Basic Keelboat Instructor Evaluative Course
Basic Keelboat Instructor Evaluative Course
Prerequisites and course information
The Three Day Instructor Certification Course is an extremely intensive EVALUATION of your ability to teach sailing to the US Sailing Keelboat Certification System Standard. This standard is the most rigorous in the country and requires practice, study and preparation by even the most gifted and experienced professional instructors.
We are evaluating in great detail everything about your teaching and sailing knowledge, skills and ability. There is little formal training, education or time for practice. Active sailing instructors often assume their everyday instructor work will be sufficient preparation for them to perform well in these clinics. Due to the fact that students do much more sailing than instructors do in a sailing course, the instructors are often more rusty than they might think. This situation may lead to difficulty, frustration and failure.
As soon as possible and well before attending this course, please follow this advice:
• Speak at length with a recent graduate of the course about their experiences.
• Study and learn all of the written material sent to you in advance.
• Get out and practice the sailing skills you will be asked to perform.
• Be sure to practice your classroom presentation skills (preferably with a trusted colleague to
receive good feedback). It is much easier to demonstrate your teaching skills in front of your peers
if you have had some recent practice.
• Speak with a US Sailing instructor who knows your skills. Go sailing with them and get their
advice on any needed areas of refinement or improvement you may have. Then take the time to
practice before arriving at the clinic. If you do not have a colleague with instructor certification,
consider visiting a US Sailing school and purchase a short sailing session with a certified
Prerequisites for entrance into the course
1. Extensive experience sailing and teaching on keelboats.
2. Current US Sailing membership.
3. You must be 18 or turn 18 within the calendar year of the course you are taking.
4. Current First Aid and CPR. A list of accepted courses can be found here.
5. Current NASBLA Safe Boating Certification or current USCG full or limited Master's or OUPV
3 days. Absence from any part of the course will exclude the Instructor Candidate from evaluation.
Validation of instructors
1. Competence in skills listed in sample IC evaluation form enclosed with course paperwork.
2. Sailing skills test Practical
3. Marlinspike Seamanship test - Practical
4. Demonstrative and communication ability – Practical
5. Basic Keelboat Instructor Exam and the Basic Keelboat Student Exam – Written, based on the
US Sailing Keelboat Instructor Manual and US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat student book.
6. The Instructor Trainer's evaluation.
7. Knowledge of US Sailing’s Student Certification Standards book for the basic keelboat standard.
Validation will be for three years providing First Aid, CPR and US Sailing membership needs to be kept current. Instructors’ need to recertify their instructor status every 3 years. Renewals must be made within six months of the expiration date on the card. Contact the Keelboat Program office for recertification information.
All candidates shall submit proof of their ability to swim 50 yards when submitting their application to the course. If a candidate has US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor certification, US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor certification or US Sailing Level 1 Windsurfing Instructor certification, this will suffice as proof. US Sailing will accept swimming certificates issued by the American Red Cross or YMCA or PADI. US Sailing will also accept its Proof of Swimming Ability Verification form completed and signed by a swimming instructor certified by the American Red Cross or YMCA or PADI, or a lifeguard certified by the American Lifeguard Association or U.S. Lifesaving Association.
**All candidates, who do not meet the criteria above, must bring a completed Swim Check Form to the course.**
1. Instructor Candidates will be provided with study questions in with their course materials.
2. The actual tests will be closed book. Questions on the Basic Keelboat Instructor and Student Exam are based on the reading material,
3. A passing grade for both the keelboat instructor exam and keelboat student exam is 80%.
The IT determines whether the Instructor Candidate successfully completes the course. Absence from any part of the evaluation session will exclude the Instructor Candidate from evaluation.
Passing: The Instructor Candidate has successfully completed each of the items above. In order to pass this evaluation, the Instructor Candidate must pass basic keelboat instructor written exam and basic keelboat student exam with an 80%. If you fail either test, you will have to take the make-up exams for both the basic keelboat instructor and the basic keelboat student exam. The Instructor Candidate must also perform all teaching and sailing tests to the Instructor Trainers’ satisfaction.
Plan of Improvement: The Instructor Candidate has not yet successfully completed what is required and has been given a specific Plan of Improvement to complete with approved and assigned Training Program representatives within 90 days from its issue. Arrangements for re-testing and the completion of a Plan of Improvement must be done through the US Sailing training office. The responsibility for arranging completion of a Plan of Improvement rests solely with the Instructor Candidate. Instructor Candidates will get only one chance to pass their Plan of Improvement; should they be unsuccessful at this attempt, they will have failed the course. The fee to complete an “on the water” Plan of Improvement is $75.00. Written make-up tests are administered at no charge. The Instructor Candidate is responsible for any additional expenses.
Failing: The Instructor Candidate did not meet the standards to become a Basic Keelboat Instructor will be failed. The Instructor Candidate, who fails an evaluative course and would still like to become certified as a Basic Keelboat Instructor, may re-apply for a future course, at full cost, one year from the original course date.
Plan of Completion: US Sailing and US Sailing Instructor Trainers assume no responsibility for lack of wind or other acts of nature. If the Instructor Trainer’s were unable to complete the evaluation, Instructor Candidate’s are issued a Plan of Completion. Arrangements to fulfill the Plan of Completion must be done through the training department within 90 days of its issue. There is no fee for completing a Plan of Completion. The Instructor Candidate is responsible for any additional expenses.
12 instructor candidates is the maximum.
Materials will be sent directly to the Instructor Candidate or to the course contact for distribution to pre-registered Instructor Candidates. To ensure that you will receive your materials for pre-course study, US Sailing must receive your completed application and course payment fee at least 4 weeks prior to the course. There are approximately 300 pages to read. You are required to read the entire manual before arriving for the course, and you should plan on studying prior to and each night of the course. Courses are filled on a “first paid, first registered” basis.
Instructor Candidates will receive the following:
1. Basic Keelboat Instructor Manual
2. Basic Keelboat student book
3. Keelboat Certification Standards
4. Review questions for Basic Keelboat Instructor Exam
5. Other handouts and course information as applicable
$395 per Instructor Candidate not including US Sailing membership. Candidates whose complete application and course payment are received in the Training Office 4 weeks prior to the course date pay a discounted course fee of $345. Candidates that enroll 1 week or less from the course date, pay an additional $50 to cover expedited processing and shipping fees.
Please note: Basic Keelboat Certified Instructors can only issue US Sailing student certifications through a Certified US Sailing School.
Register securely online or by using our printable registration form.
• Course fees are nonrefundable but are transferrable to another course/date if the Training office is
given enough notice:
• More than four weeks before the course start date: Fee is transferable to another course.
• Within the four week of course start date: ½ half of course fee is transferable to another course
• Less than 24 hours notice of course start date (or no-show), 100% of the course fee is forfeited.