High School Racing Program Coach Positions (3 Positions Available)

Our High School Racing Program is 100% administered by DC Sail (the sailors’ schools are not directly involved.) Teams compete in the Mid-Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (MIDSA) of the US High School Sailing Association (ISSA). We are seeking enthusiastic and experienced small boat sailing professionals to coach our Varsity and/or JV Sailing team. This is a great seasonal position for someone who loves racing and wants to make a difference in the lives of local youth sailors.


DC Sail, Diamond Teague Park Piers, 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003


To provide professional coaching to interested high school students who live in the Washington DC region. This program offers High Schools sailors a ready made framework for starting or maintaining both Varsity and Junior Varsity competitive sailing teams. Sailors will practice drills, tactical discussions and rules situations to prepare them for interscholastic competition. Typical season has 60+ sailors representing over 30 different schools in the DMV, with groups sailing at the Green Fleet, JV, and Varsity levels.

General Description: 

The coach will instruct high school students from DC-area schools in a fleet of Flying Juniors. Sailors range from the intermediate to advanced level in sailing ability. Responsibilities include preparing for and conducting after school practice and giving constructive feedback to sailors during practice. Weekly lesson plans will be developed and conducted with adjustments made for weather variables, students’ progress, etc.


Spring Season is mid-February through mid-May. Fall Season is late August thorough October.

Weekday After School Hours:

Varsity - Two days a week 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

JV - Two days a week 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Varsity Coach - Sat. or Sun. Regattas - 2-4 Home & 6 Away (No Overnight Travel) 

JV Coach - Sat. or Sun. Regattas - 2-4 Home & 5 Away (No Overnight Travel) 

Some traveling may be required over certain weekends for regattas. Away regattas can be in Annapolis, Maryland, Eastern Shore and Baltimore, Maryland. DC Sail typically hosts two to four "home regattas" at our location. Candidates must have their own transportation. We do not reimburse for taxi/Uber/Lyft type services or rental cars. 


Youth sailors ages 12-18.

Hourly Wage: 

Depends on experience level. Please note this is a part-time seasonal position - no benefits.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age 21+
  • Flying Junior or 420 Racing Experience. Youth program coaching experience preferred.
  • US Sailing Level 1 Certification.
  • Certification in US Sailing SafeSport program.
  • US Sailing Safe Power Boating (not required but helpful.)
  • Current CPR/First Aid (or ability to obtain certification and may be reimbursed for cost if offer and acceptance of employment is made.)
  • Note: Employment contingent on full background check.

To Apply: Please send application, cover letter and three professional references to Traci Mead, Executive Director at tmead@dcsail.org. *No telephone calls, please.

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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business Mailing Address: 650 Wharf Street SW, Unit 20, Washington, DC 20024
Diamond Teague Park Piers Waterfront Address: 99 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
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Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Executive Director - tmead@dcsail.org 
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