Small Boat Instructor Programs

Become a Smallboat Level 2 Instructor Trainer

The US Sailing Smallboat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Trainer Course certifies qualified US Sailing instructors to run Smallboat Level 2 Instructor courses and train sailing instructor candidates on sail theory, sail controls, introductory management skills, spinnaker and trapeze use (and instruction) and powerboat operation for emergency situations.

The Level 2 Instructor Trainer Course is conducted by Master Instructor Trainers who are experts in the field of sail training. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Sail Theory and Controls:
  • Program Planning and Lesson Plan, and Curriculum Development
  • Teaching Techniques & sequence of learning
  • Communication Skills
  • Safety Procedures‐ Best Practices
  • Advanced Instructor Knowledge


The goals of the Level 2 Instructor Trainer Course are as follows:

  1. To train professionals in the methods and theories of the US Sailing Instructor Training Program;
  2. To provide Instructor Trainer candidates with the information, tools, and confidence to conduct a successful Small Boat Sailing Instructor Course.


This is a 2-day, 22-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation.


  • Current Small Boat Sailing Level 2 Instructor certification is required. Current Level 2 certification requires US Sailing membership, SafeSport and current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Suggested minimum age is 24 years old. Consideration will be given to younger candidates depending upon experience, training and teaching ability.
  • Instructor Trainer candidates should have at least three years teaching experience in an approved sail training program. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted if the candidate has taught three years outside the sailing environment and possesses adequate sailing experience to transfer these teaching skills to sailing.
  • A high level of sailing skills is expected. Instructor Trainer candidates should be competent in any boat in any situation.
  • Submission of the names of two references who are familiar with the candidate’s recreational activities covering sailing, teaching and general employment pertinent to becoming an Instructor Trainer.
  • As a condition of maintaining your status as an Instructor Trainer, US Sailing requires that you register for a background check upon acceptance into the course.


  • Small Boat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Guide
  • Small Boat Level 2 Workbook
  • Safety and Rescue and Support Boat Handling
  • Small Boat Level 2 IT Manual and supporting documents.


Practical evaluation in the following areas: Sailing skills, safety boat handling skills and teaching and communication skills
Written testing on the course materials/topics

A Final Evaluation by the Master Instructor Trainers


Before certification each IT Candidate must co-teach one Small Boat Level 2 Instructor Course with a currently certified Senior IT and at an approved facility, which are both selected by the Training Office.


Validation of an Instructor Trainer will be for one year and continues at the recommendation of US Sailing. The Instructor Trainer is expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism and teaching quality and to support the US Sailing Training Program. The Instructor Trainer is hired by US Sailing as a temporary consultant and receives compensation only for instructor courses conducted, including associated responsibilities. To remain active, an Instructor Trainer must teach a minimum of one course every two years and maintain current First Aid, CPR, SafeSport and US Sailing membership.


The fee for the two-day course is $350. If accepted, payment must be made by credit card or check payable to US Sailing and must be received at least three (3) weeks prior to the course. Late payment is subject to a $25 fee.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, regardless if a course is currently listed on the schedule. On average, US Sailing runs one Level 2 Instructor Trainer course every few years. Please note that submission of an application does not constitute acceptance to the course. Applications are reviewed by the IT Candidate Selection Committee and those candidates who are selected will be invited to attend. Candidates not selected will be notified in writing. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until any established deadline.  Candidates will be notified of the decision at the earliest possible time before the start of the course.

The Instructor Trainer Course Application