Small Boat Instructor Programs

Level 2 Instructor


The Small Boat Level 2 Instructor Course focuses on developing knowledge and skill in teaching sail theory, sail controls, introductory management skills, spinnaker and trapeze use (and instruction) and powerboat operation for emergency situations.

Safety awareness is a major component of this course, with instruction on how to address capsize recovery, or prevent entrapment while operating a powerboat. It is a certification level course that combines classroom and on the water education using Smallboat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Guide, and the accompanying Level 2 Workbook, as a texts.


This is a 2-day, 16-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from certification. All Candidates must have reached their 16th birthday within the calendar year that the course is being held in. Students under 18 years of age who complete the course will be designated as a Sailing Assistant until their 18th birthday. Please be aware that forging/lying about your age is a violation of the terms of this registration and is grounds for revocation of any or all US Sailing certifications


  • Current Small Boat Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification - Instructor candidates can not take level 2 less then 6 months after they have complete Level 1 (i.e. candidates cannot take Level 1 and Level 2 back to back in the same season)
  • Sailing experience in small boats - such as prams, dinghies, multihulls or day sailing keelboats.
  • Experience in operating a powerboat - this skill will not be taught at the course. Instructor Candidates lacking adequate experience should either seek opportunities for practice or attend a US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling Course. Candidates not passing this portion of the course or other tests will receive a Plan of Improvement, re-testing for which carries a fee of $75
  • Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without a life jacket.
  • Current US Sailing Adult Individual Membership or a family membership with only 1 instructor in the family.
  • Completed course registration form
  • Accompanied by appropriate course fees (and any late charges). Registering online satisfies this requirement.
  • Completed the US Sailing Medical Form
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Completion of CDC Concussion Training program - (must submit certificate of completion at the course)
  • SAFESPORT: This program, developed by the US Olympic Committee, is required training for all Instructors. SafeSport training operates on a four year cycle. In year one all users are required to complete the SafeSport Trained Core course. In years 2-4, users must complete an annual abbreviated "Refresher" course. After completing Refresher 4, all users will be directed to start over. Instructor certification is not active unless SafeSport training has been completed.


 • Attendance at all portions of the course. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation
• Pass written test.
• Demonstrate professional conduct, an open-minded, positive and enthusiastic attitude, appropriate appearance (clothing, footwear and tidiness), participation in discussions, collaboration skills/team player, confidence and ease of manner.
• A positive evaluation by the Instructor Trainer.


The determination as to whether a candidate passes or fails rests with the Instructor Trainer. In addition to Pass or Fail, a third option is a Plan of Improvement. Re-testing for Plans of Improvement carries a $75 re-testing fee; re-tests are scheduled with specific representatives of US Sailing and must be performed within a specific time frame.


Validation will be for three years providing First Aid, CPR, and US Sailing Adult membership are kept current. Instructor validation is renewable. Visit the website or contact the office for more information.
• Current First Aid and Adult CPR. We will accept First Aid and CPR from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or providers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. See the current list. Additionally, a state licensed EMT or M.D., whose CPR certification is renewed annually is also accepted.


The following materials are provided for the course.
Small Boat Sailing Level 2 Instructor Guide
Small Boat Level 2 Workbook
Safety and Rescue and Support Boat Handling


Registration is on a first pay basis. US Sailing will not reserve spots without full payment.

The course registration fee is:
$315 if received more than four (4) weeks prior to course start date
$335 if received within four (4) weeks of course start date
$385 if received within one (1) week of course start date


• Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to another course/date if the Training office is given enough notice:
• More than four weeks before the course start date: Fee is transferable to another course.
• Within the four week of course start date: ½ half of course fee is transferable to another course
• Less than 24 hours notice of course start date (or no-show), 100% of the course fee is forfeited.

US Sailing reserves the right to cancel, postpone, abandon or change the venue, date and time of the course should unforeseen circumstances occur. In the event the course is unable to proceed and US Sailing changes the course format for any reason a full course credit will be made available which is good for 1 year



US Sailing has implemented a number of COVID-related requirements for anyone attending a course. Please review them carefully before proceeding:



Download the optional 2020 Medical Form

If you would like to change the course that you are registered for, make a course transfer request, please submit this form: TRANSFER REQUEST

In order to register, I understand that I must currently hold a Small Boat Level 1 certification.