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Coaching positions available (New Zealand)

Junior Sailing Coordinator/Programme Manager - Milford Cruising Club (MCC)

Milford Cruising Club(MCC) is looking for a new Junior Sailing Coordinator/Programme manager for the upcoming season. MCC dinghy sailing has grown considerably over the last summer season and we are looking for someone passionate and energetic to support this growth. The role would suit someone keen to take on coaching alongside a leadership/management role within our club. The primary focus is to coordinate our junior sailing program (RS Feva and Optimist Learn to Sail) with the option to extend the role to cover coordinating Adult LTS and Teams Sailing programmes for the right person. You will work alongside our existing team of coaches, sailing committee and office staff to provide opportunities for sailors to get out on the water. In the summer, the Junior Sailing program typically runs on Friday evenings and Sundays with holiday programs in the term breaks. 

We are also building and developing our coaching team to prepare for additional programmes MCC are hoping to run in Term 4 in relation to 420 teams racing. Over the summer we hosted a successful inter-school summer series of teams racing, and have become the home for schools teams sailing on the north shore. Our intention is to create a MCC 'Learn to Teams Race' program which acts as a feeder program into the schools individual training sessions and the summer series. We are looking to add to the pool of coaches/staff supporting these programs, and are ideally looking for someone who can also support administration and/or do minor maintenance fixes. 

The location is great, the hours are flexible and you have the opportunity to make the programme your own. Training and upskilling will be provided to the right people with a clear path laid out for coordination of the programme. We also do great coffee #workperks

If you are interested in getting into some coaching at any level or taking on some program coordination then get in touch with us at! More detailed job descriptions are available on request and we are happy to have a discussion on the scope of work and hours available. 

Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2024

LTS Coach and Windsurfing Coach - Maraetai Sailing Club

We have a vacancy for two coaches: 

Learn to Sail opti level 2 upwards - Sundays 8:30-11:30am beginning Feb 11th

Windsurfing coach - Sundays 8:30-12pm beginning January 28th

For more information and to apply, email Toni at

Posted Monday, January 15, 2024

Head Coach in Beautiful Wanaka October 2024 to April 2025

Wanaka is a small but very active club in the beautiful ski resort town of Lake Wanaka. The lake here is 44Km long, clear and gorgeous! Between late October and early April we offer after school and summer holiday learn-to-sail lessons for 8-17 year olds, this year with more than 70 on the books between absolute beginners and those with national level ambitions. In addition we run a number of weekend courses for adults, 2 day holiday programs for kids and, increasingly, daytime private lessons for adults and visitors. Club owned boats include optis, O'pen skiffs, Starlings, Feva, Quests, 420s and lasers. Most are older boats but lots of volunteer time and funding has restored them to full working order. Our club community spirit is excellent! There are also many privately owned trailer boats, flying 15s Etchells and sports boats which battle it out on Thursdays.

As head coach you would be the sole paid employee, other than an experienced older youth coach to help you on our busiest evenings: Mondays and Tuesdays. You would also have assistance from several other experienced youth volunteer coaches and sometimes from adult volunteers when extra RIB drivers etc are required. 

The amount of time required to do the job is about 30 hours per week, but this could increase to 37 hrs per week if you wanted full time work AND were willing and able to undertake the administrative co-ordination which is currently done by others. The majority of your time would be spent with sailors in their first 0-3 years of experience. The goal is to make them fall in love with sailing.  We have many youth pathways beyond LTS and plenty of local regattas, including Thursday night races and Teams races each Sunday.

The lake experiences a wide range of conditions, this year typified by stronger winds, but in most years one might expect Oct-Dec being windier and January through to April becoming progressively calmer. 

As head coach you will need to be experienced with teaching, great on safety, competent in RIBS and able to co-ordinate assistant coaches and liaise with sailors and their parents. The pay is $30ph. Foreign experience and qualifications are welcome, but of course you will need a working visa.  We cannot provide accommodation but may be able to help out for the first months while you find your feet.

Please e mail Roger North at

Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2024


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Other positions available

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club - Sailing Director

The Bucklands Beach Yacht Club based in Half Moon Bay Auckland seeks a Sailing Director to lead the development and management of a top-tier Youth Training Programme utilising our Elliott 7 Fleet. This role entails both on-water coaching and program administration, as well as overseeing sailing events with our Elliott 7 Keelboats.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive performance sailing training program aligned with BBYC's objectives, covering technical, tactical, physical, and mental preparation, along with boat maintenance.

