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Sailing Instructor Training Program

Young Mariners Institute

YMI Workforce Development Program

The Young Mariners Institute is a workforce development program for Baltimore high school students, run by the DSC through fundraising efforts.

2023 Program Begins June 26!

Throughout the course of a summer, trainees will learn sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition to receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They will improve their teamwork through team building events and will have the opportunity to plan a capstone project, including an overnight sailing adventure. After graduating the program, these young adults will become mentors and role models to other youth through the various Community, STEM, and Junior Programs. Graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top levels of our summer programming. Graduates of the program have become head instructors, out-of-school time coaches, and adult instructors; graduates have even had a profound influence on the DSC curriculum and pedagogy. 

Our long-term partners for youth recommendations have included the Bridges Program at St. Paul's School and two local high schools, Digital Harbor and Cristo Rey, but we have worked with great partners including Boys Hope Girls Hope, Kids Safe Zone, Safe Alternative, and OpenWorks Baltimore.


This intensive summer job program may include (based on the length of the program, and level of C.I.T. commitment):

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
  • MD Safe Boater and US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification
  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
  • Public speaking application
  • Coaching practice and application
  • Teaching theory and application, including disabilities awareness training

Special thanks for Video Services provided by 16 West Studio.

Funding support for the program comes from Family League Summer Funding Collaborative; The Mayor's Office of Employment Development, and from the Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation.


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The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org

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