Log in

Important Notice - 4th of July - Due to the BMI's fundraising event, access to boats and docks will close at 3pm on July 4th.  All cars need to be out of the parking lot by 3PM, campers pick-up will be set-up at the pedestrian gate. Thank you.   Happy 4th of July to all!

Sailing Instructor Training (C.I.T.) Program

C.I.T. Workforce Development Program

The Counselor In Training (C.I.T.) program is a workforce development and college preparation program for Baltimore high school students, run by the DSC through fundraising efforts.

2022 Program begins June 27

The C.I.T. Program is a way for our sailing community to help change people's lives for the better through sailing. In many ways, our C.I.T.s (and graduates of the program) give back to the DSC more than we can ever give them. C.I.T. graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top levels of our summer programming. C.I.T. graduates 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.

Throughout the course of a summer, trainees have learned sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition to receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They have improved their teamwork through team building events and have culminated their experience with a capstone project, including an overnight sailing adventure, and recording their own sailing song . After graduating the C.I.T. program, these young adults have become mentors and role models to the younger youth through the various Community, STEM, and Junior Programs.

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

The goals of the program are two-fold:

  1. Help develop natural talent from youth who would otherwise not be exposed to sailing and create employment opportunities for these young adults for many summers to come.
  2. Celebrate the joy of diversity through a program that encourages our organization to constantly improve our celebration of the human spirit through sailing education.

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.


The Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 • info@downtownsailing.org