Celestial Navigation Resources

Celestial Navigation by Dominique F Prinet
 
This Celestial Navigation manual reflects more than 10 years of development effort. It provides
some of the historical background and supporting principles leading to modern Celestial
Navigation processes and explains in detail the principles behind each type of calculation.
 
This 250 page manual is broken down into 19 chapters. It includes numerous illustrations
and examples and exercises are offered throughout, with review questions at the end of most
chapters. The manual is designed to be self-explanatory, and to fully prepare the reader for the
written test offered by Sail Canada (CYA). To learn more about the manual or to order a copy of
it, go to the authors website.
 
Dominique Prinet is an experienced Cruising and Powerboating Instructor with extensive
navigation experience gained through operation of vessels in the Artic, Europe, Asia and North
America, He holds a 60-ton Master’s certificate from Transport Canada as we’ll as pilot licences
for a number of types of aircraft. Dominique has decades of experience providing instruction in
the safe use of power and sailing vessels. Dominique offers a number of shore based courses in
the Vancouver area focused on the serious mariner.

Keelboat Instructors

Learn to Cruise & Power (LTC/P) Instructor Courses
Learn to Cruise & Power Instructor development courses are scheduled and delivered by our Provincial Sailing Associations. Please contact your PSA regarding clinic schedules, locations and registration.
 
Cruising (Keelboat Sailing) Instructor Courses - click here to learn more
Basic Cruising Instructor - The Basic Cruising Instructor Course is the first certification in the Cruising Instructor stream. The course focuses on the development of lesson planning and teaching skills using a keelboat as a primary teaching aid. Candidates will have the opportunity to practice and refine their ability to deliver training in classroom and on water environments. Candidate sailing skills will be evaluated. On completion of this level, successful candidates will be able to train and certify students at the Introductory (sail) and Basic Cruising levels.
 
Intermediate Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Intermediate Cruising level. This course, open to Basic Cruising Instructors, focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of boat systems knowledge and sailboat handling skills needed to operate a vessel in a near coastal environment.
 
Advanced Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Advanced Cruising level. This course, open to Intermediate Cruising Instructors, focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of knowledge and skills required to operate a vessel in any conditions day and night up to 100 miles offshore.
 
Offshore Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Offshore Cruising level. This course, open to Advanced Cruising Instructors, focuses on the delivery and evaluation of knowledge and skills required to make long distance ocean passages in sailing vessels.
 
Basic Keelboat Racing Instructor - Open to all Cruising Instructors by application. Approved Instructors will be able to certify candidates at the Basic Keelboat Racing level.
 
 
Navigation Instructor Certification - click here to learn more
Coastal Navigation Instructor - Open to the knowledgeable navigator by application. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Coastal Navigation standard.
 
Celestial Navigation Instructor - Open to the knowledgeable celestial navigator by application. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Celestial Navigation standard.
 
Advanced Navigation Instructor - Open by application to candidates with advanced knowledge in pilotage, weather and the use of radar and other navigation oriented electronics. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Advanced Navigation standard.
 
 
Powerboat Instructor Courses - click here to learn more
Basic Outboard Instructor - Train candidates in the safe use of small outboard powered boats. Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Basic Outboard level.
 
Basic Powerboat Instructor Course - The Basic Powerboat Instructor Course is the common entry point to the PowerBoat Instructor stream. The course focuses on the development of lesson planning and teaching skills using a single engine powerboat as the primary teaching aid. Candidates will have the opportunity to practice and refine their ability to deliver training in classroom and on water environments. Candidate power vessel operation skills will be evaluated. . Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Introductory (power), Basic Outboard and Basic Powerboat levels.
 
Intermediate Powerboat Instructor- Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Intermediate Cruising level. Open to Basic Powerboat Instructors, this course focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of boat systems knowledge and dual engine powerboat handling skills needed to operate a vessel in a near coastal environment.
 
 
Instructor Evaluators
Basic Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to co-conduct at any Instructor Development Program so long as: the IE is certified to certify students at the instructor level to be certified and the IE has taught a minimum of two (2) student level courses at that level provided they are currently registered with the CYA.
 
Senior Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to be the lead conductor at any Instructor Development Program so long as: the IE is certified to certify students at the instructor level to be certified and the IE has taught a minimum of two (2) student level courses at that level provided they are currently registered with the CYA.
Basic Outboard Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to be a co-conductor at a Basic Outboard IDP.

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Offshore Survival Training - ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course
 
Learn to Cruise / Power
The certification period for all LTS/R and LTC/P coach/instructor levels is 36-months to the end of the calendar year. For example if you completed your clinic in May 2003, your level would expire December 31st, 2006.
 
Cruising Instructor Rules Study Aid - this document is aimed at Cruising Instructors to aid in studying for the Collision Regulations exam.
 
Learn to Cruise / Power Instructor Recertification: 
 
From Transport Canada:

2012-10-03

CanSail Instructor Programming

Introduced in 2012, the CANSail dinghy program brings a new set of Sailor Standards and new Instructor Training Clinics to sailing programs across Canada. The CANSail program has been developed based on the Long Term Sailor Development framework, and is designed to develop and retain sailors in our sport, develop high performance athletes, teach the skills needed to enjoy sailing as a life long activity, and encourage the support of sailing through a lifetime. This is an exciting new program for sailors, instructors, clubs and sailing schools alike!
 
CANSail INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSES
 
The CANSail Dinghy Instructor Courses
CANSail Instructor development courses are scheduled and delivered by our Provincial Sailing Associations. Please contact your PSA regarding clinic schedules, locations and registration.
 
Do you want to become a CANSail Dinghy Instructor? Click here for more information.
 
CANSail Fundamental Course - The CANSail Fundamental Course is the first step in the CANSail Instructor system. Successful completion of this course will enable instructor candidates to attend further clinics such as the CANSail Level 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6 Instructor Training Clinics. The CANSail Fundamental Course has been developed to provide an opportunity for instructors to reflect, problem solve, collaborate with peers and continue to build on knowledge from previous experiences, skills and new knowledge acquired from the clinic.  This course is mandatory for anyone taking a coach/instructor development clinic.
Prerequisites
 
CANSail 1 & 2 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach beginner participants at the CANSail  1 & 2 Level, and have access to valuable CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
CANSail 3 & 4 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail 3 & 4 Level and have access to valuable CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
CANSail 5 & 6 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail 5 & 6 Level and have access to valuable  CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
Wet Feet Module - This is a professional development module for current Sail Canada Instructors looking to expand their instructional base. CANSail Wet Feet is a program for delivery specific to 5-8 year olds. The curriculum, lesson plans and teaching methods are specific to engaging this young group while inadvertently teaching them about sailing boats, water safety, and fundamental movement and balance skills in Optimist Dinghies and dockside.
 
Chutes & Wires Module - This is a professional development module for current Sail Canada Instructors looking to expand their instructional base. Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail Chutes and Wires 1 & 2 Level.
 
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ONLINE TRAINING MODULES
 
LTSD Online Module
All Sail Canada Dinghy Instructors & Coaches are required to complete this free online module in order to be eligible to register. Click here to complete the LTSD Module now!
 
Make Ethical Decisions - Online Evaluation 
All LTS/R coaches who have completed the Sail Canada Fundamental Course or the NCCP Introduction to Competition - Part A are required to complete the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation.
 
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2013-01-04

CANSail Race Coach Programming Panel

CANSail Race Coach Programming panel will be regulated and developed by a panel of 3-4 experts appointed by Sail Canada on a regional basis and reporting to Sail Canada's Training and Certification Committee and Athlete Development Committee.  This group will be responsible for the appropriate development of the Race Coach Training programs and alignment with contexts in the National Coaches Certification Program's Competition Stream. This panel is supported by a programming advisory made up of Sail Canada High Performance staff and systems established by the Coaches' Association of Canada.

The CANSail Race Coach Programming Panel
Established September 2012
 Mike Todd (NS)
Mike is an NCCP Level 4 certified Coach. He has been coaching mainly single handed class racing since 2004. He has coached race and performance development to Opti and beyond Opti, and high performance to national sailing team members. Mike has a passion for seeing athletes excel as people as well as competitors.
 
 Steve McBride (BC)
Steve has been actively coaching for over 20 years at the club, provincial and national team levels. He was CYA Coach of the Year in 2008. The foundation of Steve's coaching philosophy is a balanced athlete-centred, skill-based approach which is forged with solid fundamentals with fitness and mental training being the basis of success. Steve's athletes descibe his influence as calm and centering - allowing them to focus on their performance.
 
Chris Hewson (ON)
 
 Rosie Chapman (QC)
Rosie is an ex-Skandia Team GBR Olympic Development Squad member. She raced in the Laser Radial and 470 classes. In 2009 Rosie started coaching in Canada and by 2010 Rosie was excited be coaching full time. Rosie's passion lies in developing her athletes to achieve a solid sailing technical, mental and physical basis as while at the same time achieveing personal goals. 

