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Keelboat & Cruising Instructor

Keelboat & Cruising Instructor Courses

Keelboat & Cruising Instructor development courses are scheduled and delivered by our Provincial Sailing Associations. Please contact your PSA regarding clinic schedules, locations and registration.

How Do I Become A Keelboat or Cruising Instructor?

View Cruising & Keelboat Instructor Pathway

Start Keelboat Sailing Instructor

Candidates who successfully complete this course will be able to teach and certify the Introduction to Boating and Start Keelboat Sailing standards.

Start Keelboat Sailing Instructor Standard

Start Keelboat Sailing – Small Boat Instructor

Offers a shorted course to allow dinghy instructors to become certified to teach these standards on small keelboats.

Start Keelboat Sailing - Small Boat Instructor Standard

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.

Basic Cruising Instructor Standard

Keelboat Spinnaker Instructor

It is envisioned that this Standard be implemented in a one day (8 hours) with a minimum 4 hour afloat session.

Keelboat Spinnaker Instructor Standard

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.

Intermediate Cruising Instructor Standard

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.

Advanced Cruising Instructor Standard

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.

Offshore Cruising Instructor Standard

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.

Basic Keelboat Racing Instructor Standard

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 Sail Canada.

Basic Instructor Evaluator Standard

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 Sail Canada.

Senior Instructor Evaluator Standard

Important Links

Remote Examination Policy Extension Sail Canada Code of Conduct

Cruising Instructor Rules Study Aid This document is aimed at Cruising Instructors to aid in studying for the Collision Regulations exam.

Requirement to Demonstrate Physical Competence Sail Canada Instructor Liability Insurance Policy Information

Instructor Recertification:

The certification period for all Keelboat & Cruising Instructors is 36-months to the end of the calendar year. For example, if you completed your clinic in May 2017, your level would expire December 31st, 2020.

Download Cruising Instructor Recertification Policy Download Cruising Instructor Re-certification Application Download Instructor Evaluator Re-certification Application

 

From Transport Canada:

Government of Canada Small Vessel Register - Recreation Boating Schools Standard for Recreational Boating Schools - 07/2014 Small Vessel Compliance Program - Recreational Boating Schools Small Vessel Compliance Program - Enrolment of Recreational Boating Schools

Sail Canada memos pertaining to Transport Canada:

Transport Canada Recreational Boating Standard TP15136 Standard for Recreational Boating Schools - Document 07/2014

Instructor Certification Power

Summary of the Certification Power for each Instructor Certification in the Keel, Cruising & Power program.

Learn More about Certification Power

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