Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Trainer
The US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course certifies qualified US Sailing instructors to train sailing instructors to teach beginning sailing. The Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course is conducted by Master Instructor Trainers who are experts in the field of sail training.
The areas covered during the four-day Instructor Trainer Course include:
|-Practical sailing skills demonstrations||-Communicative and interpersonal skills|
|-Team building techniques||-Sports psychology/physiology|
|-Development of training aids||-Evaluation techniques|
|-Video feedback on teaching styles||-Lesson/program planning|
|-Record keeping||-Problem solving skills|
|-Marketing for the Small Boat Sailing Instructor Course and legal concerns.|
The goals of the Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course are as follows:
1. To train professionals in the methods and theories of the US Sailing Instructor Training Program;
2. To provide Instructor Trainer candidates with the information, tools, and confidence to conduct a successful Small Boat Sailing Instructor Course.
PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE COURSE
1. Current Small Boat Sailing Instructor certification is required.
2. Suggested minimum age is 24 years old. Consideration will be given to younger candidates depending upon experience, training and teaching ability.
3. Instructor Trainer candidates should have at least three years teaching experience in an approved sail training program. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted if the candidate has taught three years outside the sailing environment and possesses adequate sailing experience to transfer these teaching skills to sailing.
4. A high level of sailing skills is expected. Instructor Trainer candidates should be competent in any boat in any situation.
5. Current USCG approved CPR and First aid certification (through an approved provider). CPR and First Aid certification are not required to take the course but are required for certification as an Instructor Trainer. A state licensed EMT or M.D. whose CPR certification is renewed annually is also accepted.
6. Prerequisites also include submission of the names of two references who are familiar with the candidate's recreational activities covering sailing, teaching and general employment pertinent to becoming an Instructor Trainer.
7. Current US Sailing membership is required.
8. As a condition of maintaining your status as an Instructor Trainer, US Sailing requires that you register for a background check through the NCSI upon acceptance into the course.
CURRICULUM AND TIME ALLOTMENTS
It will be a 44-hour (4-day) course.
These materials will be sent prior to the course:
1. Small Boat Sailing Beginner Sailing & Intermediate Sailing Instructor Guides
2. Teaching Fundamentals for Sailing (TF)
3. Instructor Trainer Handbook
4. Review questions for Small Boat Sailing Instructor Guidel, and Sailing Theory.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE REQUIRES PASSING THE FOLLOWING:
1. Sailing Skills - Practical Evaluation
2. Safety Boat Handling Skills - Practical Evaluation
3. Teaching and Communication Skills - Practical Evaluation
4. Small Boat Sailing Instructor Manual Test - Written
5. Sailing Theory Test - Written
6. Boating Basics Test - Written
7. Final Evaluation by the Master Instructor Trainers, Training Director and/or Training Committee Representative. Instructor candidates are required to attend the course in its entirety to be evaluated.
Before certification each IT Candidate must co-teach one Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Course with a currently certified Mentor IT and at an approved facility, which are both selected by the Training Office.
VALIDATION OF US SAILING INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS
Validation of an Instructor Trainer will be for one year and continues at the recommendation of US Sailing. The Instructor Trainer is expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism and teaching quality and to support the US Sailing Training Program. The Instructor Trainer is hired by US Sailing as a temporary consultant and receives compensation only for instructor courses conducted, including associated responsibilities. To remain active, an Instructor Trainer must teach a minimum of one course every two years and maintain current First Aid, CPR and US Sailing membership.
The fee for the four-day course is $350. Payment must be made by credit card or check payable to US Sailing and must be received at least three (3) weeks prior to the course. Late payment is subject to a $50 fee.
Applications for Level 1 Instructor Trainer Courses are accepted on an ongoing basis, regardless if a course is currently listed on the schedule. On average, US Sailing runs one Level 1 Instructor Trainer course per year either on the east coast, or west coast. Please note that submission of an application does not constitute acceptance to the course. Applications are reviewed by thr IT Candidate Selection Committee and those candidates who are selected will be invited to attend. Candidates not selected will be notified in writing.
The application can be found here.
Once complete, please save the form and send it to email@example.com with the email title line "Level 1 IT Application" the application can also be mailed to the US Sailing office 15 Maritime Drive, PO Box 1260 Portsmouth, RI 02871 or faxed to 401-683-0840.