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Our affordable CANSail 1/2 and 3/4 courses as well as our mid-week Social Sailing program — unique to our club — prepare you to be out on the water quickly and safely. At TISC we're proud of our comprehensive Learn To Sail course. Our courses are taught by certified Sail Canada instructors. See below for a complete description for each course and registration links. Sign up early as these classes fill up quickly.

CANSail 1/2

For formal basic sailing training, CANSail 1/2 introduces novice members to boat handling, the different points of sail, and other basic sailing skills. Mastery of this course will give you what you need to move from Novice to Helms! See below for the 2020 schedule and register now, this course sells out fast!

CANSail 3/4

For formal intermediate sailing training, we offer CANSail 3/4, in which the finer points of sail trim and specialized skills like rudderless sailing and roll tacking are mastered. With this course under your belt you'll be ready to try the Skippers test. A student in CANSail 3/4 must have already passed CANSail 1/2. The 2020 schedule will be coming soon!

CANSail 5/6

For formal advanced sailing training, we offer CANSail 5/6, which fully integrates boat handling, sail trim, and rig setup with racing. Sailors train to perform all skills within a competitive race setting in order to achieve accurate sailing within a regatta and in all conditions. A student in CANSail 5/6 must have already passed CANSail 4. The 2020 schedule will be coming soon!

Register for CANSail

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • TISC
    • 9

    sailboats in Toronto inner harbourAt TISC we're proud of our comprehensive learn to sail course. Taught by certified Sail Canada instructors the 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 stage of development. The programming is designed to get - and keep - sailors excited about sailing for life! CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

    CANSail 1 teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor.

    CANSail 2 teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling maneuvers in a controlled manner while in a controlled setting.

    • Open to members only, this CANSail 1/2 course takes place over 6 full days
    • Completion of CANSail 1/2 + a few additional sailing skill demonstration + boat repairs gives you a TISC Helms status
    • Certificates are awarded by Sail Canada
    • We limit our CANSail 1/2 course to 12 students
    • Tuition is $160.00 + HST (while all sales are final for courses, if TISC is unable to run the course due to COVID-19 we will provide a full refund)
    • Start times indicate the tender departure times students must take to the island.
    • Dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather. Whenever possible in these cases, on-land instruction will be substituted. 
    • Makeup date for this course is Saturday, September 5, 2020 - subject to change.

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