Sailing Proficiency Exam

Sailing proficiency exams are available at the level of Intermediate (equivalent to at least CANSail 3) or higher. A proficiency exam takes around 2 hours and costs around $60 and will consist of a short orientation to the club in addition to the exam itself.

In order to apply to be tested, please submit a sailing resume to with the following details:

  • when, where and with whom did you learn how to sail?
  • any prior sailing courses and/or certification?
  • what kinds of boats have you sailed?
  • how many years of sailing experience do you have?
  • when was the last time you sailed?

The criteria of successfully completing a proficiency exam are the same as our main requirements for a member to access any of our equipment. These include:

  • Taking care of the equipment:
    • Rigging the gear correctly.
    • Correct Launch and land procedure - Not running aground while doing either.
    • Correctly cleaning and storing of the equipment - this includes repairing or notifying the appropriate Bosen if equipment needs repairs that you can not do yourself.
  • Not putting others in danger:
    • Working knowledge of right of way rules
    • Navigate safely around other people, obstacles and boats out on the water.
  • Not putting yourself in danger:
    • Being able to right the boat from a capsize.
    • Know your wind limits - have enough knowledge of wind conditions so that you don’t go out in conditions above your experience level.
    • Know your time limits - members are not allowed out on the water after sundown and should be on shore cleaning up 30 min before the sun starts to touch the horizon.

It is completely up to the testing instructor to decide what actions you need to complete out on the water. These may include: sailing up wind, sailing downwind, tacking, gybing and capsize recovery. The instructor needs to have a good sense that you will be OK going out on the water on your own or with a partner who has little to no knowledge. If the instructor does not feel confident about your abilities and decides not to pass you they will let you know what skills you need to improve. You can either book private lessons with the testing instructor or contact the head instructor about what options you might have to improve on the needed skill set.

Please note: Capsizing/self rescue is an important part of the exam. We need to ensure that sailors are able to right their vessel from a full capsize so that we are not relying on the emergency rescue team at Jericho. Typically we get people to do two capsize drills in a row to make sure they can manage the vessel.

If you feel you are ready to do a test or are not sure about your skill level please contact the head instructor with a bit about your sailing experience and they will either try and arrange something with one of our instructors or recommend some other approach to gaining access to the equipment.

Please note: that the timing of scheduling a proficiency exam depends on instructor availability.


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