Spring After School Sailing Instructor / Head Instructor
Status: Seasonal, Part Time
Date of Last Revision: January 27, 2016
Courageous runs a variety of spring after school programs for neighborhood elementary and high school students. We offer two 4-week beginner/intermediate spring programs from late May through mid June. One program, called Charlestown After School Sailing, is geared towards 3rd-6th graders, many of whom also participate in our summer program. Another program serves local high school students, primarily youth from underserved populations, who are absolutely new to sailing and want to try it out. We’re also looking for instructors for our pilot Work-Sail program for at-risk teens interested in learning how to sail, building professional and teaching skills, helping around the boathouse, and eventually becoming summer program instructors-in-training. This program runs April 26-June 10. Courageous is looking for instructors to sail on Rhodes 19s with 3 kids at a time, teaching beginner/intermediate sailing and participating in group activities. We are also hiring a head instructor for the two 4-week programs.
Instructor responsibilities vary slightly depending upon the program and position, and include some or all of the following:
- Sail a Rhodes 19 with up to 3 students
- Individualize sailing instruction to each student’s level, needs, and learning style.
- Help plan activities; teach independently and participate in group activities and drills led from a motorboat.
- Ensure a safe, fun, inclusive, supportive environment.
- Walk elementary-aged participants to and from school.
In addition, the head instructor will:
- Plan curriculum and lead daily activities in collaboration with instructors.
- Supervise sailboats and lead activities from a motorboat.
- Keep records of attendance, daily boat assignments and activities, incidents/injuries, etc.
- Coordinate instructor schedules.
- 2+ years sailing experience; solid sailing skills
- 1+ years teaching sailing to youth or participating in an Instructor Training or Junior Instructor program
- Positive, enthusiastic, and flexible attitude
- Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on changes in weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
- A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment, and working with kids
- Head Instructor must have US Sailing Level 1 certification and be able to operate a motorboat and tow sailboats competently
Other considerations for this position ("nice-to-haves," not requirements):
- Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
- Prior experience working with children in a school, after school, or camp setting
- US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Certification (or equivalent) helpful, but not required at this level