The River Training Program is the most fundamental program in the Club. River Training classes are the main generator of new members and also the main funding source for the Club. The development of instructors for the River Training Program is both essential for the viability of the program and one of the strongest sail training opportunities that Club members can participate in: the best way to really learn something is to learn to teach it.
Instructor Training progresses through three phases of development:
PSC Members who are certified as ASA 201/203 Instructors are qualified to fill the position of Lead instructor during PSC River Training. They can also server as Primary or Assistant Instructors. There must be a minimum of one Lead / ASA qualified Instructor for each River Training Session.
While it would be ideal to have ASA certified instructors fill all five of the instructor positions during each training session, it is unlikely due to the number of certified instructors within PSC. Outside of ASA certified instructors, Primary Instructors are those members who have completed the Assistant Instructor Program. Additionally there will be the occasion where highly competent sailors with prior instructor experience outside the ASA umbrella express a desire to join the River Training Program. In this case the Training Commodore will arrange a check ride with a Lead instructor to ensure the member is up to speed on PSC and ASA policies and procedures.
Any member of PSC who has passed both ASA 101 / 103 is eligible to join the River Instructor Training Program as an Assistant Instructor. Generally there are 3 Assistant Instructors for each training session.
Steps to Follow:
The normal sequence of progression moves from Assistant Instructor to Primary Instructor to Lead Instructor. The program is flexible to allow both experienced and new sailors to progress at a pace they are comfortable with. The program is the responsibility of the Training Commodore and under the day-to-day direction of the River Training Coordinator.