We’re Hiring! Apply Now to Be a SUP Instructor/Guide


We’re looking for someone new to join the team. If you think you have what it takes after checking out the job description below, please send resume and cover letter to info@balancepaddleboarding. Thank you!

 Job Description:

You will be representing Balance Paddleboarding in a professional manner at all times. To be selected for  this position, you must love working with people and show passion for Stand Up Paddleboarding, the Potomac River, and the environmental health of our region. Your schedule will alternate between public, and private SUP lessons and tours. The SUP instructor/guide role requires management of equipment, which includes loading/unloading, inflating, and cleaning inflatable SUP Boards, PFD’s and Paddles. You will also be communicating with other staff and clients, and setting up and putting away all safety gear for classes and tours.

You will be required to plan ahead, work hard, and be detail oriented in taking care of clients and equipment.

You will be solely responsible for completing all necessary tasks to get your class/tour ready to SUP, including setting up all the boards, paddles, PFDs, leashes, and instruction tools. We seek applicants who show us they will go above and beyond what is required, taking the initiative to do what is needed to be done without being asked.

You will be spending multiple hours a day in the sun and on the water and will be responsible for observing weather, winds, and tides to ensure clients are staying safe and helping them with paddle technique and maneuvers.

While no SUP instruction experience is required for this position, you must be proficient in the sport.

Upon hire, all new team members will go through our comprehensive, in-house training.

Explicit details regarding our tours and lesson procedures will be provided to you in your employment packet upon hiring.


  • At Least 18 Years of age
  • Cell phone and reliable transportation
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification from either the Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • Possess knowledge of Stand Up Paddleboarding and proper techniques
  • Ability to instruct a 2hour class and stay on the water for a maximum of four hours at a time.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds
  • Able to provide a safe tour and class environment and able to perform open water rescues
  • Know or be able to learn local, human, and natural history of Jones Point/Northern Virginia/surrounding areas.
  • Reliable and punctual team player


Desired Traits:

  • Energetic, morning person with a positive attitude
  • Strong communication, decision making, logistical, and organizational skills
  • Ability to accept and give constructive criticism
  • Ability to remain calm, think clearly and act quickly in case of an emergency
  • Comfortable and effective in public speaking
  • Comfortable and effective in public speaking
  • Must be available all weekends Memorial Day to Labor Day

Paddleboard Teaching Certifications are preferred.


 $10-15 / hour (depending on experience), plus cash tips

Please send resume and cover letter to info@balancepaddleboarding.

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