Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

QQDSP Learn-To-Sail Courses

CANSail Courses

A Sail Canada national standard sailing course taught by certified instructors that prepares students to challenge the introductory CAN Sail Level I, II, or III criteria. The course teaches the fundamentals of sailing and builds the student's comfort and confidence in a sailboat. Terminology, safe boating practices, points of sail and basic tacking and gybing manoeuvres are covered. This course is popular and early registration is recommended.

The format of this adult course is a series of personalized, one-on-one sailing instruction sessions with a Sail Canada certified instructor. Each individual 2 hour session helps to build the skill and experience of the sailor so that they can learn the sailing skills required of the various CANSail levels. A 6 session minimum is required to pass each level. Additional practice during recreational periods is recommended.  A course can consist of on-land or on-water instruction as requested by the student.  For the certified-sailor, this course can be used to develop in-depth experience towards skill mastery. 

CANSail Challenge Test

A one-on-one on-water test given by an instructor to verify the sailing level of program members and volunteers. The test is intended as a qualifier for companion sailors and skippers who have attained CAN Sail level I, II, or III or have equivalent experience. The test is to be requested by the member at the office. The available instructor will schedule the test time with the member.


To register for CANSail One-on-One courses, contact the QQDSP office (416-214-0358).

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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