• Explore. Learn. Sail! Low-cost, high-quality programs that connect city youth with Boston Harbor and Jamaica Pond. Youth Sailing
  • Sailing and rowing for kids, adults, and families on this beautiful pond located in the heart of Boston. Jamaica Pond

Alerts

Saturday, February 13th, 2016: Racing is Cancelled.
We will be at the New England Boat Show all week. Come by and say hello.
Boat Show Discounts will be available starting Saturday, Feb. 13th.
  • Work for Courageous

    Love sailing? Love teaching? Courageous is currently hiring for a variety of seasonal and summer jobs for our youth and adult programs. Spend your summer sailing with kids, teach sailing to adults on weekends, or help run one of our programs! Read More
  • Summer Youth Program Registration

    We’re gearing up for another awesome summer of sailing at Courageous in Charlestown and at Jamaica Pond! Our 2016 programs will run between Tuesday, July 5 and Friday, August 19. The online lottery for registration opens March 1 and closes March 15. Our need-blind summer sailing program offers sailing instruction at a variety of levels for kids aged 8 and up. Read More
  • Sail Boston Harbor!

    At Courageous, we’re committed to providing some of the best and most affordable sailing opportunities on Boston Harbor for adults and families. Whether you’re a total beginner or an expert sailor, we’ve got a course or membership to fit your needs and interests. Read More

Youth Program

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Courageous annually serves over 1,000 children, ages 8 to 18, out of three sailing venues in the City of Boston: Charlestown Navy Yard, Jamaica Pond, and Camp Harbor View. At our headquarters on Pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, we operate a "five-step" summertime sailing school program that takes students from "Learn-to-Sail" through "Instructor-in-Training" programs. Each Step in our curriculum includes sailing instruction, environmental education, and leadership training components. The Charlestown site also hosts two programs that provide free sailing and science programming to Boston Public School students. We operate similar though smaller-scale programs at both Jamaica Pond and Camp Harbor View.

 

 

Thank you for your application!

Please check your email Inbox (and Spambox!) for confirmation that we have received your application form. This email will contain a copy of your submitted application so that you may review it for any mistakes. Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 617-242-3821 x12 or youthprogram@courageoussailing.org.

 

Environmental Education Coordinator

Reports to: Youth Program Director
Status: Seasonal, Full-Time
Date of Last Revision: December 17, 2015
 

Description:

The environmental education program incorporates practical marine biology, environmental, and outdoor education activities into all of the sailing levels of the Summer Youth Program. We take advantage of our location on Boston Harbor to give students direct experience with this ecosystem. In addition, we foster a community of environmental awareness at Courageous by encouraging recycling, trash reduction, general stewardship and environmental responsibility.

Many of the students that attend the Summer Youth Program do not have other opportunities to spend times outdoors or experience nature up-close. Therefore, it is crucial that we introduce environmental education carefully and encourage life-long learning, memorable experiences, and positive interactions with the ocean.

Responsibilities:

  • Design a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental education program
  • Introduce EE program to staff at orientation
  • Facilitate daily EE activities for each sailing level (ages 8-17), based on a designated schedule, including working with the Swim Sail Science! program
  • Facilitate EE activities on days/at times when sailing is not possible (too hot, too windy, raining, etc.)
  • Weekly posts on the Courageously Green Blog and encourage other staff to write for the blog as well
  • Post daily marine bio facts relevant to each week's theme
  • Promote environmentally friendly culture at Courageous; including, but not limited to, encouraging Waste Free Wednesdays, weekly pier clean-ups, composting, recycling, fresh water conservation
  • Must attend staff orientation and all 7 weeks of summer program, dress in Courageous uniform, and provide own transportation to Courageous Sailing Center

Qualifications:

  • Passion for the ocean, nature, sailing, and working with students
  • Working towards or Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies, Science Education, Marine Biology or similar field
  • Minimum 3 years leading hands-on environmental/science activities
  • Minimum 2 years of education experience
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications
  • Experience with curriculum development and program evaluation
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Extensive knowledge of New England floral, fauna, and sea life
  • Ability to responsibly handle sea life
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to teach outside in difficult conditions (noisy, rainy, hot) with few materials
  • Note: ability to sail is not necessary**

2016 Schedule:

Senior Staff Training: June 22-24
All Staff Training: June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, from Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 19

 

Site Director and Assistant Site Director

Reports to: Youth Program Director
Status: Seasonal, Full-Time
Date of Last Revision: December 17, 2015

Description:

Courageous Sailing operates summertime youth sailing programs at three different locations: the Charlestown Navy Yard on Boston Harbor; Camp Harbor View, located on Long Island in Boston Harbor; and Jamaica Pond, a smaller, freshwater venue located in the heart of the city of Boston.  
 
At each site, a Site Director and Assistant Site Director are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the youth programs at that site. The Site Directors report to the Youth Program Director, and supervise Head Instructors (5-7 at Charlestown; 2-3 at Jamaica Pond; 2-3 at Camp Harbor View).
 

