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Teaching sailing can be rewarding in many ways, However, in my experience it's not very financially rewarding. Many instructors are either college students working summers like yourself, or retired or semi-retired folks like me. IF someone is making a good living at it, full time ..I'd love to know the secret. It's often seasonal work.
If you have the flexibility to move with the seasons, you can probably keep busy.
If you start your own school, you end up being an administrator, and hiring guys like me to teach...unless you pay someone to do all the admin work..
Some sailors end up doing private or brokered deliveries...or both.
There's charter companies that use captains..for inexperienced charterers or for those that simply would rather have a captain
There's the racing world which I know little about..
I am not trying to discourage your passion and desire to teach and be on the water, I'd just point out that everyone that I know that teaches sailing has multiple sources of income. They are regular teachers with summers off, musicians, retired folks, etc etc.
I would keep building your resume obtain the sailing certs from one of the associations ASA, US Sailing, RYA..etc...and maybe a Coast Guard license...pick up knowledge and skills regarding Engine's, Electrical Systems etc etc.
If being on the water is what's most important to you, I wouldn't rule out getting as much experience as you can in power boats as well.. Sailors tend to be cheap SOB's
( ducking) lol. Folks that think nothing about spending $15,000 + at the fuel dock..
To move their boat from Newport to Florida..for instance..are not bad connections to have.
Last edited by Tempest; 08-31-2011 at 08:58 AM.