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Dinghy Coach

Reports to: Site Director and Youth Program Director
Status: Seasonal; full-time
Date of Last Revision: December 17, 2015


  • The dinghy coach teaches students in our intermediate and advanced levels, working with different Head Instructors and serving as a resource for the Instructors-in-Training trainers.
  • Step 3 is a three-week intermediate course offered to children ages 10 and up.  Students first learn to sail more independently in Rhodes 19s without instructors in the boat, then spend one week in RS Quests.  Instructor supervision is provided from a motorboat, and instructors are available to sail in boats with students who need more support.
  • Step 4 is a combination of dinghy sailing on 420s, RS Quests, and potentially Lasers, and performance cruising in our J/80s. Many of the students focusing on dinghy sailing are transitioning from a keelboat for the first time. Step 4 students learn to rig and sail the various boats, fly asymmetrical spinnakers for the first time, and are introduced to the basics of racing and navigation.


  • Lead Courageous dinghy programming for students in Steps 3 and 4 and Instructors-in-Training.
  • Assist Head Instructors and IIT Trainers in the development of lesson plans for each session
  • Work with the Head Instructors and IIT Trainers to create a sail plan to be shared with the site director
  • Prepare lessons for days when sailing is not possible
  • Lead and facilitate chalk talks
  • Organize weekly staff dinghy racing series
  • Help lead chores at the end of each day
  • 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


  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification, equivalent or more advanced
  • 2-3 years sailing instruction experience
  • Racing experience and knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course
  • Experience/competence with capsize recovery, towing, and safety boat maneuvering
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Outstanding communication and team management skills
  • Excellent references
  • A passion for sailing, the ocean, and working with kids

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