Summer Keelboat Coach

Columbia Sailing School/Columbia Yacht Club
111 N. Lake Shore Dr Chicago
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Manages Others
Experience Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
No Travel

Job Description


Columbia Sailing School is looking for a full-time Summer Keelboat Coach who has experience with Keelboat Education and maintenance. We are a 501(c)3 organization housed within Columbia Yacht Club located in downtown Chicago. Every year, we welcome over 250 adults to the shorelines of Lake Michigan for classes ranging from Learn to Sail to US Sailing Keelboat Certification Courses. Columbia Yacht Club’s 900 active members are made up of avid cruising and racing sailors, as well as powerboaters.

Job Summary

Coach and coordinate the Columbia Sailing School Summer Adult Keelboat programs including but not limited to; rentals, adult certification courses, learn to sail classes, and maintenance of the School’s six Colgate 26 keelboats and powerboat fleet.


• Coordinate Keelboat Volunteers

• Teach US Sailing Keelboat Certification Courses, as well as Learn to Sail program

• Check-out members for Keelboat season pass

• Help schedule Keelboat services such as storage and launching

• Monitor registrations for all keelboat programs

Fleet Maintenance

• Coordinate and perform Colgate repairs

Work with On the Water Director and Youth Sailing Program Manager to manage and inventory all sailing school assets, and set up and perform all maintenance schedules

• Execute power fleet repairs including fiberglassing and basic engine repair


• Liaise with School customers and prospective customers, responding to email, web, and phone inquiries in a timely manner.

Provide requested reports and data to General Manager, Committee Heads and Board of Directors

• Attend/Participate in daily staff meetings, weekly manager meetings, and committee meetings as required

Job Requirements
Knowledge, Skills, and Expertise

• Minimum 2 years of dock and/or boat handling experience
• CPR/First Aid Certification
• US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification
• US Sailing Powerboat Certification, or willing to obtain
• Works well with different types of relationships such as parents, employees, volunteers, and members
• Self-starter and can confidently work independently
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite

Physical Demand
The venue is NOT ADA compliant. Lifting is mandatory. Some activities will be strenuous.

Kurt Thomsen
111 N. Lake Shore Dr Chicago
Chicago IL 60601
United States
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