US Sailing launches a new water safety and entry level watersports program.
The 30-hour program introduces students, to the fun of water sports through the use of both muscle-powered boats (canoes, kayaks and/or rowboats) and wind-powered boats (small sailing dinghies). It is a day-by-day curriculum designed for waterfront park and recreation programs.
The United States Coast Guard supported the development of the program though a grant from The Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund administered by the US Coast Guard. National Recreation and Park Association is partnering with US Sailing in the marketing and promotion of the course nationwide.
The program features 10 lesson plans, which provide a daily guide for instructors. Although the Instructor Handbook format enables a competent boating enthusiast to teach basic skills to beginners in this age group, US Sailing recommends all waterfront instructors become US Sailing Certified Small Boat Instructors, or, at the very minimum, complete the US Sailing Camp Sailing Counselor curriculum. Sailing Smart is designed to be taught in three hours per day sessions over 10 days, but can be readily adapted to a 5-day, 6-hour per day time slot. The modular curriculum makes it easy to tailor the materials to the needs and schedule of any program.