Sail1Design has developed a worldwide presence in the sailing industry job placement service market. For summer-only and coaching jobs, we now also have a great deal of international candidates, highly qualified, who are interested in working in the United States. We hope this page helps you in your search for a sailing coach job in the USA.
As most know, if you are not a U.S. citizen, and you would like to work in United States temporarily, you will need to have an appropriate work visa. There are several types of potentially appropriate Visas that can be used for sailing coach/instructor jobs. The main categories are the J1 Work and Travel Visa, and the H2B Visa.
US employers hiring for the summer season typically work with a sponsoring agency that is authorized to assist in securing the Work and Travel Visa, but most Yacht Clubs and sailing programs won’t do this on their own, since they don’t have a great number of employers. Therefore, as an applicant, it’s important to communicate with the sailing organization early, and make sure they can get started on the process. Work and Travel Visas are also limited in number, and are part of a program to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges. Generally, participants are university students with a holiday break from studies in their home country.
The most common visa for temporary work in the U.S. is the J-1. You must be a full-time university student, or within six months of graduation, to qualify for this visa. Your home country must also authorize your participation in this program. The H2B is more of a temporary work visa, and usually shorter in duration than the J-1.
Contact any of the Designated Sponsoring Agencies to obtain information on applying for the J-1 Work and Travel program to assist you in securing a job placement as well as your visa and other travel documents.
The Exchange Visitor Program “fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges”. All exchange visitors are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences. Click to read more about WORK AND TRAVEL ELIGIBILITY AND FEES
More on the J-1 VISA
There are twelve different categories of the J-1 Visa. The three most common categories for international workers who qualify for the Work and Travel Program with Employers listed on Cool Works are:
- Summer Work & Travel Visa – allows foreign students to work in the U.S. for four months in guest service positions.
- Camp Counselor Visa – Allows foreign students to work at a summer camp as a camp counselor.
- J-1 Trainee Visa – allows foreign students and professionals to train with a U.S.-based host organization for up to 18 months.The qualifications for these visas vary depending on your country of residence.
Reminder: It is best to contact an agency and begin the process of obtaining your work visa BEFORE you apply. Most employers require that you have a Designated Sponsoring Agency.
More on the H2B VISA
The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs. A U.S. employer, or U.S. agent as described in the regulations, must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, on a prospective worker’s behalf.
- Click to read more about Work and Travel Eligibility and Fees
- Click for a list of Designated Sponsoring Agencies
- Click for a list of Designated Sponsoring Agencies for Camp Counselor Positions