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 rating can become an IIT and start working to earn hours.
IIT’s can work on the dock in a variety of ways, earning hours, learning to teach, and improving their own sailing skills through instructing others:
- As a dock-hand, IIT’s help students rig and de-rig, launch and return to the dock, and with other tasks such as fleet checks and stowing or retrieving equipment. This is extremely helpful to the staff and members alike.
- As an Informal Instructor, IIT’s are able to sail with other students in stronger wind for which the IIT, but not the student is rated. This helps students work towards their Yellow and Red ratings, or experience boats which they aren’t rated for, and also is a great way to meet incoming students and help them feel a part of the CBI community.
- First Sail Skippers require a Sonar rating. They take new sailors on the water for the first time, teaching them to take the helm and trim the mainsail, while helping explain basic sailing concepts and above all, making sure they have fun on their first day!
- Assistant Instructors require advanced ratings, and help instructors plan lessons and activities, teach on-land lessons, and gather class equipment. They also act as peer mentors for juniors and sail with juniors in class in order to model skills and support them.
- First Sail skippers require a Sonar rating. They take new juniors on the water for First Sail, allow all juniors an opportunity to take the helm, explain basic sailing concepts while underway, and ensure that all juniors on their boats have a fun First Sail!
- Community Builders plan and promote fun weekly theme days, run activities throughout those them days, and assist with weekly Fun & Games sessions.
To show our appreciation for our IIT’s, and to support them, we offer a variety of fun benefits and learning opportunities specific to them:
- Weekly IIT meetings with the IIT Coordinator. Work on your teaching skills, plan theme
days, and have fun with your fellow IITs
- Special IIT-only events such as Night Sails
- Earn volunteer hours for school, church, or other organization
- Become a leader, make friends, have fun!!
IIT’s can help out simply by asking at the dockhouse. They should also tell the dockhouse after putting in hours so as to get a Talk to the IIT Coordinator and tell them you want to be an IIT! If you aren’t sure who
the IIT Coordinator is, ask at the dockhouse
– A signed permission slip is required to attend weekly meetings
Please email the JP Director, Niko Kotsatos, with any additional questions at [email protected]