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Shop Manager

Covewater Paddle Surf is looking for a new shop manager! We are a retail shop specializing in Stand Up Paddle boarding, covering all disciplines and aspects of the sport. Covewater is Central/Northern California’s largest SUP specific retail store, with over 100 boards in stock along with accessories, other hard goods, and apparel.

We are looking to fill the position of Shop sales manager; this is a “full time” position (36 hours a week with some flexibility).  Must be able to handle working weekends and various days where necessity dictates (i.e. holidays, local events, and special sales). The regular 5-day work schedule would be:

Mon-Tues (Wednesday we are closed), Thurs-Friday, and Sundays (10:30 am – 5pm).

Basic Responsibilities:

As shop manager a large portion of your basic responsibilities include sales, opening and closing the shop, and keeping the shop clean and organized.

Other tasks include: Keeping track of all product in inventory and ordering new product and receiving boards and products before entering into the system. Other things we are looking for in the new position is someone with a passion for the sport and learning about an array of water products, as well as someone with an interactive personality who can deal with different people and personalities throughout the day.

A huge part of working at Covewater and what we are known for is our customer service and the relationships we create with each customer whether they are a first time renter or a long time customer/shop friend. As a small retail shop our number one priority is customer service.

Pre-requisites: *Although not necessary, past experience with SUP/canoe paddling/kayaking a huge plus!

 Previous shop/retail experience a must

 Competent with use of cash register/point of sale

 Conversationalist /self starter/customer service experience

 Ability to load and unload boards from customers vehicles (lifting up to 40 lbs overhead)

The stand up paddling community is compiled of an amazing group of people, especially in Santa Cruz. Our team is made up of paddling enthusiasts of all ages and we are eager to bring on another member to help us support this fun industry.

Serious inquires only.  Please send: A resume and a Letter with a description of any water/paddling experience you have, and a short description of why you want to join the Covewater team to:

info@covewater.com

Board Rental Manager

Hiring at Covewater Paddle Surf

Covewater Paddle Surf is looking to hire a rental concession employee for our stand up paddle boarding concession located at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, California. We offer customers opportunities to rent stand up paddleboards right on the beach as a way to experience the sport in a beautiful, calm setting. The New Brighton Rental Concession consists of a large, enclosed trailer used to store paddleboards and all necessary gear for rentals out of New Brighton State Beach- on an hourly and daily basis.

We are looking to fill this position in mid April 2017 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Specific work hours are 9:45am to 5:15pm (Although these can change due to weather).

Basic Responsibilities: You will be responsible for opening the trailer in the morning and setting up all paddling gear for paddleboard renters at New Brighton State Beach. As a part of the job, you are responsible for all transactions at the location, making sure customers fill our liability forms electronically on our tablet (provided) before each rental and helping them with paddling equipment.

Physical requirements: Employee will be lifting and carrying paddle boards (ranging in size from 10 ft to 11’6 ft in length with weights varying between 25 lbs and 35 lbs). It is important to note that this is a major part of the job and we do need someone to be able to manage this part of the job effectively and safely.

You will also be in charge of managing and accounting for all the gear for the day- making sure everything returns to the trailer in one piece and good order.

Don’t have experience with the technical side of paddle boarding? Don’t worry, we will teach you everything you need to know to be an expert and will help you learn in order to teach others the finer details of the sport.

Prerequisites: Interest in the sport of stand up paddle boarding is required. You do not need to be an existing or expert paddler, but do need to have a willingness to learn the all the fundamentals and so you are able to communicate them to customers. We will train on all these aspects. Reliability and dependability are critical parts of this job, as you will be working solely at the concession and be expected to complete all necessary daily tasks.

Great customer service skills are a must. Don’t like talking to people? This may not be the position for you, as a majority of your day is spent interacting with all types of people who come to the concession. The stand up paddling community is compiled of an amazing group of people, especially in Santa Cruz. Our team is made up of paddling enthusiasts of all ages and we are eager to bring on another member to help us support this fun industry.

To apply please send: a resume, and description of any water/paddling experience you have as well as what you believe you would be able to bring to the team to:

info@covewater.com

SUP Instructor

Covewater is hiring two instructors for our “Ocean Intro to Standup Paddling” classes.

Job Description: Ocean paddleboarding instructors lead groups of 1 to 6 people through an “Introduction to Standup Paddling” class departing from New Brighton State Beach. The instructor teaches participants all aspects of stand up paddling, though this class also focuses on the special requirement of learning to paddle on the ocean. Those special requirements include learning how to safely beach launch and exit, being aware of wind and swell considerations, paddling in chop, etc. The instructor prepares the equipment for the class, teaches some on land instruction, helps participants safely launch through any beach break, then the majority of the class is on the water. At the end of the class, the instructor helps the class safely exit the water and returns to the boards to the on-site storage area.

Most “Intro to Ocean Paddling” classes are pre-scheduled, allowing us to offer the class dates out to all our instructors well in advance. Since we have multiple instructors, instructors can accept those class dates they are available for and pass on those they are not. In addition, we get frequent, short notice (generally 2-7 days) requests for private lessons (normally one to four people only) — in those cases we notify all instructors and the class is given to the first instructor to accept it.

Ocean classes (because they are pre-scheduled group classes or requests for private lessons) are generally Saturday or Sunday mornings, with some additional requests on weekday mornings. Instructors accept classes as they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This is a contractor position, paid on an hourly job basis. Pay is dependent upon experience.

Prerequisites: Applicants must have strong paddleboarding experience. Applicants must have good safety ocean experience, awareness and understanding as these classes are on the ocean rather than in a harbor. While you will not be teaching surfing, surfing experience is a plus as it lends itself to an excellent understanding of ocean conditions, safety and awareness. In addition, we do get the occasional SUP surfing lesson request, which we teach only on a one-on- one basis. If you have strong surf experience, you would be eligible to lead those classes as well. The instructor is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the class participants for their on-water experience. Applicants must have their own vehicle or transportation to New Brighton (although private classes may not always be at New Brighton which means gear will need to be transported by the instructor the the location of the lesson).

To apply, please send: a resume, a description of your water and/or paddling experience and let us know why you would like to become an instructor with Covewater.

Please send all inquiries with resume to info@covewater.com

HAPPY PADDLING! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!