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2022 Summer Seasonal Opportunities – We are looking for seasonal coaches and instructors for our Summer 2022 season. To apply, please review the 2022 Employee Information Sheet and complete and submit your application.

We are always looking for coaches and instructors!

GHYC Junior Sail and TYC Junior Sail programs partner to provide programming at the TYC Wollochet Bay Outstation (3418 White Cloud Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335) and West Shore Marina (3815 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332). Instructors may work at either facility.

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Summer 2022 Coach & Instructor Positions

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Our Team

Ashley Nelson

Sailing Director

Ashley holds US Sailing Level 2 Coaching and Level 3 Head Instructor certifications. Her background as a teacher allows her build programs that work for kids. Ashley has coached a high school team to the Mallory Championship and sailed twice in the ICSA Women’s Nationals as a college sailor. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, backpacking, and spending time with her husband and two kids
The best part about the work we do is seeing kids gain confidence and self reliance as they overcome challenges and experience new things.

Niko Twilla

Assistant Sailing Director

Niko holds a US Sailing Level 2 Certification, and has a BA in Recreation Management and Leadership from WWU. He grew up sailing on high school and collegiate teams in Washington, which inspired him to pursue a career in which he provides opportunities for people to experience the life-changing benefits of recreation. When not racing boats, he will use any vehicle he can find to explore and appreciate the environments around him.
Personal agency, empowerment, and unbridled joy from my students are my reward for a successful day in sailing!

Julia Sherry

Site Director

Julia has been instructing at GHYC for 5 years now and holds a US Sailing level one certification. She is a senior at the University of Washington where she rowed crew and is studying Physiology. Her time sailing is split between Liberty Bay where she started, and Hood River. She has competed in a variety of boats and levels of racing with highlights being multiple national championships. When not sailing, Julia enjoys skiing (snow and water), running, and biking.
My hope that my students will come to find as much joy, adventures, lifelong friends, and learning in it as I have.

Camryn Lee


Camryn holds a US Sailing Level 1 Certification and has been sailing with the Narrows Race Team representing Charles Wright Academy for six years. When she’s not sailing, she enjoys horse riding and playing with her cats.
I couldn’t be more excited to spread some of the joy I found in sailing to future sailors

Corinne Harrison


Corinne holds a US Sailing Level 1 Certification and sails as a member of the Narrows Race Team representing Bellarmine Preparatory School
It is really wonderful to get to teach kids to sail in the same place I learned to sail.

Dalton Lovett


Dalton holds a US Sailing Level 1 Certification, and is currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Marine and Coastal Science at WWU. He was introduced to competitive sailing through the Narrows Race Team at the end of his Freshman year of high school and sailed constantly since, attending various high level events such as Keelboat Nationals. He now sails as part of WWU’s Sailing team. When not sailing, Dalton enjoys rock climbing, time with friends and family, and being out in nature.
Sailing has brought so much joy, fulfillment and opportunity to my life, I hope that I am able bring the same to others.

Jaden Unruh


Jaden holds a US Sailing Level 1 Certification and will sail for UW in the fall. He sailed on the Narrows Race Team representing Charles Wright Academy in middle and high school. When he’s not sailing, his hobbies include competitive robotics and coding.
I love having this opportunity to pass on my greatest passion to a new generation of sailors; I hope they'll grow to love sailing as much as I do

Kel Cowart


Kel has been sailing with the GHYC program for four years and currently sails on the race team for Gig Harbor High.
I am looking forward to showing kids how to sail and hope they end up loving it as much as I do

Nico Konyk


Nico currently sails on the Narrows Race Team for Gig Harbor high school, and learned to sail in Gig Harbor through GHYC summer camps! He’s excited to share his sailing knowledge with others. When he’s not sailing, you could probably find him playing the violin.
I really enjoy working with the kids and helping them reach their full potential. I love seeing them challenge themselves, overcome their fears, and achieve things they might not have previously thought possible.

Peter Ryalls


Peter is a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor and has been instructing for 5 years. He sailed competitively for Gig Harbor High School and has represented them in youth keelboat nationals. He is currently working toward toward a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics at Belmont Abbey College. His hobbies include playing piano, pretending to own expensive cars, and annoying his sisters.
I’m very happy to help these kids grow, have fun, and learn about this sport that I love so much


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