Atlantic Sailing Camp - Halifax, NS

Soldier On is excited to once again partner with WaveSkills Sailing School and the Dartmouth Yacht Club in Halifax NS on 25-29 June 2023. We will be offering a 3-day Sailing Experience where participants will learn basic sailing skills with a focus on the operation of a keelboat as a crewmember. This event is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience that want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
Learn to sail safely as crew of a sloop rigged keelboat 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day. This Standard is ideal for individuals with limited on-water experience. The focus is on initial development of practical skills while participating in operation of a keelboat.

Through instruction and hands on learning participants will learn basic sailing skills and how to safely operate a keelboat. There will be 2 full days of instruction.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Waveskills Sailing School.

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 10.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Serving Members:
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements:
Participants must be able to tolerate 7 hours of light paced activities for 3 days in a row. Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.
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. (Deck can become slippery and difficult for anyone with lower body prosthetics). Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.
Participant will be on the boat all day as we will not dock for lunch, meal will be provided on the boat.
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment. 
Participants are advised that meals and accommodations for this event will be located at Canadian Armed Forces bases/facilities, and thus they may be exposed to a day-to-day military environment. 
Participants also acknowledge that there will be no alcohol allowed in the accommodations and may be required to share accommodations.

Deadline for Nomination Forms

Must be received by Soldier On NLT 29 May 2023
Click on the Application Form  link to express your interest

In order to be considered for selection, all serving members must also complete and submit a chain of command authorization form by the application deadline. 
Authorization Form

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Confirmation Details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
An activity delivery questionnaire will be sent to selected participants to complete and return. This will assist the event OPI and the sport delivery partner with the planning of logistics and the activity.
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

Atlantic Sailing Camp is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves. 

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