Physical Requirements for Students taking Sail Canada Cruising Courses
Note: These descriptions address a requirement in TP15136 (Standard for Recreational Boating Schools) section 7 pertaining to recreational boating schools.
Item 7.2 states: “The RBS’ student standard must contain a description of the expected level of physical activity associated with each course level.” The wording below is provided to assist the schools in meeting this requirement. The Cruising Panel believes these paragraphs are representative of information that schools need to make available to their clients.
Introduction to Sailing and Introduction to Powerboating
Participants will have the opportunity to experience sun, wind, spray, rain, and temperatures consistent with the time of year they take part in this activity. When underway the vessel may exhibit irregular motion due to wind and waves. Participants may be asked perform simple tasks at the dock and to move around the vessel when underway. If you walk down the dock with a smile, this session is for you!
Start Keelboat Sailing and Basic Learn to Cruise
These training sessions will require short periods of moderate upper body exertion, and a moderate level of arm strength. Participants will have the opportunity to experience sun, wind, spray, rain, and temperatures consistent with the time of year they take part in this activity. When underway the vessel may exhibit irregular motion due to wind and waves and temperatures may be cooler than on land. Participants will be expected to learn and demonstrate skills and perform tasks while the vessel is at the dock, at anchor, and when the vessel is underway. In a day sailing format, vessels will be underway for varying periods of time (up to 8 hours), during daylight, in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. These sessions are suitable for most fitness levels and will provide a good body core workout.
Participants taking courses in “live aboard cruise and learn” formats may also be subject to conditions normally associated with the Intermediate Cruising standard.