Every American summer camp that Wild Packs work with has a lake and/or swimming pools. They require confident and competent aquatics staff to teach swimming and work as lifeguards, as well as teaching watersport such as:
- Swimming and lifeguarding,
- Stand up paddleboarding,
- And even some more specialist activities like scuba diving and synchronised swimming.
Working in the aquatics gives you the opportunity to work in a large diverse team. You will train together (the vast majority of camps will put you through a lifeguard certification before the rest of the staff arrive) and work together on a day to day basis. There will be rotations between lifeguarding, swim coaching and working on the lake apparatus e.g. inflatables, canoes/kayak, boating etc.
One of the great things about working on the waterfront is that you’ll have the opportunity to work with all of the kids on camp. When you’re not working on the waterfront you will be getting involved with all the other aspects of camp life, meal times, evening activities, theme days etc. You’ll be living with a group of campers and other counsellors, allowing yourself to get fully immersed into camp life!
Typical salaries start at $1600 for the duration of your contract. All food and accommodation is included, as is medical insurance. You are welcome to travel the States under the J1 visa, for 4 weeks before and/or after camp.