The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase, system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) that is a call to action for sport organizations to protect the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the water.
As a member of the movement, BC Sailing is committed to providing the following training for certified coaches:
- Background screening
- Ethics Training
- Open and Observable Coaching Environment (also known as the Rule of Two) – which stipulates that a coach or instructor cannot be alone with a youth sailor, and must have another responsible person within eyesight at all times.
- BC Sailing requires all CANSail Instructors/Coaches to complete Safe Sport Training every 5 years.
Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment.
As part of BC Sailing’s commitment to Safe Sport our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training.
There are several safe sport training courses available online that we recommend. These courses are recognized by Sail Canada, BC Sailing and the Coaching Association of Canada.
Respect in Sport (3 PD points)
Commit to Kids
(CAC) Safe Sport Module


An independent Helpline has been set up with the support of Sport Canada and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

This is a free and confidential service available to anyone who has a safe sport concern. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at Their email contact is The abuse-free sports phone and texting line is accessible at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8am to 8pm Eastern time.


Reporting is crucial in developing and maintaining a safe environment for everyone in the sport of sailing. Independent third-party complaints management is a directive of Canada’s Safe Sport Movement, driven by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. Sail Canada has appointed independent Safe Sport officers that any participant can contact to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind.

How to report Maltreatment:


Any complaint or concern that comes to the attention of BC Sailing, the CEO or any Sail Canada representative, will be forwarded to our safe sport officers. The Independent Third Party Officer; Ilan Yampolskycan, can be contacted by email at or phone at (613) 614-6816.