TOPIC 2: How do I become a CANSail dinghy instructor/coach in Ontario?

If you would like to begin the CANSail Dinghy instructor training process in time to begin working as an instructor in the upcoming sailing season in Ontario, it is important to plan ahead and make sure you allocate enough time to complete the requirements. Usually, this means you need to complete all the requirements before sailing schools begin their summer programs. Use Ontario Sailing’s NEW INSTRUCTOR CHECKLIST to track your progress and ensure you’ve completed all the requirements in time to begin instructing. Download HERE.

STEP ONE: Instructor candidates must be 16 years old or turning 16 in the calendar year that they begin the instructor training program.

STEP TWO: Ensure you have the sailing skills to meet the minimum requirements for CANSail instructors. If you have secured employment for the upcoming season, confirm the level that your employer would like you to have.

  • CANSail 1&2 instructors must demonstrate they can sail at a CANSail 4 standard. Trained or certified CANSail 1&2 instructors can teach CANSail 1 and CANSail 2.
  • CANSail 3&4 instructors must demonstrate they can sail at a CANSail 5 standard. Trained or certified CANSail 3&4 instructors can teach CANSail 1 through 4.
  • CANSail Advanced instructors must have at least one year of experience as a trained CANSail 1 & 2 instructor. Trained or certified Advanced instructors can teach CANSail 1 through 4. Unlike a CANSail 3&4 instructor who must demonstrate they can sail at a CANSail 5 standard, Advanced instructors must demonstrate they can sail at a CANSail 4 standard.
  • CANSail 5&6 instructors must demonstrate that they can sail at a CANSail 6 standard. Instructors who are trained or certified at this level can teach CANSail 5 and CANSail 6. Please note that if 5&6 instructor was not trained or certified as a 1&2, 3&4 or Advanced instructor, they cannot teach those levels and are only qualified to teach CANSail levels 5 and 6.

STEP THREE: Register for courses and clinics through the Ontario Sailing registration portal. (Refer to the FAQ topic 5 for more on registration and course and clinic schedules).

STEP FOUR: Make a plan to complete external prerequisites as soon as possible. Refer to FAQ topic 4 more information about prerequisites.

STEP FIVE: Once your training is complete and you have submitted your external prerequisites via email to Ontario Sailing, you can register as an instructor through your Sail Canada profile. Registration includes professional fees and instructor liability insurance. All instructors are required to register on an annual basis.

How much does it cost to become an instructor?

FEES FOR THE 2022 season:

  • CANSail Fundamental Course: $357.30
  • Coach Boat Safety Course: $137.85
  • CANSail Technical Clinic (1&2, 3&4, Advanced, 5&6): $611.34
  • Evaluation to become certified or recertified: $191.79
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C: Cost varies depending on provider
  • Pleasure Craft Operating Card: Cost varies depending on provider
  • Police Background Check: Cost varies depending on provider
  • Annual Instructor Dues: $170.00 (through Sail Canada)

For more information on prerequisites and required courses and clinics, refer to Ontario Sailing’s NEW INSTRUCTOR CHECKLIST. This tool assists prospective and new instructors with tracking their progress on the training pathway, to ensure they fulfil all the requirements and complete the necessary components.