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Sea Kayak Guides – Abel Tasman National Park

Our half and full day kayak and walk trips depart from Kaiteriteri. As well as advertised products, we also offer privately guided trips tailored to meet our guest’s needs.

Overnight trips stay at our two beachfront lodges within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park: Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa.

Three-day trips (Kayak & Walk and Lodge Stay) stay one night at each lodge. Five-day trips have two nights at each lodge. Cooks provide meals for both guests and staff. There is boat back-up for lodge supplies and luggage transfers.

Position Description:

  • Provide guided sea kayak & walking tours from 2 hours to 5 days in duration.
  • Deliver a high level of NZ flora, fauna and history interpretation.
  • Ensure that guided activities are conducted in an environmentally sound way.
  • Ensure the safe delivery of the company’s guided tours and guided activities.

In addition to guiding, you will assist with light kitchen duties on lodge-based trips. This includes bar and food service. Guides are also responsible for the set up and clean down of all guiding related equipment, including kayaks, at the beginning and end of both single-day and multi-day trips.

Sea Kayak and Walk Guide Minimum Requirements:

  • A tertiary level qualification in Sea Kayaking.
  • Restricted driver’s license as a minimum.
  • A valid first aid certificate.
  • A Coastguard Day Skipper qualification will be an advantage.

If you progress beyond the interview stage, you will be required to pass an internal sea kayak skills assessment before you can be considered for employment.

Minimum Sea Kayak Competency Includes but is not limited to:

  • Competent paddle strokes and able to manoeuvre a single sea kayak effectively.
  • A competent roll on one side.
  • An effective and competent self-rescue.
  • An effective and competent rescue of a double sea kayak.
  • Land in surf conditions of 0.5m – 1.5m in height.
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