The Sail Canada Umpire Program has three aims. Firstly, to serve the sport by producing well-qualified Umpires. Secondly, to encourage sailors to become involved in umpiring. Thirdly, to improve the knowledge and skills of umpires.
The Program recognizes and certifies two levels of umpire: Regional and National, to allow for each individual’s ambitions and capabilities. Prospective umpires, known as Umpires-in-Training, are not certified but are making their way towards certification.
The Sail Canada Umpire Sub-Committee is responsible for the program, developing and/or approving training materials and setting standards so that the program is consistent across Canada.
The training and certification of a Regional Umpire is the responsibility of the Umpire Sub-Committee. A Regional Umpire, when paired with an equally certified umpire, will have shown the ability to umpire at World Sailing Grade 4 and 5 events satisfactorily.
The training and certification of a National Umpire is the responsibility of the Umpire Sub-Committee. A National Umpire, when paired with an equally certified umpire, will have shown the ability to umpire at World Sailing Grade 3 events satisfactorily. A National Umpire must also have the knowledge and experience to be able to assist in the organizing and operation of ISAF Grade 3 events.
A National Umpire may ultimately apply for certification as an International Umpire.
Safe Sport Training
Everyone involved in sailing has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level or position they choose to participate. Athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.
Regional & National Sail Canada Officials are required to complete 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:
- Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Safe Sport Module – This training is free for everyone. Please report completion to Sail Canada via email@example.com.
- Respect in Sport Training – Access through your Sail Canada Profile. There is a $30 charge for this training. A record of this module will be added to your Sail Canada profile automatically.
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.
Sail Canada Regional & National Race Officers are required 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your local police station or preferred provider – Submit a scan or photo to email@example.com;
- Sail Canada recognized provider Sterling Backcheck – when completed through Sterling Backcheck, the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada automatically.
Andrew Alberti – Chair (ON)
Katie Coleman Nicoll (ON)
David Pelling (QC)