Summer Jobs

First Mate

First Mates lead summer live-aboard sailing programs in the Caribbean alongside a skipper/sailing instructor.

Broadreach is an IYT (International Yacht Training) partner school that offers courses from “Introduction to Yachting” to “Flotilla Skipper”.  First mates assist with sailing instruction, facilitate positive group dynamics, lead games, assist students with cooking and cleaning duties along with fostering personal growth and leadership skills in our students. Our staff prioritize safety and are energetic role models who excel in building meaningful relationships with their students.

Leading a Broadreach program is a fun, rewarding, and demanding position. Broadreach maintains a small group size of 12 students or less led by two instructors. Programs can be challenging for students and instructors, which makes a positive demeanor essential. Our strongest instructors are flexible, team players who excel in quickly changing scenarios, while maintaining a supportive, fun and cohesive community. Contracts range from four to eight weeks in length from early June through mid-August.


  • Experience working with teens required; experience teaching sailing to teens ideal.
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills, able to work without direct supervision and adaptable to often changing, dynamic environments.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage budget, program expenses, student documents, etc.
  • Passion for mentoring and motivating students.
  • Demonstrated success working on diverse teams with a collaborative mindset.
  • Great communication skills and a professional demeanor to serve as a Broadreach ambassador.
  • Able to attend staff training in St. Martin the first week of June.

Preferred Skills and Attributes

  • Significant international travel and program leading experience preferred.
  • Experience coordinating logistics with outfitters preferred.
  • Open availability from early June to mid-August increases chance of placement.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification or higher or willingness to obtain before program.


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About Broadreach

Broadreach is a leader in experiential programs abroad for middle school through college aged students. Over the past twenty years, more than 17,000 students have traveled with Broadreach to over 40 countries. Our mission is to challenge students to broaden their perspectives through new experiences and environments, to inspire them to develop lifelong skills, to discover and explore their passions, and to empower them to reach beyond self-imposed limitations and take charge of their future.