A summer on the water

Waterfront- the summer camp promised land. If you have a background in swimming and passion for water sports, you could be hired as a waterfront specialist. Most camps are located on lakes, and many will also have pools or nearby rivers to offer a range of activities.

Am I the right fit for this job?

Most waterfront jobs involve teaching at a basic level. The most important qualities of a waterfront specialist are strong swimming skills and a familiarity with one or more watersports. In addition to lifeguards and swim instructors, camps have roles for windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, waterskiing, kayaking, banana boats and many other watersports. You’ll also need to be capable of passing a lifeguard certification course to work in waterfront, so you need to be confident in the water. Waterfront staff often need to arrive to camp earlier than other staff members for additional training.

You need to have

Existing experience with at least one water sport

Confidence teaching

Strong swimming skills


Bonus points for

Lifeguard certification

Membership of a relevant club (sailing, kayaking, etc)

License to drive a motorboat

Skills in sailing or windsurfing

What does a watersports instructor do?

If you’re hired as a watersports instructor, you’ll spend activity periods on the lake with other waterfront staff (lifeguards, instructors and senior staff).

Alternatively, a waterfront role could involve work at the pool as a swimming instructor or leading kayaking/canoeing trips on the river. It’s common for waterfront staff to have another activity that they assist in during free periods or rainy days, like blacksmithing or fencing. So not only do you get an awesome tan from the summer, but a pretty cool LinkedIn profile too.


What you get for your money

  • Freedom to book flights
  • J1 Camp Counselor Visa
  • SEVIS & Insurance
  • Up to $2,000 salary
  • Food & Accommodation at camp
  • Invite to hiring fairs
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Job with Summer Camp
  • 30 days in USA
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The summer of a lifetime

You'll spend your day teaching watersports and looking after campers in the water.

Why Camp USA?

The summer of a lifetime

Two months working in the sunny outdoors, plus a month of US travel to go wherever the wind takes you. #livingthedream

A job that never feels like work

Get the role you're born to do - where you're appreciated, where you have fun and where your loud voice/ embarrassing laugh is actually encouraged!

The chance to learn new skills

And to remember ones you've forgotten you had. Remember when you were convinced you'd be a world-class actress? You've got the green light to wow on that stage.

Lifelong friends from all over the world

Meet your fellow counselors from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more... handy if you ever need a place to crash while travelling!

Craic on tap

We mean banter. Of course. It's an experience fuelled by silliness, by acting like a big kid yourself and by having the time of your life. And actually getting paid for it!

No cash woes

We’ll cover your Insurance & Sevis fee. You have the freedom to book your own flights so that you can find the best deal for you. Plus we’ll give you a parting gift of up to $2,000 to fund that epic road trip.

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