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

S.I.T. Workforce Development Program

The Sailing Instructor Training (S.I.T.) program is a workforce development and college preparation program for Baltimore City high school students. It is run by the DSC in partnership with the Baltimore City's YouthWorks summer jobs program. Interested!? YouthWorks Registration opens Jan. 2nd, 2018 and closes March 2nd!

2018 Program runs from June 25th - August 10th

The S.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 S.I.T.s and graduates give back to the DSC more than we can ever give them. S.I.T. graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top levels of our summer programming. S.I.T. graduates become head instructors, afterschool coaches, and adult instructors; graduates have even had a profound influence on the DSC curriculum and pedagogy. 

Our longterm partners for youth recommendations include 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 learn sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They study with a professional SAT preparatory instructor, improve their teamwork through team building events, and culminate their experience with a capstone overnight sailing adventure. After graduating the S.I.T. program, these young adults become mentors and role models to the younger youth from their own communities through the our various Community, STEM, and Junior Programs.

This intensive summer job program also includes:
  • 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.

For Testimonials, click HERE (Baltimore Sun) and HERE (ABC2 News)

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1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
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