Friday, 11 January 2013 13:11

Employment - YP IIT

Instructor-In-Training Program (IIT)

 

Job Description

The IIT program is an intensive job-training program designed to take young sailors from student to instructor during an eight-week summer session.  Full completion of the IIT program typically takes two summers.  This program will help you master your sailing skills, build your confidence on the water and as a leader, bring together you and your peers as a formidable sailing instruction team.  The IIT program will also prepare you for the industry-standard US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification course by introducing you to some basic instruction techniques and giving you the opportunity to apply them by helping to teach the Courageous Step 1/2 Programs at all three of our sites!

Returning IIT's

If you hope to return for a second summer of the IIT program in 2013, you must reapply.  No essay is necessary; however you will be asked to come to Courageous for an interview and sailing test sometime in March of 2013.  Click here to fill out the Returning Instructor-in-Training information update form.  Please complete by March 1, 2013, or your chances of losing a spot to a new applicant will be greatly increased.  Thank you!

Prospective IITs

To meet the requirements for entering the 2013 IIT program, you must:

    • Be 15-years-old before July 1, 2013;

    • Have successfully completed a full session of either Cruising or Racing in 2012, or its equivalent

(Important: If you have not completed this course and would still like to be considered for the Courageous IIT Program, please contact the youth program director immediately; in 2013 this may not necessarily exclude you from becoming an IIT)

    • Obtain a current First/Aid CPR certification (Note:IITs areresponsible for covering the cost of their own certification; Courageous may host a pre-season First/Aid CPR if enough IITs are interested)

    • Complete the staff application form by clicking here.

    • Submit an outstanding Application Form and Essay;

    • Wow your Program Director in an Interview;

    • Ace a Sailing Check-Out; and

    • Commit to the full 8-week program, from June 25, until August 16, 2013.

    • For Boston Residents Only: Apply to the Boston Youth Fund/Hopeline program.  This usually happens during February Vacation Week.  For more details, click here: http://www.bostonyouthfund.org/summerprogram.asp

Essay Question

Instructions: Please choose one of the following questions to answer. The response should be typed, and at least one but no longer than two double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins, using Times New Roman 12-pt font.

Reminder: Those who have already completed at least one summer of the IIT program do not have to complete the essay question.

Question 1:

Courageous Sailing’s mission statement is “Transforming lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.” Who is a leader you admire? In your opinion, what qualities make a strong leader?  Tell the story of a time when you had to be a leader. What qualities do you possess that make you a strong leader. What things do you think you need to work on before you can be as strong a leader as those you admire?

Question 2: 

Who is your favorite teacher?  What qualities made them a great teacher?  Why do you want to be a "teacher" (otherwise known as a "Sailing Instructor") at Courageous Sailing Center? What qualities do you possess that may help you be good at this job?  What things do you think you need to work on before you can be as good at teaching as your favorite teacher?

 

 

Apply to the IIT Program

Contact

Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

 

 

 

Jamaica Pond Boathouse Manager/Front Desk

Job Description

The Site Director/Office Manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Jamaica Pond program. This individual reports to and will work closely with the Youth Program Director. He/She will act as Courageous’ primary liaison between the Courageous JP staff, the
Charlestown office staff, the City Parks Department and the members of the general public who also utilize the pond and boathouse outside of youth program hours.
 
Specific daily responsibilities include but are not be limited to: scheduling staff for daily, special programs, and lesson coverage; ensuring that lessons proceed on-time; planning and conducting weekly meetings with site staff; monitoring weather conditions; ensuring that the boats and grounds are tidy at the end of each day; opening and closing the site; checking in daily with the youth program director via telephone; maintaining a cash register and balance books; and assisting the youth program director in organization of materials and curricula for leadership and environmentally focused lessons.
 
The Spring Site Director is also strongly encouraged to lead efforts to further engage the Jamaica Pond community at our site, whether it be through developing new programs, increasing marketing efforts regarding lessons and racing nights, or maintaining physical or online community posting boards.

Requirements:

    • Background in educational or non-profit program management, specifically youth programs related to sailing or outdoor education
    • Strong preference for substantial sailing or general boating experience.  If applicant does not possess these skills from the outset they must be at least in physically strong condition (able to lift 50 lbs.), not be averse to working in inclement weather conditions, and have the capacity to learn quickly.
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • Flexible thinker and problem-solver; willingness and ability to independently take initiative
    • An enthusiastic self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail
    • Ability to lead and support a team of high school and college-aged co-workers
    • Background in customer service and/or possession of strong communication skills
    • Outstanding references
    • Εnthusiasm for sailing, aquatic environments and working with youth
    • Highly organized, dependable and trustworthy; ultimately capable of being relied upon to oversee operations and take pride in this unique off-harbor satellite site and proudly represent Courageous and the Jamaica Pond Boathouse to the general public

Other considerations for this position:

    • Ability to stay on through August 31, 2013
    • Extra consideration given to U.S. Sailing Certified Level I Instructor, equivalent or more advanced sailing instruction or head instructor experience; ability and willingness to lead or teach sailing classes, but NOT REQUIRED.
    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
    • Experience as an environmental educator; past education or interest in the fields of biology, environmental studies, geology, ecology, aquatic studies, or similar fields
    • Specific experience with experiential outdoor leadership education (NOLS, Outward Bound, etc.)
    • Familiarity with the theory and practice behind Youth Development, Leadership Training and/or high quality Out-of-School Time programming

 

Start Date

April 15, 2013

End Date

June 30, 2013 (w/possibility for extension to Aug or Nov 2013)

Compensation

Hourly rate commensurate with experience

Schedule

Full-time; Weekdays and/or Weekends; JP Operating Hours are 11 am to 7 pm daily

 

Contact

Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

 

Apply to be the JP Boathouse Manager

 

 

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 

   

 

 

Friday, 11 January 2013 11:16

Employment - YP Step 3 Leader

Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader

 

Job Description

The Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader’s (a.k.a. "Head Instructor") primary responsibility is to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of the Advanced Sailing program at the Charlestown site. He/She reports to and will work closely with the Assistant Youth Program Director and Youth Program Director.  
  
