Small Boat Instructor Programs

Level 3 Coach

The Smallboat Level 3 Coach Workshop provides coaches with information on how to effectively develop performance boat handling and racing skills and instill in athletes the importance of ethical behavior and sportsmanship in the sport of sailing.


It is a two-day classroom workshop that includes topics such as race management procedures, team management, logistics, drills and teaching the Racing Rules of Sailing.  This is the competitive branch of the Level 3 tracks that US Sailing offers.


This is a two-day, 16-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from certification.


  • Current Small boat Level 2 Instructor certification. Candidates may enroll in a Level 3 Coach Workshop at any point after achieving the Level 2 Instructor Certification. Current certification also requires an appropriate US Sailing membership and current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Coaching experience in small boats, such as prams, dinghies, multihulls or day sailing keelboats.
  • Completed SafeSport Training


  • Attendance at all portions of the course. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation
  • Pass the Racing Rules of Sailing Test.
  • Submission of a Practice plan.
  • Personal and Interpersonal Practical Skills. 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 is also included in this component.


Please plan on reviewing materials prior to the course as they include the foundation topics for the Workshop. Materials include:

  • Small Boat Sailing- Level 3 Coach Workbook
  • Sailing Drills Made Easy
  • The Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024


Registration is on a first pay basis. US Sailing will not reserve spots without full payment. The course registration fee is:

  • $325 if received more than four (4) weeks prior to course start date
  • $345 if received within four (4) weeks of course start date
  • $395 if received within one (1) week of course start date


  • Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to another course/date if the Education Department 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:

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

    • 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.
    • Check the rates here:

    All candidates must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 daily starting fourteen (14) days prior to the course using the COVID-19 Screening tool (click here to download).

    • Each person should take their temperature daily prior to arrival at the course. If their temperature is 100.4 degrees or over, the person should not come to the course and should notify their Instructor Trainer (IT) immediately.
    • Candidates must arrive to the course wearing a face covering. Face coverings should always be worn while on land. They should be worn at the candidate’s discretion on the water.
    • If someone feels sick during the course, they should immediately notify their Instructor Trainer and remove themselves from the course area.
    • If an individual has had a documented case of COVID-19, they will need a note from their doctor indicating they are cleared to participate in the course.
    • Candidates must complete the waiver and adhere to social distancing.
    • Candidates will be required to bring their own supplies and equipment. Sharing will not be allowed. Equipment that candidates should bring includes:
      • Mask (CDC face covering Guidelines here)
      • Life Jacket
      • Sunscreen
      • Sailing Gear
      • Whistle
      • Writing utensils and supplies. This includes paper, pens, pencils, and whiteboard markers. Whiteboard markers will not be provided for the course.
    • Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from certification.



Please review the steps below for signing up. The blue buttons on the right will direct you to the necessary step in the registration process.

1. Download the COVID-19 Screening tool and begin self-evaluating your health 14 days PRIOR to attending the in-person session. Download the Covid 19 Screening tool
2. Download the optional medical form. If you choose to complete this form, please bring it with you to the course. Download the optional 2020 Medical Form

In order to register, I understand that I must either hold a Smallboat Level 2 Certification or be registered for the corresponding Level 2 course held prior to this Level 3 course.