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Sailing Schools

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Sailing Schools, along with yacht clubs, sailing clubs and windsurfing clubs are the foundation of the CYA membership program. There are over 175 schools currently members of the CYA.

Many commercial and non-commercial sailing and power-boating centres are members of the CYA. Schools become members of the Canadian Yachting Association through application to their respective provincial sailing association (PSA). The annual membership fee is paid to the PSA, half of that is forwarded to CYA. The annual membership fee is a flat rate, $200 per year. For further information or to become a member school please contact your provincial sailing association or the CYA.

In order to offer CYA programs, courses must be taught by current CYA instructors who are certified at the appropriate level.

Services and Benefits to Schools

All schools that are current members of their provincial sailing association and CYA benefit from the following services:

  • CYA training system is recognized internationally by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and nationally by the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Student certification awarded by the CYA instructors is recognized throughout Canada and around the world, providing significant proof of sailing competency
  • CYA certification is recognized by charter operators across Canada
  • Representation by CYA and PSAs to government agencies on issues concerning regulation and legislation in recreational boating
  • The CYA represents the interest of schools, and represents the boating community in support of operator proficiency and boating education
  • Access to "How to" publications such as Sail Training Directors Handbook.
  • Preferred rates for Sailing School liability insurance programs - contact for details
  • CYA Learn to Cruise and Learn to Sail Programs are supported by resources including Student Logbook and Student Manual available in French and English
  • CYA national Instructor training programs and symposiums
  • Link to and listing of your school on CYA website - Let us know if there are changes in the school contact information.
  • Access to CYA national instructor training programs, instructor placement service and job advertising.  Click here for more information on posting job advertisements to the CYA website.  
  • Voting rights at CYA Annual General Meeting
  • Right to use CYA logo to show affiliation with national organization
  • Able to participate in CYA national award program
  • Invited to use BMO Affinity MasterCard. With each use you help to support the Canadian Sailing Team
  • Certificate of CYA membership for organizations is provided