At the NCYC Sailing Academy, Assistant Instructors work under the supervision of a Tackers Leader and Instructor within the Tackers kids learn-to-sail program.
Assistant Instructors may instruct from the shore, from a small RIB/tinny and on occasion may sail on a Tackers dinghy with a course participant. All instructors assist with setting up equipment, rigging boats, cleaning & maintaining gear and packing away at the end of a session. Tackers Leaders continuously offer further on-the-job training to help develop skills, knowledge and instructing techniques.
Assistant Instructors are used within the Tackers dinghy program which operates on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45pm to 6:15pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 11:30am. The Tackers program runs for a full school term (10 weeks) and Assistant Instructors are generally rostered for the full program (Terms 1 and 4). We also run the program as week long blocks (5 days) in the October and January school holidays. Instructors are required to attend work 30minutes before a session starts and finish 30minutes after a session is finished to assist with set-up and pack-up. On occasion there are additional work opportunities for events such as “Try Sailing” days, scout/cubs sailing sessions and promotional days. Assistant Instructors are advised of these opportunities and rostered according to availability.