CANSail Dinghy Instructor

CANSail Dinghy Instructor

Overview

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 CANSail Instructor Training. 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.

Community Instructor

The CANSail Community Instructor Training Clinic is designed to provide training to program leaders in small communities, councillors at multi-sport camps and instructors in training who are not eligible to become Instructors at other levels. Community Instructor candidates may not have a high level of technical sailing knowledge, but they are passionate about sailing and eager to develop their sailing and instructing skills. Successful completion of this course will prepare Community Instructors to better serve the sailors they will be working with.

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 up to 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

Wet Feet 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.

Spinnaker & Trapeze 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 using the CANSail Spinnaker & Trapeze program.

Coaching Athletes with Disability Module (CAWAD)

Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module a professional development opportunity created to provide instructors & coaches with resources and training to work with sailors with a disability. The module is designed to provide the basics of what you need to know to get started, especially in First Contact, Fundamentals, and learn to sail fast settings. Sail Canada Trained and Certified Instructors & coaches, at any CANSail level are eligible to take this course. Volunteers working with parasailors and programs are also encouraged to participate to increase their understanding and awareness.

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Pathways & Prerequisites

Program Information

CANSail Program Operation Guides

Program Participant Reporting

Safe Sport Training

Starting in 2021, CANSail Instructors & Coaches are required to complete Safe Sport Training as part of their certification (Safe Sport Training will be accepted for 5 years from the date of completion).

There are two Safe Sport Training Modules that Sail Canada can accept:

Criminal Background Check

On December 3rd, 2018 it was announced that CANSail Instructors & Coaches will be required to complete an Enhanced Police Information Check (EPIC) in order to register with Sail Canada starting January 1st, 2019. not required for instructors under the age of 18.

Accepted forms and requirements for submitting to Sail Canada:

  • Valid Nexus card – Submit a scan or photo to official@sailing.ca
  • Your local police station or preferred provider – Submit a scan or photo to official@sailing.ca;
  • Sail Canada recognized provider Sterling Backcheck – when completed through Sterling Backcheck, the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada automatically.

Coaching Association of Canada and the NCCP

The NCCP requires all ‘Certified’ coaches to accumulate Professional Development points in order to maintain NCCP certification. The details are outlined in the following document:

NCCP Maintenance of Certification Requirements for CANSail Instructors & Coaches

Sail Canada’s CANSail Instructor program is developed in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada as part of the National Coaching Certification Program. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program offered in over 65 sports in Canada. The principal objective of this program is to develop the abilities of instructors & coaches working with athletes at all levels, from the community level through to high-performance sport. 

The NCCP is a collaborative program of the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, national/provincial/territorial sport organizations and the Coaching Association of Canada.


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

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 4 years to the end of the calendar year. For example, if you completed your clinic in May 2020, your level would expire on December 31st, 2024. LF / MLF Recertification Policy   LF / MLF Recertification Application


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  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada