Become a sailing instructor
Love sailing? Are you an experienced and competent sailor? Do you like teaching others?
WHO CAN BECOME A PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR?
Mostly anyone with good sailing experience, a passion for sailing, demonstrated commitment to excellence in previous or current vocations, and experience working closely with customers can go through NauticEd’s training program to become a private instructor.
Instructors come from a diverse range of backgrounds. While some instruct full time, most private instructors teach sailing on the side for the love of it, for extra income, or often to even offset the expense of owning a boat using available tax deductions.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A NAUTICED PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR?
- PEOPLE PERSON
You have to like working with people – if you don’t, then perhaps best to move on. People skills are one of the most important aspects of being a sailing instructor. These skills include patience, attentive listening, empathy, a desire to learn yourself, and great communication.
- LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Leadership skills are a must for training and managing a crew in diverse and sometimes challenging conditions. When instructing, students likewise will look to you for not only for direction but also for ensuring their safety. NauticEd’s Transformational Instructor Course trains you to handle a wide range of situations while positively developing a student’s sailing competency.
NauticEd requires a minimum of 100 days of previous logged sailing experience. But we also recognize that being a great sailor is not synonymous with being a good teacher. We go the approach that often “It is a mistake to assume that because you taught someone something, that they now know it”. Teaching is not about pontificating and box-checking. Instead having the ability and humility to effectively transfer your experience to make a student competent is what we are looking for in our professional instructors.
- TRUST & RECOGNITION
NauticEd is the only National Training Body recognized by the US Coast Guard as training and assessing to the American National Standards. It is a high standard that we are proud to hold and we expect you to hold up to these standards as well. Additionally, your students put a LOT of trust into you to teach to nationally recognized and accredited recreational standards. We ensure that trust using our student feedback systems that validate the quality of instructors and their adherence to the standards.
AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS
In 2017, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) developed the American National Standards – SAIL (EDU-3) for sailing training and assessment to increase the competence of new sailors. To date, NauticEd is the only global sailing education body to be recognized as meeting these high standards by ensuring competence across the board with comprehensive theory-knowledge, on-the-water skills assessment, and an appropriate amount of on-the-water experience prior to certification.