The Sailing Instructor Training (S.I.T.) program is a workforce development and college preparation program for Baltimore City high school students. It is run by the DSC in partnership with the Baltimore City's YouthWorks summer jobs program.
2021 Program runs from June 28th - August 6th
The S.I.T. Program is a way for our sailing community to help change people's lives for the better through sailing. In many ways, our S.I.T.s and graduates give back to the DSC more than we can ever give them. S.I.T. graduates who stay on with our programs have consistently proven themselves at the top levels of our summer programming. S.I.T. graduates become head instructors, afterschool coaches, and adult instructors; graduates have even had a profound influence on the DSC curriculum and pedagogy.
Our longterm partners for youth recommendations include the Bridges Program at St. Paul's School and two local high schools, Digital Harbor and Cristo Rey, but we have worked with great partners including Boys Hope Girls Hope, Kids Safe Zone, Safe Alternative, and OpenWorks Baltimore.
Throughout the course of a summer, trainees learn sailing, leadership, and coaching skills in addition receiving financial literacy and getting paid. They improve their teamwork through team building events and culminate their experience with a capstone overnight sailing adventure (to resume in 2022 but cancelled for 2020 & 2021). After graduating the S.I.T. program, these young adults become mentors and role models to the younger youth through the various Community, STEM, and Junior Programs.
This intensive summer job program also includes:
- American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
- MD Safe Boater and US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification
- US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
- Public speaking application
- Coaching practice and application
- Teaching theory and application, including disabilities awareness training
The goals of the program are two-fold:
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