US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course

CSC will be hosting a 4-day US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Course.


When: May 22-25, 2015

Where: The Cherry Creek Marina & Yacht Club

Raising the quality of sailing instruction across the country.

 For instructors who teach at sailing centers, camps, recreation programs and yacht clubs


1.  Prepares you to teach sailing at your facility or at sailing centers across the country.

2.  US Sailing Certifications optimizes your club’s sailing training program.

3.  Synchronizes your experience with a proven sail training course.

4.  An accomplishment for yourself that can last a lifetime


New instructors and club training supporters, 16 years of age and older, eager to learn innovative teaching techniques, on the water drills, rainy day activities, risk management, and sailing class organization


When and Where…

Thursday May 22 through May 25 at Cherry Creek State Park in Denver, CO



An intense four day, 40 hours course on how to teach sailing to beginners.

It Includes sports psychology, lesson planning, and on the water teaching techniques.

Course has applications to all levels of sailing training.



$370 course fee, $20 discount if registered by May 1

US Sailing Membership (required)


Applicants should be proficient in sailing 420s, Lasers, Picos and have good motorboat handling skills.  Pre-completion of the online NASBLA Motorboat safety course is required.


Contact: US Sailing Instructor Trainer  Brandon Kass (303) 757-7718

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Course Information and Prerequisites

Registration is on a first pay basis. This is a 4-day, 40-hour course. Attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absence from any portion of the course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation.

Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course Goals

The US SAILING Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course, is a 4-day, 40-hour course designed to provide sailing instructors with information on how to teach more safely, effectively, and creatively. The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified instructors, thereby reducing risk exposure for sailing programs. Topics covered in the course include: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety issues, lesson planning, creative activities, ethical concerns, and sports physiology and psychology.

Prerequisites for Entrance Into the Course

  • Experience in sailing small boats, such as prams, dinghies, multihulls or daysailing keelboats.
  • Experience in operating a safety boat. This skill will not be taught at the course. Instructor Candidates lacking adequate experience should either seek opportunities for practice or attend a US SAILING Basic Powerboating Course. Candidates not passing this portion of the course or other tests will receive a Plan of Improvement, re-testing for which carries a fee of $75.
  • Ability to swim 50 yards both with and without PFD. The accepted swim strokes are: front crawl, breaststroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl and butterfly, as defined by the American Red Cross. Floating and treading water are not considered to be swimming strokes, and sculling or finning as a way of moving through the water while floating or treading is not considered to be a swimming stroke.
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Current US SAILING Membership: Instructor courses require that you are a current Adult member of US SAILING or included in a Family membership. For Family memberships, there is a limit of one instructor per membership. If you are not a member, or are currently a youth member, click here to join or purchase an Adult membership, or college students can purchase a special college membership here. If you recently purchased or renewed a youth membership (in the last 3 months), contact the membership department and we will refund the youth dues.
  • Completed Application Form accompanied by appropriate course fees (and any late charges)
  • Completed US SAILING Medical Form and Safety Boat Skills Self-Assessment Formprovided to Instructor Trainer at the start of the course. These will be sent to you after registration.
  • National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Safe Boating certification. See a current list of approved providers. Candidates holding a current USCG full or limited Master’s or OUPV license are exempt from this requirement. Candidates have a responsibility to meet the boating laws of the state where the course is being held prior to being able to operate a powerboat in conjunction with the course. This is a new requirement.  Please bring your certificate to the course.