 

Minutes from the meetings of the Panel

 

Roles & Responsibilities of CANSail Race Coach Panel:
  • Receive direction and support from Sail Canada's Training & Certification and Athlete Development Committees 
  • Report to Sail Canada's Training & Certification Committee
  • Meet (possibly virtually by Skype)  4 or more times per year - utilizing agendas and providing minutes
  • Meet annually at CANSail Training Symposium at AGM
    • Programs Review / Update / Development
    • Deliver annual report
  • Develop  national Technical Coach Training Clinic(s) & Program(s) (1 or more each year)
    • Evaluate new and re-certifying Race Coaches in the in their regions - annually
  • Train mentors / evaluators to the Coach Candidates in each province - on an as-needed basis
  • Receive and review feedback on programming and delivery from Coach Candidates, mentors and evaluators
Terms of appointment of the CANSail Race Coach Panel members:
  • NCCP MLF Trained (1 per year to be trained starting in 2012).
  • 3 year appointment.
  • Appointment / re-appointment by CYA's Training & Certification & Athlete Development Committees.

During term, members of the Panel may hold role as staff and / or volunteer with our partners at Canadian Sport Centers & / or Provincial Sailing Associations. Their actions on this Panel will have them acting entirely for the benefit of the national system.

Members of the CANSail Race Coach Panel are:

1)      experienced Race Coaches to Sailors on Race Teams at International, National, or Provincial levels;

2)      committed to the national initiatives and objectives of the CYA, following the Long Term Sailor Development model and in association with the Coaching Association of Canada and Sport Canada

3)      willing and available to attend annual Sail Canada AGM & Conference

4)      willing and available to potentially be selected by Sail Canada to attend NCCP's MLF training session

5)      willing and available conduct training, mentoring, & / or evaluation of Race Coaches

6)      willing and available to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the panel

  

Members of the Panel will be selected by the CYA Executive Director in association with the Chairman of the Training and Certification Committee and Sail Canada's High Performance Director.

 

2012-11-21

CANSail Development Coach

Who needs a CANSail Development Coach?
Any sailor or group of sailors in a race training program that extends through 4 or more months…..
Any club or sailing school offering race training programming and team activities…..
·         Club Race Teams
·         Class Group Teams (i.e. Opti Race Teams)
·         Regional Training groups
·         Regional Teams
·         Provincial Teams
·         Sailors campaigning for  Provincial Championships, Sail Canada Regional or Youth National Championships, Class Championships, Canada Games Teams
 


 Sailors who need this Coach are in the Learn to Train and Learn to Compete Stages of the Long Term Sailor Development Framework:
 
The CANSail DEVELOPMENT COACH PROGRAM
The CANSail Development Coach Program has been developed by Sail Canada in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada.
                                             
 
The CANSail Development Coach Program offers:
• Training and mentoring to instill confidence and effectiveness in coach candidates with experienced Full Time coaches as part of the program.
• Emphasis on practical on-water coaching at the training clinic.
• Places importance on sport science elements of fitness, nutrition, and sport psychology.
• Final evaluations carried out on race courses and at training camps.
• Accreditation as a Sail Canada Coach and with the Coaching Association of Canada in the NCCP Competition Development Context (with successful evaluation).
• Preparation and prerequisite achievement for Sailing Coaches to advance and enter into Canada’s National Coaching Institute (NCI).
 
Candidates to the Program:
• Have previous sail-racing experience (preference for having campaigned an ISAF-recognized class)
• Have a genuine interested in becoming and / or developing personally and professionally as a coach
• Have experience as a sailor or coach with Race Team programs
Please click here for the full Eligibility Criteria Document.
 
Pathway through Coach Training, Certification and Re-certification
Click here
 
Upcoming Clinics
The training clinic(s) for the Development Coach program will be delivered annually by Sail Canada. Clinic details will be posted on the Instructor & Coach Training page once available.


Helpful Links:
NCCP Online Evaluation Modules
Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation Module: http://www.coach.ca/elearning-s13846
Manage Conflict : http://evaluation.coach.ca/course/enrol.php?id=46
Leading Drug Free Sport: http://evaluation.coach.ca/course/enrol.php?id=58
 

 

 

CANSail Instruction Panel

Canada's Learn to Sail Programming is being regulated and developed by the CANSail Instruction Panel. This panel of 4-6 experts is appointed by Sail Canada on a regional basis and reports to Sail Canada's Training and Certification Committee.  This group is responsible for the appropriate development of Learn-to Sail programs and CANSail Instructor training programming in alignment with contexts in the National Coaching Certification Program's Instruction Stream. The CANSail Instruction Panel is supported by a programming advisory made up of Sail Canada High Performance Staff and systems established by the Coaches' Association of Canada (CAC).

 

The CANSail Instruction Panel

Established September 2012

 

 Jen Braem (BC)

 

 David Telles-Langdon (MB)

Former chair of Sail Canada's Learn-to-Sail Commitee, and level 5 sailing coach with the original NCCP, David brings a wealth of expertise in Instructor training to this Panel.  He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at the Univeristy of Winnipeg, the Director of the National Coaching Institute (NCI) in Manitoba, and a Chartered Professional Coach (Ch.P.C.). David was past Coach to the Canadian Sailing Team (Soling) and Provincial Sailing Teams in Ontario, Manitoba & BC, and a Sail Canada Official in Judging and Race Management. He has served on two Advisories to Federal Ministry - the Panel on Healthy Children and Youth, the Panel for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. 

 

 Jason Hearst (ON)

A Sail Canada Learning Facilitator, Jason is presently an avid match racer and former member of the Canadian Youth Sailing Team. When not sailing, Jason is an aerospace engineer. He is excited to be contributing to this panel with his sailor training, athlete coaching, and racing experince, and his theoretical knowledge.

 

Lennie Liscio (QC)

 

Lesley Taylor (NS)

 

Ryan Kelly (DND-Sea Cadets)

 

Meeting Minutes

December 1 2014

October 27 2013 - Instructor Programming

October 26 2013 - Sailor Programming

September 24 2013

April 9 2013

October 26 2012

September 24 2012 

 

 

References

CANSail Program Feedback Summary 2012 - This document summarizes the feedback received from a survey conducted in September 2012, the feedback was reviewed and compiled by the CANSail Panel.

 

Proposal - Professional Development model for Instructors and Coaches - Panel referred to this document to initiate plans for Advancement programming for Instructors (Meeting of October 26th 2012).

 
Roles & Responsibilities of CANSail Instruction Panel:
o    Receive direction and support from Sail Canada's Training & Certification Committee
o    Report to Sail Canada's Training & Certification Committee
o    Meet (possibly virtually by Skype)  4 or more times per year - utilizing agendas and providing minutes
o    Meet annually at Sail Canada AGM & Conference to carry out Programs Review / and formulate a work plan for future program Updates / Development.
o    Deliver an annual report at the Sail Canada AGM & Conference (submitted in advance to the TCC)
o    Assist in the Delivery of the annual CANSail Training Symposium as directed by the TCC
o    Assemble a special committee to select MLFs and Expert Contributors for the national Technical CANSail Learning Facilitator Clinic (1 or more every 2 years) IAW the TCC Approved LF Clinic Staffing Standards Document.
o    Select the location for the national Technical CANSail Learning Facilitator Clinic (1 or more every 2 years)
o    Develop an annual Education package on CANSail Changes/Updates for Learning Facilitators to be made available at the Sail Canada AGM & Conference
o    Screen LF/Evaluator applications to be MLF’s to ensure that each province has sufficient access to Master Evaluators - on an as needed basis
o    Select qualified senior LFs to attend NCCP MLF training sessions through an application process to Sail Canada
o    Receive and review feedback on programming and delivery from MLFs, LFs, Instructor candidates, and LF candidates
 
Terms of appointment of the CANSail Panel members:
o    Half of the Panel members will be renewed every two (2) years
o    Panel appointments are for four (4) years
o    If, for any reason, a Panel member is unable to complete his or her term, a call will be made for a new Panel member that represents the same interest party.  This new Panel member will complete the balance of the original appointment term, i.e. they may or may not sit on the Panel for a full four (4) years.
o    Appointment / re-appointment by Sail Canada's Training & Certification Committee
 
During term, members of the Panel must declare any conflicts of interest as it is expected that their actions on this Panel will have them acting entirely for the benefit of the national system.
 
Members of the CANSail Instruction Panel are:
o    Experienced Learning Facilitators and / or Instructors of Learn to Sail Programming;
o    Committed to the national initiatives and objectives of Sail Canada, following the Long Term Sailor Development model through the CANSail program and in association with the Coaching Association of Canada and Sport Canada
o    Willing and available to attend the CANSail Training Symposium at Sail Canada AGM & Conference
o    Willing and available to carry out the roles and responsibilities of the panel

 

2013/12/17

CYA Keelboat, Powerboat and Navigation Instructors

Learn to Cruise & Power (LTC/P) Instructor Courses
Learn to Cruise & Power Instructor development courses are scheduled and delivered by our Provincial Sailing Associations. Please contact your PSA regarding clinic schedules, locations and registration.
 
