Sailing Coach Opportunities with the Watch Hill Yacht Club for Summer 2024

Watch Hill Yacht Club
1 Fort Road
Westerly, RI 02891
United States

Application Closing Date
Experience Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
Some Travel

Job Description

Sailing Coach Opportunities with the Watch Hill Yacht Club for Summer 2024

About Us:
Nestled within the heart of the Watch Hill Village, the Watch Hill Yacht Club, founded in 1913, runs a dynamic Youth Sailing Summer Program for students ages six to eighteen. The Program has 120+ students, taught by eight instructors.

Dates: June 17th - August 23rd, 2024

Job Responsibilities:

  • General Duties: Instruct and mentor junior sailors of various skill levels, from beginners to advanced racers.
  • Responsibilities include developing weekly lesson plans for on-shore and conducting on-water drills, set up/run interclub races and Junior Regattas, as well as travel to local events by water and land.
  • On-Water Supervision: Lead and supervise on-water activities, drills, and races.
  • Safety: Ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.
  • Curriculum Development: Collaborate with the coaching team to develop and implement effective training programs.
  • Feedback: Provide constructive criticism and support to help improve sailing skills.
  • Equipment Care: Oversee the maintenance and care of sailing equipment, coach boats, and program facilities.
  • Setting an Example: Act as a role model for Junior Instructors, promoting sportsmanship and professionalism.

Instructors will be required to attend set-up and training week and all Watch Hill Yacht Club Regattas and Events.  Instructors who excel will be given opportunities to coach private lessons.  Qualified instructors can apply to be lead instructors. Lead instructors will decide the curriculum, drills and oversee for their class.

Additional Information:
International candidates are welcome to apply. Limited housing is available for qualified candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Specific Positions:
C420 Coach
Laser Instructor
Optimist Instructor
WH-15 Instructor


Compensation is based on experience and includes an hourly salary, private lesson opportunities, and overtime pay.

Additional Benefits:

- Lunch provided.
- Uniforms provided.
- Potential for housing.
How to Apply:
Email your resume and cover letter to for applications and inquiries.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Watch Hill Yacht Club is an equal opportunity employer. International candidates are welcome to apply.
Job Requirements
US Sailing Level 1 certification or higher.
Safe Sport certification.
Valid boating license.
CPR and First Aid certification.
US Sailing or US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling certification.
International certifications may be considered for non-US resident instructors.
Michelle Hogan
1 Fort Road
Westerly RI 02891
United States

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