Instructors-In-Training (IITs) are an essential part of CBI’s Junior Program. These volunteers assist 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. That said, dedicated youngsters with their yellow rating younger than 12 can volunteer with IIT coordinator or Dockmaster permission. Inquire at the dockhouse!
Our 2019 Priebatsch IIT Coordinator is Fiona O’Connor. This position and program are made possible through the generous support of the family of Norman Priebatsch, honoring his enthusiasm for windsurfing, sailing and CBI.
IITs can help out in a variety of ways to earn volunteer hours. They learn teaching skills and improve their sailing chops too by assisting in the instruction of others. Types of hours are:
Front of Dock (DF):
- When the dockhouse advertises that it is offering hours for dock work, the IIT should check in and ask for instructions on what needs to be done. Then, when the task is complete they should check in again with the dockhouse to log their hours!
- As a dock-hand, IITs help students rig and de-rig, launch and return to the dock, and complete other tasks such as fleet checks and stowing or retrieving equipment. Although the dockhouse won’t always need anything to be done, when the dock gets busy the IITs are the ones to step in and lend a hand. Keep an ear out for when the dockhouse makes an announcement calling for IITs.
Informal Instruction (II):
- An IIT looking to give Informal Instruction should tell the dockhouse, which will put out an announcement to all juniors on the dock.
- As an Informal Instructor, IITs can give informal coaching to a less-experienced juniors. Often, newer juniors use this opportunity to practice sailing in stronger wind for which they are not rated. Also, this is a great chance to work up to testing for Yellow and Red ratings and to try out new boats.
Teaching/ First Sail (T/1):
- IITs who want to try instructing more than one junior at a time should try Assistant Teaching a class or providing a First Sail. To try this, talk to the dockhouse and ask for the IIT coordinator to get an assignment, or ask one of our friendly Instructors if they need any help! (Best time to try this is always on Monday).
- First Sail Skippers require a Sonar rating for the appropriate wind flag color. They take new sailors on the water for the first time while getting them involved, while helping explain basic sailing concepts and, above all, making sure they have fun on their first day!
- Assistant Instructors help instructors with lessons and activities, give personalized attention where the instructor cannot and gather class equipment. They also act as peer mentors for juniors and ail with juniors in class in order to model skills and support them.
- IITs who want to support a fun environment through community buildings should find out about opportunities by attending weekly meetings.
- Community Builders plan and run fun theme days like our annual Pink Day fundraiser, 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 their teaching skills, plan theme days, and have fun with their fellow IITs.
- Special IIT-only events such as Evening Sails and field trips!
- Volunteer hours for school, church, or other organization.
- The chance to plan and run Pink Day, our annual fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research!
- Learn leadership and organizational skills, make friends an above all have fun!
To begin logging hours, please use the form below. Once that is done, have your child log their hours at the dockhouse! This permission slip must be turned into the front office before IIT’s can stay late on Wednesdays for training.