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2016 Course Dates

Note: courses require 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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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

February 20-21
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

February 27-28
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Eagle Harbour Yacht Club

April 9-10
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

May 7-8 - cancelled
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Central Okanagan Sailing Association

June 4-5
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

CANSail Technical Course:

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, Pleasure Craft Operator Card, minimum sailing level (see course for specific minimum requirement)
Fee: $295

CANSail 1 & 2
Minimum sailing level required: CANSail 4

March 13-15
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 9am-6pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

April 15-17
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Maple Bay Yacht Club

May 21-23
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 9am-6pm
Rocky Point Sailing Association

June 10-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

June 10-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Comox Bay Sailing Club

June 10-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Central Okanagan Sailing Association

CANSail 3 & 4
Minimum sailing level required: CANSail 5

March 13-15
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 9am-6pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

April 15-17
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Maple Bay Yacht Club

May 21-23
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 9am-6pm
Rocky Point Sailing Association

June 10-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

June 10-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Comox Bay Sailing Club

June 11-12
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Central Okanagan Sailing Association

CANSail 5 & 6
Minimum sailing level required: CANSail 6

February 26-28
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

March 25-27
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Coach Boat Safety

The Coach Boat Safety coure is a one-day on-water practical course.  In this course, instructors and coaches will review important safety components for teaching on the water and be required to demonstrate practical boat driving skills in a variety of standard coaching scenarios.  Additionally, there is a written exam to test the theory covered in the Coach Boat Safety manual.
3 Professional Development Points
Prerequisites: Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Standard First Aid with CPR-C (Emergency First Aid with CPR-C will be accepted until December 31, 2017)
Fee: $100 for new instructors, $75 recertifying instructors

March 12
Saturday 9am-4pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

March 19
Saturday 9am-4pm
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

May 15
Sunday 9am-4pm
Kelowna Yacht Club

May 16
Recertifications only - this course does not cover the theory in depth, and will only briefly review theory before the written exam and the required on-water tasks.
Monday 4pm-8pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

May 28
Saturday 9am-4pm
Rocky Point Sailing Association

June 4 - Cancelled
Saturday 9am-4pm
Comox Bay Sailing Club

June 18
Saturday 9am-4pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

Wet Feet/Opti Module

The Opti Module is a one-day professional development course designed for coaches who will be working with young sailors age 5-13 in optimist dinghies.  Emphasis is on rigging for safety and speed and sailing techniques.  
3 Professional Development Points
Prerequisites: Trained CANSail Coach (any level)
Fee: $90

March 5
Saturday 9am-4pm
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

May 29
Sunday 9am-4pm
Royal Vancouver 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.  It is strongly recommended that community instructors also take the Fundamental course.
Prerequisites: 15 years old, PCOC, First Aid, CANSail 2, Coach Boat Safety
Fee: $150

May 27-29 - Cancelled
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm
West Vancouver Yacht Club

Optimist Race (CANSail 3) Module

The Opti Race module is designed for instructors and coaches with previous optimist coaching experience and those who will be working with CANSail 3 & 4 level sailors or novice Opti race teams.  Candidates will work with optimist race team sailors and focus on developing racing skills and new coaching techniques.
3 Professional Development Points
Prerequisites: Trained CANSail Coach (any level), Optimist experience, preferably Opti Module
Fee: $150

March 25-27
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Spin & Trap

The Spin and Trap module is a professional development course that focuses specifically on double-handed boats.  This course emphasizes correct rigging and boat handling in the Club 420, as well as developing coahcing techniques for double-handed skill development.
3 Professional Development Points
Prerequisites: Trained CANSail Coach, minimum sailing level CANSail 5 and Spin & Trap 2 are required to teach Spin & Trap.  All coaches and sailors not meeting the prerequisites are welcome to take the course for their own professional development.
Fee: $150

April 30-May 1
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

May 14-15 - cancelled
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Comox Bay Sailing Club

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.
3 Professional Development Points
Prerequisites: Senior instructor or program director
Fee: $200

March 18-20
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Coach Evaluation

Evaluations can be arranged by contacting BC Sailing at crew@bcsailing.bc.ca.
Fee: $100

Refund Policy for all courses:

Course fees are fully refundable until 14 days prior to the course.  Within 14 days of the course start date, cancellations are subject to a $30 cancellation fee.  There is no fee to change course dates or locations, provided there is space available.  Please email athlete.dev@bcsailing.bc.ca if you wish to change course dates.

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