Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you know the difference between a Daisy Cutter and a Drag Volley, you might be the perfect candidate for a flexible job as a tennis instructor.
Amava Take: If ever there was a flexible job with a lot of possibilities, this is it. Resorts, county and state parks, schools and private tennis clubs are just some of the places that regularly hire tennis instructors. If tennis is your racquet and you’re looking for a fun way to stay active, share what you know and make some dough, you could meet interesting people, have some awesome volleys and help motivated people try to improve. Game, set, match!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
Knowledgeable, experienced tennis players who know how to explain and demonstrate fundamental skills.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Before you start working with a student or group, find out what the tennis goals are. Some people just want to learn enough to join a league, others are hoping to be tournament-ready.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Lessons usually run an hour and are scheduled at the students’ convenience.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
When a player hits a milestone, like consistent serving or learning to place a drop shot, it’s so much fun!
How would you describe the hard parts?
Technical sports like tennis come with frustration and it’s hard to see folks get exasperated when they’re working hard.
Favorite professional tennis player ever?
Serena! But Bjorn Borg was great too.
Special Requirements: Requirements vary by employer and certification is not absolutely required in every case as long as you’re experienced and skilled. There are different levels of certification offered by the United States Tennis Association that you can consider, particularly if you want to coach a team or teach competitive players.
Finding a Position: Tennis is hugely popular and there is more than one tennis job website advertising tennis instructor jobs. If you want to work at municipal courts, you can search tennis instructor here.