CANSail I - Basic Sailing skills and knowledge
Sailors are introduced to the basics of sailing: steering, sheeting, and boat-handling on all points of sail. The goal is to be able to sail comfortably and independently within a defined area of water, have fun and be safe. They will also learn basic theory and dry-land skills: boat parts, knots, sailing terms, etc.
All campers new to sailing will be placed in this level. CANSail I certificate is typically completed in 2 weeks.*
CANSail II - Refined Sailing skills
A more extensive level. In CANSail II, sailors learn to recognize changes in conditions and how they adjust their boat accordingly. They develop a high degree of control over their manoeuvres and a deeper understanding of how the boat actually functions. More advanced knowledge of the wind and how a boat works. CANSail II is typically completed in 3-4 weeks.*
CANSail II - Opti Green
This program allows young and avid sailors in CANSail II to continue pursuing their level, but in the context of an Optimist sailboat, and with some early introduction to the basics of racing. This boat, to which many Olympians have attributed their success, provides sailors with a strong base of boat control and knowledge. Sailors feeling especially keen are encouraged compete in the "Green Fleets" of regattas that our race team attends. This is tailored for first-time Opti racers who have their CANSail I level and are coach recomended.
CANSail III - Intermediate sailors & Intro to Racing
Along with developing higher level of boat-handling skills, sailors are introduced to tactics and strategy. If you haven't done the Opti Green racing intro, sailors will become comfortable with the basics of racing, and apply their skills and knowledge to the sport. This level is ideal for intermediate level sailors and CANSail II is a prerequisite. This certificate is typically attained after several weeks of sailing in a season.
CANSail IV - Advanced sailors & racers
Sailors learn a variety of advanced skills on the water, and appreciate a greater breadth of sailing theory on land. They will apply these skills and knowledge to race situations, further developing their understanding of tactics and strategy. This level is the precursor to becoming a race coach and is typically achieved after several weeks of sailing and racing in a season. CANSail II is a prerequisite.