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
Creating a sport culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Safe Sport Module has been designed to help anyone in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Umpires will be required to complete Safe Sport Training.
The Safe Sport Module is available to athletes, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and administrators at no cost. Please click here for more information and to access the Safe Sport Module. (Note: You will be required to create a profile in the CAC Locker, prior to completing the fee module.)
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. Starting in 2021, Regional & National Umpires will be required to hold a valid Criminal Background Check (checks will be accepted for 5 years from the date obtained).
Sail Canada has partnered with Sterling Backcheck to make obtaining a Criminal Record Check efficient. Checks can be completed in as little as 4 hours, and the outcome can be directed to Sail Canada if you choose to. Please use this link to access Sterling Backcheck. Criminal Background Checks obtained from another source can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Alberti – Chair (ON)
Katie Coleman Nicoll (ON)
David Pelling (QC)