STEM Educator Course


The Reach STEM Educator course provides training in how to deliver the Reach Program. The Reach Program, focused predominantly on Middle School students, utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment

“After attending the STEM Educator Course, I was highly impressed with our instructor. The modules in the curriculum provide hands-on experiences for students to learn about the science and engineering behind sailing, an abundant list of web resources that tie in with each lesson, and an effective sequence of lessons, so that they each build on each other. I would highly recommend this program for any classroom or program that is looking to incorporate hands-on experiences when learning about math, technology, and science!” ~ Meghan Dutton


The online course is spread over 10 days (Friday I Day 1 through Sunday I Day 10). The course consists of (2) 40 minute live webinars on Day 2 I Saturday & Day 3 I Sunday and then module presentations on Day 9 I Saturday. The other days are self paced and consist of video content, group discussion and posts and quizzes. Students should expect to spend 8-10 hours of course work over the 10 days.


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.


Attendance at all portions of the course is required for successful completion of this course.

Reach Educator Certification is not valid unless accompanied by:

  1. First Aid and CPR Certification: from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or and  U.S. Coast Guard approved provider. Candidates  do not need to complete the CPR/First Aid Training in advance of the Level 1 course, however a certification will NOT be valid unless accompanied by current First Aid and CPR.
  2. Valid SafeSport Certificate. This program, developed by the US Olympic and Paralympic 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.


There is not a corresponding student certification to this course, however the training properly prepares the instructor to deliver the Reach curriculum.


  • The STEM Educator Course includes professional development/training, materials, and copies of the 132 page Reach Educator Guide for Middle School Modules 1-10 and the Reach Student Logbook and Portfolio.
  • Upon completion, attendees will receive a US Sailing STEM Educator Course certificate and formal educators will receive a certificate for professional development hours.


The course registration fee is: $200. Registration is on a first pay basis. US Sailing will not reserve spots without full payment.


Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferable to another course up to one (1) week prior to the course start date. Course Transfers are not available within the week of the course start. Fees are not transferable to another candidate. 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

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.


Please select "Enroll Now" to see a full list of prerequisites and to register. Registration closes one week prior to the course start date.

If your organization is interested in hosting a Reach Educator Course, please fill out the online "Host a Course Form."

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