Become an Officer

Are you interested in getting more involved in sailing, attaining your sailing certification and licensing, or just expanding the love of boating in the UT community? UTSC is always looking for motivated members to help us run the club.

The first step to becoming an officer is filling out the UTSC Officer Application Form. Once you have completed the form, email commodore@utsailing.org to confirm that we have received your application. Your application will be reviewed at the next officer meeting and a decision emailed to the address you provided.


General Responsibilities

All UTSC officers are expected to help with some common tasks listed below. Sailing/boating certifications are not required to become a UTSC officer. We will prioritize your training (as needed) so that you will be able to comfortably instruct new members on our boats. Email commodore@utsailing.org for information about the more specific tasks of other officer positions. As a basic instructor, these will be your responsibilities:

  • be a full member of the club
  • be availability to help us run a reasonable number of Saturday Sails and maintenance days (you pay less in dues for each event you attend as an officer)
  • attain minimum Level A checkout (Sunfish or Laser) and be proficient in instructing on boats for which you have checkout
  • attend Boater Safety & Orientation at AYC
  • attend regularly scheduled officer meetings
  • provide input on club merchandise orders, fundraising & recruiting events, and equipment donations & acquisitions

Officer Benefits

  • prioritized training so you can get your Level A checkout and begin teaching on our small boats
  • pay dues at the end of the semester with $5 subtracted for each Saturday Sail or maintenance day attended for a minimum of $20/semester in dues
  • one free copy of the US Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing available on request
  • limited AYC membership privileges as per section III.6.C of the membership handbook
  • discounted or fully paid sailing education and certification programs for officers who have been with the club for at least one semester including:
    • US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Course @ Austin Yacht Club
    • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Course @ Lake Canyon Yacht Club
    • Royal Yachting Association Online Day Skipper Course through NauticEd
    • Royal Yachting Association International Certificate of Competence (ICC) yacht charter license through NauticEd
    • Combo Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Certification through UT Rec Sports