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Sailing Instructor - Catalina Sea Camp

CIMI Institute

CIMI Institute

Avalon, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Job Details



Job Location

Toyon Bay - Avalon, CA

Position Type



Guided Discoveries, Inc.

Job Title: Sailing Instructor

Location: Catalina Sea Camp

Department: Sumer Camp

Work Year: Seasonal (Summer Estimated May Start) Will be set closer to the start date. (These are estimated dates that could change due to COVID-19 guidelines and the State of California/LA County).

Reports To: Brittany Swanwick/James Bueche

FLSA Status: Salary Position

Revision Date: February 2023

Position Summary:

The Summer Sailing Instructors at Catalina Sea Camp are responsible for providing quality instruction and leadership in the sailing program at Catalina Sea Camp. This entails providing the proper curriculum, ensuring all programs are conducted in accordance with set policies, and the development of educational and instructional programs to ensure the high standards of the program.

The Sailing Instructors at Catalina Sea Camp have the responsibility to provide quality instruction and leadership in the youth sailing and summer camp program at Catalina Sea Camp.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  1. Ensure all programs are conducted in accordance with the policies set by Catalina Sea Camp, emphasizing safety.
  2. Development of necessary skills to ensure the quality of the program.
  3. Assume duties of Beach Master, Lifeguard, Sailing Instructor, and Boat Maintenance when assigned.
  4. Participate in training week as scheduled and instructed by the Sail Director and Summer Camp Director.
  5. Drive company boats and vehicles for program purposes when assigned, after a check-out process.
  6. Assist with camper arrival/departure procedures as assigned on arrival and departure days.
  7. Provide and/or attend evening programs and activities when necessary or assigned.
  8. Generate ongoing enthusiasm and participation in summer camp activities.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned by Sail Director.

Other Responsibilities/Supportive Functions:

  1. Must be able to communicate and work with campers by teaching all aspects of sailing, including proper sailing techniques and proper safe boating practices.
  2. Have the knowledge to teach sailing on many different types of vessels, such as Lasers, 420s and catamarans.
  3. Ability to paddle a large outrigger canoe with up to 10 kids for an hour in varying weather conditions.
  4. Have the knowledge to be self-sufficient while teaching students on a sailing vessel without auxiliary power up to 2 miles offshore for multiple hours.
  5. Must be physically fit in order to perform strenuous activity for extended periods.
  6. Ability to pull boats weighing up to 450 pounds in and out of the water and across soft sand with the help of other instructors.
  7. Ability to drive a support boat during sailing classes, after a training and check-out process.
  8. Ability to perform simple boat maintenance projects and demonstrate the proper use of tools.
  9. Greet incoming campers at the pier and help move luggage.
  10. Lift, carry and move heavy objects when necessary.
  11. Be able to respond to emergency situations by utilizing Waterfront Lifeguard training and providing the leadership necessary to enact the Emergency Action Plan.
  12. Abilities to observe student and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Staff may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments and to make reasonable accommodations as needed.

The employee member is subject to environmental conditions found working indoors/outdoors. The employee member is frequently subject to extreme heat, with temperatures up to 110 degrees while moving around in and outside of camp. The employee member is frequently subject to loud noise when working in or around the camp. The employee member is subject to hazards which include proximity to moving mechanical parts, equipment found in kitchens and food service areas, sharp objects, and exposure to cleaning chemicals and animals. Other hazards may include slick floors and hot stoves, cookware, plate ware or glassware. The employee member is occasionally subject to the atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, or dust.

(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions).

I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the content of this job description. I understand the Company at its discretion may revise the job description from time to time in the future. I understand and agree that nothing in this job description should be construed as a contract of employment and that employment with this Company is at-will meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. Will be signing an electronic copy upon onboarding.


  1. Housing
  2. Full meals at the Dining Hall when the kitchen is in operation.
  3. Worker's Compensation Insurance and State Disability Insurance.
  4. Opportunity to sail boats in a unique sailing environment.
  5. Opportunity to use boats and camp gear in accordance with company policy.
  6. Opportunity to live and work in a beautiful island environment.

The Salary Range is $500-$575 per week, depending on the number of seasons worked.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Must have a current driver's license.
  2. Must have prior sailing and boating experience (in instruction preferred).
  3. Have a creative mindset in order to develop ways to teach sailing to multiple different types of learning styles in a comprehensive and cohesive manner.
  4. Must be a strong swimmer.
  5. Physically fit in order to sail on multiple different types of vessels, paddle both boards and canoes, and perform strenuous activity for extended periods.
  6. Must be able to pass the Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Course including First Aid and CPR (provided by Catalina Sea Camp during training).
  7. Desire and ability to live and work in a remote camp community.
  8. Desire to work with children and the ability to supervise them.
  9. Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities.
  10. Good character, integrity, flexibility, and adaptability.
  11. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
  12. Must be able to successfully perform the essential functions of this position
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