Sailing jobs are abundant (even if you didn’t think so). There’s plenty of demand for those who can teach sailing. Most watersports holiday companies have sailing as part of their programme. And with that comes the need for instructors to teach sailing. So why not take the plunge and get involved? Even with no prior instructor experience, you can achieve your goals – and more.
Sailing jobs in Greece.
Greece is a watersports holiday hotspot. The Ionian Sea in particular is noted for its sailing potential – both with regard to dinghy sailing and yachting. Therefore there are a plenty of sailing jobs available in this part of the world. You’re quite likely to end up working in a resort in Greece as a dinghy sailing instructor.
Not only this but dinghy instructor training (via Watersports Nomad) is also done in Greece. Such is the reputation that Greece has for jobs in the sailing industry. There are other options but in terms of accessibility, weather reliability and popularity Greece is a sailing mecca.
Other parts of the world.
Whilst we talk about sailing jobs in Greece this doesn’t mean dinghy instructor opportunities don’t exist elsewhere in the world. They do! For this reason, you’ll be free to target whatever global locations you see fit following successful qualification.
Anywhere there’s water some kind of sailing activity exists. Back in the UK sailing clubs and activity centres provide dinghy tuition. But as far as getting a job in the industry goes it’s more likely you’ll be looking at overseas operators deli wring holidays. This is bread and butter work and the core of how to get paid to teach sailing.
Zero to hero instructor training.
While we’ve already mentioned not needing any previous experience to become a qualified instructor we’ll reiterate it. In a lot of ways, it’s actually better if you don’t have prior sailing knowledge.
Therefore starting from the ground up you’ll then be in a position to glean all that’s needed. There’s a certain culture surrounding watersports jobs. You’ll need the correct mindset. Furthermore teaching sailing doesn’t start and end with just coaching a raft of other skills will be needed to get a job in the industry. This is why doing an instructor training course somewhere like Greece is key.
What skills am I likely to learn (other than coaching)?
Teaching sailing relies on a whole bunch of different things. While the sport is at the heart communication is a BIG thing. When you enroll on a dinghy sailing instructor course you’ll be signing up for learning all this and more. Here’s a checklist of what main skills you’ll learn when becoming a dinghy sailing instructor –
- Sailing instructor techniques.
- Powerboat rescue skills & first aid.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Problem solving.
- Risk assessment.
- Practical skills (maintenance and so on).
This isn’t an extensive list by any means. On the contrary, there’s plenty more you’ll pick up when you set off on the sailing jobs path. You can read more about the watersports instructor pathway here.
What salary do sailing jobs pay?
While sailing jobs and how much you get paid depends on the level of qualification you hold it isn’t all set in stone. However, the initial sailing jobs package you’re offered from a watersports holiday employer will include a bunch of different things. You’ll be paid a salary but you’ll also have your accommodation, travel to and from the resort, uniform, medical insurance and in some instances food (or this will be subsidised). There may be other costs covered depending on the company you work for.
If working around dinghies and watersports is a long term thing you’ll be able to get higher qualifications and move up the ladder in terms of your job role. This may include resort management for instance. The higher you go the better you get paid.
How do I get the dream sailing instructor job?
Nailing that dream dinghy sailing instructor job starts with you making the decision to enroll on a watersports instructor course in Greece. Taking that leap of faith – even without ever having gone afloat is key. Once that decision’s been made you need to book your place.
Having completed your training course you’ll need to identify those potential sailing jobs that prick your interests and suit what you’re after. Your training provider (Watersports Nomad) will guide you through this process and prepare you for the interview. A successful interview will lead to a placement. In some cases, you may be able to choose your location whilst in other the offer will be location specific. You will then be getting paid to teach sailing.