Basic Instructor Certification
First of all, be sure to be familiar with the Sail Canada path to cruising certifications.
The Basic cruising instructor initiates students to cruising, and brings them from their first session on water to their first experiences as skippers.
At the heart of this project are the passion for sailing and the desire to teach and pass on your passion. Once certified, you will be able to join one of our homologated schools whose need for instructor is real.
To be succesfully certified, the instructor candidate must have a consistent and solid knowledge in navigation and sailing. It is very important to note that the certification is not a training but an evaluation of the candidate's abilities. It is therefore essential to be well prepared before you apply, and the best way to be ready is by being mentored by either a sailing school or a certified instructor.
For complete details about the content of the certification, read the document on the Basic cruising instructor certification on the Sail Canada website.
|Registration||Until January 27th||289$|
|Pedagogic Workshop||April 26th to 28th|
|On water session||May 31st to June 2nd||625$|
|Examination retake||March 23rd||87$|
|On water session retake||to be confirmed||425$|
Payement for the first part of the certification (289$) is due for January 27th.
Payement for the on water session is due for May 15th.
Prices include taxes.
These prerequisites must have been obtained and transmitted to the FVQ before January 27th.
The registration deadline is January 27th.
Following the examination of your application, at the condition that your prerequisites are all submitted, we will inform you by February 1st if you have been selected to join the certification process.
You may first send us your Résumé so that we can inform you if your application can be accepted. Be aware that this does not change the deadline for submitting the complete application.
To register, use the registration form.
Candidates knowledge is tested through the examination process. Note that passing mark for canidates instructor is higher than for student for the same exam (as an example, passing mark for Basic cruising for students is 70% while for insrtructor candidates it is 90%).
If you have passed one of the exams during the last 12 months and have obtained the required mark you may be allowed not to retake it, at the condition that the examination paper can be provided.
Examination details :
|Exam||Duration||Passing mark||Minimal mark to apply for a retake|
|Basic cruising||2 hours||90%||70%|
|Intermediate cruising||2 hours||70%||60%|
|Sail Canada Rules and Buoyage Exam||2 hours||90%||70%|
|7 Working Papers||Outboard motor||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Inboard motors||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Marine toilets||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Sail Canada policies||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Local knowledge||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Safety equipment||To do at home||90%||n/a|
|Man at sea procedure||To do at home||90%||n/a|
The workshop takes place on a weekend.
During the worhsop, candidates learn the basics of pedagogy in the context of sport and sailing. Thanks to ressources provided by Voile Québec, each candidate prepare a lesson on a subject he was given two weeks in advance. The candidate gives his lesson as if teaching to students.
This weekend is a precious moment to gain knowledge about the missions and challenges of any instructor. It also is the moment when candidates do their PCOC and ROC exams. These exams when successful will allow the future instructors to conduct the PCOC and ROC courses for their future students.
The on water session takes place on a weekend.
On this step of the process, candidates will be evaluated on their abilities to sail with a crew and alone. The evaluation covers a number of manoeuvers and elements including safety manoeuvers (man at sea, etc.). The candidate is informed in advance about the elements which will be evaluated.
At the end of this step, there are three possible outcomes:
All certifications are valid for a period of three years until the 31st of December of the third year.
Following your registration, we created your Sail Canada profile and have added all your prerequisites and certifications to it. As soon as you are certified as a Basic cruising instructor, we add this certification to your profile.
In order to work as a sailing instructor, to give Sail Canada certification, and to benefit fromSkipper's Plan Instructor liability Insurrance, you need to pay yearly your Sail Canada Membership. Being a Sail Canada instructor is therefore conditionned by your membership, which can only be paid if all your requisites and certification are up to date.
Staying active, which includes paying your annual membership, has also consequences when it comes to updating your certifcations.
Every three years, at the end of your certification validity period, if you have been active every year you will have the opportunity to recertify for the next three years byu attending seminars at the FVQ annual Conference. For instructors who have not kept an active profile, the recertification process is both more time taking and more expensive. They will need to attend the Pedagogy workshop and to pass one exam.
Note that after ten years, if not updated, certifications will be lost.
Every instructor has to proove that his physical condition allows him to skip and manoeuver the boat alone.Physical condition is verified by Transport Canada doctors who will deliver Marine Medical to the instructors(list of doctors accredited by Transport Canada).
For basic cruising instructors who do not give any courses with life on board, Marine medical can be replaced by an Instructor Physical Competency Evaluation. To pass the evaluation, the instructor must show that he is able to do all the elements of the basic cruising instructor on water session alone. New instructors can therefore use their succesful on water session as a Physical Competency Evaluation in order to complete their Sail Canada instructor profile without having to pass their Marine Medical, at the very condition that they will not give any course with live aboard.
The Marine Medical or the Physical Competency Evaluation must be renewed for each recertification, which means every three years.