Position: Head Coach—Sprint Flatwater Program

Location: Pemberton, BC

Status: part time April 19 to September 12, 2021

  • hours vary throughout season

  • opportunity to increase hours through increased programming

  • potential for extension in fall for additional sessions and/or dryland training


Salary: Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience

About Us:

The Pemberton Canoe Association (PCA) is a volunteer-based organisation situated in beautiful Pemberton, BC, just north of Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway. The club has approximately 150 members and runs training programs for adults and youth in dragon boat, flatwater, and outrigger canoe, as well as various camps during the summer, and corporate paddling opportunities for the public. The club runs most of its programs on One Mile Lake, near the edge of the village. The flatwater program currently has about ten youth paddlers.

 Job Summary:

Are you a dynamic individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for youth and sport in the outdoors? The PCA is looking for a head coach or coaches for our sprint flatwater program. This position will entail running training sessions for beginner, development, and advanced paddlers, as well as attending regattas with these paddlers at various locations around the province throughout the summer. Finally, this person will need to respect the club’s policies regarding fair play and equity and they are expected to help promote fun, supportive, and well-organized programs in a safe environment.


  • Create and oversee multiple weekly training sessions for the sprint program for beginner, development, and advanced paddlers

  • Prepare athletes for regattas, complete registration and entries for regattas, and attend regattas

  • Assist in coordinating transportation of equipment, boats, and all other logistics for all regattas

  • Maintain and do minor repair work for the sprint flatwater equipment

  • Maintain the daily operation, safety, security, order and cleanliness of the boathouse

  • Report regularly to the flatwater coordination committee and the PCA board on the progress of the sprint program


  • Experience coaching and/or competing in either sprint canoe or kayak disciplines or past experience coaching  youth sport

  • Competent swimming skills

  • Effective interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills

  • Ability to work with paddlers of all ages and abilities

  • Cleared Criminal Records check

  • Willingness to complete training to obtain required certifications (ELCC course March 13-14)



  • Sprint Canoe/Kayak ELCC Certified

  • Past experience with recreational program design

  • Standard first aid with CPR Level C

  • Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, or NLS lifeguard training

  • Knowledge of dragon boat, war canoe, and/or outrigger canoe paddling

  • Canoe Kids and Regatta Ready Instructor course certification

  • BC Driver’s License

  • Ability to utilize graphic design software to produce posters and flyers

  • Pleasure craft operators permit

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, with a cover letter, by email, no later than February 19, 2021 to: Karen Tomlinson commodore@pembertoncanoe.com