Cruising (Keelboat Sailing) Instructor Courses - click here to learn more
Basic Cruising Instructor - The Basic Cruising Instructor Course is the first certification in the Cruising Instructor stream. The course focuses on the development of lesson planning and teaching skills using a keelboat as a primary teaching aid. Candidates will have the opportunity to practice and refine their ability to deliver training in classroom and on water environments. Candidate sailing skills will be evaluated. On completion of this level, successful candidates will be able to train and certify students at the Introductory (sail) and Basic Cruising levels.
 
Intermediate Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Intermediate Cruising level. This course, open to Basic Cruising Instructors, focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of boat systems knowledge and sailboat handling skills needed to operate a vessel in a near coastal environment.
 
Advanced Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Advanced Cruising level. This course, open to Intermediate Cruising Instructors, focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of knowledge and skills required to operate a vessel in any conditions day and night up to 100 miles offshore.
 
Offshore Cruising Instructor - Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Offshore Cruising level. This course, open to Advanced Cruising Instructors, focuses on the delivery and evaluation of knowledge and skills required to make long distance ocean passages in sailing vessels.
 
Basic Keelboat Racing Instructor - Open to all Cruising Instructors by application. Approved Instructors will be able to certify candidates at the Basic Keelboat Racing level.
 
 
Navigation Instructor Certification - click here to learn more
Coastal Navigation Instructor - Open to the knowledgeable navigator by application. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Coastal Navigation standard.
 
Celestial Navigation Instructor - Open to the knowledgeable celestial navigator by application. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Celestial Navigation standard.
 
Advanced Navigation Instructor - Open by application to candidates with advanced knowledge in pilotage, weather and the use of radar and other navigation oriented electronics. Approved Instructors will be able to examine for and award the Advanced Navigation standard.
 
 
Powerboat Instructor Courses - click here to learn more
Basic Outboard Instructor - Train candidates in the safe use of small outboard powered boats. Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Basic Outboard level.
 
Basic Powerboat Instructor Course - The Basic Powerboat Instructor Course is the common entry point to the PowerBoat Instructor stream. The course focuses on the development of lesson planning and teaching skills using a single engine powerboat as the primary teaching aid. Candidates will have the opportunity to practice and refine their ability to deliver training in classroom and on water environments. Candidate power vessel operation skills will be evaluated. . Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Introductory (power), Basic Outboard and Basic Powerboat levels.
 
Intermediate Powerboat Instructor- Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to certify candidates at the Intermediate Cruising level. Open to Basic Powerboat Instructors, this course focuses on the classroom and on water delivery and evaluation of boat systems knowledge and dual engine powerboat handling skills needed to operate a vessel in a near coastal environment.
 
 
Instructor Evaluators
Basic Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to co-conduct at any Instructor Development Program so long as: the IE is certified to certify students at the instructor level to be certified and the IE has taught a minimum of two (2) student level courses at that level provided they are currently registered with the CYA.
 
Senior Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to be the lead conductor at any Instructor Development Program so long as: the IE is certified to certify students at the instructor level to be certified and the IE has taught a minimum of two (2) student level courses at that level provided they are currently registered with the CYA.
Basic Outboard Instructor Evaluator – Candidates who successfully complete this course are authorized to be a co-conductor at a Basic Outboard IDP.

 

CANSail Dinghy Instructors & Coaches

Being introduced in 2012, the CANSail dinghy program brings a new set of Sailor Standards and new Instructor Training Clinics to sailing programs across Canada. The CANSail program has been developed based on the Long Term Sailor Development framework, and is designed to develop and retain sailors in our sport, develop high performance athletes, teach the skills needed to enjoy sailing as a life long activity, and encourage the support of sailing through a lifetime. This is an exciting new program for sailors, instructors, clubs and sailing schools alike!
 
Do you want to become a CANSail Dinghy Instructor? Click here for more information.
 
The CANSail Dinghy Instructor Courses
CANSail Instructor development courses are scheduled and delivered by our Provincial Sailing Associations. Please contact your PSA regarding clinic schedules, locations and registration.
 
CANSail Fundamental Course - The CANSail Fundamental Course is the first step in the CANSail Instructor system. Successful completion of this course will enable instructor candidates to attend further clinics such as the CANSail Level 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6 Instructor Training Clinics. The CANSail Fundamental Course has been developed to provide an opportunity for instructors to reflect, problem solve, collaborate with peers and continue to build on knowledge from previous experiences, skills and new knowledge acquired from the clinic.  This course is mandatory for anyone taking a coach/instructor development clinic.
Prerequisites
 
CANSail 1 & 2 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach beginner participants at the CANSail  1 & 2 Level, and have access to valuable CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
CANSail 3 & 4 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail 3 & 4 Level and have access to valuable CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
CANSail 5 & 6 Instructor - Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail 5 & 6 Level and have access to valuable  CANSail Instructor Tools.
 
Wet Feet Module - This is a professional development module for current CYA Instructors looking to expand their instructional base. CANSail Wet Feet is a program for delivery specific to 5-8 year olds. The curriculum, lesson plans and teaching methods are specific to engaging this young group while inadvertently teaching them about sailing boats, water safety, and fundamental movement and balance skills in Optimist Dinghies and dockside.
 
Chutes & Wires Module - This is a professional development module for current CYA Instructors looking to expand their instructional base. Instructors who successfully complete this course will be qualified to teach participants at the CANSail Chutes and Wires 1 & 2 Level.
 
2012-01-20

Wet Feet

CANSail Wet Feet

Sail Canada is pleased to announce that the Wet Feet Program has been launched nationally! The program, which was developed by BC sailing focuses on making younge children feel comfortable around, near, on and in the water while using an optimist dinghy. All skills are taught, practiced and developed using fun games and activities both on and off the water.

Information for clubs:

Instructor Nomination Flyer & Form - To  be sent to clubs & schools encouraging them to nominate instructors for Wet Feet training opportunities in your province! Be sure to add your PSA logo and submission information.

Wet Feet Promo Flyer #1  /  Wet Feet Promo Flyer #2 - These flyers can be provided to clubs that are planning to offer CYA Wet Feet programming. They can be personalized and used by clubs / schools or  simply refered to as a sample if they are creating their own flyer.

 

CANSail Wet Feet Instructor & Trainer Eligibility (information for PSA's):

CYA Wet Feet Instructor Eligibility

CYA Wet Feet Module Accredited Trainer Eligibility

CYA Wet Feet Module Trainer - Application Form

DRAFT CANSail Dinghy Programming Framework - Working File

National Volunteering Awards

 

CYA Volunteer of the Year Award

Nomination form

The CYA Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognise outstanding contributions by CYA volunteers. The contribution can be related to activities by the candidate(s) over a period of years or to a specific event or program during a particular year. The candidate(s) must:

a) Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.

b) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

c) The award cannot be awarded to a current director or employee of the Canadian Yachting Association.

Previous winners:

2010 Mike Heseltine
2009 Hugh Drake
2008 Tracy Terry
2007 Timothy Irwin
2006 Darin McRae
2005 Lynne Beal
2004 Guy Walters
2003 Kathy Campbell
2002 Kathryn Crowder
2001 Don Pearson and Craig Coleman
2000 Keith Hobbs
1999 David Pelling
1998 Graeme Hayward
1997 Robert O'Brian
1996 Fie Hulsker
1995 Michael Eames
1994 Volunteers of the "1994 IYRU World Boardsailing Championships"
1993 Carole Pearcy
1992 Jack Cameron
1991 Livius Sherwood

National Programming Awards

William Abbott Senior Award

Nomination form

In 1991, at the second annual CYA Sail Training Symposium, the Sarnia Yacht Club donated a trophy in honour of William Abbott Senior, who as well as being one of Canada's best known yacht builders, has contributed significantly to sail training at Sarnia Yacht Club.

The purpose of the trophy is to recognize the many fine programs run by dedicated volunteers throughout Canada and to share the information among clubs for the improvement of their sail-training programs. In order to be eligible, the nominated program must:

a) Be run by a club or school member in good standing of the Canadian Yachting Association.

b) Employ CYA certified instructor(s).

c) Follow the CYA program and use the CYA material.

Previous winners:

2009 Ontario Sailing BOOM and Access BOOM Program
2008 Nepean Sailing School
2007 WaveSkills Sailing School, Charlottetown, PE
2006 Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific
2005 Kingston Yacht Club
2004 Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, ON
2003 Parry Sound Sailing School, division of Sail Parry Sound, Inc.
2002 Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Hamilton, ON
2001 Burrard Yacht Club, North Vancouver, B.C.
2000 Central Okanagan Sailing Association, B.C.
1999 Lake of Bays Sailing Club, ON
1998 Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, NFLD
1997 Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, ON
1996 Ottawa Sailing School, ON.
1995 Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club, ON
1994 Bedford Basin Yacht Club, NS
1993 Hamilton West Sailing Adventures, ON
1992 Sarnia Yacht Club, Sarnia, ON
1991 Central Okanagan Sailing Association, BC

 

CYA Recreation Event Award

Nomination form

This award was established in 1997 to recognize a club, an organization, an individual or a group that has contributed to the promotion of recreational sailing in Canada.

