NASC is accredited to teach the CANSail course curriculum developed by Sail Canada in accordance with their Long Term Sailor Development Plan. The CANSail levels reflect skills that sailors have achieved. Student achievement is recorded by our certified instructors into Sail Canada's sailor achievement database and is transferable across Canada among all CANSail accredited teaching centres.
All of our courses leverage the CANSail curriculum to instruct the fundamentals of sailing including safety, the parts of the boat, the rigging and de-rigging of a boat, the language of sailing, controlling the boat, trimming the sails, launching and docking.
CANSail programming means lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment, with relatively less time spent in a classroom. Sailors learn the skills and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The programming is designed to get - and keep - sailors excited about sailing for life! There are six CANSail levels promote progressive training of core dinghy sailing skills. NASC offers the first 4 of these training levels.
Our typical student...
NASC offers programs that suit all abilities and ages, from 8 to 75. Generally, our participants have a desire to meet new people, experience the outdoors and enjoy life.
For the purposes of boat selection and programming, we group students into the following categories:
- Junior sailors are aged 8-13 (under 120 lbs)
- Youth sailors are 13-17 years of age (over 100 lbs)
- Adult sailors are 16 and over
Students are encouraged to choose their sailing category based on age, experience and size.
Kinds of boats we use...
NASC uses sailboats chosen because they are stable, easy to maneuver and contain simple, essential controls. Skills developed in these boats can easily be transferred to other types of sailing craft. The boats are the stable 8 foot long Optimist (students under 120 pounds) and the 14 foot 420 (students over 100 pounds).
The "Optimist" (Junior)
The "420" (Youth)