Sailing Instructor for Summer Sailing Camps

Mystic, CT 06355
United States

Job Start Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description
Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking four dynamic sailing instructors for our Summer Sailing Camps. We have both a day and residential program. This position is responsible for daytime sailing instruction for campers 8-15 years old on Dyer Dhow, JY15, and Blue Jay sailboats for both our day and residential camps. Sailing instructors are also responsible for supervising Counselors-in-Training on the water and for implementing rainy day activities. The position requires great leadership skills and the ability to work well with children. There are two live-aboard spots available on the Joseph Conrad -room and board included, meals provided while camp is in session. Sailing Instructors work Monday-Friday as part of the camp staff. A willingness to work a flexible schedule according to the needs of the camp is essential. For more information about our summer sailing camps visit:


Lead by example as a role model who sets the tone for positive youth development
Prepare lessons for campers
Maintain an inventory of all supplies and materials
Assist with check-in/out of campers
Assists in day-to-day activities
Maintain close communication with group leaders to ensure smooth program operations
Participate with activities and help facilitate transition times and supervise campers
Help prepare powerboats and sailboats each week, and assist with maintenance as needed
Assist with daily lesson plans and course setting based on campers’ abilities and ages
Assist with Wednesday and Thursday evening sailing
Instruct campers in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime skills
Create lesson plans for on-water activities
Adhere to all camp safety guidelines
Maintain logbook daily

Applications are rolling; preferred candidate review begins February 10, 2020.
Job Requirements
At least 16 years of age (must be 18 to live aboard the Conrad)
Strong organizational skills
Current American Red Cross First Aid, and CPR certification (training provided)
Connecticut Safe boating certification (training provided)
US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification (or willingness to obtain, training provided)
Experience working with children and youth in formal or informal settings
Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude
Integrity, patience, adaptability, a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a commitment to serve youth
Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Responsible and mature

Desirable Qualifications:

Previous sail instruction experience
Experience driving powerboats in an instructional setting (training provided)
Experience with day or residential summer camps
OUPV License
Lifeguarding Certification
US Sailing Level 2 or 3 instructor certifications
Small dinghy sailing/racing experience

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
Position requires sufficient eyesight, hearing, and physical stamina to fulfill successfully the requirements of a Sailing Summer Camp program.
Weekend and holiday work assignments are required
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