2023 Volunteer Instructor Training Weekend

  • 15 Apr 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 16 Apr 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Dock 79 Community Room, 79 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003.
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  • Training Sessions - Saturday and Sunday for New Volunteer Instructors

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DC Sail's Adult lessons are taught by highly trained Volunteer Instructors.  

DC Sail hosts an intensive training weekend for our new Volunteer Instructors, providing you all the information and skills necessary to conduct lessons.

DC Sail Volunteer Instructors receive a special membership rate of only $125 for 12 months, with all the perks of a Super Membership, in exchange for providing a minimum of two lesson "Shifts" per month from May through October. (Existing Basic/Super members will have their membership level migrated to the Instructor level at the time of their 2023 renewal.)

Instructors teach our Adult Beginner Learn to Sail Lessons and Refresher Courses, which take place from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays during the sailing season. Season will resume April 22, 2023.

Two Instructors also teach the Intro to FJs Course will run over a single weekend, once a month in June, July and August and will take place 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


Requirements for Becoming a Volunteer Instructor:

  • Relevant sailing experience.
  • Successful completion of a District of Columbia Boating Safety Certification (NASBLA approved boat safety course.)
  • Commitment to teaching at least two lessons per month.
  • Ability to swim 75 yards while fully clothed.
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills.  
  • Participate in DC Sail training sessions and agree to follow our curriculum for consistency.
  • Become a paid DC Sail member at the Instructor rate (this is by invitation only after completing the Volunteer Instructor training and when registering for shifts.) 
  • Establish a Shiftboard account. (This is the online scheduling platform we use.)
  • A great attitude, enjoyment in sharing sailing knowledge and skills, and a desire to have fun!
Recommended but not Required Qualifications:
  • US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Certification.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications.
  • US Sailing SafeSport Certification.

2023 Volunteer Instructor Training Weekend:

Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th

  • Mandatory Attendance both days for new DC Sail Volunteer Instructors. 
  • Returning Volunteer Instructors who feel the need to refresh curriculum knowledge should plan to only attend on Saturday.  
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Saturday. Please bring your own food/beverages for Sunday.\
  • Please dress for the weather and bring a life jacket.

Location: Training will take place at the Dock 79 Building Community Room. 79 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. 

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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