, you will be able to attend all of our courses free of charge or at cost price. We will also help with any third-party job specific training where relevant to your job role.


28 days per year.


£25-28,000 per annum depending on previous experience and qualifications. Pay is reviewed yearly depending on performance and growth of the business.


40hrs (normally 9-6pm) with 1hr for lunch over 5 days per week (including weekends) . You will also act as ‘duty manager’ on days off.


Upon Application.

Start Date

Spring 2024.


Please email your CV along with a covering letter to: