2020 Summer Sailing School

2020 Adult Sailing Lessons

2020 Green Fleet 

2020 Summer Sailing Instructors

The Summer Sailing Program at Seattle Yacht Club instructs 600+ sailors each year, ranging from 7 to 17 years old, as well as adult sailors in evening classes. Instruction takes place in the Club’s fleets of Vanguard 15’s, 420’s, Lasers, and Optimists. Power boats used to support the program range from 13’ inflatable Avons, to two 19’ Boston Whaler offshore support boats. We utilize U.S. Sailing’s Small Boat Sailor (Little Red Book) curriculum, and the Learn Sailing Right book. Each student receives a photo, T-shirt, Little Red Book, and Certificate at the end of the sailing class session.

We teach students ranging from beginning sailors through coaching of advanced racing sailors. We instruct on Portage Bay near the Yacht Club’s main Clubhouse. Our instructor-to-student ratio ranges from 3:1 to 10:1. The classes are broken down into Class Groups based roughly on age of students, and within these groups the class may be broken into sections based on experience and skill assessment. We emphasize developing junior sailors for a lifetime of enjoyment and involvement in sailing.

Our weekly staff at Seattle Yacht Club will be approximately composed of the following positions: 4 – 5 Lead Instructors, 5+ Instructors, and 3 – 5 Junior Instructors. Additional supervision will be provided by the Sailing Programs Coordinator, Sailing Director, and Race Team Coach. Descriptions of the various positions below are for selection of the appropriate instructor level, and the associated requirements.

Full class details and session dates on the Summer Sailing School page. 


Summer 2020 Position Descriptions

Lead Sailing Instructor
Sailing Instructor
Junior Sailing Instructor

Adult Sailing Instructor
Green Fleet Coach


Applications closed 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. Applicants have a higher probability of getting on the schedule the more weeks they are available to work. 

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.