Interested in teaching kids or adults to sail? Become a US Sailing-certified dinghy (Level 1) sailing instructor!

This intensive course sequence prepares you to teach sailing and includes sailing skill evaluation, safety boat handling and rescue techniques, coaching skills, and more.

STEP 1: Complete instructor-guided online training through US Sailing (10-12 hours of coursework; cost is $250). Pre-requisites are listed below:

  • Become a US Sailing member if not already (cost varies for
    type of membership)
  • Take free online teaching and coaching fundamentals training

If you have not yet completed the online portion of the Level 1 class you will need to sign up as soon as possible. There is heavy demand for these classes and many are already full.

STEP 2: Complete the in-person training – this will be held at CYC – July 17 and 18, 2021 (approximately 18-20 hours of coursework done over a weekend; cost is $140). Pre-requisites are listed below:

  • Take a NASBLA approved Safe Boating course if you haven’t already (the TWRA boating safety course is one, (online, cost is $35)
  • Complete SafeSport training (online, approx. 2-3 hours, cost is included with US Sailing membership)

Prior to teaching, you will also need a current first aid/CPR certification (cost varies, local class information and signups at

More information and registration here on US Sailing’s website.