Friday, 11 January 2013 13:36

Employment - YP Assistant Racing Coach

Assistant Racing Coach

 

Job Description

Our Team Leaders and Assistant Coaches (or “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.

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.

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

    • Current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification, equivalent, or more advanced
    • 1-2 years experience teaching sailing
    • Racing experience in local junior events, preferably in 420s or Lasers as a member of a high school or college team
    • Willingness to work occasional weekends to help coach at local regattas
    • 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)
    • 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 J/22s
  • Experience with team racing, though not mandatory
  • (not required, but a plus) Strong interest in racing for Courageous in local, regional and national PHRF and one-design events as a member of the youth racing team

Contact

Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

 

Apply to be an Assistant Race Coach

 

 

Friday, 11 January 2013 11:21

Employment - YP Senior Instructor

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 

   

 

 

Saturday, 05 January 2013 11:28

Rhodes 19

There, suspended by one hand between the baggage-car and the tender, with the other he loosened the safety chains; but, owing to the traction, he would never have succeeded in unscrewing the yoking-bar, had not a violent concussion jolted this bar out. The train, now detached from the engine, remained a little behind, whilst the locomotive rushed forward with increased speed.

Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:13

Volunteer

volunteer

Courageous' first volunteer was Harry McDonough who summoned a small group of volunteers to get the resources and support necessary to create Courageous Sailing Center in 1987. Today, volunteers can help with a variety of tasks at Courageous, especially in preparation for the busy summer season. Courageous schedules "Work Parties" where volunteer work crews help Courageous prepare boats for the season, spruce up the boathouse, etc. Volunteers also contribute to our "Guest Coach" program and not only coach our racing program for a day but also talk about how sailing made a difference in their lives and careers.

Contact us to get involved as a volunteer.

Saturday, 08 December 2012 15:04

Employment - Youth Program

Youth Program Employment Opportunities



In the Courageous youth program, we strive to transform kids' lives through the sport of sailing. Our sailing school's instruction team works not only to foster students' love of sailing, adventure and the outdoors, but also to give them the values, skills and confidence that they will need to thrive in their lives beyond Courageous. The Courageous Youth Programs have opportunities for everyone from aspiring instructors to seasoned outdoor educators and youth program managers. Expand the list below to learn and apply to available positions.

 

Give back. Change Lives. Apply today!

To Apply: 

(1) Compose a cover letter that lists the positions you are interested in, describes your qualifications for these positions and explains why you wish to work at Courageous Sailing.
 
(2)  Update your resume, in a way that highlights any relevant experience in sailing instruction, sailing, teaching, coaching, working with youth, etc. Please also list and/or send photocopies of any relevant certifications.
 
 
(4) In the event that the application form is not working for you, you may also email or mail all of the above application materials to the Director of Youth Programs:

kate@courageoussailing.org

--or--

Attn: Kate Henderson
Director of Youth Programs
Courageous Sailing
One First Avenue
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA 02129
Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:50

Dinghy Fleet - Club 420

c420Dinghy Fleet - Club 420

The International 420 Class Dinghy is a monohull planing dinghy with centerboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. It is designed for a crew of two. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long).  The International 420 was designed by Andre Cornu in the 1960s as a general purpose two sail, transom sheeted, non-trapeze dinghy, with modest easily handled sail plan. The hull's seaworthyness and stability at speed proved to be better than most of its contemporaries, and this together with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather and thus an excelent youth trainer, qualities that lead to its adoption for that role by the RYA in the mid 1970's.

 

Overall length 13.90 ft (4.24 m)  c420 drawing
Beam 5.50 ft (1.68 m)
Draft 2.95 ft (0.90 m)
Mainsail Area 79.65 ft2 (7.40m2)
Jib Area 30.14 ft2 (2.80m2)
Spinnaker Area 95.00 ft2 (8.83 m2) 
Hull Weight 230 lb (104.33 kg)
Optimal Weight Range 220-300 lb (100-136 kg)

 

 

 

Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:48

Dinghy Fleet - Laser

Laser cropDinghy Fleet - Laser

Thanks to the generosity of the Courageous Community, we acquired a fleet of 12 brand-new Lasers in 2010, complete with Full, Radial, and 4.7 Rigs. The International Laser Class sailboat, is a popular single-handed, one-design class of small sailing dinghy. The design, by Bruce Kirby, emphasizes simplicity and performance. Now manufactured by Laser Performance, the Laser is one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. As of 2011, there are more than 250,000 boats worldwide. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust, simple to rig and sail. The Laser also provides very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.

 

Overall length 13.78 ft (4.2 m)  laser line drawing
Beam 4.56 ft (1.39 m)
Draft 2.62 ft (0.80 m)
Full Rig Sail Area 75.99 ft2 (7.06m2)
Optimal Weight Range 160-190 lb (73-86 kg)
Radial Rig Sail Area 62 ft2 (5.76 m2) 
Optimal Weight Range 121-159 lb (55-72 kg)
4.7 Rig Sail Area 50.59 ft2 (4.7 m2)
Optimal Weight Range 100-120 lb (45-54 kg)
Hull Weight 130 lb (58.97 kg)

 

 

 

Thursday, 08 January 2009 11:07

2011 Courageous Challenge

2011courageouschallenge16th Annual

Courageous Challenge Charity Regatta

CLICK HERE FOR THE '11 FLYER
& REGISTRATION FORM!
May 23, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 
6 pm to sunset

For the past sixteen years, the Courageous Challenge has been our most popular and successful corporate fundraiser.

