youth sailing instructors

The youth programs at The Center for Wooden Boats explore small craft maritime skills and heritage in a dynamic hands-on environment on Lake Union and Lake Washington. Instructors teach beginner to intermediate skills in after school sailing and week-long programs for youth ages 8-16.  CWB’s youth programs promote self-confidence and foster skills in observation, decision-making, and team work while sailing in 8’-12’ classic wooden boats.

Dates: June-September (20-40 hrs/week), with some possible opportunities in May

Location: Summer sailing camps take place at our main location in South Lake Union

Instructor Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the safe and fun delivery of the youth programs
  • Create lesson plans, teach and assess student skills aligned with curriculum
  • Be a positive role model for all youth participants
  • Ensure a high level of safety for all activities
  • Teach alone and with a co-instructor
  • Mentor High School Program Assistants
  • Help maintain safety boats, the El Toro fleet, and the Outdoor Classroom
  • Work with Youth Sailing & Boat Building staff to evaluate program

Required Qualifications and Skill:

  • At least 1 year experience teaching sailing
  • At least 1 year experience working with youth
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Solid knowledge and skill in sailing small keel and centerboard boats
  • Competence in operating small powerboats (safety boats)
  • Able to lift light to medium weight (20-50 lbs) solo and/or heavy objects (50-100 lbs) with assistance
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently and as a team member
  • Comfort speaking with parents and guardians
  • Ability to provide safe, fun, and age-appropriate sailing lessons for youth
  • Reliability
  • Patience and a positive attitude
  • Current US Sailing Instructor Level 1 Certification – required for Lead Instructors

For more program info please visit:

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Open until filled. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. The Center for Wooden Boats is an equal opportunity employer.

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