About Us

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Sail Training

Member vessels and programmes foster opportunities for intensive personal development, a life experience that advances leadership development, an utter reverence for nature, a sense of time and place, an appreciation for history, and essential value of teamwork skills. Sail training ingrains the qualities of stewardship, resourcefulness, pride, humility, bravery, strength, tenacity and grace. Sail training ships and learning to sail are our voyage and our tools; our destination is personal development.

The Preservation of Maritime Heritage

TallShipsCAN welcomes members from the fleet of Canadian heritage vessels, Canadian Maritime Museums, Canadian Maritime artists and all those dedicated to the significant role that ships have played and continue to play in defining Canada’s maritime history. From Canada’s Naval and Coast Guard vessels to our fishing fleet to the Nation’s indigenous waterways and water craft, celebrations of these elements are a defining part of Canadian culture and history.

Environmental Stewardship

TallShipsCAN supports member vessels’ stewardship of the Marine environment, advocating adherence to international and national regulations covering water quality and fish and wildlife protection.

TallShipsCAN is a member in good standing of the The Sail Training Blue Flag Scheme, a joint initiative between Sail Training International and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE - Denmark). Members work to minimise the impact of sailing on the marine environment both at sea and in port.

Maritime Career Advocacy

TallShipsCAN works collaboratively with Marine Training Centres across Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Navy (Oriole), and its more than 3500 annual trainees to regularly connect experienced marine personnel and marine schools so that youth may be well-informed about this important Canadian professional service sector. Partner organisations are regularly invited to join member vessels to inform and to recruit young people who have already engaged in sail training. Further, partner organisations are invited to participate in information sessions at our Annual Conference.

Funding Support for Canadian Operators

TallShipsCAN has joint responsibility for the administration of a bursary scheme developed in 2017. Called the Canada 2017 legacy fund, members sail training programmes may qualify for support for sail trainees. This scheme is directed to both national and international sail training activities and requires a 50/50 contribution from trainees and our sponsoring members.

TallShipsCAN’s administrative office works closely with government departments to submit qualifying funding applications for funding for sail training initiatives. Such initiatives may include: youth programmes, marine training programmes, social justice and gender equality opportunities, adjudicated youth initiatives, special needs students and several similarly inspired social actions.

Organisational and Logistical Support for Canadian Maritime Festivals

Communities across the country call on TallShipsCAN to support the economic and social impact of tall ship and marine festivals. TallShipsCAN’s presence includes an interactive “Education Tent” where young attendees and their families may inquire about joining tall ship events and learning about the various careers and opportunities that emerge from the tall ship experience. Recruiters from the Coast Guard, the Navy and Maritime Colleges are there to inform the public.

Additionally, TallShipsCAN assists port organisers with vessel recruitment, cost control, security and public visits, vessel service requirements, special deck events for commercial sponsors and the boarding public. TallShipsCAN alumni serve as programme ambassadors for liaison and communications needs.

Regulatory Support for Operating Members

Communities across the country call on TallShipsCAN to support the economic and social impact of tall ship and marine festivals. TallShipsCAN’s presence includes an interactive “Education Tent” where young attendees and their families may inquire about joining tall ship events and learning about the various careers and opportunities that emerge from the tall ship experience. Recruiters from the Coast Guard, the Navy and Maritime Colleges are there to inform the public.

Additionally, TallShipsCAN assists port organisers with vessel recruitment, cost control, security and public visits, vessel service requirements, special deck events for commercial sponsors and the boarding public. TallShipsCAN alumni serve as programme ambassadors for liaison and communications needs.