Summer Sailing Instructor at Great Harbor Yacht Club, Nantucket MA

The Great Harbor Yacht Club
96 Washington Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
Join us for an unforgettable summer coaching sailing at Great Harbor Yacht Club in Nantucket, MA! 

The GHYC Sailing Instructor position has both junior and adult learn to sail and basic racing responsibilities. Candidates must be familiar with on-board race coaching for adults and have experience racing small keelboats with symmetrical spinnakers. Junior programs are for children ages 5 to 18 and might include very beginner to advanced sailors. Instructors should be knowledgeable and experienced in rigging and sailing the following club-owned boats: Opti’s, 420’s, Lasers, Sunfish, and Rhodes 19’s. Instructors may work with juniors, adults or both depending on skills and experience.

Sailing instructors must be enthusiastic, outgoing and take teaching seriously. They must also be experienced in customer service and have incredible interpersonal and communication skills. Organization, quick thinking and adaptability are key. Individuals must be willing to work Monday through Saturday with long hours during the busy nine-week season.

Subsidized housing and staff meals provided for a weekly charge. Competitive pay based on experience, including commission for private lessons.

Position Dates: June 16, 2021 to September 5, 2021 (possibility of more work before and after if available)

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Arriving to work on-time and in uniform, including preparation of gear for foul weather sailing
  • Strong customer service skills both on and off the water
  • Curriculum development each week, including daily lesson plans and weekly progress reports
  • Prepare classroom chalk talks to explain the on-the-water activities each day including drills and games
  • Sailing on-board with adults instructing basic sailing up to advanced racing
  • Daily maintenance of assigned coach boat
  • Daily maintenance of safety equipment
  • Daily maintenance of sailboats – rigging and repair
  • Race management skills, including Race Committee and Mark Laying
  • Proper filing of incident/injury and damage reports daily
  • Administrative skills at the sailing center (attendance sheets, answering phones, meeting and greeting sailors and parents, etc.)


  • US Sailing Level 1 Certification or Foreign Country Equivalent
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification

Company Competencies:

  • Adhering to the same standards of service and behavior that peers are required to uphold and practice interdepartmental cooperation
  • Practicing seamanlike behavior, which includes a positive and friendly demeanor.
  • Practice excellent customer service skills and flexibility when teaching juniors and adults
  • Maintaining a professional well-groomed appearance at all times, including wearing proper uniform and shoes.

If interested, please email resume and cover letter to Waterfront Director Emma Hermanek,  
Emma Hermanek
96 Washington Street
Nantucket 02554
United States

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