Become an ASF Instructor

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Join the ASF Instructor Team! The US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Sailing Instructor Certification Course covers topics including: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety, lesson planning, creative activities, ethics, and sports physiology and psychology. In addition to preparing you to teach sailing, it’s guaranteed to sharpen your sailing skills.


In-Person Class Dates
The September 17-18, 2022 class is cancelled.
(Fees may be reimbursed by ASF – see below*).
Classes are also held around the country and ASF plans one for Q1 2023.

If you are interested, don’t wait! See the REGISTRATION PROCESS HERE and START NOW! The process includes about 24 hours of online learning prior to the in-person class. Registrations are handled through US Sailing. Note: US Sailing requires online class registration to be completed BEFORE registering for the in-person class.

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Level One (L1) Instructor Course Structure:
Full course description and prerequisites can be found HERE. The course includes several online components and a rigorous 2-day in person evaluation.

*All ONLINE REQUIREMENTS must be completed prior to attending the 2-day in person hands-on evaluation. Absence from any portion of the 2-day in person course excludes the instructor candidate from evaluation. It’s a challenging course, but we haven’t lost anybody yet!

Online components include:
Safe Boating course approved by the NASBLA (4-8 hours)
Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals (90 minutes)
SafeSport Training for Student / Athlete Safety (2 hours)
Level 1 Instructor 10-day guided session (10-12 hours) – FAQs

In Person components include:
– Level 1 Instructor hands-on evaluation (2 days*) @ Tempe Town Lake
– First Aid / CPR (hosted periodically by ASF at no cost to instructors).

Minimum Age Requirement
All candidates must have reached their 16th birthdays within the calendar year that the course is being held. Students under 18 years of age who complete the course will be designated as a Sailing Assistant until their 18th birthdays.

The total registration cost for instructor certification is $510 including the cost of US Sailing membership and the online and in-person sessions.

ASF will reimburse 100% of certification registration fees (excluding US Sailing membership) for sailors that earn certification AND participate in teaching at least two classes in the 12 months following their certification.

If you have questions please contact the ASF Board President, Matthew Baker.

USSAILING.ORG: Course Details Links:
• Course Length
• Minimum Age Requirement
• Prerequisites for entrance into the course
• Requirements for successful completion of the course
• Course outcomes
• Course Materials
• Validation of Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructors
• Course Fees
• Cancellation Policy
• ASF – How to Register Process