The Boating Instructor position, as with all of the specialist positions, is first and foremost a counselor position. The specialist will live in a cabin with 7-8 campers and 1 or 2 other counselors. Together they will be responsible for overseeing the daily domestic issues that occur within the cabin and among the campers. While the specific duties will vary based on the age of the campers in the cabin, all counselors are responsible for the following:
Ensuring the use of proper hygiene throughout the day.
Escorting campers to lineups and/or meals.
Helping the campers choose their daily elective activities.
Ensuring that campers are maintaining a healthy diet.
Ensuring bunk cleanliness.
Helping to resolve any disputes or dilemmas among the cabin mates.
Being available to any camper that needs additional attention.
These are the core elements of being a counselor and always are given top priority.
Specialty Responsibilities: Each specialist works 5 or 6 of the daily activity periods at their specific activity. The Boating Instructor works under the direct supervision of the Waterfront Director. He/She provides instruction to campers in the techniques of oar use, small craft boating, as well as oversees the use of the boats to ensure safe operation and proper maintenance. The Boating Instructor position is closely intertwined with the Swimming Instruction / Lifeguard position. Often, qualified applicants have skills in both areas allowing the duties to be divided among several Waterfront specialists.
Qualified applicants for this position should have a strong boating background with formal. He/She must be knowledgeable in the proper use of rowing techniques. He/She must also be capable of handling the equipment in a safe and appropriate manner and ensuring the safe and appropriate use by the campers.