The club, organization or individual nominated for this award must be Canadian based, and affiliated with the Canadian Yachting Association.

Previous winners:

2009 La Course Jacques Cartier & Sail Parry Sound – the Big Sound Challenge
2008 Ontario Sailing BOOM Program
2007 Not Awarded
2006 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets
2005 Broad Reach Foundation
2004 Starlight Starbright Children’s Family Day
2003 Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific
2002 Boat for Hope
2001 OSA's BOOM Programme
2000 Tall ships 2000 & Agnes McLean
1999 Easter Seals Regatta
1998 Edward Walentynowicz & Maciej Smaja
1997 Newfoundland Flotilla

 

National Sailor Awards

Rolex Sailor of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award, CYA's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA).

The award was first presented in 1986 to America's Cup supporter Paul Phelan, who successfully organised a merger between Canada's top 12-meter syndicates. The individual nominated for this award must:

a) Have been significantly involved in an activity that, from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010 has provided recognition to Canadian sailing and the Canadian Yachting Association. Priority in recipient selection will be given to individuals who have attained high levels of excellence in Olympic/Paralympic class sailboat competition during the award year. However, other results and accomplishments will be considered.

b) Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the event or activity.

c) Have demonstrated sportsmanship and gained the respect of fellow sailors.

d) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 Curtis Florence
2008 Paul Tingley
2007 Evert Bastet
2006 Michael Leigh
2005 Chris Cook
2004 Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs
2003 Derek Hatfield
2002 Stephen Tupper
2001 Terry McLaughlin
2000 Livius Sherwood
1999 Richard Clarke
1998 Dirk Kneulman
1997 Gerry Roufs
1996 Bill Abbott, Joanne Abbott and Brad Boston
1995 Ross Cameron
1994 Paul Henderson
1993 Karen Johnson, Jennifer Normand, Suzanne Calladine and Cathy McPherson
1992 Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen
1991 Hank Lammens
1990 Ross Macdonald
1989 Andre Julien
1988 Lawrence Lemieux
1987 John Hughes
1986 Paul J. Phelan, CM


CYA Female Athlete of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. The nominated athlete(s) must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and ISAF Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be female.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 Nikola Girke
2008 Stacie Louttit
2007 Dominique Vallée
2006 Lisa Ross
2005 Jennifer Spalding
2004 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2003 Keamia Rasa
2002 Jennifer Spalding
2001 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2000 Beth Calkin
1999 Kelly Hand
1998 Kathryn Ruddy
1997 Joanne Abbott
1996 Joanne Abbott
1995 Caroll-Ann Alie
1994 Tine Moberg-Parker
1993 Lindsay Staniforth and Ali Matthews
1992 Penny Davis and Sarah McLean
1991 Shona Moss
1990 Edithe Trepanier
1989 Shona Moss
1988 Caroll-Ann Alie
1987 Judy Lugar and Morag McLean
1986 Karen and Gail Johnson


CYA Male Athlete of the Year Award

Nomination form

The Male Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. The nominated athlete(s) must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. Priority will be given to athlete results from international Olympic/Paralympic class competition in North American and ISAF Graded events. However, please note that other sailing accomplishments will be considered.

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be male.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 David Wright
2008 Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle
2007 Bruce Millar
2006 Luke Ramsay
2005 Paul Tingley
2004 Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs
2003 Bernard Luttmer
2002 Bernard Luttmer
2001 Chris Cook
2000 David Williams, Paul Tingley, Brian MacDonald & Jamie Whitman
1999 Eric Holden
1998 John Clarke
1997 Mike Simms
1996 David Cook, Ken Kelly and Kirk Westergaard
1995 Hank Lammens
1994 Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen
1993 Richard Clarke
1992 David Sweeney and Kevin Smith
1991 Lawrence Lemieux
1990 Hank Lammens
1989 Peter Hall, Alain Boucher and Mark Osterman
1988 Frank McLaughlin and John Millen
1987 Ross Macdonald and Bruce Macdonald
1986 Hans Fogh

 

Marvin McDill Memorial Award

The Marvin McDill Memorial Award was established to honour the man who returned Canada to the America's Cup Competition in 1983.

Also known as the Canadian Sailing Team Rookie of the Year Award, the Marvin McDill Award is presented annually to the athlete/crew with the best results at their first Open World Championship as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team.

The determination of best performance is based on the percentage (%) of boats finishing behind the athlete (crew) at his/her first participation as a member of the Canadian Sailing Team in an Open World Championship.

Previous winners:

2009 Lee Parkhill
2008 Isabella Bertold
2007 Abe Torchinsky
2006 Michael Kalin
2004 Bruce Millar
2003 Zachary Plavsic
2002 Andrew Childs
2001 Jen Provan and Nikola Girke
2000 Tony Snell & David Caesar
1999 Paul Sustronk
1998 Danny McCoy
1997 Rachel Dennis
1996 Nathaniel Stoffelsma
1995 Jamie Boyden
1994 Pierre-Olivier Roy and James Sauter
1993 Alain Bolduc
1992 Shona Moss
1991 Hank Lammens

 

Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors

Nomination form 

Friends and family of Nathan Cowan donated this award to the CYA in 2002 to honour the memory of Nathan Cowan, a Canadian Sailing Team member, who died tragically in a car accident on February 16, 2002. In 2002, after years of determination and persistence, Nathan finally achieved his goal of making the National Team. Nathan’s friends and family have designed the criteria of this award in order to support athletes like Nathan, and help them through these years of hard work. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition, have followed a committed training program during the award year, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing.

b) Have demonstrated an effort in fundraising through sponsorship and private contributions.

c) Be 19 or over as of December 31st in the year of nomination.

d) Must not be a member of the Canadian Sailing Team, or be a carded athlete during the award year.

e) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

f) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 Robert Davis
2008 Lee Parkhill
2007 Stéphane Locas & Oliver Bone
2005 Marc Farmer and Trevor Parekh
2004 David Wright
2003 Conner Higgins


Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award

Nomination form 

 As of 2003, both a male and a female youth athlete will be selected for this award

This award was donated to the CYA in 1997 by the Burk family to honor the memory of Bill Burk, their father, an active promoter of youth sailing in the Montreal's West Island region. As of 2003, this award may recognize a top male and female sailor. In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

a) Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and international youth competition from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010, and brought recognition to Canadian competitive sailing. The following events will be considered foremost (although not exclusively) in the selection of a male and female recipient: 1) Youth Worlds, 2) International youth events recognized by ISAF 3) CYA Canadian Youth Sailing Championships

b) Through behaviour and manner, have set an example for other youth competitors.

c) Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship.

d) Be 18-and-under as of December 31st in the year of nomination.

e) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

2009 Isabella Bertold and Alex Heinzemann
2008 Robert Davis and Isabella Bertold
2007 Robert Davis and Isabella Bertold
2006 Luke Ramsay and Hayley McLean
2005 Luke Ramsay and Hayley McLean
2004 Nicole Bastet and John Romanko
2003 Nicole Bastet and Alex Steele
2002 Conner Higgins
2001 Mike Leigh
2000 Matt Johnston
1999 Genevieve Gaudreau
1998 Mike Todd
1997 Bernard Luttmer

 

Gerry Roufs Trophy

Nomination form

This award was established in 1998 by the Canadian Yachting Association to honour the memory of Gerry Roufs, the internationally renowned Canadian sailor and single-handed offshore racer who was lost at sea in 1997.

The award is presented to the person whose achievement in international offshore racing has had significant impact on the recognition of sailing in Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 not awarded
2008 not awarded
2007 Not awarded
2006 Not awarded
2005 Hal Davies
2004 Not awarded
2003 Derek Hatfield
2002 Richard Clarke
2001 Not awarded
2000 Roberta Holden
1999 Ross Macdonald
1998 Curtis Blewett

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Women in Officiating

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities for Women in Officiating!

Official Training Seminars

Click here for a list of CYA Race Official Training Seminars.

Coach and Instructor Clinics

Coach & Instructor clinics are delivered provincially by our Provincial Sailing Associations. For clinics & training opporutnities that have been listed on the Sail Canada website by the course provider please click here, for full clinic schedules please visit your Provincial Sailing Association's website.

Learning Facilitator and Instructor Evaluator Clinics are nationally organized and delivered on an annual basis or when the need for a specific clinic is identified. National clinic dates and information can be found on the Instructor / Coach Training Events webpage.

