Sailing Schools, along with yacht clubs, sailing clubs, and windsurfing clubs are the foundation of the Sail Canada membership program. There are over 175 schools currently members of Sail Canada.

Many commercial and non-commercial sailing and power-boating centers are members of Sail Canada. Schools become members of Sail Canada through application to their respective provincial sailing associations (PSA). The annual membership fee is paid to the PSA, and half of that is forwarded to Sail Canada. For further information or to become a member school please contact your provincial sailing association or Sail Canada.

In order to offer Sail Canada programs, courses must be taught by current Sail Canada instructors who are certified at the appropriate level.


Services and Benefits to Schools

All schools that are current members of their provincial sailing association and Sail Canada benefit from the following services:

  • Sail Canada’s training system is recognized internationally by World Sailing and nationally by the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Student certification awarded by Sail Canada instructors is recognized throughout Canada and around the world, providing significant proof of sailing competency
  • Sail Canada certification is recognized by charter operators across Canada
  • Representation by Sail Canada and PSAs to government agencies on issues concerning the regulation and legislation in recreational boating
  • Sail Canada represents the interest of schools and represents the boating community in support of operator proficiency and boating education
  • Access to “How to” publications such as Sail Training Directors Handbook.
  • Preferred rates for Sailing School liability insurance programs – contact for details
  • Sail Canada Learn to Cruise and Learn to Sail Programs are supported by resources including the Student Logbook and Student Manual available in French and English
  • Sail Canada national Instructor training programs and symposiums
  • Link to and listing of your school on the Sail Canada website – Let us know if there are changes in the school contact information.
  • Access to Sail Canada national instructor training programs, instructor placement service, and job advertising.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE information on posting job advertisements to the Sail Canada website.
  • Voting rights at Sail Canada Annual General Meeting
  • Right to use Sail Canada logo to show affiliation with the national organization
  • Able to participate in Sail Canada national award program
  • Invited to use BMO Affinity MasterCard. With each use, you help to support the Canadian Sailing Team
  • Certificate of Sail Canada membership for organizations is provided