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Teaching Sailing

You've mastered sailing and want to share your passion and skills. What's needed to teach sailing to others? How do you get started? Read all about it here.

Review of Points of Sail App and SailSim App
It can be difficult to explain to sailing students how sails are trimmed for different points of sail. Here are two apps that may help you explain by showing simulations.

What Makes a Good Sailing Instructor?
Being an effective sailing instructor involves the right personality traits and teaching skills.

American Sailing Association Instructors
You’ve decided you want to teach others how to sail but aren’t sure how to get started? The American Sailing Association certifies many sailing schools and offers an educational program for becoming an ASA-certified instructor. You can specialize in teaching small boat or keelboat sailing. Certification is necessary for teaching in ASA-affiliated sailing schools.

US Sailing Instructor Certification
The US Sailing organization has a number of course who for those seeking certification for teaching sailing at different levels. Keelboat courses include coastal and offshore passage making and celestial navigation courses. Founded in 1897, US Sailing is the national governing body for the sport of sailing.

US Coast Guard Licence to Teach Sailing
In many circumstances you need a Coast Guard license to teach sailing. If you receive compensation or consideration for teaching in a boat equipped with auxiliary power and operating on waters under USCG jurisdiction, then you need at least the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUVP) license, which allows taking up to six students or passengers on the boat. Learn the requirements here.

Good Basic Book for Teaching Sailing
Steve Colgate’s Fundamentals of Sailing, Cruising, and Racing is an excellent book to use when teaching sailing to beginners. Written in simple, straightforward language and using clear illustrations, this book covers all the basics from the parts of the boat to setting out to sail trim. A classic.

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