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Please be advised that we are currently restructuring our website. As a result, some sections may be temporarily unavailable or under construction.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please refer to the French version of our website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19, we have adapted the training process to maximize online education on one hand and to reduce the size of groups for face-to-face training on the other hand. The  training process in this COVID times therefore includes 3 evenings of pre-clinic theoretical courses. The face-to-face training course includes the practical part of the clinic and the Boat Safety Course.

Welcome to the section dedicated to the CANSail Instructor training process!

Training can be initiated from the age of 16. If you are younger, you may be interested in the Community Instructor training which you can start at 15.

You will find detailed information about the program in the following sections:

You may also download the complete guide to the dinghy instructor training process


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Before you start, here is a few tips:

  1. Make sure you are familiar with the training process
  2. Send the photos of your prerequisites (maximum 500 kb each) all in a single email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. If necessary, for your marine resume, please prepare it using our template downloadable here.
  4. If you encounter any difficulties, do not hesitate to write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


IMPORTANT regarding the level of autonomy expected from candidates

The role of community leader or instructor that you will play once trained involves a lot of responsibility for the well-being and safety of the people you will supervise, the equipment you will have to use and the reputation of the school you are going to represent. This will be even truer than usual in this pandemic context.

As such, your future employers have a right to expect you to be autonomous and responsible. In this context, we consider that carrying out your registration procedures and the follow-ups yourself is an integral and important part of your professional development. 

Your parents means well when they take these steps for you, but in doing so they sometimes have technical questions that we know you know the answers to and are not doing you a favor in the long run. If you do not know thoses answers, please feel free to ask them to our team, as it is part of your normal professional development process.

Our clinics and all prerequisite courses are developed to prepare you to become a professional community leader or instructor. We are very happy that you have chosen this course and will do everything to ensure that you are well prepared for the challenges when the time comes.

Thanks to our supporters!

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