US Sailing Instructor Course Scholarship for "In-House" BSA Classes
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri Dec 12 11:14:40 1997
Bill Rogers, National Director of Sea Exploring, BSA, Irving,
Texas, reported that there would be a few scholarships granted for
US Sailing Instructor-Trainer Courses and, perhaps, some Instructor
Courses, in 1998.He should be contacted directly for specific
It is important to note that grantees must pledge to
continue from US Sailing Instructor to US Sailing
Instructor-Trainer. Then, the grantees are to instruct US Sailing
Instructors for Camps, local councils, ships, etc. in their region.
The program is ABSOLUTELY NOT intended solely for internal ship use.
It was specifically designed to build a pool of Certified US Sailing
Instructor-Trainers s in each Region and, eventually, one in each
Area. Hopefully, we will build the pool until we have a Certified
Instructor in each local council. Remember, this is planned to
replace the Instructor Certification program that was discontinued
by the Red Cross. The idea is to hold "In-House" US Sailing Courses
which will enhance the safety of our BSA Aquatics program whilst
reducing the costs.
US Sailing has Small Boat (Dinghy), Keel Boat and Board
Sailing Courses at the Basic and at the Certified Instructor level.
Those having received Certified Instructor and upon having obtained
the required experience may take the Certified Instructor-Trainer
The "Certification" is required for insurance and safety
purposes. THose having received the grants are honour bound to
conduct "In-House" Basic Sailing Courses for ALL members of the BSA.
It is not a free sailing vacation. <VBG>
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for the US
Sailing Course Schedule.
DAVIS JONES wrote:
> Does anyone know if the grant for attendance at US
> Sailing's Instructor Trainer Courses will continue into 1998?
> Several of the leaders in my ship received scholarships during
> 1997, but only two of us were able to register and attend. The
> others want to go in 1998, if their funding will roll over.
> The scholarship covered registration and expenses for either the
> Keelboat Instructor Certification Course or the Small Boat
> Instructor Course. We took the keelboat course, and were
> impressed by the trainers, the boats (Colgate 26), and the
> location at the feet of the Statute of Liberty. However, the
> course was designed more as an evaluation toward certification as
> a professional instructor with over half the
> time spent testing our teaching and sailing skills, not teaching
> us how to teach sailing. It had limited utility for our program
> since we aren't affiliated with a professional sailing
> school (only instructors with a registered school can issue US
> Sailing keelboat certificates) and don't really need the
> "certified instructor" next to our name in the advertisements. I
> have heard that the small boat instructor course is different.
> Can anyone who has taken that course comment?
> All that said, it was a great weekend, and you can't beat the
> price. I highly recommend that BSA continue the scholarships.
> Davis Jones, Skipper
> Ship 1942 - "Dragonlady"
> Arlington, Virginia