Become a CANSail Coach
New coaches: There are 4 steps to becoming a certified sailing instructor: prerequisites, theory, technical and evaluation. All instructors have to read, sign and adhere to the Coaching Code of Conduct. Trained and certified instructors must register with Sail Canada and submit the annual coach/instructor dues to the Sail Canada office. These annual dues cover instructor liability insurance as well as contributing to program development.
All prerequisites must be scanned and emailed to BC Sailing prior to registering with Sail Canada as a coach. This can be done before or after the coaching clinics.
CANSail 1 & 2 Instructor - minimum CANSail 4
BC Sailing recommends that instructors continue to upgrade their sailing levels through CANSail courses, race team training and spending time on the water to remain current with their sailing knowledge.
The CANSail Fundamental Course is the required theory portion, and is a prerequisite for all future instructing and coaching courses. The Fundamental is a 2-day course that covers coaching theory, including professionalism, ethics, risk management, safety, skill development, teaching methods and planning a practice.
Ethics: The online ethics exam is offered by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) The ethics module is introduced during the CANSail Fundamental course, and instructors and coaches are required to take the online ethics module and exam prior to registration with Sail Canada. CANSail 1 & 2 and CANSail 3 & 4 instructors must take the Instructor Stream exam; CANSail 5 & 6 and Development Coaches must complete the Development stream.
The technical clinic is very hands-on course using the theory learned in the Fundamental course. There are 3 levels for the technical:
As of 2015, CANSail 3 & 4 instructors can teach all CANSail levels up to and including CANSail 4. However, CANSail 5 & 6 instructors can only teach CANSail 5 & 6 unless they are also trained or certified in other levels. The courses are not linear, so become a CANSail 1 & 2 instructor is not a prerequisite for becoming a CANSail 3 & 4 coach. Upon successful completion of the technical clinic, instructors are Trained. Trained instructors can register with Sail Canada and coach, but must complete an evaluation within 2 years of becoming Trained. Once an instructor is successful in their evaluation, they are certified for 3 years from the date of their technical clinic.
Instructors and coaches must complete an evaluation within 2 years of becoming trained to become a Sail Canada Certified Instructor or Coach. Contact BC Sailing to arrange an evalation with a local Evaluator. Usually indivudually arranged evaluations from September to June are with race team training with a local team. During the summer months, it may be possible to arrange for an evaluator come to your club or school (this may have a higher fee due to travel costs). Evaluation clinics throughout the province will be posted on the website as well.
Professional Development Courses:
All instructors and coaches must complete professional development every three years. The points required vary depending on the trained or certified level. More information about Professional Development points is on the Sail Canada website.
Professional development courses are taught by expert Learning Facilitators, and are for instructors and coaches wishing to learn more about different boats and age groups. These courses are open to all coaches and program directors, including first year instructors.
Financial assistance is available for athletes and coaches to offset costs of course fees. Up to 50% of clinic fees can be covered by BC Sailing for qualifying candidates and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information, click HERE for application instructions.
If you have questions about how to become a coach, or are unsure of what courses to register for, email email@example.com.
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