If you are interested in joining our instructor team, please read the information on this page thoroughly and complete the information at the bottom so we can contact you.
All of our classes are taught by a team of instructors: a lead "whistle" instructor and a “suited” instructor, who acts as a mock assailant. The suited instructor wears specially designed armor that keeps him/her safe while simulating assaults in which students practice simple, effective self defense techniques using their full strength. Suited instructors also incorporate “trash talk” as they simulate assault scenarios so that students will be prepared for a real assault, and learn to manage their adrenaline, listen for relevant information, and respond appropriately.
Becoming an Impact Instructor
Being an Impact instructor is a serious commitment. Our instructors receive approximately 100 hours of training, consisting of both classroom instruction and time spent teaching classes under supervision of a certified instructor. All instructors must pass a background check and be interviewed by several staff members before starting the training process. We provide considerable mentorship to instructor trainees, and we would be happy to tell you more about it.
Please note that we only train instructors to teach at Impact Bay Area. We do not train instructors to teach independently or offer "train the trainer" programs.
We are actively seeking new suited instructors.
Being a suited instructor is a difficult and immensely rewarding job. The teaching days are long, sometimes 9-10 hours, and the suit weighs approximately 40 lbs. Besides being physically demanding, the job is emotionally taxing. Suited instructors are called upon to enact all sorts of scenarios, from verbal street harassment to muggings to sexual assaults. In addition to acting like assailants, they are also instructors, and have a supportive role coaching students on technique.
The reward for this work is the opportunity to see students, often survivors of assault, find their voices and their strength over the course of about 21 hours. The change in students from the first day of class to the last is frequently dramatic and profound.
All of our instructors work in teams, and being able to set aside your own agenda and ego is a crucial qualification for this position.
Training is approximately 100 hours, and lasts 6-9 months (part time). Training is compensated at $12-$15/hour, and certified instructors are paid $25-$30/hour.
The first step in becoming a whistle instructor is to take a Basics class. Sign up for a Basics class here.
The next step is to apply to become a class assistant, which you can do at your Basics class -- if you're already a Basics grad, please apply here for our assistant training program.