Instructor in Training (IIT) Program
Through this program, older and more experienced junior sailors have the opportunity to shadow instructors and assist with teaching classes. They can also help sailors rig up on the front of the dock, and take new sailors for boat rides. This program teaches many valuable skills that go beyond our sailing programs such as responsibility, community, and being self-sufficient. In addition, participants can earn community service hours that can be used at school or on college applications.
Sign-up through our website is not necessary for this program. Instead, Junior Program members should visit the dock house during summer Junior Program hours and ask to begin volunteering.
Instructors-In-Training (IITs) are an essential part of the CBI Junior Program. These dedicated volunteers assist the Instructors with everything from launching and catching boats on the front of the dock to shadowing classes and teaching basic lessons. Any junior member that is 12 or older and has at least their Yellow (helmsman) rating can become an IIT and start working to earn hours.
There are three ways an IIT can earn hours, and for each, hours accrue at a different rate:
Dock work and Maintenance: Helping boats launch and land, re-rolling messy sails, helping with fleet check, dock work, and/ or helping with capsize clean up. These hours accrue at a rate of 1 hour per hour.
Teaching and Informal Instruction (Double Hours): Shadowing classes, teaching a LTS Rigging class, and/ or helping with a class. Also, taking newer sailors on the water for Informal Instruction. These hours accrue at two hours earned per hour worked.
Learn To Sail boat rides, Theme Days, Leadership, and other tasks (Triple Hours): Doing Learn to Sail boat rides (need Rhodes or Sonar rating), helping prepare for theme days, or other tasks delegated by the dockhouse for extra hours. These hours accrue at a rate of 3 hours earned per hour worked.
Once an IIT has reached 20 hours, and attend two meetings they receive an IIT only t-shirt and are able to participate in some exclusive activities, such as Night Sails and barbecues.
IITs who reach 100 hours and attend two meetings receive an IIT t-shirt, are able to attend all exclusive IIT activities, get invited to specially organized field trips, and with an extra permissions slip will be allowed to sail during Adult Program hours!
How does my child become an IIT?
To become an IIT, a junior sailor just needs to visit the dockhouse during program hours to sign up to shadow a class, work on the dock, or give informal instruction to newer juniors. If IITs would like to attend our weekly IIT meetings, they should have a parent fill out the 2017 IIT Permission Slip. Meetings typically last half an hour, with special extended meetings noted on our public calendar.
Please email the JP Director, Niko Kotsatos, with any additional questions at [email protected]