Monday, July 11, 2011

A successful CYA Learn to Cruise, Basic Instructor Clinic took place at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa over two weekends ending on June 5th 2011. The clinic, which was made up of 13 candidates and 4 Instructor Evaluators was administered by Sailing Ontario and sponsored by Ottawa’s Advantage Boating. It is just one of several Instructor clinics scheduled in Ontario this year.
Over two weekends, the candidates were introduced to the Performance Objectives of the CYA LTC-Basic standard and given the opportunity to develop their teaching skills in practice teaching sessions in the class room, at dockside, and aboard typical training sailboats (Sonars, and Tanzer22’s). The candidates were from southern Ontario, the Ottawa area, and Montreal. 
Their participation in this program represents a significant commitment to meeting the Performance Objectives of the LTC Basic Instructor Standard, including prerequisite exams for the Basic, Collision Regulations, Intermediate, Coastal Navigation standards, and the Pleasure Craft Operators’ Card. Of special note, the first two must be written to a 90% level. Additionally, the candidates’ demonstrated development in their use of teaching principals and techniques, the mastery of sailing skills without auxiliary power, through points of sail, heaving-too, reefing and shaking out a reef, Crew Overboard, to re-anchoring.
Four Instructor Evaluators led the clinic, Paul Peachey, Jamie Gordon, Kim Moffat, and Phil Morris, providing coaching and feedback to all of the candidates over the two weekends. 
The candidates and Instructor Evaluators would like to thank the Britannia Yacht Club for the generous loan of the Junior Sailing facility and to their members, for loaning boats for the use of billeting by out-of-town Instructor Evaluators and candidates.
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