Claire Brady, Instructor, Hannah Brady, Head Instructor (back, left to right)
Matt Montgomery, Instructor, Brock Poesiat Instructor (front, left to right)
DSABC, Victoria welcomes the return of Hannah Brady, Head Instructor and Matt Montgomery, Instructor for our 2013 season. Rounding out our staff are Claire Brady, Instructor and Brock Posesiat Instructor. We’re looking forward to another great season!
All of DSABC, Victoria’s instructors/coaches are Sail Canada certified. This means that after participating in several Sail Canada Learn to Sail courses they have then gone on to take their CANSail Fundamental Course to become a certified instructor.
There are 4 steps to becoming a certified sailing instructor: prerequisites, theory, technical and evaluation. All instructors have to read, sign and adhere to the Coaching Code of Conduct. Trained and certified instructors must register with Sail Canada and submit the annual coach/instructor dues to the Sail Canada office. These annual dues cover instructor liability insurance as well as contributing to program development.
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- First Aid: minimum Emergency level from a nationally recognized provider
- Coach Boat Safety: one-day course offered through BC Sailing
- Sailing Certificate: minimum Bronze 4 or CANSail 3
The CANSail Fundamental Course is the required theory portion, and is a prerequisite for all future coaching courses. The Fundamental is a 2-day course that covers coaching theory, including professionalism, ethics, risk management, safety, skill development, teaching methods and planning a practice.
Ethics: The online ethics exam is offered by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) The ethics module is taught during the CANSail Fundamental course, and coaches are required to take the online ethics test prior to registration with Sail Canada. CANSail coaches must take the Competition Introduction (Comp-Int) exam.
The technical clinic is very hands-on course using the theory learned in the Fundamental course. There are 3 levels for the technical:
- CANSail 1 & 2
- CANSail 3 & 4
- CANSail 5 & 6
CANSail coaches can only teach the levels they are certified for (eg. CANSail 3 & 4 coaches can only teach CANSail 3 & 4 unless they are also certified in other levels). The courses are not linear, so become a CANSail 1 & 2 coach is not a prerequisite for becoming a CANSail 3 & 4 coach. Upon successful completion of the technical clinic, coaches are Trained. Trained coaches can register with CYA and coach, but must complete an evaluation within 2 years of becoming Trained.
Coaches must complete an evaluation within 2 years of becoming trained to become a Sail Canada Certified Coach.
CANSail requirements excerpted from the BC Sailing website.