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Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club

Situations vacant - Tauranga race and learn to sail coach

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Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - Sailing School Race and Learn to Sail Coach

Start Date: September 2019

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (TYPBC) are looking to appoint an experienced race coach for junior sailors with learn to sail experience.

Based in Tauranga Harbour, 2.5 hours from Auckland, New Zealand, TYPBC have a strong history of producing Olympic and America’s Cup champions.

The TYPBC Sailing School offers learn to sail and race programmes to youth and adults in Optimist, O'pen Skiff, P Class, Starling, Laser, Schools 420 team racing and windsurfing, along with school sailing taster programmes. The race programme is not large enough to sustain a fulltime race coach, so the appointee will also be required to coach on the learn to sail programme.

Race coach duties and responsibilities:

  • Coaching and managing the race programme of junior sailors
    • Planning courses and course content
    • Maintaining a record of race coaching revenues and expenses
    • Liaising with sailors, parents, schools and teachers and TYPBC centreboard committee with regards to course information, registration, invoicing
    • Setting team and individual sailing goals
    • Attending and coaching at regattas
    • Developing, reviewing and implement sailing school procedures, risk management, safety plans and documentation
    • In conjunction with the LTS coach, maintaining the sailing equipment, safety boats and facility, keeping them looking good, safe and in good working order at all times
    • Maintain club policies and safety standards and local bylaws at all times
    • Provide leadership and guidance to junior coaches
    • Complete an end of season report to the TYPBC executive
  • Assisting on the LTS programmes
    • Assisting LTS coach with the weekday school programmes. At times, this will require the coach to lead a programme for schools and direct other coaches.

Race coach specific requirements

  • Yachting New Zealand learn to sail and racing coach qualification or equivalent (RYA instructor, Yachting Australia instructor etc)
  • Previous racing and race coaching experience
  • Previous LTS coaching experience
    • Powerboat driver’s qualification and current first aid qualification
    • Ability to operate a full range of small sailboats and motorboats safely
    • Flexible with working hours
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (competent in English language)
    • Excellent organisation and time management skills, a positive attitude and ability to work independently as well as being a part of a team
    • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, email, social media and website)

Additional skills

  • Windsurf/boardsailing coaching experience would be beneficial but not essential


  • The role will report to the club manager for the race programme and to the LTS coach for the learn to sail programme.
    • The roles will require communication between race and LTS coaches to ensure both programmes are run effectively

The coach can expect between 30 and 40 hours per week. Most sessions run after school and on weekends, with day-long programmes during school holidays. Week day school coaching at times will also be required. Some travel to regattas will also be required.

Onsite shared accommodation is available.

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