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Summer Race Coach (SUMMER SEASON)

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Northwest Maritime’s Learn to Sail program is a cornerstone of our summer offerings, providing youth ages 8 to 18 with the opportunity to master sailing on a diverse fleet of Optis, Vanguards, and FJs, from novice to advanced levels. As our Summer Race Coach, you will take the helm of the Summer Racing program, guided by our Summer Program Coordinator. Your role will encompass teaching dynamic classes, maintaining our fleet, and ensuring strict adherence to all NWM safety policies and procedures, all while relishing a summer spent on the water. We seek a strong leader and exemplary role model to inspire both assistant instructors and participants, making a lasting impact through your leadership and passion for sailing. This position may extend into the fall and school year, offering a continuous journey of growth and adventure.


  • Develop daily lesson plans in keeping with the class content as presented in the program description, including facilitating a shoreside program in inclement weather

  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe, fun, and educational environment for all participants

  • Ensure that all boats and safety equipment are prepared for each day of programming –  fuel for outboards, charged VHFs, and inflatables pumped up

  • Complete and follow all required and necessary daily paperwork and related guidelines, i.e. lesson plans, incident reports (as needed), class actuals, maintenance/equipment log, communication with parents

  • Daily check-in with staff and Summer Program Coordinator at the beginning and end of each day

  • Participate in orientation, pre-season set up, and postseason tear-down

  • Other duties as assigned by the Summer Program Coordinator


While this position’s primary responsibility is in sailing instruction, the Summer Race Coach will work as part of the NWMC team to ensure smooth operations for the organization as a whole. This could include providing information to visitors to the Maritime Center and helping out in projects and events that require all-hands-on-deck, to helping tie up a vessel coming into our dock because you happen to be standing there. We all pitch in for the heavy lifting now and then—sometimes this is metaphoric; occasionally we all have to actually help lift something heavy.


  • 3 + years of experience teaching in a sail training environment

  • An ability to communicate clearly, work collaboratively, and be flexible in dynamic situations. As well as exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Knowledge of safe boating practices with considerable sailing experience

  • Good understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing

  • Dinghy, outboard, and towing experience

  • Current US Sailing Level 1 Small boat Instructor, Level 2/3 preferred

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

  • CDC “Heads Up” online concussion training

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check


  • Submit your resume with the online application.


  • Position will require onsite work, on small sailing boats 

  • Main NWMC Offices are located at 431 Water St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

  • Position is part-time, seasonal, up to 12 hours/week

  • Season Dates: July 1 - August 28, 2024 

  • Reports to: Summer program Coordinator


  • $21.50-$23 per hour, non-exempt

  • Paid time off: accrues 1 hour of sick time for every 25 hours worked

  • Employee discounts

  • Subsidized housing ($300 per month rent) available for seasonal staff- Housing option includes a bed in a shared room in the Port Townsend crew house. There is a shared kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and laundry facilities. 

NWM is committed to equal employment opportunity, striving towards being an antiracist and inclusive organization. We value the diversity of our staff and the communities that we serve, which includes a spectrum of racial, cultural, religious, sexual and gender identities, and abilities. We strongly encourage applications from people who have not seen themselves represented in the industry.