Click on the links below to find Instructor Training Clinic Schedules by province

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National Coaching Awards

CYA Coach of the Year Award

This award was established in 1998 to recognize an instructor/coach who has contributed to the advancement of sailing at the club/school level. The candidate must:

a) Be a CYA Learn to Sail Instructor/Coach Level 1, 2 or 3 in good standing with the Canadian Yachting Association.

b) Have shown leadership qualities with respect to the programs at club or community level.

c) Through his/her behaviour and manner, have set an example for other instructors/coaches.

d) Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Previous winners:

2009 Lennie Liscio
2008 Steve McBride
2007 Kevin Eames
2006 Sarah Urquhart
2004 Cam Watt
2003 Lee Simms
2002 Kimberley Case
2001 Anton Mihic
2000 Tommy Wharton
1999 Wes Smith
1998 Krzysztof Machnowski

 

Women in Coaching

The Coaches Association of Canada's Women in Coaching program is a national campaign to increase the number of opportunities for female coaches in Canada. To learn more about the CAC Women in Coaching program click here!

How to Become an Instructor or Coach

All Sail Canada training programs focus on the development of sailing and boating skills at all levels, including dinghies, sailboards, keelboats and powered vessels. Sail Canada Instructors and Coaches are trained, evaluated and certified to deliver programs that are both age and stage appropriate, in a safe, professional manner. Sail Canada and the Provincial Sailing Associations work together to manage and deliver the highest quality of instructor training across Canada. To find an instructor or coach training course in your area please contact your Provincial Sailing Association.
 
CANSail Dinghy Instructor Programs
 
CANSail Race Coach Porgrams
 
Sail Canada Cruising (Keelboat), Powerboat & Navigation Instructor Programs

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How to Become a Sail Canada Coach

Coach Development Programs

Coaching Association of Canada

Each year, over 1200 qualified Sail Canada instructors/coaches teach sailing, cruising, racing, navigation, windsurfing and power boating skills to over 40,000 boating enthusiasts. The Sail Canada instructor and coach certification program ensures that the public receives instruction from a proficient and trained professional. Only registered instructors may award Sail Canada level standards.

Registered Sail Canada Instructors and Coaches receive the following benefits: Don't miss out!

  • Only Sail Canada-registered instructors & coaches are authorized to award Sail Canadacertification levels.
  • You have the option to post your current instructor/coach levels & email address to Sail Canada’s website, which will allow you to be contacted by potential customers and employers.
  • The Sail Canada website hosts a job posting board where instructors can view current job offers.
  • Registered Sail Canada instructor and coaches are eligible to attend professional development modules at provincial & national clinics.
  • Registered Instructors and Coaches have access to Sail Canada’s library of training resources and achievement awards.
  • You will receive liability coverage of $5,000,000 under Sail Canada's Instructor Liability Insurance policy. Click here for a copy of the instructor insurance coverage policy.

Coach & Instructor Registration

Sail Canada Coachs & Instructors must register each year in order to deliver Sail Canada programs and award Sail Canada sailor levels. Register now through your Sail Canada member profile!

Replacement Coach / Instructor Certification Cards

Replacement cards cost $12.00 (plus 13% HST). To obtain a replacement card, please contact  ,   or 1-877-416-4720 ext. 116.

 

Available Instructors and Coaches

All Available, Registered Sail Canada Instructors and Coaches in Canada

This is a list of only those instructors who have registered in the current year, and listed themselves as available in their Member Profiles.

Registered Instructors and Coaches

All Registered Sail Canada Instructors and Coaches in Canada

This is a comprehensive list of all registered Sail Canada Instructors in Canada. If you wish to contact a coach or instructor, you can do so by either logging-into the secure Member’s Area using the ‘log-in’ button at the top of this page or by contacting and making a contact request.

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Offshore Personal Survival

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ISAF Offshore Personal Survival

In 2003, ISAF introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an International recognised qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. These courses are run and established by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNA) and conform to ISAF minimum standards.
 

The following is a list of Sail Canada-approved ISAF Offshore Personal Survival course providers:

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BC Sailing, Offshore Personal Survival Course

The BC Sailing is now offering Offshore Personal Survival Course for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages. The course includes classroom and practical sessions. Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications. Practical sessions include inflating and using lifejackets and life rafts in a pool environment. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Sail Canada-ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate, valid for five years.

Contact BC Sailing for more information:

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seasurvival.ca, ISAF Offshore Safety & Sea Survival Course

Sail Canada-ISAF personal offshore safety and sea survival trainng is now available through a mobile format and can be delivered anywhere in the country. More details here: seasurvival.ca

2012-03-08

 

Job Postings

Click here to submit your employment opportunity to the Sail Canada Job Posting webpage. Job postings are to be emailed in a word document and should include the position start date.

Please note that job postings on the Sail Canada website is a service provided only to Sail Canada member organizations in good standing.

Click here to view all current job postings.

Coach’s Links

Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

International Sailing Schools Association
Want to teach internationally? Check out the Instructor Job Bank!

Charlottetown Yacht Club Adult Learn to Sail page
This site has interactive quizzes, flash presentations on how to tie knots, a glossary of terms, and lots of other useful information!

Instructor Resource Page

CANSail Dinghy Programs

NCCP Maintenance of Certification
Starting in January 2014, NCCP requires all ‘Certified’ coaches to accumulate Professional Development points in order to maintain NCCP certification. Detailed information can be found here.
 
LTSD Online Module
All Sail Canada Dinghy Instructors & Coaches are required to complete this free online module in order to be eligible to register for 2013. Click here to complete the LTSD Module now!
 
Make Ethical Decisions - Online Evaluation
All CANSail Dinghy Instructors & Coaches who have completed the CANSail Fundamental Course are required to complete the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation by logging into their Locker Profile. Please note that CANSail Instructors 1&2 and 3&4 must complete the Instruction stream, while CANSail 5&6 and Development Coaches must complete the development stream. Click here for detailed information on how to complete the module
 
CANSail Instructor & Coach Recertification
The CANSail Instructor & Coach Recertification Policy changed, effective July 1st 2010. Recertification for all CANSail Instructors & Coaches must be completed through a provincial sailing association. To review the updated Recertification Policy, please click here. The certification period for CANSail Dinghy Instructors and Coaches is 36-months to the end of the calendar year. For example if you completed your clinic in May 2011, your level would expire December 31st, 2014. LF / MLF Recertification Policy 
 
  
PCOC Instructors
Sail Canada was represented at the Canadian Marine Advisory Committee meetings in Ottawa on April 27th and are pleased to bring you up to date with the latest developments in regard to Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate. For more information please review the documents below.
 
Offshore Survival Training - ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course
 
Keelboat / Power / Navigation Instructors
The certification period for all Keelboat, Power and Navigation Instructors levels is 36-months to the end of the calendar year. For example if you completed your clinic in May 2010, your level would expire December 31st, 2013.
 
Cruising Instructor Rules Study Aid - this document is aimed at Cruising Instructors to aid in studying for the Collision Regulations exam.
 
LTC/P Practices & Procedures Handbook - 2013 draft update is now available through the resource section of your Instructor Profile!
 
Learn to Cruise / Power Instructor Recertification:  
 
Cruising Panel Newsletters
 
From Transport Canada:
 
Sail Canada Instructor and Coach References:
*NOTE: The Instructor / Coach Policy Manual is currently under review, during this time it is available through the Resource section of Instructor & Coach online profiles.
 
Instructor Training Resources
Texts and tools developed for and supporting the delivery of training leading to Cruise / Power Certifications
 
 
ATTENTION ALL IEs: Theory tests are still a fundamental part of coach/instructor evaluations. The removal of theory testing from LTS/LTR lessons does not apply to Coach Development Programs (CDP). Please ensure that theory tests are completed and forwarded to your PSA along with the Candidate evaluation forms.
 
 
2014-01-31

 

Sailors With Disabilities - Classification

Internationally, equalization is attempted through a classification system of the athletes, similar to systems used in other sports for athletes with disabilities, but specific to the functions required for sailing (sailors are also permitted to use approved assistive technologies such as adapted seats, etc.). Through the work of Dr. Charles Simpson and others, Canada has had enormous input into the new international Functional Classification System 2000 and 2005. Details can be found on the International Assocation for Disabled Sailing Website

Sailors With Disabilities - Classes and Equipment

The goal of most programs for sailors with disabilities is to leave the wheelchairs and disabilities on the dock and allow everyone to enjoy the independence and freedom that is possible when sailing. Almost any boat can be sailed by people with disabilities, however some boats are more suitable than others. Some of the boats that have enabled this process in Canada are listed in the chart below:
There are several other small keelboat classes being used by sailors with disabilities in North America, and most sailors compete in open events in their own regions in many various one-design and PHRF classes.

