Sail Nauticus Academy Youth Sailing Instructor/Mentor (Spring 2018)

Sail Nauticus is a non-profit community sailing center located at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Our mission is to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and maritime sciences. Our flagship initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy, is a hands-on sailing and STEM education program that focuses on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills to Norfolk youth. We rely heavily on volunteers to further our impact in the Norfolk community.

We consider our sailing instructors our most important asset, promoting our mission by teaching sailing, STEM curriculums, and important life skills both on and off the water. Our staff works with youth ages 10-14 as their teacher, mentor, and friend, helping them navigate their way to becoming successful young adults.

Our instructors:

  • Mentor students in soft-skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and confidence
  • Teach sailing skills to youth ages 10-14 aboard our Harbor 20 keelboats (4 students + 1 instructor per boat).
  • Ensure safety of students and boats during program hours.
  • Assist with boat maintenance as necessary.
  • Provide feedback for student evaluations.
  • Participate in staff training and development.
  • Assist with other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Program Managers.

Hours and Qualifications:

  • Commit between the hours of 2:30-6pm, at least 1 day per week (Monday-Thursday) through the Spring season (March 12th- June 7th)
    • Must be able to attend Spring Training ( early March) 
  • Sailing experience required (Level 1 Sailing or Basic Keelboat Certification preferred but not mandatory)
  • Self-motivated team player
  • Experience teaching children preferred
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification (must obtain no later than Spring Training )
  • Current Virginia Safe Boating Certification or have a current USCG Captain License (must obtain no later than Spring Training)

Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.        

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and sailing resume via email with the subject line “Sail Academy Instructor for Spring 2018” to Annabelle Wax at For more information about our programs, please visit us at


Sailing Instructor Position for Summer 2018

Job Description: We are looking for fun, enthusiastic, and skilled sailing instructors for our 2018 summer camp season. Our instructors will help the Youth Programs Manager and Assistant Programs Manager with daily instruction and operations. If hired, you will help teach in one of our two youth summer camps, Sail Quest (8-15 year olds) and Sail Voyagers (11-15 year olds). Instructors are also required to occasionally help with our adult programs. You will also actively participate in upkeep of boats, equipment, and facilities. Instructors must be able to help prepare daily lesson plans and chalk talks along with providing a safe and fun environment for all campers.

About Sail Nauticus: Sail Nauticus is a Norfolk based non-profit community sailing center existing to positively inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads youth through sailing and the maritime sciences. We are a year-round sailing center and our programs include our Summer Camps and our flagship after-school initiative, the Sail Nauticus Academy. These offerings focus on teaching lifelong leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Both programs partner with local schools and non-profit organizations to enroll and engage children ages 8 to 15. About half of our children in attendance live at or below the poverty line. Our fleet of Harbor 20 keelboats that are easy to operate and ideal for the conditions on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront.

Job Requirements: Candidates must be able to start June 14th and continue through August 9th. Camps will run from the week of June 19th through the week of August 6th and range from beginning sailing to the basics of coastal cruising. Your hours during the week will be from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Candidates must be able to work weekends as occasional weekend work is possible.

• Self-motivated team player
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Strong background and experience in sailing
• Level 1 required, Level 2 or Keelboat preferred
• Previous experiences in instructing/coaching sailing
• Be able to prepare lessons, chalk talks, and other related activities daily
• Must hold current CPR/First Aid certifications

Compensation: $12 to $17 per hour dependent upon level of experience.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, work resume, and sailing resume via email with the subject line “2018 Summer Instructor” to Annabelle Wax 

Keelboat Instructor

Sail Nauticus is seeking instructors for US Sailing Basic Keelboat classes. Applicants will preferably have instructor certification. Contact the adult programs manager with a resume to apply. 

Adult Sailing Programs Manager

 Sail Nauticus impacts the academic and leadership achievement of our area’s youth through sailing and maritime sciences. We also aim to inspire our whole community by providing safe, accessible and rewarding on-the-water experiences for all.

Position Overview:

The Adult Programs Manager is tasked with building and nurturing the Sail Nauticus membership base in alignment with the mission of Sail Nauticus. Adult programs support our youth initiatives by promoting sailing and sailing education within our community. The Adult Programs Manager is responsible for the management and presentation of Sail Nauticus adult programming. Currently these include:

  • Membership; recreational sailing, racing, social sails & social events.
  • Instruction: US Sailing - Basic Keelboat, Coastal Navigation, First Sail, free skill clinics and mentorship.
  • Sail Abouts, Team Building/ Group Outings.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing membership & clients including; serving as main point of contact, invoicing, event - creation, organization and implementation.
  • Development – Collaborate with membership and implement fundraising/membership initiatives. Oversee member committees.
  • Direct adult program promotional initiatives.
  • Safety - Monitor and enforce program safety protocols both on and off water.
  • Staff management (Paid & Volunteer adult program staff); Oversight, recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling.
  • Fleet Maintenance - Managing daily and long-term maintenance of the SN fleet, ordering parts and supplies. Hiring and oversight of maintenance staff and some hands on repair.
  • Website - Manage the adult program pages of, including the membership management and reservation systems.


  • Sailing and Powerboat proficiency: preferred one of the following qualifications: small boat instructor, race committee experience, BK instructor.
  • First aid certified.
  • Self-starter that can manage many different projects at once.
  • Customer service focused and outwardly friendly and patient.
  • Fleet maintenance knowledge, including fiberglass repair, rigging, sailboat hardware, and outboard motor maintenance.

Position: Full-Time with benefits. Able to work weekends and evenings. Flexible schedule during off peak season. Salary is negotiable.

To Apply: Email your resume to Ryan Newland