Introducing CANSail

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Introducing CANSail

In 2012, Sail Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association, released CANSail, an updated curriculum to replace the traditional Learn to Sail Program. CANSail means more time on the water, where sailors learn skills that match their age and developmental stage and the focus is more on skill achievement than level achievement. CANSail is designed to get sailors excited about sailing! CANSail focuses on developing FUNdamental sailing skills over 6 Levels. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat, single-handed or double-handed and consolidates key skills with solid experience before adding more complex skills.  The training model is intended to foster performance in sailing and life long participation in the sport.

Click here to read more about Introducing CANSail on Sail Canada's site (opens in new window).

CANSail Program & Long Term Sailor Development (LTSD) Model Stages

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

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

CANSail 3 & 4 – Applied skill acquisition 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). Learn to Train Stage of the LTSD.

Chutes & Wires – Specialized double handed performance skill consolidation taught following CANSail 5 & 6
Learn to Train Stage of the LTSD.

Click here for Canadian Sport For Life's description of the LTSD Stages on their website (opens in a new window).

Physical Literacy

Physical and Health Education Canada defines PHYSICAL LITERACY as:
Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

  • Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement.
  • They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities.
  • These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.

Click Here to read more about Physical Literacy and being Active for Life on Canadian Sport For Life's website (opens in a new window).