US Sailing is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all sailor athletes.
We recognize the safety of athletes depends on all those involved in the sport. US Sailing takes seriously its responsibility to help raise awareness about misconduct in sport, promote open dialogue, and provide resources to our individual members, member organizations, athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers.
We are more active than ever in preserving the integrity of sport safety. US Sailing’s partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport reinforces our commitment to creating a safe and positive environment free from abuse and misconduct. US Sailing has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on-water safety, but also safety ashore in any part of US Sailing’s programs.
On May 13th, 2019, US Sailing approved and adopted into its SafeSport Handbook the US Center for SafeSport’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP). The MAAPPs outline acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes. All adult US Sailing members who have regular contact with minor athletes or who work at a facility under the jurisdiction of US Sailing, and any adult authorized by US Sailing to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes must adhere to the MAAPPs. US Sailing's recommendations to all Local Sailing Organizations and members with regard to all SafeSport policy, including the MAAPPs, can be found in the US Sailing SafeSport Handbook.
US Sailing maintains a list of Sanctioned Individuals and Athletes on the web.
What SafeSport training is all about:
SafeSport training is a free online course that provides education on:
- Sexual Misconduct Awareness
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct
- Mandatory Reporting (Understanding Your Responsibilities)
By being better educated and more aware of the various types of misconduct and how to recognize them, each of us can make our sport safer and help end abuse in sport.
Once you complete the online course, your SafeSport training will be logged on your membership record in the US Sailing database.
How this information pertains to you:
US Sailing has systems in place to protect participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of misconduct that can be harmful to sailors and other participants.
- Policies regarding Physical Misconduct, Sexual Misconduct, Bullying and Harassment, Hazing, Electronic and Social Media Communication, and Travel Teams.
- Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, sailors and spectators.
- The US Sailing SafeSport Program Handbook is intended to inform and provide guidance to our sailing constituents about SafeSport policies and how you and your organization can create a culture of SafeSport at home in your programs.
In accordance with recent SafeSport Policy, the following individuals within our US Sailing family are required to successfully complete annual SafeSport training. See the list below.
SafeSport training is MANDATORY for:
- All trained Instructors, Instructor Trainers, and Master Instructor Trainers for US Sailing Training Programs: Small Boat, Keelboat, Powerboat (including current, candidates, and recertifying)
- All Certified Race Officials (including current, candidates, and recertifying)
- US Sailing Championship Committee Chairs
- US Sailing Coaches; US Sailing Contract Coaches; US Sailing Coach applicants
- US Sailing Team and Olympic Development support persons, as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, to include but not to be limited to medical; therapeutic; boat wrights
- US Sailing Leadership and Management: Board of Directors, staff and interns and members of the Olympic Sailing Committee
SafeSport training is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for:
- Individuals/volunteers who are in frequent and direct contact with or in a position of authority over athletes.
- Members of US Sailing Championship Committees
- All members of US Sailing are encouraged to complete SafeSport training.
*All US Sailing participants and member organizations should familiarize themselves with each form of misconduct and refrain from engaging in misconduct and/or violating any of these policies.
US Sailing encourages its members and member organizations to use the policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools included in the US Sailing SafeSport Program Handbook to implement SafeSport practices at the local level. Together we can provide a safe environment for all sailors to enjoy our sport.
Maintaining your SafeSport training - Refresher Courses:
Beginning in 2019, you are required to take an abbreviated SafeSport refresher course annually.
SafeSport training is required to maintain your certification:
If you do not complete the initial training or annual refresher, your US Sailing certifications will be suspended until you do so.
US Center for SafeSport Website
The US Center for SafeSport website provides a wide range of resources which are available to US Sailing member clubs, sailing organizations, instructors, coaches and sailors.