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South Port Sailing School 2018

South Port Sailing School (SPSS) is excited to announce the 2018 schedules for the Adult, Youth and Kidsail programs.

All sailors are asked to bring their own approved lifejacket. This year, for environmental reasons, we will be banning disposable water bottles at SPSS. All sailors are requested to bring identified, refillable/reusable unbreakable water bottles for their personal use.

Full-day participants are to bring a suitable lunch, in identified reusable containers. Supervision will be provided over the brief lunch break. Sailors will not be allowed to leave South Port property during this break, unless it's with a parent.

Sailing School Location

  • All courses/sessions are conducted at the South Port Sailing Club, 210 Brighton Road, Tecumseh Ontario


  • All instructors at South Port Sailing School are trained and certified by both Sail Canada and Ontario Sailing Associations.
  • South Port is proud to be the home club to several members of the Ontario Sailing Team, and encourages our sailors and instructors to compete at the highest levels.
  • During a course, certified instructors may be accompanied by Instructor Trainees, or "I.T.s". These volunteers are qualified sailors working toward their teaching certifications and contribute their time, effort and experience to assist the sailors and the instructors when possible.

Safety Requirements

  1. Each sailor must have his or her own approved vest type lifejacket. This will be worn at all times when on the water. Note that lifejackets must be approved by either Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, or Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  2. Sailing is an active pastime. Each sailor must be able to swim a minimum of 50 feet within a reasonable time.
  3. Each sailor must be able to swim underwater.
    (Note that sailors may be tested to ensure they meet above swimming requirements.)
  4. Each sailor is requested to dress for the weather, considering both temperatures (hypothermia) and sun (UV) for any given day. Sailors should also bring sunscreen as necessary for their own use.
  5. Sailors must bring proper footwear that can be worn on a boat and in the water.

Other Requirements

Each sailor must bring their own refillable water bottle, with their name indelibly marked. Disposable water bottles will not be allowed. A means of clipping the bottle to a boat is preferred if sailing in a dinghy.

Lunches will also be "garbage-free", and packed in reusable containers with their name indelibly marked. To maximize time on the water, and when conditions allow it, there may be days when the sailors have lunch on the water.

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Valuables should not be brought to class (ie: phones, cameras, watches, jewellery). These items can be too easily dropped overboard or damaged by the water. Also, SPSS cannot be held responsible for valuables left unattended in the buildings or on the dock during a class.


  • All applications, including adult programs, must be accompanied by either payment in full, or a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 and a post dated check for the balance to be dated 14 days prior to the start of your course.
  • Separate applications must be made for each space requested.
  • Refunds of balance will only be issued if notice of cancellation is received fourteen days prior to the start of class. Cancellations received on or after this day are non-refundable.


CANSail Levels were introduced in 2012. Here is a general comparison to the old levels.

CANSail 1:
Ages 8-18 Similar to White Sail 1
CANSail 2:
Ages 9-18 Similar to White Sail 2 + 3
CANSail 3:
Ages 9-18 Similar to Bronze IV Learn to Race
CANSail 4:
Ages 12-18 Similar to Bronze V Learn to Race
CANSail 5:
Ages 12-18 Similar to Silver VI with Race Team
CANSail 6:
Ages 15-18 Similar to Gold VII with Race Team

Full details are available at the Sail Canada website. Levels are accomplished when a skill level is achieved. The number of weeks indicated for a level is only a recommendation - please don't hold us to it. Everyone learns at their own pace, and weather can play a big role. Our instructors stress fun over achievement for young children. If level achievement is important, tell your instructor and they will give you progress reports.

Ages 6-7-8 Introduction to sailing safety, skills and fun on the water. One week. (Note that this is not a CANSAIL level)

Advancing Sailors: Questions and Concerns

SPSC Sailing School has set a high standard of achievement for its sailors to insure they move through the levels with confidence and the required base skills. Many of the instructors frequently required repeated levels to meet the program requirements.

In the past, instructors have felt parental pressure to advance sailors who had not achieved the required competence to advance. Obviously this would create serious concerns if, while in advanced levels, the sailor was unable to demonstrate the required skills — especially when some were necessary to sail independently on the Great Lakes

Please accept and appreciate that not all sailors will achieve the required skills on the first attempt. It is our goal to insure sailors can demonstrate consistently the required skills of the level being undertaken — a sailor that does not consistently demonstrate the required skills does not fail — the sailor has simply not completed the level. Please contact your child's instructor if you have concerns about your child's advancement. In most cases extra help can be arranged if you wish.