Head Sailing Coach

Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 East Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
United States

Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Yes California background check
Housing Provided
From $25.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
Full Time
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Reports to:

Sailing Director


Secondary oversight of coaching staff, including up to five coaches during off-season and up to twelve summer staff.


$25+ per hour (commensurate with experience)


Job Summary:

The Head Coach position is responsible for professional operation of Junior and Adult Sailing Programs.  This position will assist with management of a year-round sailing program for juniors ages 5-17 years old and adults over the age of 18 under the direction and supervision of the Sailing Director. This person is responsible for the daily operations and tasks associated with club sailing programs and will be the head travel coach for regattas. They will help coordinate program logistics and goals with the Sailing Director and Youth Advisory Committee. The Head Coach will create and maintain curriculum, help with the training of new instructors, and assist with maintenance projects of club-owned equipment and assets. They must provide a high level of coaching to program participants up to the national level. This position involves a high degree of contact with both adult and junior membership in a consulting, service-oriented, and disciplinarian format as well as on a personal level. Goals for the Head Coach are to be a role model for all sailors, a mentor to new coaches and a leader in local, regional, and national sailing policy and programming.


Job Knowledge, Core Competencies and Expectations:

·         2-3 years of experience leading classes with up to 25 youth or adult students and implementing necessary program curriculum.

·         Experience operating and maintaining 8'-30’ sailboats, powerboats, including basic outboard engine maintenance and sailboat rigging.

·         Proven knowledge of basic regatta management equipment ie. flags, race marks, ground tackle, etc.

·         Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.

·         Proven ability to safely drive while trailering a 25’ trailer, including all customary maneuvers, parking, and loading/unloading at both boat ramp and hoist.

·         Past participation in youth, high school and/or collegiate sailing programs.

·         Experience with the racing rules and racing on variety of sailboats from dinghies to keelboats at a high level of competition

·         Working knowledge of rigging, tuning, repair, and general boat maintenance including the use of basic hand tools.

·         Enthusiastic, flexible, trustworthy, self-motivated, and able to take initiative and follow through.


Job Tasks/Duties:

·         Prepare and manage sailing programs in collaboration with the Sailing Director which includes planning program concept and curriculum, hiring and training staff, securing equipment and facilities, and managing day to day operations. Primary programs include:             

o   Summer junior program (daily).

o   Beginner/intermediate adult program (weekly).

o   Fall and Spring sailing programs consistent with junior sailor needs and availability.

o   Regatta prep clinics prior to regional SCYYRA events as scheduled.

·         Conduct advanced racing classes during program hours which includes a graduated curriculum, daily chalk-talks and de-briefs, a wide variety of on-the-water drills and activities, intermittent proficiency evaluations, and regular progress reports.

·         At all times ensure a SAFE and enjoyable environment for all sailors both on the water and off.

·         Assist in the organization of the travel Race Team, prepare calendars, email correspondences, and organize travel equipment.

·         Motivate junior participation in regional events and travel as lead instructor for the team of LBYC coaches.

·         Enforce proper coaching techniques and those guidelines explained in the LBYC coaching policies.

·         Assist with supervision and management of Junior facilities, equipment maintenance, capital acquisitions and improvements.

·         Enforce policies of LBYC, and if necessary, defer to Sailing Director.

·         Attend events, functions, and meetings as directed.


Licenses/Special Requirements:

·         US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification

·         US Sailing SafeSport Certification

·         Certifications in CPR, AED, and First Aid

Job Requirements
Job Requirements:

· Part-time 25+ hours per week during off-season; Full-time 40+ hours per week during summer season. Additional hours for weekend regattas.

· Must be able to reach, bend, stretch, twist, stoop, and stand.

· Must be able to push and lift up to 50 pounds safely.

· Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

· Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.

· Must be able to comfortably work in both indoor as well as outdoor environments which may at times be hot, humid, and noisy.

· Must be able to comfortably work aboard both small and large boats, both in the harbor and in open ocean.

Must be able to swim and tread water in an open ocean environment for several minutes
Sawyer Gibbs
6201 East Appian Way
Long Beach CA 90803
United States

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