2016 CYSP Head Sailing Instructor

Community Youth Sailing Program




To encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long-term stewardship of the Squam Lakes Watershed by fostering educational and recreational opportunities. Safety, fun, learning and teamwork will be the overall reaching factor in the success of the program.


The Head Sailing Instructor is expected to provide sailing instruction that emphasizes safety, proper handling of equipment, skill development, and provides an enjoyable experience for all participants. In many cases, the sailing instructor will be first contact that the student has with the Squam Lakes Association. Instructors must be friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of the SLA Resource Center. Instructors must be enthusiastic about the sport of sailing and seek to expose students to the fundamentals of sailing as well as the importance of the natural environment in which we sail and the basic leadership skills inherent in the sport of sailing. Instructors must demonstrate a commitment to working as a team, be supportive of the efforts of their fellow instructors and follow the SLA’s guidelines in accordance of appropriate attire including personal flotation devices. The Head Sailing Instructor will supervise and lead two Sailing Assistants.

Responsible to: Director of Education


1. Hold a current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification at a minimum.

2. Current Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED & Lifeguard certification required.

3. Must have a passion for watersports, the environment and working with kids.

4. Must have a positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude.

5. Must possess strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.

6. Must be 21 or older with a clean driving record. 


1. The sailing instructor must be able to teach safety, boat handling and sailing theory to children and adults who are beginning and intermediate sailors.

2. Must be able to develop and follow lesson plans that include dry land and on-the-water drills and inclement weather activities.

3. Must have empathy for the students and be able to adapt to their individual needs.

4. The instructor is responsible for sign in / sign out records for all campers, reporting all camper injuries and boat damage.

5. When scheduled, the sailing instructor will be required to host the Adult Summer Sailing Program on Wednesdays throughout the summer from 5-7:30pm.

6. Other duties include care and maintenance of boats and the facility including set up at the beginning of the season and preparing boats for storage at the end.

7. On occasion, the sailing instructor will be required to fulfill the duties of a Waterfront Coordinator as needed in coordination with the SLA Resource Center and Boat Rentals Staff. These duties include providing general and on-shore assistance to users and monitor users on the water and provide on-the-water assistance and/or rescue as situations dictate. He/She will also be required to perform administrative tasks such as collecting checks, cash and accepting credit card payments for drop in Wednesday Adult Summer Sailing  and performing additional duties as required by the Camp Director.

8. Maintains and cleans the docks, boats and grounds before and after class


To be determined

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (unless otherwise scheduled for Wednesday Drop in Sailing).


Compensation - To be determined

Contact Jenne Walker with questions or for more information.

We will only accept applications submitted through our webpage. Position is open until filled. 

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The JSLA Assistant Camp Director position starts on Monday, June 17, 2013 and ends on Monday, August 12, 2013.
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