  • Identify talented sailors from within BBYC and the local community, including school programs, and invite them to participate in BBYC Youth Training Programme squads.

  • Collaborate with the Club Manager and Committee to deliver exceptional on and off-water coaching and administrative support for the BBYC Youth Training Programme.

  • Manage all financial and administrative aspects of the Youth Training Programme, including budgeting and operational planning.

  • Ensure all on-water assets are well maintained and fit for purpose, overseeing repair and maintenance.

  • Implement relevant Health & Safety operating procedures.

  • Provide insight into budgeting for equipment maintenance and replacement needs for the Elliott fleet.

  • Manage current sponsors, ensuring they receive appropriate value and service.

  • Identify and pursue new sponsorship and funding opportunities.

Experience and Skills:

  • Proven coaching experience.

  • Background in sailboat racing, preferably keelboat racing.

  • Strong organisational and administrative skills.

  • Effective communication skills with diverse stakeholders.

  • Understanding of club dynamics with volunteers, staff, and members.

  • Proficient in boat management and maintenance.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Lyle Tresadern - 

Royal Akarana Yacht Club - Club Manager


The time has come! We are looking for someone to take the fulltime role of Club Manager for RAYC. An exciting role that will put you at the heart of the Club and our successful Academy.

You don’t necessarily need to have a sailing background, however it is a plus. We’re looking for someone who is great with people, gets things done and can be that conduit between the team here, General Committee and all our members.

If that’s you or someone you know, apply here:

Posted: Monday, 8 April, 2024 

Mackay Boats

Fit-out for foiling Moth class yachts

Boatbuilders or high-performance sailors with fit-out experience are required for the fit-out, finishing and detailing of our Bieker foiling Moths. 

Contact   or on (09) 426 4306.

Boatbuilders for high-performance yachts

Experienced boatbuilders are required for the lamination of our Olympic classes and other high-performance racing yachts, for hand wet lay and/or pre-preg lamination.

Contact   or call (09) 426 4306.

Both positions situated in Silverdale, Auckland

For more information, visit


Operations, Safety and Training Skipper - NZ Sailing Trust

The NZ Sailing Trust (NZST) is looking for someone who is passionate about sailing, education and the outdoors.  We have created an exciting new part-time role for someone who wants to contribute to the youth development programmes that we deliver on board Lion New Zealand and Steinlager 2.

You must have appropriate skippers tickets, relevant endorsements, first aid training and a fantastic attitude to learn and train others.  We want a sailor of larger vessels, someone familiar with NZ Maritime requirements, and attention to detail to review our procedures and set the tone for health and safety.. 

Being a role model for the Trust, emphasising our values and, at any opportunity, promoting the Trust’s purpose, history and reputation to customers on board or when dealing with suppliers. 

NZST was inspired by the adventures of Sir Peter Blake and his racing teams. The Trust exists to ensure that key yachts from that history are preserved and sailing adventures are run on board to help inspire the next generation.  

The NZ Sailing Trust mission and vision are: 

  • Preserve the legacy of the significant sailing vessels of Sir Peter Blake and his teams. 
  • Use these sailing vessels to provide experiences for young New Zealanders that bring to life the values of leadership, courage and teamwork. 
  • Help ensure the future of New Zealand’s maritime industry through providing opportunities to young New Zealand sailors.

To apply, email your CV and cover letter to

Posted: Thursday, 6 July 2023 

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International coaching positions available

LTS Coaches, Race Coaches, Head Coach - Harbourfront centre, Toronto, Canada

Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating (HCSP) is seeking qualified CANSail and Keelboat Instructors to join our 2024 Sailing Camp team. HCSP has seen over 25 years of successful sailing instruction, with many junior sailors developing their sailing skills through our programs each season. We are a dedicated and well-established Club and Sailing & Powerboating School, promoting safe boating for all. Conveniently located in downtown Toronto, immediately south of the Rogers Centre and CN Tower, our clubhouse has access to over 60 sail and power craft, ranging from 7′ to 35′ in length, including 27 Dinghies ranging from 420s to our Hobies, Picos and RS Zests and RS Fevas

See pdfs below for more information on the positions, to apply contact Emma at

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Posted Monday, February 19th, 2024

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