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A Day in the Life of a Sailing Instructor at DLSS

Updated: Feb 7

Navigating the Waters of Teaching and Passion

Being a sailing instructor at Diamond Lake Sailing School (DLSS) is more than a job; it's a journey filled with challenges, learning, and unforgettable experiences. In this post, we take you behind the scenes to share what a typical day looks like for our instructors, filled with the joys and hurdles of teaching the art of sailing.

Morning: The Start of a New Day

The day begins early for a sailing instructor. As the sun rises over Diamond Lake, the tranquil waters and the quiet hum of nature provide a serene backdrop. The first task is to check the weather conditions – wind speed, direction, and any potential weather changes. It's crucial to ensure a safe and conducive environment for our students.

After the weather check, it's time to prep the boats. This involves inspecting the sailboats, ensuring they are in perfect condition for the day's lessons. Rigging the boats, checking the safety gear, and making sure everything is ready for the students’ arrival is all in a day's work.

Mid-Morning: Welcoming the Students

As students arrive, the dock springs to life. For many, this is their first experience with sailing, and the excitement is palpable. The day's first lesson often begins on land. We discuss the basics of sailing, safety procedures, and the day's goals. "Seeing the curiosity and eagerness in the students' eyes is one of the most rewarding parts of the job," says one of our instructors, Emily.

Afternoon: On the Water

The real adventure begins when we hit the water. Instructors are in constant motion, sailing alongside students, offering guidance, and ensuring safety. "There's nothing like the moment a student catches the wind for the first time. Their mixture of surprise and joy is infectious," shares Tom, another DLSS instructor.

The afternoon is also when we face some of our challenges. Adjusting teaching methods to suit different learning styles, managing unexpected weather changes, and ensuring each student feels confident and safe are part of the day's work.

Late Afternoon: Reflection and Preparation

After the classes, instructors debrief with each other, sharing successes and discussing areas for improvement. We also take this time to prepare for the next day, setting up lesson plans and addressing any maintenance issues with the boats.

Evening: The Personal Touch

Evenings often involve interacting with parents and the community, sharing insights about the students' progress and discussing the joy of sailing. Many instructors also spend time honing their own sailing skills or participating in community sailing events.

The Rewarding Journey

Being a sailing instructor is not just about teaching sailing; it's about inspiring confidence, fostering passion, and building a community. Every day brings new challenges, but also new opportunities to make a difference in someone's life through the sport of sailing.

"At the end of the day, when you see a student's newfound love for sailing, all the challenges seem worth it. It's not just about teaching them to sail; it's about guiding them in a journey that can shape their character and life," reflects Sarah, a senior instructor at DLSS.

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