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Hi Everyone:

My name is John, and I am new to the forum. I recently experienced sailing for the first time when I fell into an unpaid crewing job in the BVI for a few weeks on a long vacation after I left my full time job. The experience was life changing.

I'd like to become more involved in the sailing community, and I'd like to start taking steps to becoming a sailing instructor. Working for a large corporation left a sour taste in my mouth, and I would love to develop a career on the water. Can any vets offer guidance on how to get on the water more? Also, what steps should I be taking to land a paid position in the sailing world?

I am 25 years old, graduated from a good college with honors, and have three years of unrelated work experience merchandising for a Fortune 500. I grew up near the ocean in Florida-- power boating nearly every weekend. I also swam competitively for 10 years, and surfed on almost every vacation day I had while I worked. I live in Columbus Ohio, but I will be moving to Stamford CT soon.

Thanks in advance for any help, and sorry for making the post so long.
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Re: How to Become a Sailing Instructor

Contact the American Sailing Association and US Sailing for the two most common sailing programs in the US. International Sail and Power Association and International Yacht Training also do certify instructors.

They can outline the prerequisites and provide a path to certification.

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Re: How to Become a Sailing Instructor

Thanks Jack! Regarding ASA and US Sailing-- is one more prestigious/universally accepted than the other?
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Re: How to Become a Sailing Instructor

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Thanks Jack! Regarding ASA and US Sailing-- is one more prestigious/universally accepted than the other?
As far as giving instruction in recreational sailing, not so much difference between the two.

Beyond that the major difference between the two is that ASA is geared towards recreational sailing and markets to that crowd and US Sailing is the US governing body for sail racing.

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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.
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Re: How to Become a Sailing Instructor

BTW typo in my message,

Should be "International Yacht Training".
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