Job Description: Paddling Guides and Instructors

Based on a 2.5 ha site on Lake Superior near Wawa Ontario, Naturally Superior Adventures (and Rock Island Lodge) is most active from mid-May to September. Our focus is on silent sports especially paddling. We are 10 – 15 people incl. guides, site, lodge, and office staff. 

Main Guides Activities Include

  • Lead/assist 2 – 8 day outfitted trips on Superior by sea kayak and voyageur canoe. 
  • Deliver Paddle Canada certified sea kayak, canoe and SUP skills/instructor courses.
  • Lead/assist day trips/instruction by sea kayak, canoe and SUP.
  • Lead/assist with a variety of site-based school and youth programs.

Other activities include assisting with our boat rentals/maintenance, site maintenance, driving vehicle shuttles and helping with our lodge operation.

Mandatory Guide Qualifications

  • Current Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification (40 hr).
  • Good sea kayak/canoe paddling skills (Paddle Canada level 1 (or equivalent) or greater. Note that these are often offered as part of spring staff training program.

Desired Qualifications

  • College or University outdoor leadership/skills career path.
  • Commercial guide experience with sea kayaks, voyageur/tandem canoes, and SUP.
  • Higher levels of Paddle Canada (or equivalent) skills/instructor certifications.
  • Drivers license and good driving record
  • Heritage and ecological knowledge/interest in Lake Superior’s coast
  • A flexible, personable personality with strong safety and customer service mentality


Typical employment is early/mid-May – early September with average 40 hr weeks at Provincial minimum wage to minimum plus $4.

Tent platform accommodations and meals are available for staff who wish to live on site.

All boats/gear are available for personal trips/learning when not required by customers.

Our guide course and Paddle Canada skills/instructor training program combined with paddling Superior will advance your paddling/guiding skills considerably.


Please send us your resume with a cover letter explaining why you’re a good fit for this position to:

David Wells: [email protected]

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Please email us at [email protected] or phone 1-800-203-9092.