Successful Completion of the Course includes:

  • Passing the following practical and written tests administered at the course; a positive evaluation must be attained in certain areas. The practical and written tests each stand on their own, and each must be passed in order to pass the course. The determination as to whether a candidate passes or fails rests with the Instructor Trainer. In addition to Pass or Fail, a third option is a Plan of Improvement. Re-testing for Plans of Improvement carries a $75 re-testing fee; re-tests are scheduled with specific representatives of US SAILING and must be performed within a specific time frame.
  • Sailing Skills Practical Test: Execute, with comfort and confidence: Rigging, leaving a dock/beach, starting, stopping and speed control, safety position, getting out of irons, sailing backward, tacking, jibing, steering with sails and weight, proper sail trim, judging laylines, capsize and overboard recovery, returning to dock/beach, unrigging.
  • Safety Boat Operation Skills Practical Test: Execute, with comfort and confidence: system, equipment and starting checks, leaving and docking, high and low speed maneuvering, holding position upwind/upcurrent, backing, pivot turn (360 degree turn within boat’s length), anchoring and/or making fast to a mooring, overboard recovery and landing alongside a moored boat.
  • Swim/PFD Practical Check: Swim 50 yards in instructing clothing both with and without a PFD, tread water two minutes while performing a minor task (such as tying a knot). The accepted swim strokes are: front crawl, breaststroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, back crawl and butterfly, as defined by the American Red Cross. Floating and treading water are not considered to be swimming strokes, and sculling or finning as a way of moving through the water while floating or treading is not considered to be a swimming stroke.
  • Marlinspike/Seamanship Practical Test: Demonstrate ability to tie the following knots and hitches: Figure-8, bowline, square knot, sheet bend, clove hitch, two half hitches, rolling hitch, cleat hitch. Also coil and throw a line.
  • 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.
  • Classroom Presentation Practical Skills: Demonstrate lesson preparation, with clear, logical and accurate content, good voice enunciation/clarity/volume/pace/pitch, good non-verbal communication (gestures and body language), effective visual aids, good timed presentation(s) with introduction, conclusion, demonstration, clarity and use of notes, use of multiple pathways techniques, and ease in handling questions.
  • Land Drill and Water Drill Teaching Practical Skills: Demonstrate good class positioning, control and positioning of safety boat, demonstration skills, effective on-the-water communication, evaluation, and feedback technique.
  • Written Exams: Three closed-book exams on the Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Guide, Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals and Basic Powerboating, Safety and Rescue. A passing grade of 80% is required on all exams.
  • Attendance at all portions of the course.
  • The Instructor Trainer’s Overall Evaluation.


Training Materials

There are approximately 400 pages to read, so plan on studying prior to and each night of the course.


  • Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Guide
  • Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals for Sailing (TCF)
  • Basic Powerboating, Safety and Rescue manual
  • Learn Sailing Right! beginning and intermediate student books
  • Review questions for the Instructor Guide/Learn Sailing Right, TCF and Powerboating tests.
  • Other handouts and course information as applicable.


Validation of Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructors

Validation will be for three years providing First Aid, CPR, and US Sailing Adult membership are kept current. The policy on collection has changed, so you are no longer required to submit copies of your CPR and First Aid to US Sailing. Instructor validation is renewable. Visit the website or contact the office for more information.

  • Current First Aid and Adult CPR. We will accept First Aid and CPR from providers approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. See the current list. Additionally, a state licensed EMT or M.D., whose CPR certification is renewed annually is also accepted.


Minimum Age Limit for Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Qualification

  • All Candidates must reach their 16th birthday by the end of the year in which the course is offered.
  • Upon successful completion of an instructor course, the 16 year old will be designated a Sailing Assistant until turning 18. The Training Office may then be contacted to obtain an instructor’s certification card.


Course Fees

  • Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course fee: $370; $20 discount for registrations 4 weeks prior to course date; $50 late fee for registrations 1 week prior to course date


Cancellation Policy

  • Course fees are nonrefundable.
  • For cancellations more than four weeks before the course date, the fee is transferable to another course.
  • For cancellations within the four week period, half of the course fee will be transferable to another course.
  • For cancellations with less than 24 hours notice (before the start of the course) or no-shows, 100% of the course fee is forfeited.


Register securely online by clicking Continue below, or use US Sailing’s printable registration form.


Click Here to Register on the US Sailing’s Website

(you will have to locate the class under Small Boat Training)