Sailing Director

Bay-Waveland Yacht Club
1 Yacht Club Drive BAY SAINT LOUIS
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

BWYC Sailing Director Position Description:

The Sailing Program Director is responsible for the design and operation of the sailing program Bay Waveland Yacht Club in accordance with the policies and directions set forth by the Sailing Committee and Board. The program includes a comprehensive program of instruction (from beginner/learn to sail through advanced). This position will also broadly provide wraparound coaching and logistics support for teams (i.e. Harbor Mice, Green Fleet, R/B/W Fleet, Capdeville, Jr. Liptons, Liptons, etc.) who compete in interclub and intra-club regattas.

The other major responsibilities of the Program Director are to manage the administrative day-to-day aspects of the program and ensure safety for all participants therein.

* The Program Director reports to the Sailing Committee for sailing program related business and the coordination of BWYC operational issues to ensure the smooth functioning and lines of communication of the Sailing Program.

* He/she supervises the Summer Racing Instructor(s) and works with them to coordinate all aspects of the Summer Sailing Camp Program. The Director also supervises all sailing events hosted by BWYC or attended by its Optimist, Jr. Lipton and Capdeville teams as per the racing schedule established at the beginning of each year in concert with parents (Optimist program) and the Sailing Committee (all other events).

Specific Job Accountabilities:


* Assisting other BWYC staff in maintaining accurate inventory (taking all action necessary to ensure safety, cruising, and racing equipment for the fleet and BWYC committee boats are in good working order, scheduling volunteer work days as needed, and proactively arranging for repair or replacement of equipment as needed under the direction of, and within budget limits established by, the Sailing Committee);

* Supervise and direct Sailing Camp, Harbor Mice, Green Fleet, Red/Blue/White Fleet practices and activities (maintaining attendance records, consent forms, parent checklists);

* Oversee safety at the Club within sailing program; instructors, students and parents, taking corrective action to rectify and deficiencies in safety of the program or policies to limit hazard/injury exposure;

* Create enthusiasm for the overall sailing program at all levels by organizing fun racing events, to include “Intro to Sailing” events, seminars and clinics, prizes/incentives/fun,

* Managing parent communication/interface (monthly newsletter updates, emails about upcoming events, frequent emails to parents of junior sailors);

* Occasional meetings with the Board of Directors and Sailing Committee,

* Develop & execute special events/trips to regattas (plan for rainy day classes, etc.);

* Oversee power and sailboat & equipment maintenance (handling repairs & boat maintenance) proactively managing repairs and maintaining basic fleet inventory under budgetary limits established by Sailing Committee. Expenditures in excess of policy limit will be submitted to Sailing Committee Chair monthly (or more often if necessary) for review and approval;

* Assist in improving curriculum for sailing camp and Optimist Program, to strengthen the continuum of support of BWYC’s kids from Harbor Mice to Red Fleet and 420s and beyond;

* Implement and administer achievement testing progam/communicating to parents and sailors the required benchmarks that must be achieved to advance to new fleets, and creating a system of incentives and awards as Optimist sailors transition to new fleets;

* Adhere to program procedures and operational controls;


* Develop lesson plans to achieve curriculum objectives

* Host learn to sail and rules clinics


* Instructor orientation and training with staff prior to Summer Program starting (develop & conduct minimum one day program for counselors with emphasis on standardizing safety and curriculum protocols);

* Conduct daily meetings with summer sailing staff regarding lesson plans and general plans for the day;

* Hire (with support from Sailing Committee) the summer sailing instructors, with instructors ideally committed by the calendar year end for each upcoming summer;

* Supervise sailing staff, establish expectations, and conduct performance reviews at the conclusion of each summer camp;

* Mentor and develop teaching skills in sailing staff;

* Review staff’s lesson plans and ensure adherence to curriculum;

* Ensure that summer sailing instructors attain/maintain appropriate US Sailing Level 1 certification (training, CPR, first aid) and certifications are on file with the BWYC Club Manager;

Other Duties, Club Operations:

* Ensure teamwork w/ other Club staff;

* Weekly safety checks to ensure equipment is in good working order (airbags for optimists, anchors and lifejackets for Flying Scots, etc.);

* Promote & support the overall image of the Club, Officers, staff &programs.


* The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of small boat sailing/racing skills, especially seamanship and sportsmanship. He or she have demonstrated past experience and interest in working with children to develop sailing skills. An applicant must be a self-starter as this is a flexible program. Instructor input, initiative, and ownership of the program is essential.

* US Sailing Certification (Opti and 420 Boat Instructor and Instructor Trainer preferred), minimum four years teaching experience, small power boat handling experience, and current CPR & First Aid Certificates are required.

Time Expectations:

* Program Director is expected to work full-time Monday through Friday (Saturday and Sunday if needed) for 16 weeks in season (May to Late August). Outside of the peak sailing season, this position entails a commitment of approximately 25-30 hours/week off-season for coaching weekly after school practices and weekend Optimist clinics, conducting adult sailing lessons, managing Wednesday Night Sailing, planning fun “Learn to Sail” events, organizing special clinics for sailors of all levels of skill across various sailing disciplines (i.e. spinnaker and trap clinic, green fleet clinic, etc.) and managing boat maintenance schedules.


US Sailing Level 2 or equivalent, or combination of experience and willingness to obtain. US Citizenship or Legal US Work Permit. Able and willing to pass background check. Valid state driver’s license. Demonstrate ability to safely operate an outboard powered coach boat.


US Sailing Level 3 coach. Some college coursework. Significant experience working with youth sailors in competitive racing environment. Significant personal race record.

Contact Ernest LaRocca at


Ernest La Rocca Jr.
1 Yacht Club Drive BAY SAINT LOUIS
United States
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