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Note: Most courses requires a minimum of 6 candidates. BC Sailing will send out an email at least 1 week before the start of the course to confirm the location, times and inform candidates of details. Be sure to sign up early, as many courses fill up fast.

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Safety at Sea - Sea Survival

The BC Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea - Sea Survival) is for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages.  The course includes classroom and practical sessions.  Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications.  Practical sessions include inflating and using lifejackets, life rafts and other safety equipment in a pool environment.  The course is Sail Canada-ISAF approved.  Participants who successfully complete the course receive BC Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate, valid for five years.

Fee: $360
Jan 9, Jan 9, Jan 9, Jan 10, Jan 10, Jan 10, Jan 11, Jan 12, Feb 27, Feb 28, Mar 1, Mar 2 Sun/Mon 8:30-5:30 Lower Mainland West Van YC
Oct 4, Oct 5 8:30am-5:30pm Lower Mainland Royal Van YC
Assistant Race Officer (ARO)

The ARO course, suitable for those with little experience on a race committee, covers the duties of each job on the committee, with some attention to the structure of racing and the rules. The course takes about 6 hours, for groups of 8 to 25 people.

Fee: $20
Feb 6 Saturday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Sidney North Saanich YC
Program Manager

The Program Manager Module is open to coaches and others looking to take on an administrative role within their learn to sail program.  Topics covered to include marketing, registration, communication and safety.  The course is not recommended for first and second year instructors.

Course Cancelled

Prerequisites: none
Fee: $200
Feb 11, Feb 12, Feb 13 Sat-Mon 9am-6pm Lower Mainland West Van Yacht Club
CANSail Fundamental

The Fundamental is a two-day in-class theory course and an important prerequisite for all other instructor and coaching courses.  The Fundamental covers the key principles behind teaching and coaching, including professionalism, ethics, risk managament, planning a practice, teaching methods and skill development.

Prerequisites: none
Fee: $265
Feb 25, Feb 26 Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Vancouver Island Royal Vic YC
Feb 25, Feb 26 Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Lower Mainland Eagle Harbour YC
Mar 10, Mar 11 Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm Vancouver Island Comox Bay Sailing Club
Apr 8, Apr 9 Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Lower Mainland Hollyburn Sailing Club
May 20, May 21 Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Lower Mainland Hollyburn Sailing Club
Club Race Officer (CRO)

The CRO course covers the duties of a Race Officer in charge of a race course, including organization, setting courses, starting, controlling events throughout the race and finishing procedures. Prior experience on a race committee, or a racing experience is beneficial. The course takes about 12 hours, and will be given Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm each day.  Space is limited to 20 people.

 

Fee: $60
Feb 25, Feb 26 Sat and Sun 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Optimist Race (CANSail 3)
This course is for coaches with some basic optimist experience.  Candidates will work with optimist racing team sailors and will focus on developing racing skills and new coaching techniques specific to opti sailing and coaching sailors ages 10-14.
Prerequisites: Trained CANSail coach, Optimist experience (preferably Opti Module)
Fee: $150
Apr 14, Apr 15, Apr 16 Fri-Sun 10am-4pm Lower Mainland Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
CANSail Technical 5 & 6

The CANSail Technical course is the practical application of the theory learned in the Fundamental course.  It gives coaches a chance to get on the water and coach real sailors with assistance from Learning Facilitators.  CANSail 5 & 6 instructors can only teach CANSail 5 & 6.  Levels can be taken in any order provided prerequisites are met.

Prerequisites: CANSail Fundamental, PCOC, CANSail 6
Fee: $295
Mar 3, Mar 4, Mar 5 Fri-Sun 9am-6pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Apr 14, Apr 15, Apr 16 Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Lower Mainland Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Wet Feet/Opti Module

The Opti Module is a professional development course designed for coaches who will be working with young athletes age 5-13 in optimist dinghies.  Emphasis is on rigging for safety and speed and sailing techniques.

Prerequisites: Trained CANSail Coach (any level)
Fee: $90
Jan 1 Saturday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club - dates TBA
Coach Boat Safety

This is a practical, on-water safety course that will prepare coaches for possible emergencies.  It is expected that coaches review this material prior to the course.

Prerequisites: PCOC, Standard First Aid with CPR C
Fee: $100
Mar 11 Saturday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island West Van Yacht Club
Mar 25 Saturday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Apr 14 Friday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Comox Bay Sailing Club
May 28 Saturday 9am-4pm Okanagan Kelowna Yacht Club
Jun 17 Saturday 9am-4pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Jun 17 Saturday 9am-4pm Lower Mainland West Van Yacht Club
Community Instructor Module

The Community Instructor module is an introduction to coaching course for new instructors who want to start as an assistant coach or volunteer with a sailing program.  Community instructors are "Instructors in Training" cannot certify CANSail levels and may not be eligible for Sail Canada Coach Insurance.  Community Instructors must also take the Coach Boat Safety course, and are recommended to take the Fundamental course.

 

Prerequisites: 15 years old, Standard First Aid, CANSail 2, PCOC, Coach Boat Safety
Fee: $150
CANSail Technical 1 - 4
The CANSail Technical is a 2.5-3 day course where instructors will use the theory they learned in the Fundamental to teach a group of sailors in a hands-on and realistic learning enviroment.  The majority of this course is spent instructing on the water.  Instructors will also be assessed on their CANSail sailing skills and knowledge in both a practical evaluation and written exam.
Prerequisites: CANSail Fundamental, PCOC, CANSail 4
Fee: $295
Mar 3, Mar 4, Mar 5 Fri 5pm- 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 6p Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Mar 12, Mar 13, Mar 14 Sun-Tues 9am-6pm Lower Mainland West Van Yacht Club
Apr 15, Apr 16 9am-5pm daily Vancouver Island Comox Bay Sailing Club
May 26, May 27, May 28 Fri 5pm- 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 6p Lower Mainland Rocky Point Sailing Association
May 26, May 27, May 28 Fri 5pm- 9pm, Sat 9am - 6pm Okanagan Kelowna Yacht Club
Jun 9, Jun 10, Jun 11 Fri 5pm- 9pm, Sat/Sun 9am - 6p Lower Mainland Hollyburn Sailing Club
Salty Sisters
Salty Sisters is a set of lessons designed exclusively for women. These lessons follow the principles of CANSail, but without certification as the aim is develop female sailors at their own pace and at whatever experience level they bring with them. This coaching clinic will train coaches in the philosophy and implementation of Salty Sisters programming.
Prerequisites: Pleasure Craft Operators Card
Fee: $100
Jun 10 9am-5pm Lower Mainland West Van Yacht Club - Cancelled
Spin & Trap

This professional development course focuses specifically on double-handedboats.  The main focus will be rigging and skill development in 420s, with some discussion about 470s, 29ers and 49ers.  Upon successful completion of this course, coaches will be trained to teach Spin & Trap 1 and 2.

Prerequisites: Trained CANSail Coach (CANSail 5 required to teach Spin & Trap)
Fee: $150
Jun 27, Jun 28 Tues/Wed 9am-6pm Vancouver Island Royal Victoria Yacht Club

 

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