Five coaches from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick participated in the daylong clinic which focused on how to support sailors with disabilities. Participants were informed about how to support persons with various disabilities on and off the water. Participants learn how to properly transfer individuals in and out of the boat, became familiar with various types of sailboats used in Able Sail programs, and were trained on how to install and use adaptive equipment on our Martin 16 sailboats. Participants also had the opportunity to sail the Martin 16 and the 2.4m sailboat independently and with a disabled sailor.
After successfully completing the course, these coaches received certification from Sail Canada and obtained the skills that would allow them to instruct/coach in a disabled sailing program.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this clinic especially Jenny Davey who volunteered her time to teach the clinic. We would also like to thank the Nova Scotia Yachting Association for providing the funding for the clinic as well as providing lunch for the participants. We were very lucky that the weather cooperated and that everyone had a great time.