Since 1931, the Canadian Yachting Association has governed the sport of sailing within our country. Through collaboration with its partners, the CYA has helped countless Canadians get involved with sailing. Children are introduced to the sport through learn-to-sail programs at their local clubs. Adults participate in learn-to-sail programs with specific instruction. Sailors with disabilities gain experience through individualized, Able-Sail programs.
Along with teamwork, sailing teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Sailing’s Long-Term Sailor Development (LTSD) model consists of nine stages.
- Active Start & Awareness (M, F 0-6) – Introduces FUN and SAFE play on and in the water as part of daily physical activity.
- FUNdamentals & Point of First Contact (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Teaches boat propulsion and steering, water safety and seamanship, athletic abilities and FUN – all through sailing activities.
- Learn to Sail Fast! (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Establishes boat handling and propulsion skills in various wind conditions, and introduces rules and fundamental racing skills.
- Learn to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Refines sailing and racing skills in larger single-handed boats, double-handed boats and boards.
- Learn to Compete (M 16-20+/-, F 15-19+/-) – Transitions to Olympic and Paralympic classes through refinement of all advanced skills.
- Train to Compete (M, F 17+/-) – Develops annual and multi-year campaigns with training focused on best ever performances at major events.
- Train to Win (M, F 20+/-) – Incorporates multi-year campaigns with training and racing focused on top-ranked performances at major events.
- Win for a Living (M, F 20+/-) – Employs full-time racing campaigns with consistent medal performances at all major events.
- Sail for Life (M, F all ages) – Encourages individuals to remain physically active and involved in the sport, either competitively or recreationally, for life.
The purpose of this document is to advance the sport of sailing and to ensure that all participants develop into healthy and active individuals.
Wet Feet is an Active Start program aimed at young children five and six years of age who want to learn about sailing and water safety. The goal of this program is to get children comfortable in small boats and introduce them to basic sailing concepts.
Canadian Yachting Association – sailing.ca
- Athletes with Disabilities
- Health Practitioners
- Recreation Professionals