Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

Membership

Join DSAO and sail at QQDSP!

Eligibility

Anyone who is a resident or temporary-resident of the province of Ontario is eligible to become a member of DSAO and one or more of its Chapter affiliate programs, such as the Queen's Quay Disabled Sailing Program (QQDSP).

Privileges

A DSAO membership grants to the member access to DSAO programs, events and equipment, for example at QQDSP. This includes access to the program facilities, docks, boats, safety equipment, assistive devices, office support and dockside assistance during program hours of operation. Members can sail, register for sailing courses or volunteer as a companion sailor. They can also participate on a workgroup committee, compete in races or support their program in the community.

Members can sail the program sailboats with a sailing-companion who can provide coaching, safety or social support as needed. Members, with the appropriate sailing experience and staff approval, can sail independently (without a companion) or with non-members in certain class boats. Members can enjoy reciprocal sailing privileges at other programs by requesting permission in advance through their local program office.

New members and returning members are required to disclose relevant health information and a waiver form upon registration. The documentation is strictly used by staff to provide the most appropriate dockside and on-the-water service.

Members are invited to attend the DSAO Annual General Meeting.

Members also receive:

  • Sail Canada membership
  • Ontario Sailing Association membership
  • Limited reciprocal access to DSAO recognized AbleSail club programs
  • Discounted parking in the accessible parking spaces of any Harbourfront Center parking lot, including Lot P3 which is the closest to QQDSP (north side of Queens Quay West north of QQDSP). Member must have a valid blue disabled parking permit to claim a spot.

QQDSP memberships are valid for the summer sailing session of the calendar year in which they were granted.

Fees

QQDSP Membership is $50 plus $15 security deposit that will be used towards cancellation or last sail for a total of $65.

Visitors interested in sailing for just a day, pay a member fee of $15.00 plus regular sailing fee. 

Individual sailing sessions are paid for in one of the following ways:

  • Multiple individual sailing session fees ($15-$30 per sail) in a flexible pay-as-you-go format.

Membership Service Fees

Service Fee
QQDSP Annual Membership (youth or adult) $65.
QQDSP Single-day Membership $15.
   
Recreational sail (weekday) $15.
Recreational sail (weekend) $15.
Race Night $15.
Sonar sail, group rental (2 hours) $60.
Around the Island cruise (additional fee of $5 for barbecue) $30.
Course: Get on Board! (2-day young-adult course)

$50.

Course: CANSail (I,II,III) 6 lessons ($25 per lesson)

$150.

Bottled water $ 1.

 

All prices in Canadian funds and include applicable taxes.

Transferability of memberships

Individual annual memberships are not transferable.

Community health, independent living and social service organizations that purchase one or more individual annual memberships can transfer the use of these memberships between their clients so as to best service their community.

Regulations

The mission and values of the organization are reflected in our sailing and administrative regulations which aim to be inclusive, respectful and supportive of positive sailing experiences for everyone in our community.  Members should review the regulations before the beginning of the season so as to understand their rights and responsibilities within the programs. 

Sailing regulations

  1. DSAO and QQDSP adhere to all the laws and by-laws of the Toronto Harbour Commission and expect all of their members to do the same.
  2. Sailing is restricted to the Toronto Inner Harbour. Sailing outside of this area must be arranged with the QQDSP staff prior to casting off.
  3. Sailing will be canceled without notice in some cases if the safety of any person or property is at risk per the discretion of staff or board members.
  4. Scheduled sailing sessions begin on the hour and end after a duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  5. Sailors and sail-companions must arrive at least 15 minutes before a scheduled sailing session.
  6. Lifejackets must be worn at all times when on the dock and on the water.
  7. Proper radio procedures must be practiced at all times. Staff members will teach you the required procedures upon request.
  8. Members are responsible for ensuring that required equipment needed for their sail is taken to the boat and should allow time to prepare the boat.

Administrative regulations

  1. Membership applications, fees, and waiver processing must be completed before a member can schedule sailing sessions.
  2. Course fees are due one week prior to the start of the course and are not refundable after that date.
  3. Scheduled sailing session fees must be paid prior to sailing.
  4. Scheduled sailing sessions must be booked at least 48 hours in advance if a volunteer is required.
  5. Failure to show up for a scheduled sailing session on two separate occasions, or, failure to cancel a scheduled sail session by calling staff at least 24 hours in advance on five separate occasions will result in an automatic two week suspension of membership privileges.
  6. Scheduled sailing sessions are considered 'booked' once the staff confirms the session date and time with the member by any communication method.
  7. Members are asked to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time to the DSAO organization per year by assisting at a local program or on a program committee.
  8. With permission from the board, small local fundraising events can be organized by members for an event, such as a regatta, to cover registration and travel expenses. The proceeds must be allocated to to the named event and be divided equally amongst participants who participated in the efforts of the fundraising effort.
DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario DSAO is a family of organizations that promote and enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing. DSAO's objective is to build the sport of disabled sailing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence. DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
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