Safe Sport

Safe Sport

Protecting the safety and welfare of all participants in Sail Canada Activities

Sail Canada is committed to the ongoing development of education and resources to create and protect the safe and respectful environments that all participants in sailing deserve.

Sail Canada believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Safe Sport Training

Starting in 2021, a number of programs require 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

Sail Canada is responsible for ensuring the safety of athletes and participants in the sailing community. In April 2020 the Sail Canada Board of Directors approved a Criminal Record Check & Screening Policy as part of the effort to keep all participants safe.

A number of programs require certified individuals to hold a valid Criminal Background Check (accepted for 5 years from the date obtained).

Accepted forms and requirements for submitting to Sail Canada:

  • Valid Nexus card – Submit a scan or photo to
  • Your local police station or preferred provider – Submit a scan or photo to;
  • Sail Canada recognized provider Sterling Backcheck – when completed through Sterling Backcheck, the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada automatically.
Sail Canada Policies & Resources
Sail Canada Safe Sport Package - for Coaches and Instructors Sail Canada Code of Conduct Sail Canada Harassment Policy


Reporting is critical in creating and maintaining a safe environment for sailing participants. Independent third-party complaints management is a directive of Canada’s Safe Sport Movement, driven by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. Sail Canada has appointed independent Safe Sport officers who any participant can contact to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind.

Should any complaint or concern come to the attention of the CEO or any Sail Canada representative, it will be forwarded to our safe sport officers. The Independent Third Party Officer, Ilan Yampolsky can be contacted by e-mail at or phone at (613) 614-6816.


An independent Helpline has been set up with the support of Sport Canada and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

Anyone with a concern should feel comfortable reaching out to this free and confidential service as well. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at; or The abuse-free sports phone and texting line is accessible at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8am to 8pm Eastern time.

Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase, system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) that is a call to action for sport organizations to protect the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the water.

Sail Canada signed the pledge in January 2018. As a member of the movement, Sail Canada is committed to providing the following training for certified coaches:

  • Background screening
  • Ethics Training
  • Open and Observable Coaching Environment (also known as the Rule of Two) – which stipulates that a coach or instructor cannot be alone with a youth sailor, and must have another responsible person within eyesight at all times.

Safe Sport

Sail Canada is pleased to provide the following resources as part of our commitment to Safe Sport and educating all groups within our sport community.

Responsible Coaching Movement Templates (can be found within the Safe Sport Package)

  • Team Travel Policy
  • Guide to Using the Rule of Two & Open and Observable Environments
  • Sail Canada Safe Sport Package for Provinces, Clubs, Sailing Schools and LF’s
Download the Package

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