LONG BEACH — U.S. Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the United States. Working closely with yacht clubs and sailing organizations they establish rules for racing, providing extensive training and support for the individuals to run these races and regattas in the safest possible way.
Safety was discussed at every seminar and presentation, regardless of the topic, during the 2016 U.S. Sailing Leadership Conference in San Diego. Many of the seminars were specifically about on-the-water safety.
The greatest concern for safety on the water involves youth sailing programs.
One of those skilled U.S. Sailing trainers is Long Beach Yacht Club’s Sailing Director, Jess Gerry, who has 10 years of youth program director management experience between Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.
He recently completed his U.S. Sailing Instructor Trainer Certification.
“In essence, a qualified instructor trainer is certified by US Sailing to run a 40 hour U.S. Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Course for those seeking to teach and instruct our sport using the US Sailing standards. Most, if not all, yacht clubs require this certification to obtain any coaching position,” Gerry said.
When asked what motivated him to take the course, he said, “Our ongoing focus on safety and sailing education here at Long Beach YC was a major factor.”
“Long Beach YC shows great support to their staff to pursue further education within the sport. Being up to date with the latest material from U.S. Sailing only strengthens our sailing community and Long Beach YC,” Gerry continued.
The rigorous four-day course held at San Diego YC consisted of testing and presentation skills. On the water and rescue procedures were also part of the training.
“There are currently 71 active Instructor Trainers in the U.S. and I am one of only four in California,” he said.