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Dinghy Sailing

What is CANSail?

CANSail refers to Canada’s updated sailor training standards.  CANSail Dinghy is Sail Canada’s dinghy program for clubs to deliver across Canada.  CANSail is a leading sail training initiative to foster performance in sailing and life long participation in the sport.

Why CANSail?

Sail Canada tradition standards & programming is tried and true, but existed unaltered from its establishment 23 or more years ago!  CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills.  It allows sailors to learn and progress in any tupe of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

The CANSail Program

Wet Feet – Programming specific to ages 5-8 years, in an Optimist Dinghy.
Active Start stage of the LTSD.

CANSail 1 & 2  – Fundamental kill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed).
Fundamental stage of the LTSD.

CANSail 3 & 4 – Applied skill aquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed).
Learn to Sail Fast stage of the LTSD

CANSail 5 & 6 – Applied skill consolidation in any type of boat (single / double handed).
Larn to Train stage of the LTSD.

Chutes & Wires – Specialized double handed performance skill consolidation.
Learn to Train stage of the LTSD.  Chutes and Wires may be delivered concurrently with other levels in the CANSail program.

What CANSail level should my sailor be in this year?

See the CANSail Course Selection Guide.

How do the CANSail levels line up with Sail Canada traditional levels?

See the equivalency chart.


CANSail Participation Fees

To learn more about the CANSail program and CANSail participation fees, please click here.

Member Clubs and Schools Offer CANSail Courses

Bowen Island Yacht Club

Burrard Yacht Club

Camp Homewood

Central Okanagan Sailing Association

CFSA Sailing Club-Esquimalt Squadron

Comox Bay Sailing Club

Crescent Beach Swim Club

Cultus Lake Sailing Club

Deep Cove Yacht Club

Disabled Sailing Association-Vancouver

Disabled Sailing Association-Victoria

Eagle Harbour Yacht Club

Hollyburn Sailing Club

Kelowna Yacht Club

Kitsilano Yacht Club

Mac Sailing Inc.

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Nanaimo Yacht Club

North Okanagan Sailing Association

Pender Island Junior Sailing Association

Rocky Point Sailing Association

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Salt Spring Island Sailing Club

Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

Sooke Sailing Association

South Okanagan Sailing Association

Surrey Sailing Club

Vancouver Island Navy League Cadet

West Vancouver Yacht Club

Whistler Sailing Association

YMCA Camp Elphinstone