All instructors at the FYCSS are rated by Canada's national authority for sailing, Sail Canada. Class sizes are optimized for learning; Sail Canada recommends a maximum of 10 students per instructor. The fleet of sailboats available at the FYCSS includes CL 14s and Club 420s. The school provides all necessary sailing equipment, including a personal floatation device (PFD) for each student.
CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards, comprised of 6 (six) distinct levels, 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 complex skills.
Each CANSail level has a checklist of associated skills that must be consistently performed by each sailor in order to achieve certification at that level. Students work toward 1 (one) level at a time. If a student consistently displays a skill from a higher CANSail level other than they are working towards, his/her checklist for that higher level will also be updated as appropriate. All CANSail level checklists are available online at: http://www.fyc.on.ca/sailing-school/cansail-dinghy-program/
Sailing is a physically, and often mentally, demanding sport. While the staff at the FYCSS will do everything they can to ensure the individual success of each student, the FYCSS regrets that for the safety of each student and all other sailors, enrollment in a course does not guarantee certification at any level. The required skills on each of the CANSail level checklists must be met by each student in order to achieve certification.
Safety & Weather Considerations
Safety is the top priority of the FYCSS. Each student is supplied with and required to wear an approved PFD at all times while in a boat or on a dock. Our programs continue rain or shine. While the FYCSS building provides rain shelter, foul weather gives students the opportunity to learn a number of necessary points outside. Proper dress for such days is essential (warm clothes, foul weather gear, rubber boots).
Also, the FYCSS cannot be held responsible for valuables left unattended in the buildings or on the dock during a class.
Upon being certified at CANSail Level 2, each adult student may use the school boats for the remainder of the sailing season to practice and enhance their newly learned skills. This arrangement involves a small fee of $25 for use of boats, a key deposit of $20, plus park entry fees. Subject to the availability of the boats during school sessions and on a first-come, first-served basis.
All courses require a minimum of four students to run.