Teachers & Coaches

Information for Teachers & Coaches interested in School Team Sailing

School Sailing can help you establish a Sailing Team in your school: contact us to find out how.

School Sailing is using very different methods to our sport’s High Performance programs. At the London 2012 Olympic Games sailing achieved the most Gold Medals of any Australian Team. We were the dominant nation in sailing even denying the USA any sailing medals for the first time in Olympic Sailing History.

Whereas coaches and team managers are regulated and managed at arms length at so many sailing championships, School Sailing has gone in the other direction: Rather than exclude coaches from the course area, our umpires will be happy to take you afloat and view your school racing from just meters away in an umpire boat.

This is not common in sailing, but we’ve found that uncompromising commitment to the best outcome for students and our competition has developed a culture where teachers, coaches and officials collaborate for everyone’s benefit.

Only competitors are included in the Racing Rules of Sailing, so the management of expectations and requirements of coaches and teachers (who are not racing) is by these codes of conduct that they conduct themselves in accordance with:

Yachting Australia Membership Protection Policy

Yachting Australia Coaches Code of Conduct

New Policy for 2014-15 Season – Safe Motor-Boating for Teachers and Coaches

Going on water at a School Sailing event is a fundamentally safe activity when the right preparation is undertaken. It is generally unusual in sailing to have coaches and officials on the same boats, but we see it adds invaluably to the learning opportunity, so we encourage it.

The on water skills of teachers in the competition varies from never having been on the water before, to multiple World Champion and Australian Olympic team members, and almost everything in between.

For the less experienced teachers we offer an on water induction, which is conducted by the Chief Umpire (or their delegate) in the umpire boat. This induction enables teachers to learn the safety aspects of being a crew member / passenger in a boat used for school sailing.

To drive a boat, you must have a Boat License and be assessed to be of a competent standard – as a guide this means the boat handling skills that are required for a YA Boat Handling Course. We will also induct you to our on water safety plan.

To umpire or officiate, you will be assessed by and inducted by the Chief Umpire, for the role you are undertaking.

It is expected that Coaches will as a minimum be a YA assistant instructor and therefore hold a boat handling certificate.

During the induction you will be advised of the observer requirements:

  • To listen to the official(s) on board and assist in the running of the event
  • To question respectfully and only at appropriate times
  • To refrain from communicating with participants whilst they are racing

Re-induction occurs every 2 years, but if we make changes to our policies, we will update them on our website and email you a notice of change. We register and manage all inductions and accreditations on the YV MyCenter database and will contact you on the email you register with us.

The following are the key differences in motor-boating at School Sailing that differentiate us from standard boating requirements

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) worn by coaches/managers at all times. We recommend an auto inflating yoke type PFD.
  • In addition to the standard PPE for sport teachers (Slip, Slop Slap, and water) please wear flat non-slip footwear that can get wet and a sailing jacket or equivalent.
  • Kill switches (with extensions where necessary) worn by all rib drivers operating alone.
  • All boats have VHF Radios
  • Chief Umpire carries immediate first aid kit with Ice Packs and Bandages (other treatment is from school first aid kit)
  • When a competitor blows a whistle – Official boats attend immediately, as do other competitors if in a position to do so.
  • You must attend the competitor briefing if you are going on water.
  • In some conditions, based on the weather and the boat type, officials may decide to limit or not carry additional people.