Level 1 Instructor

Level 1 Online-Frequently Asked Questions

Starting in April 2020, US Sailing switched from a 4-day in-person course to a hybrid model that includes a 10-day online structure and and a two-day, in-person model.

Please be aware that US Sailing has very specific COVID-related guidelines for running courses. If there is not a course in your geographic area it is likely because we do not have an available host, or Instructor Trainer, in that area.


    • More restrictive state guidelines shall supersede any requirements listed below.
    • Candidates located in a low-risk state (a state whose COVID positivity rate has remained lower than 5% for at least 14 days) may attend any seminar in any low-risk state.
    •  Candidates located in a high-risk state (a state whose COVID positivity rate has been greater than 5% at any point during the last 14 days) may attend a course in their state only without testing. Additionally, they must be located within a 200-mile radius of the course location for 14 days prior to coming to the course.
    •  Candidates located in a high-risk state may attend any course, provided that they can produce a negative test result from a COVID-19 test administered no longer than 72 hours before their arrival at the course.
      •  Upon request, test results should be available for review by the US Sailing Instructor Trainer who is teaching the course.
      • Transitory travel: Candidates who are passing through other states on their way to the course are permitted stop in other states, but this exception extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop.

US Sailing utilizes the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/testing-positivity) as our primary data source.

A number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are listed below. If you have a specific question that is not addressed, please email smallboat@ussailing.org.