What is the Courageous Challenge?

The Courageous Challenge is a corporate regatta and teambuilding event. By participating, your company is supporting Courageous' free programs for Boston youth, where over 10,000 children have learned to sail over the past eighteen years. Learn more about our youth programs!

How does the Challenge work?

The Challenge Regatta runs for four consecutive Monday nights (June 6, 13, 20 and 27), with a prepartory night of sailing and instruction on May 23.

The first night of the regatta is a "Racing Clinic". The evening includes practice races from 6pm to sunset. We will have coaches on hand to work with you on and off the water, all followed by fun awards and video coverage immediately following the races.

The next four nights are when the competition heats up! Each team races with their respective crews, and Gourmet Caterers provides a light buffet on the Courageous pier at sunset.
On the final night one young sailor from the Courageous Advanced Racing Program will join your team. The Challenge culminates with an awards ceremony and farewell barbecue.

No sailing experience is necessary to compete in the Courageous Challenge. If you request, our experienced and knowledgeable instructor staff will be on hand to show you everything you need to know. Also, keep in mind that the two to three people in your sailboat can change from week to week, this allows for more people to take part in the fun. But many teams have the same people racing each week.

Donation Structure

All Club levels include the application of the campany's name on one of our Rhodes 19s for the entire season.

Skipper’s Club $2,500
Benefits:

5 nights of racing on Boston Harbor.
Donation pays for:

15 children to attend the Courageous Learn to Sail Program.

Commodore’s Club $3,500
Benefits:

5 nights of racing on Boston Harbor.
Company logo in full color on the jib sail.
10 tickets to Courageous Sailing Center’s Make-A-Mark Gala.
Donation pays for:

15 children to attend the Courageous Learn to Sail Program and;
5 children to attend the Courageous Advanced Racing or Cruising Program.

Admiral’s Club $4,500
Benefits:

5 nights of racing on Boston Harbor.
Company logo in full color on the jib sail.
10 tickets to Courageous Sailing Center’s Make-A-Mark Gala.
Donation pays for:

15 children to attend the Courageous Learn to Sail Program;
5 children to attend the Courageous Advanced Racing or Cruising Program, and;
One teenage sailor to attend our Instructor In Training Program.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:58

Directions to Jamaica Pond

JP AutumnThe Jamaica Pond Boathouse is located at the intersection of the Jamaica Way and Pond Street. Jamaica Pond is a one and one-half mile walk from the Orange Line's Green Street T Stop, and is also on bus routes 39, 41 and 48.
 
Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaica Way, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:58

Directions to Charlestown

charlestownmap

Click here for a Google map that shows where we are, where nearby parking is, and how to walk to us from public transport.

Physical Address: Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard

Mailing Address: One First Avenue, Charlestown, MA

By Car:

From south of Boston: Take Interstate 95N to Interstate 93N to Boston. Go through the new I-93 North tunnel. Stay in the right lane. Take exit (#23) (Govt. Center). Stay to the right when the exit ramp splits, towards the North End and Charlestown. Proceed straight onto North Washington Street and across the Bridge. Take a right at the end of the bridge onto Chelsea Street. Follow the directions below.

North of Boston: From 93 Southbound: Take "Sullivan Square/Charlestown" exit (#28). Go straight to set of lights. At the rotary take your second right on to Rutherford Avenue past Bunker Hill Community College. At second light, take left onto Chelsea Street. Follow the directions below.

From Storrow Drive Eastbound: Continue along the Drive until it ends at the I-93/North Station exit. Follow signs to North Station. At the lights, take a left onto Causeway St. The Fleet Center and North Station will be on your left. At the next set of lights, N. Washington St., make a left and cross the Charlestown Bridge. Make a right at the first set of lights onto Chelsea Street. Follow the directions below.

Continue on Chelsea though two sets of traffic lights. At the third set of lights, take a right into the Navy Yard. Upon entering Gate 4 of the Navy Yard, you should see red and white signs pointing you to Courageous. Take your first left on to First Avenue, and then take your first right on Eighth Street. Follow the road behind the Flagship Wharf Complex. The road will bring you right to the base of Pier 4, where we are located in the white building on the pier. There is no parking on the pier.

By MBTA:
Take the green or orange line to North Station. Follow Causeway St. towards the North End; take a left onto North Washington St. and cross the Charlestown Bridge. Take a right at the first set of lights onto Chelsea St., and walk through the Constitution Complex along the waterfront. Take a right onto Pier 4; Courageous is the white building on the pier.

By Bus:
Bus #93 runs from the Haymarket and Sullivan Square Stations to First Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Upon getting off the bus, follow the above directions to Courageous.

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