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.
What SafeSport Training Is All About
SafeSport training is a free three-chapter online course that provides education on the following:
- Emotional and Physical Misconduct
- Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
- 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 of sailing safer and help end abuse in sport.
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 SafeSport training in 2018. See the list below and click here for more details.
Mandatory SafeSport Training is required 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 including all US Sailing Staff and interns; Board of Directors; Olympic Sailing Committee
Recommended SafeSport Training is for:
- Individuals/volunteers who are in frequent contact with and in a position of authority over athletes (strongly recommended to successfully complete SafeSport training)
- Other members of US Sailing Championship Committees (strongly recommended to successfully complete SafeSport training)
- All members of US Sailing (encouraged to successfully 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.
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.