CANSail Dinghy

 
What is CANSail?
CANSail refers to Canada’s updated sailor training standards. CANSail Dinghy is Sail Canada’s dinghy program for clubs to deliver across Canada. CANSail is a leading sail training initiative to foster performance in sailing and life long participation in the sport.

CANSail programming means lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment, with relatively less time spent in a classroom. Sailors learn the skills and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The programming is designed to get - and keep - sailors excited about sailing for life! The six CANSail levels promote progressive training of core dinghy sailing skills.

 
Why CANSail?
CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.
 
CANSail Introduced on YouTube - Thanks to Jen Braem & the Royal Victoria Yacht Club
 
The CANSail Program
 
Fundamental Skill Acquisition
I CAN Sail - Basic concepts are introduced and tried by first time participants as part of an opportunity to get out on the water and experience sailing.

Wet Feet – Introduction to sailing for sailors aged five to eight years and designed for implementation in an Optimist Dinghy.
· Relation to LTSD – Active start stage

CANSail 1 – Introduction to sailing. CANSail 1 teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor.
· Relation to LTSD – Fundamental stage

CANSail 2 – Basic sailing. CANSail 2 teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling manoeuvers in a controlled manner while in a controlled setting.
· Relation to LTSD – Fundamental stage
 

Fundamental Skill Consolidation
CANSail 3 – Intermediate sailing. CANSail 3 teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling manoeuvers and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race or club training camp.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to sail fast stage

CANSail 4 – Advanced sailing. CANSail 4 teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling manoeuvers in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute manoeuvers in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to sail fast stage


Applied Skill Acquisition
CANSail 5 – Basic integration of racing. CANSail 5 fully integrates boat handling with tactics and strategy. Sailors are also introduced to the concept of rig tuning and its relation to boat trim and conditions. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to train stage

CANSail 6 – Full integration of racing. CANSail 6 fully integrates boat handling, sail trim, and rig setup with racing. Sailors train to perform all skills within a competitive race setting in order to achieve accurate sailing within a regatta and in all conditions. Sailors participate in a regional or provincial regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to train stage
 

Applied Skill Consolidation
Spinnaker 1 – Introduction to spinnaker. Spinnaker 1 introduces sailors to spinnaker work, doublehanded sailing teamwork, and a doublehanded sail plan. Sailors continue to refine boat handling, tactical, and strategic skills while learning spinnaker skills. Sailors participate in one to two-day local regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to train stage

Trapeze 1 – Introduction to trapeze. Trapeze 1 introduces sailors to trapeze work from both the helm and the crew perspectives and focuses on the teamwork required to successfully execute these skills. Sailors continue to refine boat handling, tactical, and strategic skills while learning trapeze and teamwork skills. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to train stage

Spinnaker 2 – Integration of spinnaker into racing. Sailors refine spinnaker skills, doublehanded teamwork, and doublehanded trim while integrating these skills into a competitive setting. Sailors participate in a one to two-day regional or provincial regatta.
· Relation to LTSD – Learn to train stage

Trapeze 2 – Integration of trapeze into racing. Sailors refine trapeze skills and doublehanded teamwork while integrating these skills into a competitive setting and with spinnaker if applicable. Sailors participate in a one to two-day regional or provincial regatta
 
Note: There are various delivery options for the CANSail programs. Some sailing schools may deliver the CANSail program in different formats which include evening, weekend and full day programming. Sailors interested in racing may choose to join a club race team and complete some of the CANSail program while sailing with the team!
 
 
CANSail Dinghy Progamming at Sailing Schools across Canada!
  
Any Sail Canada Instructor or Coach has the opportunity to be CANSail trained in order to hold CANSail accreditation, and - as long as regsitered with Sail Canada for the year - eligble to access the tools to support them to teach the CANSail progam and to evaluate sailors to CANSail standards. Any Instructor or Coach seeking the training to become CANSail accredited should check with their Provincial Sailing Association. 
 
Look for Recognized CANSail Training Sites!
A recognized CANSail Training Centre has CANSail Instructors on staff, and is registered with their Provincial Sailing Association to receive delivery-support services and resources. Be sure to look for certified Sail Canada Instructors at your Sailing School!
 
CANSail Online
The CANSail Online service (powered by Checklick) offers:
- Electronic CANSail Checklists for CANSail Instructors
- CANSail Progress Reports for each of the sailors registered in the program
- CANSail certificates for each sailor achieving full standard
- Other online support services such as Online learn-to-sail program registration

Click here to see all about CANSail Online (powered by Checklick) and how it can help you deliver the CANSail programming!

 
 
Long Term Sailor Development Framework
A backgrounder on the development of Sailing's LTSD:The CANSail Dinghy standards and program delivery support systems have been developed to meet objectives of Sail Canada and Provincial partners in implementing the Long Term Sailor Development Framework (LTSD). The CANSail levels 1-6 correlate with the first four stages of development in the LTSD, with skills-learning and experiences meeting the objectives of the developmental stage. Click here to view Canada’s Long Term Sailor Development Framework.
 

 

Long Term Athlete Development Resources:

 

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