SLYC Junior Club Program Description

Program Descriptions

Wet Feet (previously AnkleBiters)

This is a programme offered to children aged 7 or 8 according to demand and instructor availability, usually one session (two-week period) in the month of July and one session in August. It serves as an introduction to sailing for those too young to enroll in White Sail 1 (minimum age 9 years).  The program emphasizes the fun aspects of sailing, both on-land and on-water.

CANSail 1

The beginner CANSail levels are designed to teach Basic Sailing skills.  No sailing experience is necessary.  This level is typically taught over 2 weeks.  A verbal evaluation will be given by the instructor(s) at the end of each session, as a well as a written evaluation which will emphasize strengths and point out weaknesses.  The basis of this evaluation will consist of a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing programme which incorporates, at a minimum, the CYA's expectations for that level.  This evaluation will determine if the sailor is ready to advance to the next level.

CANSail 2

This level’s curriculum will be taught over four weeks. The intent is to consolidate basic sailing skills in heavier breezes before the sailor progresses into more advanced levels.  Sailors must be able to consistently demonstrate an ability to handle the boat safely in such conditions and the evaluation checklist is again modified using the CYA's criteria as a minimum standard.

CANSail 3

CANSail 3 sailors learn more advanced sailing skills taught over a four-week period. The sailor must be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, the skills laid out in the CYA logbook on a consistent basis.  He/she should begin to show interest and willingness to participate in afternoon or weekend races and are expected to accept some responsibility for boat maintenance and show some aptitude for instructing.  Bringing a positive attitude conveying a desire to participate and excel becomes increasingly important at this level.  Evaluation remains largely skill based, as previously outlined, but attitude and maturity, as demonstrated by a desire to learn and accumulate skills independently are also traits required to advance to the next level.

CANSail 4

This curriculum is also taught over a four-week period.  The majority of sailors will require 2 to 3 exposures to the level in order to master the skills necessary to advance to the next level. The goal is to hone technical and theoretical sailing skills, and differs from CANSail 5, which focuses on refining those skills for the purpose of racing.

Evaluation is now more complex. Minimum expected skills are laid out in the CYA logbook. The instructor must have the opinion that that the student is comfortable demonstrating these skills consistently, and is now ready to focus on applying them in the racing situation.  The sailor is expected to show a strong interest in racing through consistent participation in Commodores, Spoons and weekend racing. A level of independence with regard to rigging and maintaining boats and equipment is expected (and in fact comprises part of the CYA criteria for this level).  Sailors should demonstrate a positive attitude and work effectively as part of a team with instructors and fellow sailors.  Age and physical readiness to cope with the demands of racing will also be considered.

*CANSail 5 - Level 1 Racing - New this year

This program is identical to the CanSail 5 curriculum but accommodates for those individuals who can only participate for one month of the program or for those who cannot commit to the numerous regattas. Racing schedule will be confirmed by June 1st to assist in planning for the summer. Please see the attached outline for more information.  Additional training for double-handed boats, Chutes and Wires, will be introduced at this stage and possibly in CANSail 4 as well.  Sailors will apply the skills mastered during the first 4 levels in a racing environment. Specific racing tactics and sailing theory are emphasized.  Several seasons of racing are usually required for a sailor to attain CANSail 5.

CANSail 5 - Level 2 Racing

This programme extends over the entire summer (eight-weeks) and will replace the previous Silver VI level. Additional training for double-handed boats, Chutes and Wires, will be introduced at this stage and possibly in CANSail 4 as well.  Sailors will apply the skills mastered during the first 4 levels in a racing environment. Specific racing tactics and sailing theory are emphasized.  Several seasons of racing are usually required for a sailor to attain CANSail 5.

Participation in this level requires a significantly greater commitment from sailors and their parents. Sailors are on the water every day and a double-handed boat can't sail unless both skipper and crew are present. The team will participate in approximately 4 off-lake regattas, culminating in CORK in Kingston during the third week of August.  Responsibility for the team is undertaken by a Parent's Committee (see Policy for Off-Lake Events), which will be responsible for organization of transportation and supervision of sailors at these events.  A team manager and treasurer should be selected prior to the season. Blair & Nathan will contact you to set up a parents' meeting during the first weekend in July. Racing schedule will be confirmed by June 1st to assist in planning for the summer.

Registration, transportation, food and accommodation costs will be discussed at the Parent's meeting.  For the summer, an outlay of approximately $1,500 /sailor (last season's approximate total) can be anticipated.

The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for CANSail 4.  Race results are also considered as a reflection of the techniques and tactics acquired throughout the season.  Sailors are expected to take command of their own learning and show a keen interest in their own skill development with specific focus on racing.  A positive attitude, aptitude for rigging and boat maintenance, the ability to work in a team setting, and an affinity for teaching will also be considered.

CANSail 6

This is an advanced racing level for those who are either too young to apply to be an instructor, or choose to race for another season.   The team trains with the CANSail 5 sailors and participates in some of the same regattas.  The Yacht club provides the coaching, but the students are expected to provide their own sailboat.  This is a program that is occasionally offered should the potential enrolment numbers make it feasible. 

**The CYA log book is available for purchase from the Ontario Sailing Association or may be found online at www.sailing.ca**

**Instructors will make their best effort possible to provide their sailors with fair and accurate evaluations. Students on the cusp of passing will be informed to ensure that they are aware of this and are prepared for either outcome.  The written evaluation will be given to each sailor at the end of the session.**

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's progress with the responsible or Head instructor.  Instructors will make themselves available Friday afternoons after 16:00h or at the end of each day upon request.**