Position Available:       


Dates:  June 13 – August 21, 2016

Salary:  Dependent upon experience.  Housing available if 21 or older


  • US Sailing Certified Instructor

  • Red Cross Certified Lifeguard

  • Previous teaching experience

  • Understanding of safety concerns on the water 

  • Boat maintenance skills

  • College level racing preferred

  • Management skills to formulate and implement lesson plans and manage staff

Job Description:

Sailing Master - Sailing lessons are offered to children ages 8+ and adults in Optis and 420s.  All instructors must teach beginning, intermediate and advanced classes for children, as well as group and private lessons for adults and children.  Lessons include classroom instruction as well as on-the-water instruction.  Intermediate and Advanced lessons include introductory and above racing skills.  The Sailing Master will formulate sailing class plans and manage the Assistant Instructors and Interns helping with each class.  Responsibilities also include coaching the Sailing team, checking out sailors before they use Club boats and overseeing the weekly sailing races for members as well as serving as race committee for the Hal Madison Cup Race, a PHRF event.  

In addition, the Sailing Master is responsible for keeping all boats (sail boats and chase boats) and dollies operational and keeping a stock and inventory of Opti, 420 and chase boat parts and supplies.  If repairs are required and need to be done by an outside supplier, the Sailing Master must coordinate prompt service, keeping the Board informed of repairs and costs.  Finally the Sailing Master will oversee the de-rigging and storing of the boats at the end of the season.  

Three Assistant Sailing Instructors will report to the Sailing Master.

Waterfront Director – The club also offers many other activities on the waterfront including swim lessons, kayak, paddle board & windsurfer sign-outs and free swim. The Waterfront Director is responsible for:  

  1. In consultation with the Swimming Instructor and Club Manager, ensuring that the waterfront is safe;

  2. Managing the flow of boat traffic and the configuration of docks, floats and buoys to ensure the safety of swimmers and boaters;

  3. Periodically checking the pier, docks and floats to be sure they are secure, making minor adjustments and informing the designated Board member and Club Manager if a contractor is needed to make repairs;

  4. Along with the Manager, enforcing rules concerning the following:

  • Use and placement of Club and private boats, including sailboats and kayaks

  • Members’ slips at the main pier and use of the floating dock

  • Running on the docks and leaving personal items and debris on the docks and pier.

Other - In addition to these duties, all staff members are required to help maintain the Club facility and participate in social activities planned for the children and the full membership, such as kids’ barbecues, sailing races, and the Fourth of July float in the Island parade.

About the Block Island Club

The Block Island Club is a small, non-profit sailing, tennis, and swimming club tucked in the northeast corner of the Great Salt Pond on Block Island, RI.  Block Island is thirteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island.  The Club has a long tradition of creating a family-like atmosphere where children and adults can enjoy two-week to summer-long memberships full of sporting and social activities.

The staff of the Block Island Club consists of a manager, four sailing instructors, two tennis instructors, one swimming instructors, one arts and crafts instructor, and several and 15-16 year old interns.  May staff members return year after year, having developed close relationships with other Club staff, residents of the Island, and members of the Club.  The Board of Governors places a high priority on hiring a staff that is not only qualified to instruct at a highly skilled level, but who can serve as role models for the young children and represent the Club well to the members, both new and returning.  In addition, the Board values creativity and independence in its staff with regard to the development and implementation of classes and programs.

All inquiries should be sent to Stephanie Ditenhafer at sditenhafer@comcast.net.