Each Site Director functions like their site's principal and operations manager. This position is a great leadership opportunity for the sort of individual who, for example, has previously been a Head Instructor at another program and is interested in gaining more staff/logistics management experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Training and Communication
    • Collaborating with the Youth Program Director and Youth Program Outreach Coordinator to plan and conduct Staff Orientation, Staff Development Clinics, and weekly staff meetings
    • Attending all Senior Staff meetings
    • Communicating daily events, needs, issues and successes to the Head Instructors, Youth Program Director, Youth Program Outreach Coordinator, Evaluation Coordinator, Fleet Manager, and Adult Program Director, as needed or as appropriate
  • Site Management
    • Opening and Closing the site each day (8 am - 4 pm)
    • Managing the division of site resources between Head Instructors and their respective classes
    • Communicating via radio with all Head Instructors to coordinate the safe departure and return of each class at the beginning of the day, lunchtime, the end of the day, and during any emergency management procedure (e.g. bringing boats home before incoming weather event)
    • Communicating via radio with passing ships, ferries, barges and others for whom the youth sailing program may pose a navigational obstruction or hazard
    • Ensuring all boats are tied down and equipment is stowed properly at close of each program session
    • Ensuring the facility is clean and ready for the next day or programs beginning after 4 pm
  • Staff and Student Management
    • Promoting a culture of safety, fun, and learning
    • Work with the Youth Program Director and Outreach Coordinator to create a strong sense of community and support among the staff members at your site
    • Working  to track student's attendance
    • Working to ensure all staff time cards are complete and accurate
    • Ensuring all youth programming proceeds on time
    • Approving Head Instructors' Daily Float and Lesson Plans, and, as needed, discussing ways to execute their plans more effectively or safely
    • Resolving any issues with students, parents, and staff members, as well as passing these on to the Youth Program Director if problems persist
    • Enforcing all safety and instructional standards, and leading the Emergency Action Plan
    • Maintaining an injury log and ensuring all incident reports are completed and delivered to the Youth Program Director in a timely fashion
    • Interim and end-of-season evaluations of Head Instructors and any other supervisees
  • Performing additional related tasks as designated by the Youth Program Director
  • * Please note that specific duties, schedule, responsibilities vary slightly by site, and listing each difference here would be inefficient.  The Charlestown site, which puts over youth 100 and instructors on the water daily, is far larger than either the Jamaica Pond or Camp Harbor View sites.  Site Directors in these locations function more like traditional Head Instructors. Clarification and more details will be discussed during the candidate's interview.
 

Qualifications:

  • Experience leading teams of staff members within youth development, sailing, education, or camp settings
  • Experience making weather-related programming decisions utilizing a combination of online tools, sensory cues, past experience, and sound judgement
  • Comfort with VHF radio communication
  • Ample experience in sailing and sailing instruction
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification, or more advanced, is required
  • A love for mentoring younger staff and for creating a sense of community and camaraderie among co-workers
  • Current US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Certification or its equivalent is not essential but preferred; more advanced certification, or combination of equivalent certifications and experience
  • Competency in driving a range of small outboard powerboats (e.g. center-console, 17' Boston Whalers and Easterns)

2016 Schedule:

Senior Staff Training: June 22-24
All Staff Training: June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, from Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 19

IIT Head Trainer

Reports to: Site Director
Status: Seasonal, Full-Time
Date of Last Revision: December 17, 2015

Description:

At Courageous Sailing, we run an intensive Instructor-in-Training (IIT) Program for a diversified group of Boston teens ages 15-17. We have up to 22 Instructors-in-Training, each with varying levels of skill in sailing, teaching, and professionalism. The primary goal of the IIT program is to prepare them to become full instructors, capable of passing the US Sailing Level 1 examinations, within one to three summers of training. The Instructor Trainers play a critical role in facilitating this transformation. Instructor Trainers are also responsible for leading teambuilding and creating a welcoming, supportive, and positive learning environment for all of our IITs.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with IIT Asst. Trainers to create a comprehensive lesson plan for the whole summer
  • Work with IIT Asst. Trainers to create a float plan each day that is shared with the site director
  • Make sure all students and staff adhere to the designated schedule
  • Prepare lessons for days when sailing is not possible
  • Facilitate chalk talks for IITs
  • Oversee IITs as they give chalk talks and instruction
  • Manage IIT Asst. Trainers and IITs and aid in their leadership development
  • Lead chores at the end of each day
  • Manage time efficiently to maximize students' time on the water 
  • Organize and chaperone camping trips, BBQs, race nights, and other fun events for the IITs throughout the summer
  • Complete MWBLP for all IITs and staff
  • Distribute evaluation surveys
  • Attend 3-day senior staff orientation and all 5 days of all staff orientation
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Be a constructive and friendly member of the Courageous team
  • Maintain a fun, positive, friendly atmosphere for your students
  • Instill a sense of respect and safety for the Courageous fleet, Boston Harbor, and for each person

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or currently in school for High School education or outdoor education
  • 3-5 years experience teaching teens
  • 2-3 years team management experience
  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
  • 2-3 years of sailing instruction experience
  • Courageous Sailing motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification equivalent to completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level 1 certification course)
  • Passion for working with urban teens
  • Commitment to creating a positive IIT team
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Outstanding communication and team management skills
  • Excellent references

 

2016 Schedule:

Senior Staff Training: June 22-24
All Staff Training: June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday, from Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 19

 

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