The world’s largest cruise ships, both luxury and budget, typically feature fitness classes and programs for all levels. It is common to find several aerobics instructors onboard each vessel offering classes ranging from step and spin to salsa and muscle pump. In today’s Yoga obsessed society, more and more liners are offering these alternatives to high-energy exercise. Although no less challenging, fitness classes such as Yoga and Tai Chi are fast becoming the norm on cruises.
Yoga and Tai Chi instructors on cruise ships must have the same general qualifications as aerobics, spin, and step instructors, but they must also be strong leaders in their respective fields. For starters, all Yoga and Tai Chi instructors must be certified by a program that has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Next, all instructors must have at least two years of experience teaching groups and/or one on one. Experience in both areas at a Yoga center or other similar facility is preferred.
If you have experience and certification, you may earn a minimum of $25 per hour for group classes and no less than $36 an hour for private sessions. Yoga and Tai Chi instructors with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, exercise science, or physical education typically earn more. In addition to a competitive salary, Yoga and Tai Chi instructors on cruise ships are eligible for free accommodations, free meals, transportation to and from the ship, health insurance, savings plans, and discounts on goods and services on the ship.
All fitness instructors, including Yoga and Tai Chi instructors work in the personal care department. This department also includes hair stylists, manicurists, massage therapists, makeup artists, spa attendants, nurses, and physicians. The professionals in the personal care department are all dedicated to the wellbeing of passengers.
To apply for Yoga and Tai Chi instructor jobs on on cruise ships, you can start by selecting a cruise line. Once you have selected a cruise line, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings at www.shipsandcruises.com. Once you have located the official website, search the site for job postings. Most cruise line websites feature a career center or employment listing’s page.
If the cruise line features job openings, please follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions may be rejected without further review. If the cruise line does not have an employment page (very rare), simply send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise line’s headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.