Meet the Recipient of the Instructor Award - Devin Rubadeau

Meet the Recipient of the Instructor Award - Devin Rubadeau

February 16, 2018 - Kingston, ON 

It is with great pleasure that Sail Canada presents Devin Rubadeau as the recipient of this year’s Instructor of the Year Award
Devin has been an instructor at the Central Okanagan Sailing Association in BC, for over 25 years.  As a year-round, fulltime Head Instructor, Devin manages a team of over a dozen instructors by developing schedules and programs, mentoring and supporting both the team of instructors and volunteers, while providing sailing opportunities for community members. His skills as both a coach and instructor, his vision as a planner and master communicator, and as an athlete have cemented sailing as one of the foundation sports in our community for generations to come.
How does it feel to have been selected as the recipient of Instructor of the Year?

It’s an honour to have been nominated by my home sailing club for this award.  Having the very same volunteers that support me at work take the time to also nominate me for an award is very special.

What would you say has been the largest contributing factor to your level of success as instructor?

I’ve benefited from an amazing volunteer and parent support network which has facilitated the creation of a wonderful teaching environment, and the flexibility to pursue interesting coaching opportunities.
What is your favourite part of being an instructor?

I love to see athletes overcome challenges that they thought beyond their abilities.  Stretching the athletes expectations of themselves is very rewarding.

If you could give one piece of advice to other Sail Canada instructors, what would it be?

Always look for ways to improve your mind.  Instructors that stop learning are doing themselves and their athletes a disservice.  
Join us in celebrating his award on Friday March 2nd, 2018 at 6.30pm at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here
This award recognizes Sail Canada instructors focused on sailing skills and instruction.  To be eligible for this award, instructors must be Sail Canada Certified and registered and working for a Sail Canada member club or school.
The Instructor of the Year should have made a significant impact and accepted the challenge to improve the level of sailing at their club/school. Honest, sincere and honourable in their relationships with sailors as well as improving their own teaching and the training and mentoring of new instructors.
Instructors should have a high degree of self-awareness and the ability to reflect critically on the information exchange between them and the sailors and how their perspectives influence their interactions with others.
1.    Demonstrate excellent on water teaching and communication skills
2.    Be respectful, fair and equitable
3.    Encourage pride in the sport
4.    Participation in clinics, workshops, sailing camps and regattas
5.    Perform above and beyond the requirements of an instructor