Although much has changed since our beginning in 1979, the same values on which Sail Caribbean was founded continue to drive all of our programs today: respect for one another and the sea; belief in the great things young people can achieve; and simply doing things right. Our staff's commitment to these ideals is reflected in our mission statement: to inspire self-confidence, foster personal growth, and instill leadership skills through the highest quality Caribbean adventures.
Our staff members are committed to our philosophy and our students through both the fun times and the challenging times. Yes, you are in the beautiful Caribbean, but you are not on vacation—it is a 'round-the-clock' job and we hold our staff to a very high standard. There is time off, but it might only be two days the entire summer. The students always come first. Sail Caribbean staff have a "what can I do next?" attitude, and for those efforts derive many benefits both intrinsic and tangible. In addition to the Expectations outlined below and other helpful information found in the Employment section, we encourage you to read through our brochure and review About Us on this website to see if Sail Caribbean is a good fit for you.
Professionalism - It is a great source of pride that our staff members are consistently evaluated by students and parents as being responsible, knowledgeable, considerate, and fun. We seek individuals to join our team who can maintain this balance and approach their job with both professionalism and enthusiasm.
Conduct & Safety - As staff members, it is our responsibility to create and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for our students. Our staff is expected to set a positive example and never turn a blind eye to actions that might spoil the experience for others, or put anyone at risk. As safety is our #1 priority, it should go without saying that we have a strict, absolute zero tolerance policy for staff using drugs while employed by us, and alcohol is not permitted while on program.
The Sail Caribbean 'rules' are clearly laid out to the students and staff. At Sail Caribbean, students are automatically sent home for smoking, drinking, or using drugs. Students, parents, and staff appreciate that our rules are fair, well understood, and enforced without exception. Please know that part of the application process is an official background check done by an independent agency.
Accountability - We rely on every staff member to be accountable for the responsibilities associated with their job description. Each individual is essential to the overall success of our programs. Time management, attention to detail, and clear communication is expected from every staff member.
Experience Working with Teens - Above all else, the students come first at Sail Caribbean. In order to inspire self-confidence, foster personal growth, and instill leadership skills in our students successfully and naturally, we believe it is essential that every staff member has demonstrated their ability to relate, lead, and communicate effectively with young people in a professional environment.
Medical Training - Given the nature of our work, each staff member is required to have at least Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and current CPR certification. Although these courses are available worldwide, some organizations only offer one or two courses a year; please book your course in advance to avoid disappointment. We highly encourage our staff to get their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Lifeguard certifications.
On-Site Staff Training - Each staff member (both new and veteran) is required to participate in our 12-day Staff Training in the British Virgin Islands. We have two sessions: one at the end of May and the other starting mid-June. We live aboard our boats, travel in a fleet, and learn SC policies and curriculum all while simulating the experience that our students have on the program. We also put our safety protocols to the test with emergency drills.
Time Commitment - Sail Caribbean runs 8 different programs that range between 14, 18, and 21 days from the first week of June until the last week of August. We hire staff members for 8 or 10 weeks in the summer and strongly favor a two-summer commitment.
The date combinations for staff contracts are as follows:
Late May until late August
Late May until early August
Mid June until late August
Mid June until early August.
Note: Detailed Requirements and Qualifications are outlined for each Employment Opportunity.