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Weaving Life Jacket Wear Throughout US Sailing Programs


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Presenter: Stu Gilfillen, Director of Education, US Sailing

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Weaving Life Jacket Wear Throughout US Sailing Programs

  1. 1. Weaving Life Jacket Wear Throughout US Sailing Programs
  2. 2. Stu Gilfillen • Director of Education, US Sailing • Smallboat Instructor Trainer • US Powerboating Instructor • 15 years in sail training programs • Vice Chair, National Safe Boating Council • Past Board member, US Safe Boating Institute • “Mr. Safety” (first and last professional acting experience) Quick Introduction…
  3. 3. Mission: Increase sailing participation and excellence through education, competition and equal opportunity, while upholding the principles of fair play, sportsmanship and safety.
  4. 4. What does US Sailing do?
  5. 5. Annually, we train ~2,500 instructors a year and issue between 2,100-2,500 Safety at Sea Certificates
  6. 6. OCSCSailing Regattas/Racing Training Programs
  7. 7. “Wearing a life jacket is like a badge of honor.”
  8. 8. Instead of trying to explain these…
  9. 9. We focus more on just Type III and V (Inshore and Youth) (Offshore & Adult)
  10. 10. Challenges & Limitations 1. We haven’t been successful in connecting with (and educating) the “middle” of our sport. 2. We need to do a better job educating people on how to care for and maintain their life jackets. 3. International participants push the envelope. 4. US Sailing isn’t always the Organizing Authority for regattas.
  11. 11. THANK YOU Stu Gilfillen 401.342.7967