Sailing Instructor & Safety Director

Bellaire, MI 49615
United States

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Job End Date
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Housing Provided
From $8,000 To $10,000
Per Year    
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description
For nearly a century, the Torch Lake Yacht Club in beautiful northern Michigan has been home to some of the best inland lake sailing in Michigan. With three active racing fleets - E Scows, MC Scows, and Butterflies - TLYC is looking for someone to help bring the next generation along and keep all our sailors safe while on the water.
If you are looking for an on-the-water summer position and want to share your sailing and racing knowledge, we’d love for you to apply.
This is a seasonal role (approximately June 10 - August 25) and has three main duties:
  • To provide instruction of the Torch Lake Sailing School classes for both kids and adults
  • To assist in setting race courses and following races to ensure the safety of competitors
  • To work with the Yacht Club Lifeguard to provide light maintenance on the yacht club grounds, under the direction of of the TLYC Commodore and Board of Directors
Each day will be slightly different based on which classes are being held and which fleets are racing. You will spend a majority of each of your work days on the water.
Job Duties: Sailing Instructor
  • Provide a fun and educational experience to sailing students on land and on the water
  • Explain and demonstrate proper sailing/racing techniques
  • Supervise and ensure the safety of students and staff
  • Monitor changing weather and water traffic conditions and make appropriate decisions to ensure safety of students, TLSS/TLYC staff, and other water users
  • Ensure all equipment and motor boats are in working order before and after use and report broken equipment to the Sailing School Coordinator for repair or replacement
  • Identify and host chalk talk coaching moments following races for all racers (find coaching moments during the race for those struggling)
Job Duties: Race & Safety Coordinator
  • Set racing marks for club races and adjust in order to maintain proper racing courses for all races
  • Follow races to ensure boater safety and assist any capsized boats
  • Keep the race committee boat in proper working order (e.g. tank full, properly stowed, first aid kit stocked) and report any mechanical issues to the TLYC Board immediately
Job Duties: Grounds Maintenance
  • Assist the Land Director / Lifeguard with the following daily duties:
  • Raise and lower the flag each day
  • Leaf blow tennis courts and mow lawn as needed
  • Empty trash containers and organize patio chairs at the end of each day
  • Ensure the safety office is orderly and first aid kits fully stocked
  • Assist House and Grounds work group with minor repairs as requested
  • Minimal daily clubhouse responsibilities
  • Possible maintenance projects such as power washing and painting early in the summer when the club is quiet
  • Minimum three years sailing and racing experience
  • Extensive technical knowledge of sailing and racing
  • Several years of powerboat driving experience
  • Some prior teaching experience is preferred
License & Certification Requirements
These will need to be fulfilled prior to filling the role, but the Torch Lake Sailing School can help you attain them prior to the beginning of the summer. Please consider applying even if you don’t yet meet each of these.
  • US Sailing Level 1 certification
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • CDC Heads Up concussion protocol completion
  • Boating license or other approved powerboat certification
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others improve their sailing abilities as well as excellent communication skills with which to interact with parents and yacht club members
  • Must prioritize the safety of all sailing participants and staff
  • Continually work toward improving technical skills and teaching abilities
  • Capable of maintaining positive working relationships with other staff and customers
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team player
This is a seasonal position extending between approximately June 10 and August 25. The role often requires long hours six days per week (Mondays are off).
The work environment will involve exposure to water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, and other outdoor elements.
Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students on the lake while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.
This role will pay $700 per week in addition to room and board (i.e. a small one-bed cabin is available and all meals eaten at Torch Lake Yacht Club will be provided). The position will be eligible for an end of season bonus as well.
A background check (including a criminal records check) will be required for this position and must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position.
Torch Lake Sailing School and Torch Lake Yacht Club are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (to include religious dress practice and religious grooming practice), color, sex (to include breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeed-ing), age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or any other protected group. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
Job Requirements
Minimum three years sailing and racing experience
Technical knowledge of sailing and racing
Several years of powerboat driving experience
Some prior teaching experience is preferred

US Sailing Level 1 certification
First Aid/CPR certification
CDC Heads Up concussion protocol completion
Boating license or other approved powerboat certification
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