“Assist, Run Create” Apprentice Provincial Coach Mentorship Program

Next Steps 2014-15-up to $6000 in funding available

With the financial support of the Quest for Gold program and Coaches Association of Ontario, Ontario Sailing is offering additional support for Coach Mentorship programs.

Are you starting out the year coaching at a 3-4 CANSail or 5-6 CANSail program and would like some tips and drills to help elevate your coaching. Taking a recertification clinic or evaluation clinic and want to add some creativity to your lessons.

Following the completion of the “Apprentice Program” delivered from May 2013 – March 2014 by Ontario Sailing, the following document was created to outline the next steps for the targeted coaches who were involved with this initiative and for new ones that want to join the program.

Targeted coaches are welcome to contact the Provincial coaching staff to take advantage of the following opportunities listed below. Individual coaching schedules will change so please contact the desired coach for their individual program schedule. The following coaches are primarily based at the following locations:

–   Murray McCullough HP Coach – Laser Class – Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club

–   Chris Hewson Dev Coach – Laser Radial Class – Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club

–   Robert Frost TC Coach – 29er and 49er FX Class – Kingston Yacht Club


April-September 2014

1. Daily Training Mentorship Opportunities

–  The Ontario Sailing team athletes primarily train out of 2 locations. The Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club in Toronto and the Kingston Yacht Club or Portsmouth Olympic Harbor in Kingston. Be integrated into the daily training environment including morning fitness/dynamic warm-up, morning briefing, on-water drill set-up and execution, on-water interaction and feedback with athletes, dynamic and static cool-down and video de-briefing.

2. Event Mentorship Opportunities

–  Coaches are welcome to contact the Provincial coaching staff to organize mentorship opportunities during appropriate events. Event preparation is very different from regular training and requires changes to the YTP’s intensity, duration and frequency in particular.

3. Spring Development Team Camps

–  The Ontario Sailing Development team has an annual spring training camp. The camp is normally scheduled over 3 days and includes fitness testing, on-water training, morning fitness, video de-briefing and guest experts/speakers.

4. Fall Ontario Sailing Team Combine

–  The annual OST Combine is held in September 2 days prior to Fall Cork in Kingston. The combine includes fitness testing, on-water skill assessment through select drills, class specific video de-briefs and guest experts/speakers. Coaches will have the opportunity to assist in the delivery of the on-water drills and be fully engaged with on-water feedback and debriefing.


Financial support of up to $100 a day is available to those coaches that are interested in attending and completing the program.

This will also be extended to the training day at Sarnia Yacht Clubs Sarnia Sail Fest.

A copy of the “Play Book” will also be given to coaches completing the project, along with a certificate and this may be applied to Professional Development points but must be approved by Sail Canada.

Contact Information:

Murray McCullough  Email: racing@ontariosailing.ca  Phone: (289) 879-1498

Chris Hewson  Email: chris@ontariosailing.ca  Phone: (905) 467-6976

Rob Frost  Email: coach@kingstonyachtclub.com  Phone: (613) 816-6080