The Boathouse at Shoreline Lake is taking applications for its 2023 Counselor-In-Training Program (CIT). The CIT program is a comprehensive sailing-instructor training course designed to teach sailing and sailing instruction from the ground up. Over the course of one year trainees will learn how to sail and how to teach through a series of classes and shadowing opportunities, with the end goal of becoming a certified US Sailing instructor.
The program is open to ages 15 or older with some previous sailing experience recommended (although not required). Candidates should be self-motivated and ready to learn — and have plenty of free weekends and time available in the summer.
Candidates must take part in a mandatory first meeting, and must submit their application, and complete an assessment by Boathouse sailing staff, by the deadline — May 5.
The program was launched in 2022, and was well received. However, Shoreline Lake decided to limit enrollment, in order to stay in line with the low student-teacher ratios typical of their Kid and Teen camps and Watersports classes.
“As formal teaching experience is hard to acquire, and cohesive sailing instructor resources are difficult to find locally, this one-of-a-kind comprehensive training course is for anyone (ages 15+) frustrated by the lack of sailing instructor ‘teacher-training’ curricula and support available,” the press release explains.
“Given the increasing need for qualified sailing instructors throughout the Bay Area, Shoreline Lake’s hybrid learning model suits a diverse group of applicants (An apprenticeship-based curriculum, the year-long CIT program takes the headache and uncertainty out of gaining the teaching experience that forms part of US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Certification.).”
More details can be found on the CIT Program page: https://shorelinelake.com/cit-sailing.html