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About CST

Children’s Sailing Trust (CST) is a charity based in Cornwall that offers access to sailing and watersports to children aged 8-16, as well as young people with additional needs. We are passionate about using these activities as a tool to develop confidence, competence and resilience, enabling participants to reach their full potential in life. One of our key beliefs is that all children and young people should have the same opportunity to learn sailing and watersports, irrespective of financial challenges, disabilities or special educational needs.

2024 sees the 27th year of our charity working on the Helford River taking local children, young people and adults sailing via our term-time schools programme, after school programme, weekend and commercial holiday courses. Our second location is the Trust’s fully accessible watersports centre at Trevassack Lake on the Lizard Peninsula. Complementing our current activities, Trevassack Lake enables us to offer watersports to a wider range of participants with specialist equipment that allows opportunities for all. 

Seasonal Instructors (March-end October)

Senior Instructors | Dinghy Instructors | Activity Instructors

Based on the Helford River and at Trevassack Lake, Garras, just ten minutes outside of Helston.

Rates of pay are dependant on experience and qualifications.

Working up to 5 days in 7 (to include weekends, evenings and bank holidays when required).

About the Roles

Senior Instructor and Activity/Dinghy Instructor

Working under the direction of the Activities Manager and Lead Instructor, Senior Instructors and Activity/Dinghy Instructors are responsible for the delivery of high quality watersports sessions to a wide variety of groups and individuals.

Senior Instructors oversee Activity/Dinghy Instructors plus Volunteers, and will take day to day responsibility for management of sessions and equipment.

A full induction, familiarisation and training package is provided.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for experienced RYA qualified Senior Instructors and Activity/Dinghy Instructors who ideally will have worked in similar roles successfully delivering a Youth Sailing Scheme for at least a year. A Paddlesport Instructor or Leader and/or a Powerboat Instructor qualification is desirable.

Further Details and How to Apply

A copy of the Job Description (with further details of the person specification) can be downloaded below or requested by email:

To apply please send an up-to-date CV and letter of application to:

Or post to Rupert Whelan, Children’s Sailing Trust, Trevassack Lake, Garras, HELSTON, TR12 6LH

Closing date: ongoing

Contract Dates: anytime between 6th March 2024 through to early November

Please note any role is subject to satisfactory references and where appropriate DBS clearance (enhanced child workforce).

For any further information or to have an informal discussion about the roles please call 01326 702326.

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