December 4, 2022

Level 1 Instructor In-Person Evaluation Information

Youth Department, US Sailing

View the full course description at the Additional Info link above, including available dates that extend into future months.

Sites in Long Island Sound typically appear in the spring, early and late summer, and fall and may be seen through the Additional Info link above). In the late fall and winter, the in-person courses are given only at warm venues. If an upcoming course date does not appear on the above link, that course is sold out. Contact US Sailing at the above email with any questions.

The US Sailing Level 1 Instructor course is divided into two sections. 

- An In-person, 2-day, evaluation is scheduled after completion of the online section that is described below. The total time commitment for the in-person evaluation is approximately 18-20 hours. Students will be evaluated on their teaching ability, sailing skills, powerboat handling skills and on-water class management, among other topics. 

- An Online, 10-day, guided section is a prerequisite for the In-person Evaluation. The total time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours. During this section candidates must complete video modules with assessment questions, online testing and attend multiple webinars. Instructor Trainers (ITs) will present material to Instructor Candidates (ICs) during some of the webinars, and ICs will be expected to present to the IT, and the rest of the class, during the other webinar.


December 10, 2022

Level 3 Sailing Program Management Course - online ten days

The instructor at the course starting Dec 10 is Jane Millman, Basic Sail Training Director at US Naval Academy. Register at the Additional Info link above.

The US Sailing Small Boat Level 3 Head Instructor Certification Course, is designed to support sailing instructors and program managers who 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 who want to better manage their sailing programs but do not want or need 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 much more. 

The online course is spread over ten days (Fridays are Day 1 and Sunday is Day 10). The course consists of five 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 ten days.


January 20, 2023

Reach STEM Educator Course - online

View details and register for the course starting January 20 or March 31 through the Additional Info link above.

The Online Reach (STEM) Educator course prepares you to teach STEM concepts using sailing as a learning platform. Over the course of 10 days you will participate in live webinars, engage in meaningful discussion groups, and view Reach in action through videos from events, student sessions and more! Don't miss the opportunity to expand your skill set and start using Reach at your sailing program.

US Sailing is now running all Reach STEM Educator Courses online. The online course is spread over 10 days (Friday Day 1 through Sunday Day 10). The course consists of two 40 minute live webinars on Day 2 & Day 3 and then module presentations on Day 9. 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.

The Reach STEM Educator Course is $150 and includes professional development/training, materials, and copies of the 132 page Reach Educator Guide for Middle School Modules 1-10 (retail $59.95) and Reach Student Logbook and Portfolio (retail $8.00). Upon completion attendees will receive a US Sailing STEM Educator Course certificate and formal educators will receive a certificate for professional development hours.


February 1, 2023

US Sailing Leadership Forum - Florida 4 days


The Sailing Leadership Forum runs four days starting February 1 through February 4. 

Participants include instructors, coaches, race officials, program directors, class/fleet leaders, yacht club management, organization leaders, and volunteers who will find key takeaways from this event. The presentations focus on participation and growth in sailing, best practices in operations and management, what’s new in technology and innovation related to sailing, safety education and instruction, takeaways for all types of sailors, and creative thinking and new approaches to modern challenges in the sport. 

Leaders from sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, race officials, and industry professionals will meet and learn from one-another. The Forum will offer keynote speaker presentations and focused group sessions on a wide range of topics such as Growing the Sport, Developing Programs, Marketing & Communications, Administration & Management, Regattas & Racing, and Rules & Officials. The Sailing Leadership Forum will feature lively and fun social events, hands-on activities, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, pre- and post- forum clinics and seminars for instructor certification, race management seminars, Safety at Sea Seminars, and much more.