Teach Sailing

Youth Sailing1

The Hoofer Sailing Club and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, on the scenic shores of Lake Mendota. The Hoofer Sailing Club is housed within Outdoor UW and the Wisconsin Union; The Club’s operations are based in the lower level and lakefront of Memorial Union, a celebrated University summer hangout where friends meet for ice cream, conversation, live music and dancing, among many other programs and activities. The Hoofer Sailing Club and the Memorial Union Terrace are definitely the place to be during summers in Madison.

Established in 1939, Hoofers is an organization comprised of six outdoor recreation clubs. The Hoofer Sailing Club is one of the largest and most active inland sailing clubs in the United States, enjoying easy access to 25 square miles of Lake Mendota. Hoofers owns a wide range of sailing infrastructure, including a recently renovated marina, approximately 80 sailboats and a substantial variety of windsurfing equipment. Among them are Badger Tech dinghies, RS Zests, Lasers, Bytes, Scows, Badger Sloops, 420s, J-22s, J-24s and various large keelboats designed for cruising or racing. The club also operates a winter kite-boarding program to continue to provide engagement and learning opportunities during the off-the-water months.

There are approximately 1000 University students, faculty, staff and Wisconsin Union members in the club each year, including a high number of international students. In addition to regular club members, Hoofers instructs over 300 youth ages 10-18 through the Hoofer Youth Program. Membership dues are seasonal (spring, summer, fall, or annual) with annual rates as low as $249. These memberships include unlimited instruction as well as unlimited use of equipment on which sailors have achieved ratings. The club operates year-round depending on the weather but during our peak season, from June 1st to August 20th, approximately 120 lessons and multiple youth sessions are offered each week by our staff of about 100 volunteer and paid, part-time and full-time instructors. In addition to instruction, the club offers racing, special events and lots of social gatherings that you are encouraged to participate in and promote!

Thank you in advance for your interest in teaching for the Hoofer Sailing Club. I look forward to reviewing your application.

- Mills Botham | Head of Instruction

Key Dates

Please see the application for complete details

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 14th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
  • Instructor Exam: February 18th or February 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Applicant Review Notification: February 24th
  • Interviews at the Memorial Union: March 7th and 8th
  • Applicants are notified of Interview Results: March 16th
  • Instructor Training: April 18th & 19th

Application Materials

  • Instructor Application with Informational Cover Letter | PDF
  • Instructor Application | PDF , Word Document