Class
Length
Paralympics
Sailors
Built-in
Boats in Canada
2.4mR
14'
Yes
1
Scandinavia, Australia, USA
17
SKUD 18
18'
Yes
2
Indonesia
3
Sonar
23'
Yes
3
Canada
5
Martin 16
16'
No
1-2
Canada
51
Access
4 models
No
1-2
Austrailia, UK, France, Indonesia, USA
75
Hobie 16 with trapseat
16'
No
2
USA
lots of boats, 20 sets of trapseats
Freedom-Independence
20'
No
2
USA
3
Challenger-Trimaran
15'
No
1-2
Great Britain
2

1. International 2.4mR (Paralympic Class)

The 2.4mR (pronounced "two point four metre") is an international single-handed keelboat class, selected as the single-handed class for the Paralympic Games and the World Disabled Sailing Championships. Being a construction class, originated in Stockholm, there are different 2.4mR designs built by various boatbuilders. The Norlin Mark III is the designated design for the Paralympic Games and Worlds.

The 2.4mR is almost 14 feet in length, 2 feet 8 inches wide and draws just over 3 feet of water. The single sailor sits down in the bottom of the boat facing forward with all the controls within arms' reach. With the exception of specific events designated for sailors with disabilities, 2.4mR racing is done in one open class, with everyone racing together. There is a very active international racing schedule and the 2.4mR open World Championships annually attract 80-100 competitors, up to 40% of whom are sailors with physical disabilities.

Toronto has the fastest growing fleet in North America. The number of boats has gone from 2 in 2004 to 14 in 2005. Other centres of activity are in Miami, St. Petersburg and the Scandinavian countries. Our long term plan for a training fleet in Canada includes the 2.4mR.

2. SKUD 18 (Paralympic Class)

The SKUD 18 is a lead-assisted skiff. With a tube-launched asymmetrical spinnaker and a modern high performance stayed rig, the boat is an exciting addition to World and Paralympic Competition. Able-bodied and disabled athletes alike will enjoy this platform - and more severely disabled sailors will welcome the ability to compete on an equitable level.

Selected in 2005 as the boat for two-person Paralympic competition in Beijing, the SKUD18 is a strict one design class. Sailors are seated on the centerline for Paralympic events, but the boat can be sailed with or without either of the seats and configured to suit different sailors’ needs.

3. Sonar (Paralympic Class)

The Sonar is an international keelboat class, selected as the crew boat for the Paralympic Games and the World Disabled Sailing Championships. Normally sailed with 3-4 crew members and with a spinnaker in open events, the class rules have been modified for disabled events, specifying 3 crew members and no spinnaker. Only 2 of the 3 crew members are permitted to sit on the side deck and no one is permitted forward of the cockpit.

The Sonar is 23 feet in length, almost 8 feet wide and draws close to 4 feet of water. Designed by Bruce Kirby, the Sonar is built in Oakville, Ontario. The boat's high stability, balanced inboard rudder and large cockpit make it eminently suitable for sailors with disabilities, who are permitted to add some very creative seating and other approved assistive arrangements, provided they are not permanently attached to the boat.

We have a handful of Sonars in Canada and do a lot of our regattas and training in Florida where a resident fleet is established in St. Petersburg. Rochester, NY and San Francisco have been building fleets and we have a long term plan to establish a training fleet in Canada.

4. Martin 16

The Martin 16 is a single-handed keelboat class, designed and built in Canada. The boat is 16' long with a drop keel, and the sailor sits in a single seat facing forward, with all lines within reach. The joystick steering is centred in the boat, between the sailor's legs. There is also a seat behind the sailor if a companion is required for training, crew or safety purposes.

The Martin 16 is used for most of the disabled sailing programs across the country and could be considered to be Canada's development class for racing for sailors with disabilities. Assistive technology developed in Canada enables sailors with severe disabilities, such as high level quadriplegia, to sail and race independently, either through electronic joystick or "sip and puff" breath controls.

The class has recently added a spinnaker option to the boat. Mobility Cup is currently sailed in the Martin 16.

5. Access Dinghy

The Access Dinghy comes from Australia and has the same principle of getting people with disabilities sailing independently. The Access Dinghy has a less sophisticated form of the assistive steering and sheeting systems developed in Canada, but they are highly effective (and much less expensive). The Access Dinghies are not high performance boats like the Martin 16, but they are far more economical and enjoy large fleets on the race course. Several Canadian programs have purchased Access Dinghies to supplement their training fleets and the regatta schedule in North America is growing.

There are several other small keelboat classes being used by sailors with disabilities in North America, and most sailors compete in open events in their own regions in many various one-design and PHRF classes.

6. Hobie 16 with Trapseat

The Hobie 16 can be fitted with racks called trapseats, which extend outside the 2 hulls. Normally sailed with 2 able-bodied crew members in open events, the class rules have been modified for disabled events, specifying a disabled skipper and an able bodied crew. The skipper can sit in the trapseat or on the tramp, but is prohibited from crossing the centre line of the tramp.

Race Official Policy and Criteria

Sail Canada Race Official Development Guide

This is being updated to reflect recent renewal of programs. Please stay tuned!

Race Official Criteria  / Programs

 

For more information on development as a Race Official, contact your Provincial Sailing Association or Sail Canada

2014-04-02

Officials’ Sub-Committees

Sail Canada Officials Sub-Committees report to Sail Canada Training and Certification Committee. Each group  Race Officials Committee has a mandate to develop and organize education and certification for Sailing's Officials.  The Committee is made up of 3 Sub-Committees: Race Officers, Judges, and Umpires.

Race Management Sub-Committee: Rob Williams - Chair (NS)

Irene McNeill (ON),  Peter van Muyden (AB), Ross Tellier (QC), Madeline Palfreeman (QC), Colin Mann (NS), John Abel (BC), Mark Searle (ON)

RMSC Meeting Minutes:
 
Judges Sub-Committee: Robert Stewart - Chair (ON)

Lynne Beal (ON), Leo Reise (ON), Lorne Chapman (BC), John Holmes (ON), David Pelling (QC), David Covo (QC), Peter Wood (ON), Warren Nethercote (NS)

 

Umpires Sub-Committee: - Andrew Alberti - Chair (ON)

Katie Coleman-Nicoll (ON), David Pelling (QC)

Updated 2013-12

Race Official Training

News

Race Management / Race Officers

Sail Canada's Race Management Program has been developed to provide competent regatta management skills for volunteers organizing and running sailing competitions. The program consists of four levels.

Assistant Race Officer  (ARO) - covers the duties of the recorder, mark layer, timekeeper, flag officer, signals officer, line judge and rescue crew. ARO certification requires successful completion of a clinic and demonstrated competency in the above skills. Clinics are organized annually by the provincial sailing associations (PSAs).

Club Race Officer (CRO) - covers all the duties of the on-the-water Race Committee Chairperson and Organizing Committee. Club Race Officers are capable of directing regattas or local races up to the regional level. CRO clinics are organized annually by provincial sailing associations.

National and Senior National Race Officers (NRO & SNRO) - are awarded by the Sail Canada Race Management Sub-Committee to candidates who have accumulated experience as Regatta Chairpersons at provincial or national regattas. Applicants must submit their race officer resume to Sail Canada and be recommended by their provincial sailing association.

Judges

There are seminars run during the year, most scheduled by the PSAs during the non-sailing season.  Some seminars are run in conjunction with a regatta and the participants are part of the protest committee.  But judges of all levels will tell you that seminars cannot replace or compete with the learning that occurs at multi-day events working in close contact with a group of senior judges or working with a mentor.  Most national “seminars” occur in this manner.

To request a seminar at your club or to learn of the seminars near you, contact your Provincial Sailing Association.

Overview of the Sail Canada Judges Program

 
Umpires

Sail Canada's Umpire Program trains Canadian judges to become effective on-the-water umpires. Umpires are used in match racing and team reacing to make instant decisions on protests initiated by competitors.

There are two levels of Sail Canada umpires: the Canadian Umpire and the Canadian Senior Umpire. Both require an individual to be at least certified at the Sail Canada Canadian Judge level, to attend a Sail Canada approved umpire training clinic and to pass the Sail Canada standard umpire knowledge test. Candidates for umpire must supply two references who are either Sail Canada Umpires or US Sailing Umpires.

Training clinics are held at major Canadian match racing events.

More about Sail Canada Judges Program: 

The Sail Canada Program has three aims. First, to serve the sport by producing well qualified Judges and protest committee personnel. The second is to encourage sailors to be become involved in protest hearings at all levels of competition. The third is actively to improve the knowledge and skills of Judges so that they may more effectively administer the racing rules, on the water and in the protest hearing room. 
 
The Program recognizes and certifies three levels of Judge, Club, Regional and National, to allow for each individual’s ambitions and capabilities.
 
The Sail Canada Judges Sub-Committee is responsible for the Program, developing and/or approving training materials and setting standards, so that the Program is consistent across Canada.
 
A Club Judge serves their local and area sailing community. They are an important part of the sailing sport structure serving on the club protest committee as well as other events within their area.
 
