US Sailing offers certification courses for instructors and coaches on a wide range of boats at varying levels of expertise. Courses range from 2 days to 5 days, and are hosted by boating programs around the country, year-round. If you are considering getting certified as an instructor or coach, please read the course requirements carefully before registering. Most certifications require First Aid and CPR (see the Coast Guard’s list of approved courses, or we can also accept American Red Cross and American Heart Association courses). If you choose Red Cross online training to be certified in First Aid, CPR, or AED skills, Red Cross standards mandate that you must attend a skill session and perform the skills on a mannequin with a Red Cross authorized instructor. Certifications are valid for three years and may be renewed at the time of expiration.
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Who Should take this course: Camp Counselors, Anyone involved with a scouting program.
Course Overview: The Sailing Counselor course prepares participants to supervise small boat recreational sailing activities typically conducted on sheltered and protected waters. The emphasis is on safety and hands-on practice to familiarize candidates with proper terminology and boating techniques. Sailing Counselor training will also provide a model for how a counselor might structure actual sailing activities.While this course does not offer a certification, if does offer a detailed training to help Counselors teach sailing.
Who should take this course: Head Instructors, individuals who have on water management responsibilities, Jr. Committee Chairs.
Course overview: This course is designed for sailing instructors that are making the transition to a leadership or management role in their programs but is also available for parents and volunteers that want to better manage their sailing programs but do no want to receive a certification. It focuses on the management side of sailing programming.
US Sailing Instructor and Coach Trainers represent the highest level of experience in the field of Sail training and coaching. Acceptance into a Trainer Level courses is done through a resume and application process only. Courses are usually scheduled once per year and candidates must be a minimum of 24 years old and hold a certification as the Instructor Level for which they’re seeking to be a Trainer.
For more information about our Keelboat Certification System, please visit http://www.sailingcertification.com.
Teach students to sail to sail a basic 18-foot to 27-foot sailboat with a ballasted keel and tiller steering.
Teach a course designed for longer coastal passage making circumstances, night-time navigation, fog situations, watch rotations, radar use, and more.
US Sailing offers certification courses and course apprentice opportunities for certified instructors and coaches to run Instructor and Coach Courses of their own. Courses are usually scheduled once per year and candidates are accepted by application only.
For more information about US Powerboating, please visit http://www.uspowerboating.com.
An intensive 3-day course for advanced powerboat operators, instructor candidates will learn the fundamentals of on-the-water instruction. Candidates must successfully demonstrate superior presentation, teaching and powerboat operation skills in order to complete this course. Upon graduation, instructors will be eligible to Safe Powerboat Handling and Safety & Rescue Boat Handling courses.
The Level 1 Windsurfing Instructor course serves those with intermediate to advanced windsurfing skills, including rigging, de-rigging, general board handling and maneuvering, and leaving and returning to a dock or beach. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of windsurfing related subjects is required, such as theory (how a sail works, steering a sailboard), no-go zone, points of sail, sail trim and tuning, wind, weather, tides, currents, safety, hypothermia, heat emergencies, rescue techniques.
US Sailing’s STEM Educator Course: Middle School I, a one-day eight hour professional development/training opportunity for teachers and sailing instructors to learn how to implement US Sailing’s STEM program and curriculum called REACH. The REACH modules feature inquiry-based learning and engineering by design processes to provide youth with hands-on integrated learning opportunities that inspire interest in fields of study including physics, marine biology, robotics, technology and more. Modules include on the water and classroom based activities, for easy implementation in multiple settings.
The Adaptive Instructor Workshop is a two day course that covers all aspects of setting up, and teaching, an adaptive sailing program. Topics include: Facility requirements, disability types/populations, breaking down barriers to participation, safety requirements, volunteer/staff training and a detailed overview of how to correctly adapt your equipment.
While not a formal training program, the Junior Big Boat Sailing program provides all the materials to teach teens about sailing on a 35′-45′ boat. The Program Package includes a copy of US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat text, a set of positional cue cards and a certificate of completion. Additional, the Junior Big Boat Program Guide provides a step-by-step tutorial for running the program, eight lesson plans and a copy of a US Coast Guard exemption enabling US Sailing Level 1 Instructors to facilitate the program on a borrowed boat.