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Set sail this summer.

Sailing & Boating instructors

Are you?

Dedicated, Enthusiastic, Patient, Responsible

Bonus qualifications

RYA level 2; dingy, multihull and small keelboats, RYA level 2 Powerboat license

Why should I teach sailing and boating at camp?

If you love to be on the water, sunshine on your back as you ride the waves - then this is exactly where you should be at summer camp.

It’s all about the level of enthusiasm and your want to go the extra mile. Camp Directors will be looking for dedicated and knowledgeable staff for the waterfront. It’s a fun and exuberant part of camp.

Sailing jobs abroad are the ultimate experience - from working at the lake, going down the Hudson river or even sailing the Pacific ocean, could it be better?

What does a sailing and boating instructor do at summer camp?

Set sail and spend your summer cruising on the lake or in the ocean, being on the boating staff is an incredible way to spend your summer. As a sailing and boating instructor, you’ll be instructing a range of water-based activities, developing skills and increasing campers confidence on the water. Capable of sailing a training boat in strong winds and handling small powerboats, boating instructors work closely with the lifeguards and at many smaller camps may even be involved in lifeguarding duties if qualified.

Having an eagerness to get on board is essential for a sailing job as, at the majority of camps, you’ll be responsible for the maintenance of the docking area, boathouse and boating equipment.

As a sailing and boating instructor, you can expect to be working with all ages and abilities. Everyone wants to be on the water.

Having a watersports background meant I was able to adapt to any of the waterfront activities. I worked 5 out of 6 activity periods a day, with either one age group or a mix each time. I loved taking the campers out on the water, and seeing their confidence grow over the summer.

Being on the water for the summer has its perks, especially being able to jump in whenever we wanted to cool off.

Rosie DB
Camp Robindel

Frequently asked questions

How can I make my sailing and boating application stand out?

As with any sailing job - gaining the hours instructing and having a good knowledge of the boats you’ll be working with is essential. The more you can build this the stronger your application will be. If you are keen to go further and get qualified, look to the RYA for further information on their courses.

How do I apply to be a sailing instructor at summer camp?

When you begin your application you’ll be asked to select your top skills. Make sure you choose sailing and go into detail about what you’re going to bring to the role. List your qualifications and be confident in your skill level. A camp director will then be able to assess if you’re a good fit and invite you to their camp.

What will the camper’s skill level in sailing be like?

The campers will be coming with a wide range of abilities. From your first time skippers to some absolute captains. When planning your lessons, aim for a mid skill range and be prepared to be very hands on and practical during the lessons.

A Day in the Life of a Boating Specialist

Spend the summer working on the water at camp in America.