Senior Instructor

 

Job Description

Our senior instructors are our talented and versatile mid-level instructors They are employed at all three sites to work with our youngest sailors in our Learn-to-Sail, Advanced Sailing, Racing and Cruising.  They report directly to their respective Step Leaders.  Senior instructors typically have 1-2 years previous instructing experience, but do not necessarily have experience leading a class on their own.
 
Senior instructors must be team players and strong role models, capable of motivating and mentoring Courageous’ youngest sailors, as well as instilling within them a deep respect for Courageous’ boats, the ocean environment and for one another.  They are also responsible for creating a fun and positive atmosphere, one that gets students excited about hopping in the boats and getting out on the water all summer long!  As safety boat drivers, they are also directly responsible for monitoring and ensuring the safety of our students.
 
The ideal senior instructor would specialize in teaching a certain course at a certain site all summer long, but, in a pinch, would also be capable of filling in for other staff members teaching other courses.  As Senior Instructors are encouraged to apprentice with our Step Leaders and Coaches, this position is particularly suited to individuals interested in advancing through the instructor ranks at Courageous and in becoming assistant or head coaches.
In your application for the Senior Instructor position, please indicate which courses you would prefer to teach.
 
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: helping to plan and run classes; teaching students and new instructors to respect boats and equipment, and reporting damage and breakdowns when they occur; teaching students about the environment and leadership in addition to the fundamentals of sailing from within the sailboat; helping to maintain and clean the docks, boats and grounds; participation in regular staff skill-building clinics.

 

Contact

Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

 

Senior Instructor Positions

Step 2: Beginner Sailing and Camp Harbor View Assistant Leader
Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Assistant Leader
Step 4: Racing Assistant Coach or Instructor
Step 4: Cruising Assistant Coach or Instrctor


 

Step 2: Beginner Sailing

(Camp Harbor View, Charlestown and Jamaica Pond)

Step 2 Senior Instructors are responsible for leading chalk talks and running the safety boats.  The senior instructor is primarily responsible for leading the instruction team in teaching students the skills and competencies outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Sailing “Little Red Book,” in preparation for advancement into higher levels of the Courageous’ program.  As Step 2 is the point of entry for the vast majority of Courageous’ youth sailors, the Step 2 Senior Instructors must be highly energetic and excited about sailing and teaching sailing.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • 2-3 years sailing instruction experience
    • CSC 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 I certification course)
    • Passing sailing skills check-out with Youth Director
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Team-oriented
    • Excellent references
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with kids

Other Considerations for this position

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • 1 Year previous sailing experience (not necessary for this position)
    • Other teaching experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
    • Keelboat experience
    • Interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team
 

 

 


 

 

 

Step 3/Advanced

(Charlestown only)

Step 3/Advanced Sailing staff play a critical role in preparing our most enthusiastic and hard working youth sailors for eventual entry into our most advanced course offerings in Racing and Cruising.  They are employed at our Charlestown site and report directly to the Step 3 Leader.  The Senior instructor is responsible for running a safety boat and may, from time to time, sail with students to coach them more closely on the finer points of boat handling, navigation, etc.
 
The Senior Instructor is primarily responsible for teaching students the skills and competencies outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Sailing “Little Red Book” and the Small Boat Performance Sailing “Little Green Book” in preparation for advancement into higher levels of the Courageous’ program.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing Sailing skills check-out with Youth Director
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • CSC 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 I certification course)
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Team-oriented
    • Excellent references
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with kids

Other Considerations for this position

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Other teaching experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
    • Keelboat experience
    • Racing and cruising experience
    • Interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team 

 

Apply to be a Step 3 Advanced Instructor 

 

 


 

Step 4/Racing

(Charlestown only)

The assistant racing coach’s primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Charlestown racing program.  He/She reports to the Head Racing Coach.
 
The Assistant Racing Coach must bring to the Step4/Racing program a passion for racing, and a level of energy and enthusiasm that will motivate his/her students and staff, as well as inspire younger students in the lower rungs of the Courageous program to want to join the racing program.  The Assistant Racing Coach must also be sensitive to the needs of his/her individual students, while setting up the Courageous Racing Team for success at the local, regional and national levels of racing.
 
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: sailing with students to fine tune their boat handling; making sure all equipment for the class (specifically the 420 fleet) is cared for and well-maintained; preparing racing team members to participate in local, regional and national regattas; occasionally leading classes if the Head and/or Assistant Racing Coach are away at regattas.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Racing experience in local junior events, preferably in 420s as a member of a high school or college team
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing check out with Head Racing Coach or Youth Director
    • CSC 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 I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Team-oriented
    • Excellent references
    • A passion for sailing, racing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth

Other Considerations for this position

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Experience with team racing, though not mandatory
    • Strong interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team

 

Apply to be a Step 4 Racing Instructor 

 

 


 

Step 4/Cruising

(Charlestown only)

The Senior Cruising Instructors must bring to the Step4/Cruising program a passion for distance sailing and a level of energy and enthusiasm that will motivate their students, as well as inspire younger students in the lower rungs of the Courageous program to want to join the cruising program in the future.
 
Cruising instructors are each responsible for teaching aboard their own cruising boat, and so cruising instructors must feel comfortable handling a 30-foot keelboat with an inboard or outboard engine.
 
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: leading chalk talks; making sure all equipment for the class (specifically the cruising fleet and related navigation items) is cared for and well-maintained; assisting the head coach making all of the necessary preparations to execute overnight coastal cruising trips (from carefully selecting a route, to making a safety plan, to obtaining parental permissions); organizing and promoting opportunities for staff to improve their seamanship and increase their knowledge and skills a cruisers.

Requirements

    • US Sailing Level 1 or Keelboat Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Passing sailing checkout with Head Cruising Coach or Sailing Director
    • CSC 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 I certification course)
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Exposure to basic sailboat and engine maintenance
    • Must be available for occasional overnight cruises and island campouts
    • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Team-oriented
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, cruising, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

Other Considerations for this position

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Prior experience with out-of-school, outdoor, or experiential education
    • Previous experience cruising Massachusetts Bay and surrounding waters a plus
    • Camping experience

  

Apply to be a Step 4 Cruising Instructor