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Teach Sailing with Hoofers! A typical day for a full-time sailing instructor might include walking or biking from your apartment to the Union at the heart of campus, meeting with other instructors at 9 a.m. to put the motorboats in the water and discuss the on-the-water plan for your youth sessions (starting at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.), catching a quick bite to eat in between, taking a break to play on boats you'd like to sail, then teaching a 3-hour class for adults starting around 4:30 or 5 p.m. Other part-time instructors might opt to take a UW-Madison morning class or two, or carry another job and just teach in the evenings and on weekends. Volunteer instructors teach at least two lessons a week at times of their choosing (although again, evenings and weekends are preferred), and in return receive a free annual membership. Tuesday evenings at sunset are the weekly staff meetings followed by an evening of fun social activity, and there are additional instructor socials and events throughout the sailing season. Hoofer alumni often report that their time with Hoofers was one of the most enjoyable periods of their lives with friendships or partnerships that last a lifetime.

There are approximately 1200 university students, faculty, staff and 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 of ages 10-18 each summer through the Hoofer Youth Program. Membership dues are seasonal (spring, summer, fall, or annual) with annual rates at about $220. These dues include unlimited instruction as well as unlimited use of boats/windsurfers on which sailors have achieved ratings. The Hoofer Sailing Club is run by a Board of Captains which is led by the commodore, an elected university student. The club operates from about April 25 - October 25, depending on the weather. During our peak season, from June 1 to August 15, approximately 120 lessons and multiple youth sessions are offered each week by our staff of about 75 volunteer and paid, part-time and full-time instructors. In addition to instruction the club offers racing, many special events, and lots of socials.


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