Level 2 Instructor
Small Boat Level 2 Instructor
The Level 2 Instructor Workshop focuses on developing knowledge and skill in teaching sail theory, sail controls, introductory management skills, spinnaker and trapeze use (and instruction) and powerboat operation for emergency situations. Safety awareness is a major component of this course, with instruction on how to address capsize recovery, or prevent entrapment while operating a powerboat. It is a certification level course that combines classroom and on the water education using Smallboat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Guide, and the accompanying Level 2 Workbook, as a texts.
This is a 2-day, 16-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation.
Minimum Age Requirement
All Candidates must have reached their 16th birthday within the calendar year that the course is being held in. Students under 18 years of age who complete the course will be designated as a Sailing Assistant until their 18th birthday. Please be aware that forging/lying about your age is a violation of the terms of this registration and is grounds for revocation of any or all US Sailing certifications
Prerequisites for entrance into the course
1) Current Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification. Instructor candidates can not take level 2 less then 9 months after they have complete Level 1 (i.e. candidates cannot take Level 1 and Level 2 back to back in the same season).
2) Sailing experience in small boats, such as prams, dinghies, multihulls or day sailing keelboats.
3) Experience in operating a safety boat. This skill will not be taught at the course. Instructor Candidates lacking adequate experience should either seek opportunities for practice or attend a US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling Course. Candidates not passing this portion of the course or other tests will receive a Plan of Improvement, re-testing for which carries a fee of $75
4) Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without a life jacket.
5) Current US Sailing Adult Individual Membership or a family membership with only 1 instructor in the family.
6) Completed course registration form accompanied by appropriate course fees (and any late charges). Registering online satisfies this requirement.
7) Completed the US Sailing Medical Form
8) Ability to exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal skills.
9) Completion of CDC Concussion Training program (must submit certificate of completion at the course)
10)***NEW*** SAFESPORT: Beginning on 1/1/2018. This program, developed by the US Olympic Committee, is required training for all Instructors. This requirement is also being put in place for other National Governing Bodies. This free online training course must be completed every 2 years. Instructor certification is not active unless SafeSport training has been completed.
- Go to: http://training.teamusa.org/brands/details?brandId=6
- Click on “SafeSport” (above the Free button).
- Click on “Add to Bag” (lower right).
- Click on “Checkout”
- Select “USA Sailing” when you log in.
The course allows you to log in and out so you DO NOT have to complete it all at once
Requirements for Successful completion of course
• Attendance at all portions of the course. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation
• Pass written test.
• Demonstrate professional conduct, an open-minded, positive and enthusiastic attitude, appropriate appearance (clothing, footwear and tidiness), participation in discussions, collaboration skills/team player, confidence and ease of manner.
• A positive evaluation by the Instructor Trainer.
The determination as to whether a candidate passes or fails rests with the Instructor Trainer. In addition to Pass or Fail, a third option is a Plan of Improvement. Re-testing for Plans of Improvement carries a $75 re-testing fee; re-tests are scheduled with specific representatives of US Sailing and must be performed within a specific time frame.
The following materials are provided for the course.
• Small Boat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Guide
• Small Boat Level 2 Workbook
• Safety and Rescue and Support Boat Handling
• Teaching Fundamentals for Sailing Instructors (TF)- Please plan to bring this to the course (supplied with Level 1 Course)
Validation of Small Boat Sailing Level 2 Instructors
Validation will be for three years providing First Aid, CPR, and US Sailing Adult membership are kept current. Instructor validation is renewable. Visit the website or contact the office for more information.
• Current First Aid and Adult CPR. We will accept First Aid and CPR from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or providers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. See the current list.Additionally, a state licensed EMT or M.D., whose CPR certification is renewed annually is also accepted.
The course registration fee is:
$315 if received more than four (4) weeks prior to course start date
$335 if received within four (4) weeks of course start date
$385 if received within one (1) week of course start date
• Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to another course/date if the Training office is given enough notice:
• More than four weeks before the course start date: Fee is transferable to another course.
• Within the four week of course start date: ½ half of course fee is transferable to another course
• Less than 24 hours notice of course start date (or no-show), 100% of the course fee is forfeited.
In order to register, I understand that I must currently hold a Small Boat Level 1 certification.