The Step 3: Intermediate Sailing Leader is the point of entry for Courageous’ youth sailors into our Racing and Cruising programs, it is imperative that the Step 3 Leader be committed to preparing students for entry into these even more advanced and intensive courses.  Each Friday, the Step 3 leader shall hold a sailing test for those Step 2 students wanting to pass into Step 3. 
  
The leader must be a team player and strong role model, capable of motivating and mentoring his/her instructors and young sailors, as well as instilling within them a deep respect for Courageous’ fleet, the ocean environment and for one another.  
  
This person is also charged with maintaining a fun, friendly and positive environment.  The Step 3 Leader will assist the Step 2 leader in preparations for “Fun Fridays” and other events throughout the summer. 
  
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: helping maintain student records; planning classes; creating advance plans for rainy days; running classes from a support boat; training instructors; leading chalk talks; making sure all equipment for the class is cared for and well-maintained; working with the Assistant Youth Director to infuse sailing classes with environmental education and leadership training; communicating with leaders/coaches of other Steps to coordinate advancement of students; helping to warm up and fuel powerboats each morning; lead a team of 3 to 4 other Step 3 instructors; submitting instructor performance evaluations. 

Requirements

    • U.S. Sailing Certified Level 1 Instructor or equivalent certifications 
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification 
    • Extensive safety boat experience and/or CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification that is somewhat more rigorous than NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course) 
    • 3+ years experience teaching sailing 
    • Ability to communicate well with public, parents, partner organizations, etc. 
    • Experience in basic sailboat and powerboat maintenance 
    • Positive, enthusiastic, flexible, "can-do" attitude 
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail 
    • Team-oriented 
    • Outstanding references
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

Other considerations for this position: 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.) 
    • Prior experience in leadership role in a youth sailing program or other youth program that required you to lead others
    • Prior outdoor education or summer camp councilor experience 
    • Other teaching experience 
    • More advanced Racing or Cruising experience strongly preferred
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus

 

Contact

Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12

Email: kate@courageoussailing.org

 

 

Apply to be a Step 3 Leader

 

 

Friday, 11 January 2013 10:47

Employment - YP Step 1 & 2 Assistant Leader

Step 1: Sailing 101 Assistant Leader
 
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Assistant Leader 

 

Job Description

Our Assistant 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 willing and 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 1 & 2 Assistant Leaders

Step 1 & 2 Assistant Leaders are responsible for leading chalk talks and running the safety boats.  The assistant leader is primarily responsible for leading the instruction team in teaching students the skills and competencies outlined in the Courageous Sailing “Blue Book” in preparation for advancement into higher levels of the Courageous’ program.  As Steps 1 & 2 are the point of entry for the vast majority of Courageous’ youth sailors, the Step 1 & 2 assistant leaders must be highly energetic and excited about sailing and teaching sailing. 

Requirements:

    • US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification (or equivalent)
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • 1-2 years previous sailing instruction experience
    • Safety boat driving experience
    • 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.)
    • Other teaching experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
    • Keelboat experience
    • (not required but a plus) 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 a an Assistant Leader

 

 

Saturday, 05 January 2013 16:08

BPS District-Wide Sailing Team

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, in March of 2011, the BPS district-wide sailing team took the water for the first time with a small, but extremely dedicated crew of sailors. The team was comprised of students from all parts of Boston. They had one thing in common: a passion for sailing. The season culminated in a strong C-Division finish at the Mass Bay League Championship. The team’s success was highlighted in numerous news articles, and we were honored that it received national praise in the Council for Great City Schools’ June/July 2011 issue of Urban Educator.

Now entering their second season, returning team members, under the tutelage of veteran Courageous coach Chris DuBois, will return to lead a larger Varsity program and set the stage for a new JV team.
Saturday, 05 January 2013 11:28

Rhodes 19

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Friday, 04 January 2013 11:59

Day Charter - J/22

j22 cropThe J/22 is a 22 foot keel sailboat designed by J boats. It is actively raced in yacht clubs in the United States and Europe.  The J/22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.

Capacity: 5-6 adults + gear

Rate: $125/day

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:54

Day Charter - Rhodes 19

Rhodes-19-Boston-SkylineThe Rhodes 19 is a 19 foot (6 m) long sailboat, designed by Philip Rhodes and originally manufactured by O'Day. Currently, the Rhodes 19 is built by Stuart Marine Corp. To date, approximately 3500 of the boats have been built.  Available with either a fixed keel or with a retractable centerboard, it is used primarily as a day sailer or for one-design racing.  All of the Courageous Rhodes 19s are fixed keel. The Rhodes 19 is still actively raced throughout the United States, with active fleets in many Massachusetts locations.

Capacity: 4 adults + gear

Rate: $95/day

Friday, 04 January 2013 11:31

The Leisurely Sail

This is the most casual type of outing. Participants can spend the day learning to sail or tour points of interest in Boston Harbor. A Leisurely sail is often a good option for smaller groups that are not able to field a large number of boats for a fleet race.

Contact Jake Denney, Adult Program Director, to schedule a Leisurely Sail

 

 

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