2020 Summer Sailing School

2020 Adult Sailing Lessons

2020 Green Fleet 

2020 Summer Sailing Instructors

The Seattle Yacht Club Sailing School is a premier sailing program located in the heart of Seattle, serving over 600 young sailors each summer. Our program mission is to promote sailing through safety, fun, and learning. Each summer, we hire an instructor staff and volunteer team with a passion for sailing and teaching youth. The program launches from Seattle Yacht Club, and most of the sailing will take place on Portage Bay. Classes are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, on the club’s dinghy fleet that includes Vanguard 15s, 420s, Optimists, and Lasers. Four classes divided by participant age and size run simultaneously each week. Full class details and session dates on the Summer Sailing School page. 

Each summer, Seattle Yacht Club hires sailing instructors for Sailing School, Adult Lessons, and Green Fleet.


Summer 2020 Position Descriptions

Lead Sailing Instructor
Sailing Instructor
Junior Sailing Instructor

Adult Sailing Instructor
Green Fleet Coach

Applications are open January 6 to March 2, 2020. Application form will be posted on January 6, 2020.


Complete and submit your application in Google Forms by March 2, 2020. After your application submission, you may be contacted for a short phone interview. You will hear back about your application by April 15, 2020. Certification requirements for Instructor employees are listed in each job description. For Instructor employees, all required certifications must be up to date and submitted to the Sailing Office before Instructor Orientation on June 13, otherwise you will be a volunteer until all of your required forms are submitted. 

Instructor Employee Application

Junior Instructor Volunteer Application


Information on US Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification

The US Sailing Level 1 Sailing Instructor certification is the industry standard for being a paid sailing instructor in the United States. The Seattle Yacht Club requires a current Level 1 certification for Lead Sailing Instructor, Sailing Instructor, Green Fleet Coach, and Adult Sailing Instructor positions. 

While you can take the Level 1 class during the calendar year you turn 16 years old, please note Seattle Yacht Club requires Sailing Instructors to be 16 years old for paid positions. 

Seattle Yacht Club will host a Level 1 Sailing Instructor course May 22-25, 2020. Register early as this class fills up every year. If you cannot make the course Seattle Yacht Club hosts, you can take any of the Level 1 classes listed on the US Sailing site at various locations around the US. 

Complete details, requirements, and registration on US Sailing Level 1 site.