Any CANSail participants who have not completed their certification have the opportunity to come join us for an additional week of instruction. During this catch-up week, sailors will be coached by experienced and certified Sail Canada Instructors who are eager to provide every child with an equal opportunity to attempt successful completion of their CANSail level. This program is developed based on the individual needs of each participant and is tailored by our development progress monitoring report through Sail Canada’s evaluation tracking system. It should be noted that participants’ involvement does not guarantee certification if they do not meet Sail Canada standards. Regardless, participants who show they have a passion and initiative for sailing will benefit from this additional week. Most of our time is spent on the water, weather permitting.
Prerequisites: Sailors must have participated in a CANSail program and have an active CANSail profile.
Certificate: Successful candidates will receive a recognized CANSail certification.
Please note: Campers will be grouped into Junior and Senior categories on the first day of camp.
What to bring to Sailing Camps
Campers will be spending the majority of their time outdoors and on the water. Please review these list of items to bring to camp each day.
- Refillable water bottle
- Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or above
- Sunglasses with UVA & UVB protection
- Soft-soled water shoes or any shoes that can get wet and not get ruined – no flip flops please
- Spare set of dry clothes
- A waterproof jacket/rain jacket – even on sunny days
- A bathing suit and towel
- Personal Flotation Device if you have one
- Sailing gloves or rugged gloves - mandatory for CANSail 3&4
- Note pad, pencil and watch with a countdown timer – for CANSail 3&4 only
Please label all of your camper’s items with first and last names to ensure that they are returned to you, should something go missing. Campers who use their own equipment will have it checked by instructors prior to use.
Please leave all unnecessary valuables (phones, game systems, etc.) at home. If bringing these to camp is a must, invest in a waterproof container such as a pelican box or dry bag for protection. Bring at own risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your question about Sailing Camps isn’t answered here, please contact us.
Our team of qualified Instructors are committed to holding the highest standards of instruction and safety in regards to your child’s welfare. Through intensive staff training and seminars, we employ Instructors who demonstrate and adhere to our strict safety policies both on and off the water, and have been vetted accordingly under the Vulnerable Sector Screening Program. The nature of the sport and the equipment your child uses do come with an element of risk. The assessments made by our Instructors will minimize the likelihood of an accident by monitoring and delivering the program within a safely managed environment. The experience and forethought of an Instructor allows campers to process the skills required to better their sailing skills. Campers are grouped by ability, age, size, and Instructor recommendation. Placement decisions are guided by safety considerations and the skills demonstrated by campers. We recognize that campers mature and progress at different rates; our Instructors closely monitor and assess each participant on an on-going basis.
Every person under the Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating umbrella (including the Instructors) MUST wear a lifejacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times on the water.
Your camper is welcome to bring their own lifejacket as long as it meets Canadian standards and current weight ratio requirements.
Helmets are supplied for participants under the age of 12 but are not mandatory – Instructors shall implement the use depending on the weather.
On rainy days, we will plan on sailing provided that wind and weather conditions are safe. In the occurrence of thunder/lightning and/or other severe weather, classes will be conducted indoors or in a safe location. Please make sure your child has proper rain gear to keep warm and dry.
All of our Instructors have valid First Aid and CPR certifications. There is also an in-house healthcare staff employed by Harbourfront Centre. We consider any accident seriously, whether minor or major, and coordinate injuries via an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), which involves regular staff training to keep incidences to a minimum. Sailing comes with inherent risks, but we do hold parent contact details on hand should anything happen.
There is no guarantee that a sailboat will not capsize while on the water, but Lake Ontario’s sheltered inner harbour and the specific training craft we use minimize the chances of this happening. Unless stated in the course syllabus, your child will not take part in a controlled or scheduled capsize. If a capsize does occur, our staff are on-hand to help coach campers through the experience. Although there can be concerns around capsizing, we assure you it is a lot of fun and very safe!
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