The training and certification of a Club Judge is delegated to the Provincial Sailing Associations. Clubs are important to the Program, because they are familiar with the Protest Committee (PC) personnel in their area and so are able to recommend certification to the Provincial Certification Committee. This first step is easily achieved but the initiative to reach a higher level must be self-motivated.
 
The training and certification of a Regional or National Judge is the responsibility of the Sail Canada Judges Sub‑Committee. A Regional Judge will have shown the ability to organize and chair PCs at provincial and national regattas. The National Judge must have the knowledge and experience to be able to assist in the organizing and operation of national and international regattas and to act as the Chief Judge.

 

Official Certification and Re-certification - Application Forms and Events Logs

To become a Race Official you must meet the standards of the specific program: Race Officer, Judge or Umpire. To help you meet the requirements there are seminars offered by the different programs covering various topics. A list of the seminars can be found on the Race Official Page or contact your Provincial Sailing Association.
 
Each program requires an application to be completed and submitted to the appropriate governing body, as indicated on respective forms Club Judge Applications should be directed to the relevant Provincial Sailing Association. Regional Judge and National Judge Applications should be directed to Sail Canada at .
 
 
 
 
All - Race Management Officers, Judges and Umpires - be sure to track your activities in this Sail Canada Officials' Event Activity Tracker

 

2013-10-04

ROC - Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to provide the course?

  • CYA will recognize and authorize any registered and qualified instructors to teach and conduct examinations for the ROC(M)
  • Instructors must have, as a minimum, their own ROC(M) with DSC Endorsement and current Blue Level CYA Instructor’s or Learn to Cruise Basic Instructor’s certification.

How do instructors confirm eligibility?

  • Instructors who are interested in providing the courses should contact CYA to confirm their status as a CPS accredited instructor.
  • CYA will provide CPS with names of all qualified and registered instructors.

What should an instructor do to become eligible?

What materials are required to teach the course and where are they available?

  • Eligible Instructors are required to purchase a Maritime Radio Course Manual (including the Instructors Guide CD) and all student Course Manuals (including interactive student CD), tests, answer sheets, marking keys, application forms and any other related materials.
  • All materials are available through the CYA.

Where are the completed course materials to be sent?

  • Instructors send all completed test materials plus a $20 processing fee for each exam directly to CPS, for confirmation and issue of cards to successful candidates.

What price can the instructors charge for the materials?

  • CYA instructors may set their own costs, but are advised that the cost should be relatively comparable to CPS courses.
  • Instructor and student packages are available in the CYA Online Store.

How can I be more involved in the development of this course?

  • CYA instructors who are interested in participating on the Joint Curriculum Committee should submit their intentions to CYA for consideration by CPS.

PCOC Instructor FAQs

New PCOC Test Information
New PCOC Exams take effect April 15th 2011. All CYA PCOC Instructors must be aware of these changes in order to continue offering PCOC Courses & Tests. Please be sure to review the information on the PCOC Instructor Information page.  
 
How do I order with the direct system?

In the direct system, you get to order directly from our supplier, TruCash Rewards. Be sure that your instructor fees for this year are paid for the current calendar year. Only current instructors will be able to purchase materials. Then complete and mail in the Visa or MasterCard authorization form (available for download by clicking here).

With the direct order systems, what do I send to process cards for my students?
 Instructors need to send in the top copy of answer sheet/application forms to the card fulfillment house. Keep one copy of the application form for your records. Give the last copy of the application for to the student as temporary proof until the card arrives. You also need to send the Card Processing Confirmation Form (you will receive this with materials purchased).

I heard police need the database to enforce these regulations.
No. No database is needed for enforcement. In an amendment as of January 23, 2003, police officers have the right to stop a vessel, ask to see suitable identification and can ask to see the operator's PCOC Card. Fines start at $250 for not having your card on board.

Are youth and child exams still available?
No.

How can a student get a replacement card?
A form is available on the website for changes to card holder information. It may be processed by the Canadian Yachting Association with the card processing fee.

What if a student receives a card with an error on it?
The person may use the "changes to card holder information" form, or contact the CYA.

 

PCOC Instructor Information

New PCOC Test Information

Transport Canada issued Boating Safety tests valid for the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending December 31st 2015 are available for order by Sail Canada registered PCOC Instructors. Please contact Deborah () to order the current iteration of the Boating Safety Tests.
*Please note that Instructors must sign and submit an agreement to destroy all old exams prior to new exams being sent. Any completed tests received for processing dated after January 1, 2014 on old tests will not be processed. Instructors will be required to retest students with the current tests.

Old Exams
With the implementation of new PCOC exams effective January 1, 2014, Transport Canada requires that all old PCOC exams be destroyed. As of January 1, 2014 all Sail Canada PCOC Instructors are required to destroy any old PCOC exams in their possession. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Click here to download agreement. Please return signed agreements to Deborah () at TruCash along with your next order.

All Sail Canada PCOC Instructors must be aware of these changes in order to continue offering PCOC Courses & Tests:

There are 3 unique tests each consisting of 50 questions. Tests will be valid until December 31, 2015 at which time 3 new unique exams will take effect. The passing mark is 75% (38 correct answers out of a possible 50). Transport Canada recommends allowing 60 to 90 minutes to write the exam. There are no youth exams. Along with the new exams there are new application forms and test answer sheets. New exams are in effect now; old exams are no longer valid and must be destroyed.

Quality Control System 
The Transport Canada issued Sail Canada PCOC boating safety tests are not to be electronically copied, transmitted, distributed, shared or posted  in any manner to any agent, affiliate, proctor, or any other instructor.

Pleasure Craft Operator Card Study Guide
Sail Canada and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron have partnered to provide a co-branded manual addressing all 256 knowledge requirements; Boating Basics Handbook.
This manual is available to be ordered from TruCash () along with the new Boating Safety Tests & application forms.

PCOC Instructor Information

FAQs about the PCOC Program
Information about the new system.

Download and print out Credit Card Authorization Form     Word Doc Form PDF Form
This form must be completed and sent in before you are able to place an order.

January 2005 - CYA Pleasure Craft Operator Card Policy Annoucement

If the information you're looking for can't be found on these pages, contact Sail Canada or your provincial sailing association.

**Please note that if you do not receive an invoice from TruCash Rewards by the end of the month in which you sent in your PCOC student applications, please contact Deborah at Trucash Rewards, 1-800-624-6171, ext. 232.

Instructor Levels

Instructor Levels

Sailors With Disabilities

News

Mobility Cup 2010 Vancouver - September 11-17

IFDS News

Current IFDS Bulletin is available here

 

 

Canada’s Dr. Charles Simpson reports on his contribution to IFDS Medical Committee (November 2008)

 

ACCESS CLASS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA - 2007 AGM Summary  

1) the 2007 annual general meeting of the Access Class Association of Canada (ACAC) convened on 04.09.2007 as scheduled during the Inaugural Access Worlds regatta hosted at the Whitby Yacht Club, Whitby, Ontario.
2) participants approved the agenda and welcomed as observers, Eric Cartlidge of Ontario Sailing and David Staley, International Access Class Association www.accessclass.org
3) the meeting invited Keith Hobbs to act as ACAC chair; invitation accepted.
4) the success of the inaugural Access Worlds in bringing together all four Access Classes -- 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD-18 led to discussion/support of opening up Canadian regattas to participation where numbers permit of all the Paralympic and development classes.
5) the successful outreach model of Ontario's AccessBOOM program in creating new sailing programs across Eastern Canada was identified along with other best practices such as RHYC's integration of sailors with/without a disability, and Victoria's weekly mobile program to the BC Lions easter seal camp.
6) Ontario to host both its provincial and the Canadian championships in 2008
7) 2008 ACAC AGM to take place during 2008 Access Canadian championships.
8) Best Wishes extended to Access SKUD-18 sailors continuing on to the IFDS Worlds in Rochester and ultimately qualifying for the 2008 Paralympics.
9) Special Thanks to Access 2008 worlds regatta host Whitby Yacht Club board and members, the race officials, international jury, Ontario Sailing coaches/volunteers, CYA and its president, and sailors from around the world.
10) Meeting ends.

Classes and Equipment

Classification System

Links to National and International Disabled Sailing Associations

Links to Regional and Local Disabled Sailing Programs

Events

For more information, please contact the Canadian Yachting Association

Toll Free 877 416 4720 or your

Provincial Sailing Association

 

Race Officials

Regatta Officials play a key role in the promotion, organization and management of sailboat racing in Canada. Volunteers involved with Race Management, Judging and Umpiring and sailor Classiciation are encouraged to follow the Sail Canada certification program in place to increase skill level, practical experience and knowledge. Sail Canada accredited Officials have succeeded to become well respected and recognized technical officials at national, international, Olympic and Paralympic events.
 
