Sail Canada is more than High Performance Sport

Sail Canada is more than High Performance Sport

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 
Kingston, ON

Sail Canada is not just about High Performance and elite athletes. As much as this is an important area and where the bulk of the funding from Sport Canada is directed, and where changes are being made to provide better support to our athletes, Sail Canada is much more than that

Sail Canada is also responsible and committed to delivering top quality training and education programs for sailors, boaters, officials, instructors & coaches across the country. These programs range from entry levels programs such as CANSail, to programs that provide coaches and officials with appropriate training and certification. These programs ensure that your training is delivered by trained experts and that your sailing or racing experience is safe and fair at all levels. Sail Canada also provides programs for learning to cruise in both power and sail boats.

Below is an overview of the programs delivered by Sail Canada. Each of these program streams is overseen by operational Committees and Sub-Committees, made up of volunteer experts and led by a Sail Canada staff person. The committees and staff work together with the provincial sailing associations to develop and deliver program standards, criteria, resources and certification pathways. Sail Clubs and Sailing Schools are also important partners in the delivery of key programs such as CANSail, Cruising and Power boating.

To help provide members with better understanding of what these groups do, key responsibilities and activities of each committee are listed below.

Training & Certification Committee (TCC)
- Provides oversight for all training programs and development opportunities for sailors, officials, coaches, instructors & sailing leaders
- Develops and maintains certification pathways, standards and resources that support program delivery
- Works with committees and delivery partners to ensure programs advance the interests of current and future sailors

Race Management Sub-Committee (RMSC)
- Develops and maintains national standards, certification criteria, policies & procedures for the Race Management Program for Race Officers
- Develops training materials for the various Race Officer positions and levels
- Delivers the Sail Canada Advanced Race Management Seminar
- Trains and certifies qualified Race Officer candidates to ensure there are sufficient Race Officers in Canada
- Encourages mentorships to facilitate experience and training of new race officers

Judges Sub-Committee (JSC)
- Develops and maintains standards, certification criteria, policies & procedures to support the Judges Program
- Delivers Regional / National Judge Seminars
- Trains and certifies qualified Judge candidates to ensure there are sufficient numbers of judges in Canada
- Develops training materials for the various levels of judges
- Encourages mentorships to facilitate experience and training of new race officers

Umpire Sub-Committee (USC)
- Develops and maintains standards for the training and certification of umpires
- Delivers Umpire training seminars
- Trains and certifies qualified Umpire candidates to ensure sufficient numbers of Umpires in Canada

Cruising Sub-Committee
- Develops and maintains standards, resources and procedures for training and certification of sailors in Cruising, Keelboat, Power and Navigation programs
- Develops and maintains materials and criteria for the training and certification of Cruising, Keelboat, Power and Navigation of Instructors and Course Conductors
- Provides marketing and informational material to PSA’s, Clubs, Schools and stakeholder

CANSail Sub-Committee
- Develops and maintains standards, resources and procedures for training and certification of sailors in the CANSail program
- Develops and maintains materials and criteria for the training and certification of CANSail Instructors/Coaches and Course Conductors
- Provides marketing and informational material to PSA’s, Clubs, Schools and stakeholders

In addition to maintaining oversight of these programs and dealing with day to day issues, these committees are focusing this year to align the Official Training Programs, update Race Management & Judge Program criteria, develop a system-wide map of Sail Canada programs, rework the CANSail Instructor pathway development and develop a new format for Cruising / Keel / Power / Navigation standards along with delivering National Clinics and Seminars.

Sail Canada is much more than developing the High Performance Racing Team. All of our programs are critical elements for the sport of sailing in Canada both from the recreational side of the sport and the high performance aspect. Whether you want to sail for fun, perform at the highest levels of your potential, coach or officiate, Sail Canada provides a program and system to meet those needs and grant any certification required.

Appreciate the work that many volunteers of Sail Canada do on your behalf. If you are learning to sail, or race, or you are involved in coaching or officiating, or you are just enjoying the sport of sailing, you have a volunteer to thank for making it possible.
Enjoy the rest of the summer sailing.

Don Adams
Sail Canada CEO
don@sailing.ca 

(contributions from TCC chair Wendy Loat and committee).
photo: Kingston Yacht club/FB