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Sailing Instructors/Skippers needed in the Caribbean for summer live-aboard diving, sailing and marine science programs for teens and college students. Broadreach is an IYT (International Yacht Training) partner school and offers courses from “Introduction to Yachting” to “Flotilla Skipper”. Skippers sail and live with students aboard 40-50 ft. catamarans and monohulls, so they must be enthusiastic about working with teenagers.

Broadreach programs are limited to 12 students per program and are led by a team of two to three instructors. Program instructors live and travel with students 24/7 for weeks at a time, so a high level of energy is necessary along with strong leadership and communication skills. Our programs range from 12 to 31 days and can be mentally and physically challenging for students and instructors, so a positive attitude is key.

In addition to sailing instruction and skippering the yacht, instructors are expected to help out with all aspects of the program including supervising students 24/7, managing group dynamics, assisting students with cooking and cleaning duties, completing course paperwork, supporting scuba training and other program activities. Skippers work alongside a dive instructor to successfully lead a program from sailing, instruction, leading onshore excursions, to group management and more. This fun and rewarding position requires a strong desire to be a positive role model to students to encourage personal growth and to promote leadership development.

Contract length varies from two to three months starting in late May through early to late August.

Qualifications:
• Licensed US Coast Guard Captain, Yacht Master or equivalent experience.
• Operate a yacht over 45 feet from standard operations to sail training.
• Small boat handling skills. You will be expected to regularly operate RIBs and small boats with 6hp to 50hp outboards.
• Able to confidently anchor in tight anchorages, maneuver in tight harbors under power
• Understanding of basic yacht and diesel engine maintenance.
• Experience in multiday sailing trips/deliveries/chartering.
• Experience teaching sailing preferred.
• Experience working with teens and young adults preferred.
• Passionate about mentoring and motivating students.
• Good decision making skills, flexibility, and the ability to think on your feet and adapt to changing environments while maintaining the safety and health of all students.
• Success working in team settings.
• Good physical health and stamina to actively participate and encourage students throughout program duration.
• A positive and team-oriented attitude.
• Able to attend staff training in St. Martin in early June.

To apply: please submit your resume and availability to broadreachstaff.com

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Re: Sailing Instructors/Skippers Wanted in the Caribbean for Summer 2017

How is compensation structured? Straight salary, fee per student, gratuities?

Curious what happens if a tropical storm is bearing down on the class.


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Curious what happens if a tropical storm is bearing down on the class.
One yells the well known nautical phrase: "Every Instructor for themselves!"

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How is compensation structured? Straight salary, fee per student, gratuities?
their website indicates a stipend and then compensation, based on ....
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their website indicates a stipend and then compensation, based on ....
Sounds like another, "Sailing is so much fun you should pay me to work on my boat." bunch of baloney.

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Re: Sailing Instructors/Skippers Wanted in the Caribbean for Summer 2017

Curious, so I checked their website.

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Our compensation is fair and competitive within the outdoor and experiential education industry.
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In addition to the stipend, compensation includes room and board along with round trip transportation to Raleigh, NC for training ........ Round trip travel to your program locations is included as well......
I think Capta is right. Room and board is not compensation, when you're away from home, it's cost reimbursement. I've never hired anyone by describing their actual pay as a stipend. Still curious about gratuities.


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Re: Sailing Instructors/Skippers Wanted in the Caribbean for Summer 2017

Hi Minnewaska,

Compensation is a straight salary based on length of contract, qualifications, and year of employment.

Our season is typically done before the height of storm season, but if there is a tropical storm, everyone will come back to the base in St. Martin and seek shelter. I can answer any additional questions at my email address: emily at gobroadreach.com

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Re: Sailing Instructors/Skippers Wanted in the Caribbean for Summer 2017

Andy Schell from the 59 degrees north pod cast worked for this group. They are a legit organization, though I think they are likely looking for someone younger than most on this forum, think more like camp counselor than career mariner. Sounds like fun, but if you are worried about how much it pays, it is likely not your thing. It is more for someone coming out of college (say from a sailing team) to have a fun summer in the islands.

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Re: Sailing Instructors/Skippers Wanted in the Caribbean for Summer 2017

Our daughter did the 4+ week "Arc of the Caribbean" cruise from St. Martin to Trinidad with BroadReach when she was 16. It was a good program and she had a great time on the cruise. Unfortunately some of the kids on the boat, from Europe, seemed to have left something to be desired in the personal hygiene department but swimming daily made that somewhat more endurable.

The "captain" of her boat--a Cyclades 52--was a younger guy who, with a mate, served as counselors and supervisors of the "crew". Both, evidently, had previously worked as camp counselors during their college years and so had some experience at that as well as their sailing skills. For the most part the kids' training involved having them do all the "chores" on the boat: picking destinations for stops, plotting courses and way-points, checking weather predictions, hoisting and trimming sails, helming the boat following compass courses (rather than GPS "arrows" although they did have GPS equipment aboard), selecting anchorages and anchoring (and diving the anchors to ensure their set) or picking up moorings if they were available, maintaining and operating the dinghy, operating the radio in contacts with harbor authorities, preparing meals and cooking, clean-ups and what have you. The first time we went sailing on our own boat after she got home, she said "relax Dad, mommy and I can handle the boat!" (and did so!).

We had given her some cash for spending and a reserve for "tipping" the crew when the kids boarded their flights home at the airport in Trini and she indicated that they were very grateful (not all the kids did so). The "captain" and mate didn't make a fortune but did well enough and had a great time in a great location.

Overall, it was a good program. She had fun, learned a lot, and was well looked after and we were very happy with the whole affair.

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