The Instructor In Training program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to lead and teach sailing classes effectively. This program is open to individuals aged 13 and above who possess a valid boater’s license (approved by a recognized authority) and have successfully completed an intermediate sailing class. Additionally, an instructor’s recommendation is required for enrollment.
Participants, referred to as Junior Instructors (JIs), engage in a comprehensive learning experience. Each morning, JIs observe and assist experienced instructors, gaining insight into teaching methodologies, class management, and the application of various sailing strategies and techniques. This apprentice phase is critical, as it allows JIs to gain hands on experience in order to learn the nuances of effective instruction. In the afternoons, JIs have the opportunity to enroll in a sailing class of their choice, further enhancing their skills and knowledge.
JIs are required to have a thorough understanding of power boat operation, in addition to demonstrating proficient sailing skills, and maintaining respectful interactions with students, parents, and staff. JIs are expected to be attentive, assist instructors as needed, engage with students professionally, and seek clarification on any confusing aspects of their education.
The program runs Monday through Friday, ideally for one full 4-week session, but a 2 week commitment will be considered. JIs start work at 8:00 AM and typically finish their afternoon class at 4:45 PM.
The overarching goal of the Instructor in Training program is to nurture enthusiastic and respectful sailing instructors who aspire to achieve their US Sailing Level One certification and potentially join BCB or another organization at the instructor level.