Instructors at US Sailing accredited schools possess outstanding seamanship and communication skills
All Candidates are trained in our proprietary teaching method and all are US Sailing certified professionals. They must be accomplished sailors able to sail anywhere in the United States and its waters. Those who seek US Sailing certification must be able to handle the vast range of situations and models of boats encountered in sailing courses.
Practice, study, and preparation are required by even the most gifted and experienced professional instructors. Just as with student-level courses, US Sailing offers a progression with our instructor programs which include several levels:
*Please note: US Sailing Certified Keelboat Instructors can only issue US Sailing student keelboat certifications via an Accredited US Sailing School.
The Basic Keelboat Instructor Course is a 3-day evaluation allowing experienced keelboat instructors to test and evaluate their teaching and sailing skills. Candidates should anticipate single-handing a keelboat while demonstrating competency in sailing off a dock, mooring or slip, tacking, jibing, stopping, backing the boat and returning to the dock, mooring or slip. Basic Keelboat Instructor Candidates must also be able to present material in a classroom environment with ease. To become a US Sailing Instructor, a candidate must be a confident and competent sailor able to sail anywhere in the U.S. and handle the vast range of situations and different models of boats encountered in sailing courses.
Performance Instructor Endorsement
For individuals interested in learning to fine tune sail shape without moving to a bigger boat. Performance Sailing expands upon concepts introduced in the Basic Keelboat Instructor course, mainly to further educated candidates in advanced sail trim, rig tuning and safety. Candidates will apple principles and theories discussed through shore time to on-the-water sailing
The Cruising and Coastal Navigation Instructor Course is a 3-day evaluation for experienced Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, and Coastal Navigation Instructors to test and evaluate their teaching, sailing and navigation skills. This course includes the evaluation of the candidate’s ability to handle challenging conditions and navigational situations during daytime and nighttime, as well as their interpersonal skills in a live aboard environment. Candidates will live and sail aboard their assigned boats. Those candidates wishing to be evaluated as Coastal Navigation Instructors must stay an extra half-day for an additional comprehensive written exam or take the Coastal Navigation test.
Catamaran Instructor Endorsement
Cruise in a catamaran of at least 34 feet with wheel steering and twin engine auxiliary power, while demonstrating your practical skills.
The Coastal Passage Making Instructor Course is a 5-day evaluation for experienced Passage Making Instructors to test and evaluate their teaching, sailing and navigation skills. Candidates should expect to be evaluated on a wide range of criteria including but not limited to: Sail Handling, Docking, Response to Emergencies, Navigation, Boat Systems, Passage Planning, Organizational Ability, Team Building/Group Interactivity.
Offshore Passage Making Instructor
For offshore sailors with documentation of an unbroken ocean passage more than 700 nautical miles. Prepare a passage plan for an offshore route assigned by the committee. The passage plan should include, but is not limited to, the following: vessel selection; crew management and health; navigation; safety plan; and heavy weather tactics
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Trainer (IT) Course certifies qualified US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructors to train sailing instructors to teach beginning sailing.
Below is a listing of all instructor courses available at this time.
Courses are added to the calendar as they become available. Available spots are not necessarily guaranteed, as course registrations arriving via mail and fax may not yet be added. Full courses are no longer open for registration.