TOPIC 3: Fundamental course, Technical Clinic, Coach Boat Safety course, recert/eval clinic

What is the CANSail Fundamental course?

  • The CANSail Fundamental course is the first step on the dinghy instructor training pathway and is mandatory for all CANSail instructors. It is offered online or in person. The online course consists of five two-hour sessions, which take place over five weeks. Sessions usually run in the evening (Eastern Time). For example, an online Fundamental course could run for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm ET. Fundamental courses are offered in the fall through the spring. Fundamental courses are not offered in June, July or August. The in-person version of this course is delivered over one weekend (Friday evening 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-6pm).

What is the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) evaluation?

  • The Making Ethical Decisions evaluation corresponds to the Coaching Association of Canada’s “Making Ethical Decisions Module” which is embedded in the curriculum of the Fundamental course. The Coaching Association requires participants to do the evaluation through their online platform called “The Locker” after they complete Fundamental course. There is a lag time between the end of the Fundamental course and when access to the Making Ethical Decisions module is made available FREE OF CHARGE to participants, so wait for instructions from the Ontario Sailing office before attempting the evaluation. Otherwise, The Locker will ask you to pay an $85 fee.

*For more information on The Locker and how to use it, see FAQ topic 8.

Where do instructor training courses and clinics take place?

  • On-the-water clinics and courses (CANSail Technical Clinics, Coach Boat Safety, Recert/Eval Clinics) are offered at various locations.

What is a CANSail Technical Clinic?

  • CANSail Technical Clinics are offered over two consecutive weekends. During technical clinics instructors in training learn new skills and at the end of the clinic are assessed on components including lesson planning, lesson delivery, creating an emergency action plan, on-the-water coaching skills and sailing skills. Technical clinics also include theory exams, with a grade of 80% or higher required to pass.

What is the theory test? When and where do I write the theory test?

  • All technical clinics include a theory test. Candidates must receive a grade of 80% or higher on a theory test to pass. Theory tests are conducted online or in-person in advance of the technical clinic. If a candidate is unsuccessful at their first theory test attempt, they will be offered opportunities to retest. Candidates must complete a retest within 12 months of their original attempt.

What gear should I bring to an on-the-water clinic?

  • Sailing apparel (water is COLD)
  • Towel
  • PFD
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sailing footwear (closed-toed)
  • Sailing gloves
  • Foul weather gear
  • Folding chair
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face masks if mask mandates are in place
  • This list is not exhaustive. Your Learning Facilitator will provide additional information.

What teaching materials should I bring to a technical clinic? Should I prepare my sample lessons before the clinic and be ready to deliver them?

Yes. Be prepared to deliver your lessons and bring the following teaching materials to your clinic:

  • Prepared briefing on flipchart or bristol board
  • Extra flipchart paper
  • Clipboard (to write theory test)
  • Writing utensils (pen, pencil)
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Notebook

Is food available for purchase on site during a technical clinic?

  • This is specific to the clinic host site. Be sure to bring plenty of water.

What is the Coach Boat Safety course? How long is it?

  • The Coach Boat Safety course is a half-day course that takes place in person on the water. Participants learn safety and rescue procedures and are required to demonstrate competency in performing these procedures. This course includes a mandatory online independent study that participants must complete prior to the course. After registering for Coach Boat Safety, registrants receive information on how to access and complete the independent study online through Ontario Sailing’s e-learning platform.

What gear should I bring with me to a Coach Boat Safety course?

  • Sailing apparel (water is COLD)
  • Towel
  • PFD
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sailing footwear (closed-toed)
  • Sailing gloves
  • Foul weather gear
  • Folding chair
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face masks if mask mandates are in place
  • This list is not exhaustive, your Learning Facilitator will provide additional information.