JI Program Details
Junior Instructor (JI) applications for summer 2023 must be submitted by February 28, 2023. Application preference will be given to RYC members; non-member Junior Sailors may also apply. Applications received after February will only be accepted if space allows, regardless of past JI experience.
JIs must be 13yrs old by the first day of program and enrolled in an 8-week Junior Sailing class at RYC.
JIs are an integral part of Junior Sailing at Riverside Yacht Club. Our JIs assist in daily instruction both on and off the water for our Flying Fish, Snapper, Barracuda, and Dorado classes which meet Monday - Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm. There will be select special events and regattas throughout the summer which JIs will also be invited to work.
JIs are expected to assist the Sailing Instructors as they develop and execute instruction to our various morning sailing classes. As a JI this includes, but is not limited to: demonstrating the swim and capsize test, assisting in rigging and derigging, assisting in lifting boats, demonstrating skills and techniques on land and in a boat, assisting in supervising classes on and off the water, and assisting in chalk talks including modeling good listening skills.
JIs need to be able to assist in instruction including tying knots for demonstration and in practical applications. All JIs must be able to proficiently tie an eight knot, square knot, bowline, cleat, and half hitch.
JIs need to come to work with a positive attitude, and be comfortable to jump in as needed both on land and on the water. This includes jumping into boats to skipper or crew. JIs must be comfortable sailing an Opti, Hobie Wave, and Ideal 18; this includes a universal understanding of rigging, launching, docking, sailing, and boating safety.
There may be limited number of JI slots available each day. JIs must arrive on time and prepared on the days they are scheduled to work. If a JI misses three scheduled work days without notifying the Junior Sailing Assistant, they will be removed from the schedule. If needed based on the number of JI applicants, a JI work schedule sign-up will be posted in early May. JIs may either work for volunteer hours or be paid $5 per hour; or they may elect to receive a combination of volunteer hours and payment.