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Chief Sailing Instructor

  • Job Location

    Gordonstoun School, Gordonstoun, Scotland

  • Start date

    Applications close 18th October

  • Duration


  • Job Benefits

    Details on application


We are looking for an inspirational Chief Sailing Instructor to lead the sailing portion of our activities programme. Gordonstoun operates as a RYA recognised Sailing Centre from our sailing base at Hopeman Harbour, where we provide a range of sailing and power boating activities for our students from years 4 to 13. With a wide range of skill levels, our students will require coaching from beginner to advanced level using the RYA Dinghy Scheme as a framework for the sailing programme.

Gordonstoun encourages all staff to engage in our wonderfully broad programme, and we are seeking someone who is keen to play an active role in boarding school life, whether in the classroom, in the mountains or in the middle of the Moray Firth.

Gordonstoun is striving to build a team that is truly inclusive. We welcome applications from marginalised and under-represented groups.

Job Purpose: The Post Holder would act as RYA Chief Instructor at our sailing base in Hopeman and facilitate the delivery of our small boat sailing programme. Sailing activities are usually timetabled out with the academic day (usually afternoons and weekends) leaving time in the working day for boat maintenance and other tasks and there is an expectation that the post holder will also be involved in an area of the school beyond their sailing instructing duties.

Activities at the Hopeman Sailing Centre are currently undergoing a review with an aim to widening access and encouraging wider community involvement. It is hoped that the Post Holder will take a central role in this initiative by leading the changes to our facilities at Hopeman and promoting outreach with the local community.

In addition, candidates would be expected to contribute to the wider life of the school in other ways, in either a teaching or nonteaching capacity and as a tutor in one of the Boarding Houses. The ability to teach, coach sports, contribute to the activity programme, or have Outdoor Education qualifications such as Mountain Leader would be desirable


Essential Qualifications:

  • RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor
  • RYA Safety Boat Certificate
  • RYA First Aid Certificate

Desirable Qualifications:

  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • D1 Minibus endorsement D1E Towing endorsement
  • Coaching qualifications
  • Outdoor Leadership Qualifications
  • Additional leadership, instructional or coaching awards applicable to the following activities (kayaking, canoeing, climbing, skiing mountaineering, mountain biking, surfing, bushcraft and snowboarding).

About us

Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years. Our uniquely broad curriculum provides challenge in the classroom, on the sea and on the mountain, on the stage and on the sports field, and enables students to

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