The Best Instructors Teach Here

Certified by Sail Canada, Canada’s national sailing organization, which sets rigorous standards. Course candidates receive training in the areas of:

  • Professionalism
  • Skill assessment and correction, specific to entry-level participants
  • Effective interventions and teaching methods for application to introductory and first experience programming
  • Program delivery training according to the principles of the Fundamental Stage of the Long Term Sailor Development (LTSD) framework
  • Use of emergency action plans (EAPs)
  • Providing a safe environment, fun atmosphere, and active experiences on land and on water
  • Communication of progress to participants and parents
  • CANSail course curriculum and instructor resources


Prerequisites For Instructors:

(These must be completed as a condition of being accepted into a Sail Canada course leading to becoming a sailing Coach)


CANSail 4 or higher is recommended (formerly CYA Bronze IV Certificate and Seal)
CANSail Boat Safety or Boat Rescue or Sea Cadets Small Craft Rescue or a Swimming Award such as Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, NLS
First Aid (Minimum Emergency Level)
Pleasure Craft Operator Card
CANSail Fundamental Course (formerly CYA Fundamental Course)
CANSail national certification training and testing, must be completed, in the classroom, on the water, and in the coaching role, before the instructor is certified.
Racing coaches must meet additional standards before being certified.

Meet Our Coaches

Morgan Dauphinee

I have enjoyed taking sailing lessons at the Barrie Yacht Club for many years. After that, I spent a few summers on the race team at the Lake of Bays Sailing Club and had opportunities to compete in lots of regattas. I then had the interest in becoming an instructor and took the opportunity to do so at the Great Slave Sailing Club in Yellowknife where the water was cold but the midnight sun gave us the opportunity so continue sailing late into the evening! At school in Halifax, I recently joined the Dalhousie Sailing Team and am currently a Dal dinghy team co-coordinator. I am thrilled to be back at BYC as the Manager to help make this a fantastic summer for all of our sailors and am excited to see everyone having fun developing their skills in the sport.

Michael Black

I learned to how to sail in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Sailing and racing Opti’s, 420’s, and 29er’s I’ve grown to love the sport so much that I want to pass on my passion for sailing and racing to the next generation of sailors! Sailing is a sport that combines discipline, adventure, and a sense of humour. There is no other sport like it.

Griffin Cudmore-Keating

I will be going into my 2nd year of teaching sailing at the CANSail 1/2 level this summer and couldn’t be more excited. I’ve spent almost every summer sailing through the BYC sailing school, either as a camper, volunteer, racer and now instructor. I have raced extensively in both the C420 and the 29er. I love teaching because it offered me the opportunity to see growth in campers both in their sailing skills but also as people. I get to spend all day on the water with great kids, teaching them to do what I love.

Sam Cumming

Sailing has always been a summer activity that allows me to enjoy the outdoors while being absent from school and other physically demanding sports. I love teaching sailing because it allows kids to also find enjoyment outside of the increasing online world. The sailing school offers great life long lessons of grit, confidence, and obviously the tangible skill of sailing!

Matthew Girard

I learned to sail at the sailing program here at the BYC when I was just 9 years old. I then joined the BYC race team to race boats competitively such as: the 420 and 29er for 4 years. I am now an instructor at the Barrie Yacht Club. I love my job because I have the opportunity to make another kid’s summer great, and potentially spark up the same passion for sailing that I found.

Kieran Smith

After loving sailing for many years, becoming an instructor myself was always the next obvious step. Learning to sail on lake Simcoe has led me to love the sport and all that comes with it. The friendships and skills I have developed along the way has instilled a great passion for sailing. Between the people and the sport itself, I can’t wait for the fun that awaits us out on the water!

Drew Ambeau

I’ve spent many summers at the Barrie Yacht Club where I built friendships and learned important skills like collaboration. I found a passion for the sport when I was 9 years old and soon found myself at the BYC all summer. Now I have the privilege of sharing my passion with great kids while spending time on the water.

Liam Hayes-Laverdiere

The Barrie Yacht Club has become a second home for me after spending almost a decade of summers there. After coming to the BYC with little knowledge on how to sail and over the years of developing my knowledge, I am now thrilled to teach those skills to the next wave of aspiring sailors. I’ve had some awesome opportunities with some great people and really hope to pass on those opportunities and unforgettable times to some new sailors! Here at the BYC, I have also met some amazing people and made some lifelong friends. I can’t wait for another fantastic summer!

Grace Sedore

I learned to sail about 5 years ago through the BYC, it took a couple of days to get the hang of sailing but if it wasn’t for the coaches I would not have kept sailing. The coaches there motivated me to push myself to get better with sailing. Now I can teach kids something I love doing.

Michael Schubert

Seven years ago my parents put me in the BYC’s sailing summer camp. In two weeks I went from knowing nothing about sailing to falling in love with the sport… and I haven’t been able to stop since! This will be my third year instructing and I can’t wait. Being out on the water is my favourite place to be, and I’m super excited to help others fall in love with sailing as I did!

Robert Amos

Hi!  My name is Robert and this will be my second year teaching at the CANSail 1 & 2 level and I am super excited.  I have been with the Barrie Yacht Club sailing school for 9 years.  During my 9 years, I sailed competitively for 4 in both C420 and 29er class.  I love being a sailing instructor as it gives me the ability to share my passion and knowledge of sailing as well as give back to the sailing community!

John Ball

I’ve been coaching at the Barrie Yacht Club for 5 years and have been sailing at BYC since I was 9years old. I was a part of the BYC Race team where I raced 420s and a 29er before I began coaching. I wanted to start coaching because I had such a great time when I was in camp and wanted to give back the same experience.

Carleigh Styles

After learning to sail on Georgian Bay when I was 9 years old, I never looked back. I have continued to take every opportunity to be out on the water and enjoying the sport since then.
As a camper I always loved how much fun the coaches made the experience and I’m super excited to be able to do the same now as an instructor!

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