Small Boat Instructor Programs

Level 3 Head Instructor

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.

COURSE GOALS

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.

COURSE LENGTH

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)

  1. US Sailing Individual, College or Family Membership (youth membership is not applicable and only one instructor is allowed per family membership)
  2. SAFESPORTThis 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

TRAINING MATERIALS

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

COURSE FEES

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

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to another course up to 1 week prior to the course start date.

The fee for all transfers is $25.00

To Transfer into a different session:

  1. Log in to your US Sailing account here: MyUSSailing
  2. Select the My Certs and Courses tab from the options on the left, then click the transfer link.
  3. Submit Payment details
  4. Confirm transfer

Course Transfers are not available within the week of the course start.

US Sailing reserves the right to cancel, postpone, abandon or change the venue, date and time of the course should unforeseen circumstances occur or course minimums are not reached. In the event the course is unable to proceed, a course credit will be made available which is good for one (1) year or you may choose a refund.

Fees are not transferable to another candidate.

REGISTER

In order to register, I understand that I must have completed the prerequisites.