Seeking Sailing/Racing Coaches - Sachems Head YC 202, Guilford CT, free housing, internships options

Sachems Head Yacht Club
Chimney Corner Circle
Guilford, CT 06437
United States

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Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
Some Travel

Job Description
Seeking Sailing Coaches & Racing Coach (for summer 2023)
Sachem's Head Yacht Club (SHYC) is located on the beautiful Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound, in Guilford, Connecticut. SHYC's JR Sailing Program is a successful, long-running sailing program with approximately 90 sailors from ages 6 to 16. The JR program’s strengths are in fostering a love of sailing and respect for the water, teaching sailing and seamanship, and training kids for youth racing and travel regattas. Our waterfront includes launch service from sunrise to sunset, 6 club owned 420, 6 RS Fevas,  OpenBICs, 1 club owned Sonar, privately owned Opti.  Our club has active racing fleets of Opti, Opti Green, RS Fevas, Sonars, and Lasers.  
Program/Coaching Dates: Our classes run for 8 weeks (most sailors do 6 of the 8 weeks, which are divided up into 2-week blocks), from late-June to mid-August. Prep Week for staff is a full week before classes start. Our dates for classes in 2023 are June 19 to August 11, 2023. We offer housing on-site at our yacht club for up to 4 instructors each summer. Pay is very competitive and base on experience. 
FREE HOUSING ON-SITE for our waterfront position and sailing coaches (for up to 4 people each summer). Pay is competitive and based on experience and years of instruction.
Possible professional internships available (various industry/connections through local club members) before and after the Sailing Program for interested coaches!!  (Timing = May, Early June, Late August)
Seeking RS FEVA, 420, and Opti Race Coaches and Senior Instructors for Summer 2023. We are seeking knowledgeable race coach candidates who are proactive, organized, responsible, high-performing, and professional. Our Junior Programs include beginner sailing, intermediate sailing, recreational sailing, and racing in Opti, RS Feva, and 420s. Our Junior Sailing staff/team is comprised of 6 paid instructors/coaches and club-member, volunteer “junior instructors”. STEM & REACH modules are integrated into our sailing classes. Our safety coaching motorboats include 2 RIBs, a 17' Whaler, a 15' Whaler, and three 13’ Whalers. We also have a club owned Sonar that our sailing classes use for keel-boat practice and variety. Our Junior programs runs for 8 weeks, from late-June to mid-August.
SAILING PROGRAM DIRECTOR POSTION (THIS POSTION IS ALREADY FILLED FOR 2023!): This position includes housing and can be structured to be either a salaried position or paid hourly.  The Sailing Director will be responsible for running the day to day aspects of the junior program, coordinating the staff schedule for lessons & regattas, managing the team of 6 paid instructors, guiding the junior instructors in-training (volunteer teenagers that help in the AM), developing and implementing the lesson plans, overseeing safety, and interfacing with the parents when needed. The Sailing Director will also be responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of the club owned sailboats (420s, FEVAs, Bic, Opti). When possible the sailing staff will do basic repairs to the sailboats and when needed members or paid pros are brought it to handle larger repairs. The Sailing Director is also expected to spend time on the water each day of the junior programs to coach the other coaches, coach the kids, and oversee on-the-water safety.  Our classes include sea-squirts (6-7yr mostly land based), beginner sailing, adventure sailing, intermediate sailing, and racing. Our junior proram boats include 20 privately owned Opti, OpenBICs, six c420s, six RS FEVAs, paddleboards, and a strong adult racing fleet of Lasers and Sonars. STEM/REACH modules are integrated into many of our classes. Our coaching motorboat fleet includes RIBs and a variety of Whalers.
LEARN MORE about our programs by reviewing our JR Program newsletters and photos on our website:  
More info, contact Shane Walden at, or Whitney Connor Peterson at 
Job Requirements
- For sailing program director = 4+ years working at a Sailing Program
- For coaches = 2+ years working in a Sailing Program environment
- Past racing & race coach experience
- US Sailing Instructor - minimum of Level 1 (Level 2 or 3 preferred for Sailing Director)
- CPR & First Aid certified
- SafeSport certified
- Prior experience working with a team of other coaches
- Strong teamwork and communication skills
- Strong leadership skills
- Highly organized
- Mature and experienced
- Commitment to safety
- Prior experience coaching racing
- Excellent powerboat driving skills (and license)
- Basic boat maintenance and repair skills
- Passionate about sailing, teaching and working with kids
- Strong knowledge of how to structure sailing classes & programs
- Knowledge about organizing racing programs & regatta travel
- A positive role model with strong leadership skills and communication
- Able to collaborate with students, parents, and other staff members
- Able to provide insightful and constructive feedback and instruction
- Commitment to teaching sportsmanship and safety
- Responsible, reliable and self-motivated
- Employment subject to Background Screening
whitney peterson

guilford CT
United States

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