Adaptive Sailing


Develop an Adaptive Sailing Center Program

To address the needs of sailors with disabilities, US Sailing created the Adaptive School/Center Accreditation Program. The accreditation recognizes programs that are offering high-quality adaptive programming throughout the United States.

Programs of all types (i.e. both year-round and seasonable; junior and adult, etc.) are eligible, provided they meet the specific guidelines set forth by the Para Sailing Committee. The goal of the Adaptive Sailing Center network is to help formalize the level of instruction throughout the United States and create more opportunities for individuals will all types of disabilities.  Organizations that are recognized as US Sailing Accredited Adaptive Sailing Centers will enjoy increased recognition as one of the best facilities in the country.

We don't specify the type of boat an organization must use. We do not impose limitations on what disability population you work with. Each program can tailor their adaptive programming to suit their facility, their boats, and disability groups that they choose to work with. Each program is expected to use boats that meet minimum safety requirements and are appropriate for the level of disability of the participants. When creating your curriculum, we suggest using the Little Red Book and or the Basic Keelboat material for guidance. The network of US Sailing Affiliated Adaptive Programs provides students with educational and competitive opportunities. The hope is that the individuality and successes of each organization will be recognized as part of the best adaptive sailing network in the country.

Adaptive Center Application

Consider The Pioneer Grant Program

The Pioneer Grant Program was created with the intention of providing funding to sailing programs that wish to offer adaptive sailing to individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities but lack the resources to do so.

Any organization that has indicated a successful track record with sailing education and is looking to either begin or expand an adaptive sailing program is eligible for a Pioneer Grant. Preference will be given to those programs that focus on populations that have no prior experience with sailing or marine education or that are:

  • recognized as a US Sailing Community Sailing Center
  • Accredited Keelboat School

US Sailing may award up to a total of $15,000 in grant funding pending availability. No grant award will exceed $5,000 and all recipients must secure matching funds.

US Sailing retains the right to promote the program that is directly impacted by the funding. This may include a request for photos or testimonials from your staff or students. Additionally, US Sailing reserves the right to require copies of all print and electronic materials associated with your program including marketing materials, curriculum, lessons plans or other, similar, documentation. It is understood that this documentation may be made available to other US Sailing member organizations at no charge via a print or electronic medium. Recognition will be given to your organization for any materials that are made available through US Sailing.

2016 Pioneer Grant Recipients:

  1. Challenged Sailors San Diego (CA)
  2. Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) (WI)
  3. Challenge Aspen (CO)

Pioneer Grants are currently unavailable. Please check back for updates or for further questions please email: