If you enjoy being on the water, have a sense of adventure and don’t mind getting a little wet from time to time then dinghy sailing may be for you. Dinghies range in size from the small and stable Optimist, to development boats such as the C420 and even something for those who are willing to work hard and experience the thrill of racing on the waves.


Regardless of your age or sailing ability, Sail Canada’s CANSail program provides a great pathway to get you away from the dock and onto the water having fun.


What is CANSail?


CANSail refers to Canada's updated sailor training standards.  CANSail Dinghy is Sail Canada's dinghy program for clubs to deliver sail training across Canada.  CANSail is a leading sail training initiative to foster performance in sailing and life long participation in the sport.


Why CANSail?


Sail Canada tradition standards & programming is tried and true but existed unaltered from its establishment more than 23 years ago! CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills.  It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding more complex skills.


The CANSail Program


Wet Feet - Programming specific to ages 5-8 years aboard the Optimist Dinghy.

Active Start stage of the Long Term Sailor Development (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 aquisition 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.

Learn to Train stage of the LTSD.  Chutes and Wires may be delivered concurrently with other levels in the CANSail program.


What CANSail level should my sailor be in this year?


See the sailor placement guide.


How do the CANSail levels line up with Sail Canada traditional levels?


See the equivalency chart.


Click here to learn more about course providers in your local area.


Want to know more about the new CANSail Program?  Watch this video to learn more from the head coaches at the Royal Victoria Yacht