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Re: Sailing instructor as a retirement gig
Many delivery skippers add to their income helping new owners familiarize themselves with the equipment aboard and handling of, their new vessels. It's not really 'formal' sailing lessons, but it's always an interesting and rewarding experience. These gigs are often through the yacht brokers, so it behooves a skipper/teacher to build a relationship with a few good brokerages.
When I worked for a national sailing school, they had their own boats and the instructors were straight paid employees, not subcontractors or 1099. Personally, I think that's the only way to go.
I've seen plenty of ads for sailing instructors for organizations like the BSA, NY Yacht Club and the thousands of summer camps around the nation, each spring. These are probably much more lucrative and well run operations than those who expect the instructor to supply a boat, insurance and whatever, thinking to save a buck and maximize THEIR profits.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 12-16-2016 at 04:50 PM.