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Re: Do I tip the instructor?
I just stumbled upon this thread after five years, and I would like to set the record straight.
Because, as a sailing instructor, I now know what the instructors have to deal with, I've gone full circle on this. I have worked exclusively teaching sailing for the last two years.
The legal requirements to teach sailing include getting a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (captain's license), and attending a certification course for the sailing body that you will teach under (US Sailing / ASA / other).
Unlike JRP's experience, I find that the pay is modest and hourly, and only for the actual class time, or 8 hours per day (whichever is less). Class preparation, boat setup and boat put away are not paid time, and for overnight classes, you are not paid for more than 8 hours.
As an example, one school where I have worked charges >$75/hr per person with a minimum of 2 people for 2 hours. I see about 10% of the total, regardless of how many people are in the class.
While I GREATLY appreciate when I do receive a tip, I do not expect it, nor do I mention it when I don't receive one. The tips that I have seen for the 2 hour lesson example above have ranged from $0 (I had two students that not only didn't tip, but later learned that they took my new bottle of SPF-50 sunblock!) to $50 per person, with $20 being most common.
Vern and John, I figure that I owe you about $200 each!
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105/106/118 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems