The US Sailing Small Boat Level 3 Head Instructor Certification Course, is designed to support sailing instructors and program managers that are either making the transition to a leadership role in their programs or growing their management skills in their current role.
This course is also available for parents and volunteers that want to better manage their sailing programs but do not want to receive a certification. This course contains information on how to manage more effectively, problem solve, continue to create a quality learning environment for their students and sailing staff, and where to find additional resources.
Topics covered in the course include: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety issues, curriculum planning, advanced team building techniques, ethical concerns, and so much more.
This course can be taken as part of the US Sailing certification program or audited by someone who has no prior involvement with US Sailing’s training programs.
New in 2020, US Sailing will be running all Level 3 Head Instructor Courses online. The online course is spread over 10 days (Fridays are Day 1 and Sunday is Day 10). The course consists of (5) 40-minute live webinars and includes short presentations. The other days are self-paced and consist of video content, group discussion and posts, assignments, quizzes and a final test. Students should expect to spend 20 hours on course work over the 10 days.
Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation.
PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE COURSE (FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS)
- US Sailing Individual, College or Family Membership (youth membership is not applicable and only one instructor is allowed per family membership)
- SAFESPORT: This program, developed by the US Olympic Committee, is required training for all Instructors. This requirement is also being put in place for other National Governing Bodies. This free online training course must be completed every 2 years. Instructor certification is not active unless SafeSport training has been completed.
- US Sailing Teaching & Coaching Fundamentals : Developed in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee (USOC), this course gives the building blocks of good instructional practices for becoming an effective educator on and off the water. A guide on how to complete the course can be found here and a few Frequently Asked Questions are answered here.
- Completed course registration accompanied by appropriate course fees (and any late fees).
PREREQUISITES FOR CERTIFICATION
- Current Small Boat Level 2 Instructor certification.
- Experience Teaching Sailing. Candidates should have 1 to 3 years of experience teaching sailing. Experience in a leadership role within their organization is preferred.
Certification is not valid unless accompanied by:
- First Aid and CPR Certification. US Sailing recognizes certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or any U.S. Coast Guard approved provider. Candidates do not need to complete the CPR/First Aid Training in advance of the Level 3 course, however a certification will NOT be valid unless accompanied by current First Aid and CPR.
- SafeSport. This program, developed by the US Olympic Committee, is required training for all Instructors. This requirement is also being put in place for other National Governing Bodies. This free online training course must be completed every 2 years. Instructor certification is not active unless SafeSport training has been completed.
PREREQUISITES FOR NON-CERTIFICATION
- Sailing Experience. Participants should have some experience sailing small boats, such as prams, dinghies, multihulls or daysailing keelboats. Significant experience is not required, but a baseline understanding of sailing is strongly recommended.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF COURSE & CERTIFICATION
- Attendance at all portions of the course.
Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation.
- Demonstrate appropriate 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 Sailing Program Management for Head Instructors prior to the course as it includes the foundation topics for the Workshop. The book will be made available to you digitally as part of your course registration fees. Print versions are also available for purchase
Registration is on a first pay basis. US Sailing will not reserve spots without full payment. The course registration fee is:
- $345 per session
- A $50.00 late fee may be assessed if registration occurs within 1 week of the course to cover expedited processing
- 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.
In order to register, I understand that I must have completed the prerequisites.