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
I CANSail – 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 - Programming specific to ages 5-8 years, in an Optimist Dinghy.
Active Start stage of the LTSD.
CANSail 1 & 2 - Fundamental skill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed). Fundamental stage of the LTSD.
CANSail 3 & 4 - Applied skill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed).
Learn to Sail Fast stage of the LTSD.
CANSail 5 & 6 - Applied skill consolidation in any type of boat (single / double handed).
Learn to Train stage of the LTSD.
Spinnaker & Trapeze - Specialized double handed performance skill consolidation.
Learn to Train stage of the LTSD. Spinnaker & Trapeze may be delivered concurrently with other levels in the CANSail program.
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.


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