Development of national on-water instruction standards

Empaneled Team Members

The Oversight and Management Committees for the Development of National Standards for On-Water Instruction for Recreational Boat Operators is now accepting applications from subject matter experts with on-water instruction experience to serve as team members for the National Standards for On-Water Instruction Team.

The Oversight and Management Committees for the Development of National On-Water Instruction Standards for Recreational Boat Operators are establishing a national team of subject matter experts who currently or recently have on-water instruction experience in the disciplines of sail, power, or paddle watercraft. The objective of the Team under the direction of US Coast Guard Grantee, US SAILING, who is working in partnership with the Spirit of America Foundation, is to develop minimum level National On-Water Instruction Standards for Recreational Boat Operators using open, consensus-based procedures that conform to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) essential requirements for due process. The Subject Expert Team is to begin work immediately in October 2011, and therefore applications will only be accepted until September 23, 2011. 

The seated Subject Expert Team will develop, for the first time, a set of National On-Water Instruction Standards for recreational boat operators that represent a minimum level of instruction where the primary approach of delivery is experiential, hands-on and on-water. This new set of standards will represent a consensus of opinion from a wide representation of people and organizations that have vast expertise in boating education, training and skills development using hands-on, on-water instructional approaches. These national standards will enable individuals, groups and organizations to design and deliver their own unique experientially-based approaches to on-water instruction for recreational boat operators in ways that allow for consistent, appropriate and safe, minimum level of hands-on instruction to the public.

The 27-member Subject Expert Team – formulated to represent government, non-profit association, industry, professional, community and public stakeholder interests – will be named by the Oversight Committee from among eligible candidates identified through an application process managed on the US SAILING website. The application process is open to all who are directly and materially affected by the Standards, and participation is not conditional upon membership in US SAILING or any other organization. The deadline to apply for a slot on the inaugural Subject Expert Team is Friday, September 23, 2011.

To ensure an effective transition into this mode of standards development work, the Subject Expert Team will be trained on ANSI-based procedures that involve, among other requirements; the Teams prompt consideration of different views and objections, consensus balloting, a public review of standards drafts, and the opportunity for procedural appeals.

Once the Standards are developed, an initial "call for proposed revisions" to the Standards will be announced after the Team organizes its work, with instructions for submissions to the call, the Standards document will be up for review, and other resource items will be made available on the US SAILING website. 

Submit an application to join the Subject Expert Team

We are accepting applications year round for potential future use. Current team member selections have been made for this year’s program, but applications will be kept on file for additional grant programs.



SUMMIT I logistical information for empaneled Subject Expert Team Leaders (not team members)

SUMMIT I Facilitator, K. Brian Dorval

SUMMIT I Meeting Date/Time
Saturday, October 15, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Hotel Meeting Site
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA  22202
Phone  703.418.1234
Fax  703.418.1289

Hotel Room Reservations
Arrival:  Friday, October 14, 2011
Departure:  Saturday, October 15 OR Sunday, October 16, 2011
Room Block:  "US Coast Guard"
Reservations:  To be made by rooming list (please advise arrival/departure dates). US SAILING pays room & tax / individual pays for incidentals

Valet Parking
Group rate:  $13.00 per day

Complimentary Shuttle Service
To and from Ronald Reagan National Airport
To and from Crystal City Metro Stop (Blue and Yellow Lines)

DRAFT Schedule
- 8:15 AM        continental breakfast
- 9:00 AM        meeting begins
- 10:30 AM        morning break
- 12:30 PM        buffet lunch
- 3:00 PM        afternoon break
- 5:00 PM        meeting concludes

Travel Reimbursement
Team Leaders to be reimbursed for travel costs with submission of expense report and receipts to US SAILING

NOTE:  This room block has been expanded to accommodate members of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) attending the Council's October 14, 2011 meeting in Washington, DC.