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Re: How to Become a Sailing Instructor
John, while you contemplate how to follow the good advice above, keep a log of all your sailing time, and get a letter from the captain or owner (if you can) documenting your crewing time with them, size and tonnage of boat, you were a good and competent guy, etc.
After you've collected a years' worth (or two years) of time, you can apply and test for a Coast Guard captain's license--6 passenger is the shortest sea time, then on up to two years or more for 25, 50, 100 gross tons captain of motor, steam (yeah, right) or auxiliary sail.
This will make you a more attractive candidate as instructor either on your own, or for some school or charter outfit. Carrying passengers for hire on anything except an engineless sailboat requires such a license, at least in the US.
However you do it, good luck.