Instructors-In-Training (IITs) are an essential part of CBI’s Junior Program. These volunteer youth assist our staff with everything from launching boats on the front of the dock to shadowing classes and and teaching novice sailors! Junior members 12 or older with at least their yellow rating can become an IIT. Dedicated yellow rated sailrs younger than 12 can volunteer with permission from our Priebatsch IIT Coordinator.
IITs can help out in a variety of ways, and earn volunteer hours while doing so:
- When an announcement is made requesting help on the dock, IIT’s should check in with the dockhouse for instructions, and check back once completed for further instructions.
- On the front of dock, IITs help students rig and de-rig, launch and return to the dock, plus complete other tasks such as fleet checks and stowing or retrieving equipment.
- Although the dockhouse won’t always need help, IITs step in and help when things get busy.
- An IIT looking to give Informal Instruction should tell the dockhouse, which will put out an announcement to all juniors on the dock.
- IIT’s 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 a great way to meet new sailors and get more experience yourself. The best sailors are also good teachers!
- IITs who want to try teaching more than one junior at a time should try Assistant Teaching a class or providing a First Sail. To try this, just ask at the dockhouse or 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 and get 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 help 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.
- 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.
- Weekly IIT meetings on Wednesdays 15:00-17:00. Work on their teaching skills, plan theme days, and have fun with fellow IITs.
- IIT-only events such as Evening Sails and field trips!
- Log 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 and above all have fun!
- We annually award the Elwell Scholarship to an IIT who submits an outstanding application. See below for details.