Courageous Sailing, Inc.
One First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Participate in and contribute to a safe, engaging, and respectful work environment by:
Teach US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat according to the curriculum as laid out by US Sailing and Courageous Sailing
Conduct check-out sails for new cruising members
Teach private lessons
Lead small groups during corporate events
Act as a liaison between membership and maintenance to ensure proper care of the cruising fleet.
Assist members in planning overnight sails
Provide clear, effective and timely communication with leadership staff
Leave Courageous better than you found it.
Safe (minimizing risks while maintaining an approachable and engaging environment for students, members, patrons and fellow staff members):
Responsibly manage risk so that students, members, and patrons feel comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zones, asking questions and engaging with the facility on various levels.
Complying with and encouraging students and members to learn Courageous’ set of sailing safety standards and reiterate their importance whenever possible.
Attend all days of staff training and staff meetings and/or complete online training.*
Exercise sound judgment and decision-making. Assess and mitigate foreseeable hazards.
Remain up to date on what roles and responsibilities you may take on in the event of an emergency and review the EAP with direct supervisor.
Respectful (support and ensure that everyone can be successful):
Maintain the Courageous fleet and facilities by completing everyday tasks as discussed in training and documented in daily checklists
Reduce and help manage the disposal of waste in and around Boston Harbor
Cultivate a kind and inclusive community.
Engaging (maintaining the expectation of individual responsibility for students and members):
Build rapport with students, members and patrons
Provide active and engaged feedback to daily questions and interactions
Lead, facilitate, and participate in on-land responsibilities for general upkeep of the boathouse during down time.
*Job training days are position-dependent and vary from position to position.
USCG Captain's license
Extensive J80 or comparable sportboat sailing and racing experience preferable
2-3 years coaching/instructor experience
US Sailing Keelboat Instructor or equivalent certification; (for Adult Program) US Sailing Basic Cruising Instructor or Bareboat Cruising Instructor certification preferable
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
Current First Aid/CPR certification
Positive and enthusiastic attitude
Outstanding communication, team management, and positive behavior management skills
Excellent customer-facing skills and attitude
A passion for sailing, the ocean, and teaching
Willingness to work weekday evenings and weekends within a consistent schedule.
Ability to relay needs, issues, and solutions between members, staff, and administration
At least 2-3 years customer service a plus
Can work effectively and effectively communicate with a wide variety of age groups and populations from diverse backgrounds
Able to communicate clearly and directly
Comfortable giving and receiving feedback
Employer Contact Information
Courageous Sailing, Inc.
One First Avenue
Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.
Courageous Sailing is a community that embraces sailing as a platform for life-long learning, personal growth and leadership; a center of sailing excellence committed to removing barriers to access for all Boston youth, the public and people with physical and intellectual challenges.
Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) by the late South Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough. It was Harry’s dream to use sailing to build character and camaraderie among Boston children from all economic and ethnic backgrounds. For 25 years, we have continued to grow and deliver our mission to transform children’s lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership. In Harry’s words, “Every child's perspective is improved 50-yards off-shore.”
Courageous is now a nationally recognized year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development. Courageous offers Boston-area youth free and low-cost out-of-school-time programs in sailing, environmental education, job skills development, and leadership training. In 2011 we were honored to be named one of the top 10 community sailing programs nationwide by both US Sailing and Sail Magazine.
How Courageous Got Its Name
The America's Cup 12 meter "Courageous" once lived at Pier 4 in the Navy Yard. This two-time America's Cup winner lent its name to Courageous Sailing in the late 1980s. The boat now resides at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island, where it has been restored and is still being raced.
Join a team of nearly 100 seasonal instructors, administrators, and coaches, all dedicated to delivering affordable, high quality sailing programs to thousands of Boston-area community members each year. Visit our website to view our most up to date job postings and to find the right opportunity for you. We look forward to hearing from you!