QUICK LINKS

Find an Official

Race Official Certification, Recertification & Event Log Application Forms

Sail Canada Officials Training Programs

Sail Canada Technical Officials Sub-Committees

Insurance Information for Sail Canada Certified Officials

Sail Canada Officials Program Policies and Criteria

Officials at  Sail Canada Championships

For more information about becoming more involved as a race official, contact your local sailing club, your Provincial Sailing Association or Sail Canada

Sport Officials of Canada: 

The Sport Officials of Canada Website

iMember General Liability Insurance through Sport Officials Canada.

 

REGATTA INFORMATION

Sail Canada Championships Calendar 

See also Provincial Sailing Association and Class Association sites for championships needing Officials. 

 

OFFICIAL TRAINING SEMINARS

Sail Canada Clinics

Promote! Send information about Official seminars being delivered in your province to .

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - MINUTES

Race Officer Sub-Committee Meeting - March 11 2013

 

FROM THE JURY DESK – the Judges Newsletter

Notice 33 April 2014

Notice 32 January 2014

Notice 31 2 November 2013

Notice 31 November 2013

Notice 30 September 2013

Notice 29 March 2011

Notice 28 December 2010

Notice 27 October 2010

Notice 26 June 2010

Notice 25 March 2010

Notice 24 December 2009

Notice 23 September 2009
Notice 22 June 2009
Notice 21 March 2009
Notice 20 December 2008
International Judge Seminar to be held in Hamilton, ON February 2009
Notice 18 June 2008
Notice 17 March 2008
Notice 15 June 2007
Notice 14 March 2007
Notice 13 December 2006
Notice 12 September 2006
Notice 11 July 2 2006
Notice 10 March 3 2006
Notice 9 December 2005
Notice 8 September 15 2005
Notice 7 July 18 2005

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ROC (M)

ROC Maritime/DSC

The ROC license is a Canadian Federal government issued card that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio. As a result of a new partnership between Sail Canada and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, all current Sail Canada instructors with a Maritime Radio Certificate and a CANSail 3 & 4 Instructor certification, Basic Powerboat Instructor and/or a Basic Learn to Cruise Instructor certification can now instruct the Maritime Radio License Course.

ROC(M) Certificate Information

ROC stands for Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate and is required by:
Anyone using a marine VHF radio or other marine radios (each person on the boat who will use the radio needs their own card)
There are significant fines if you are found using a VHF or marine radio without your card.

In addition, if you received your ROC card before the new Digital Selective Calling was introduced, then you are encouraged to return and get your DSC endorsement for your ROC card.

All new VHF radios are now being sold with a DSC function that will greatly enhance rescue personnel's ability to assist you in an emergency. Understanding this technology and how to operate it can, in some circumstances, mean the difference between life and death.

Instructors

Click here to find an instructor running the ROC(M) Course in your area.

US Travel Information

A station licence is not required for Canadian boaters in Canadian waters, but you will need a VHF Station Licence if you plan to voyage in US waters. Plans for a reciprocal agreement relieving Canadian boaters of this requirement, were abandoned due to the change in security attitudes following 9/11. More


Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Get your card

A Sail Canada Certified Pleasure Craft Operator Card Instructor has the best training to teach you all you will need to know to pass the Transport Canada test.

You have three options:

1. Challenge Exam - Register for the test in your area
2. Refresher Course - For those who have taken boating courses before
3. Complete Course - The best choice and one that every boating family should take together 

We have professional instructors offering courses in your area right now.

Click here to find an Instructor

Click here to find a Course

An online course and exam is now being offered by Sail Canada partner "Canadian Power and Sail Squadron" Click here to Get Started Online.

Proof of Competency

If you have completed a Sail Canada (formerly CYA) course prior to April 1, 1999 and have documentation, it may be used as proof of competency. These are the Sail Canada courses that are acceptable:

  • Basic (or Intermediate, or Advanced) Coastal Cruising
  • Basic (or Intermediate) Power Boating
  • Basic Outboarding

A copy of your certificate or the card issued at the completion of courses taken prior to April 1, 1999 will need to be carried on board the pleasure craft.

For more information on other acceptable proof of competency, please check out Transport Canada's Boating Safety FAQ page.

Have you already taken the Sail Canada (formerly CYA) Pleasure Craft Operator's Card course?

Would you like to purchase an additional replacement card? Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST). Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). Submit the form below to get yours.

If you are moving, need a correction made or a card replacement, please fill out this form and send to .

It is our belief that a boater who has not received their PCOC would have contacted Sail Canada within a twelve-month period to inquire about the status of the card. Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST). Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). The PCOC Replacement Card fee will be levied on individuals with application forms dated prior to twelve (12) months of the request for a PCOC Re-Issue.

 

Instructors

Sail Canada PCOC instructor information page

Navigation Courses

STUDENT STANDARDS
 
Coastal Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a vessel in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in the Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards. The Coastal Navigation Standard is applied practically and tested in the Advanced Cruising Standard.
 
Advanced Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a vessel on a multi-day voyage in tidal waters, in all conditions of visibility and weather, in accordance with a prepared passage plan, and applying the principles and techniques of safe navigation aided by conventional and electronic instruments and radar.  (This standard comprises 4 modules and it is anticipated that they will be taught and examined independently. To be awarded the standard the student must complete all the modules. There is no time limit for this completion nor is there a required sequence.)
 
Celestial Navigation Standard - To be able to demonstrate the celestial navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage.  The Standard is applied practically in the Offshore Cruising Standard.
 
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Learn to Powerboat

POWER STUDENT LEVELS
 
Introduction to Boating - To introduce novice boaters to safe practices when preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock. This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. It is expected that the vessel will be less than 12 meters in length.
 
Basic Outboard Standard - To be able to operate safely in familiar waters as skipper of a craft up to 6 metres and powered by an outboard engine under 55 kW (75 hp).
 
Basic Powerboat Standard - To be able to operate safely in local waters as skipper of craft over 6 metres and powered by an engine over 55 kW (10 hp).

Basic Powerboat - Commercial Endorsement – Same objectives as the basic standard while including conduct for commercial vessles. To be taught on vessels under 12 Tons, up to 40 feet LOA.

Intermediate Powerboat Standard - To be able to operate safely as a skipper a powerboat between 9 to 12 metres with inboard engine(s) by day in moderate wind and sea conditions.

 

Updated 2013-10-04

Learn to Windsurf

Learn to Windsurf standards consist of three levels designed to teach safe windsurfing in a consistent progression.

Novice Level "Rental Safe" covers sailing techniques in up to six knots, rescue techniques and safety as well as the basics of sailing theory.

Intermediate Level windsurfing covers sailing in up to 12 knots of wind on a long board. Subject matter mastered includes local hazards and the safety list. Students are able to sail a windsurfer on all points of sail at this stage.

Advanced Level windsurfing covers high wind windsurfing techniques including water starts, use of the harness and footstraps and carved gybes.

Instructional courses meeting the Learn to Windsurf standards are available through windsurfing schools.

Learn to Cruise

STUDENT STANDARDS

Introduction To Boating - To introduce novice boaters to safe practices when preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock. This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. It is expected that the vessel will be less than 12 meters in length.
 
Basic Crew Standard - To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as competent crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor  in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
 
Basic Cruising Standard - To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor  in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
 
Basic Keelboat Racing Standard - To be able to participate in local club white sail (non spinnaker) races as both skipper and crew, of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day, with sufficient understanding of the racing rules, race management procedures, and tactics to successfully complete the race in an enjoyable manner.

Basic Keelboat Racing Standard (2012-03-01)

 

Intermediate Crew Standard - To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.
Intermediate Crew Standard (2011-04-04)                 
 
Intermediate Cruising Standard - To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.

Advanced Crew Standard - To be able to act safely as crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or coastal or inland water in any weather.
 
Advanced Cruising Standard - To be able to act safely as skipper and crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or inland water in any weather.
 
Offshore Standard - To be able to safely act as skipper and crew in a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage navigated by celestial and electronic means without visual reference to terrestrial objects.
 
 
Updated 2013-10-04

CANSail Dinghy Programming

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.
 
Why CANSail?
Traditional canadian standards & programming are tried and true, but existed unaltered from establishment 23 or more years ago! 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
 
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.
 
Chutes & Wires - Specialized double handed performance skill consolidation.
Learn to Train stage of the LTSD. Chutes and Wires 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!
 
Click here to visit the CANSail page.

2013-10-04

Education & Training

Sail Canada can help you become a better-educated boater and a more skilled sailor. Boating knowledge and skills lead to:

· safety - yours and your crew's
· enhanced enjoyment of your sport or hobby
· confidence and a sense of accomplishment
· reduced maintenance costs through proper use of equipment
· insurance discounts.

As well, Canadian legislation requires operators of certain types of vessels to be licensed, according to a graduated licensing system. For details, see the link below to SPARK START - Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

With over 70 years of training experience, Sail Canada is Canada's premier on-water training organization. Click on one of these links for information about our courses and programs.

Click here to find a club in your area
Click here to find a camp in your area
Click here to find a school in your area

Click here to find ISAF Personal Survival Programming

 

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