Be the Wind in a Young Person's Sails

Let’s go sailing with young people experiencing barriers! They’ll develop knowledge, skills, and social belonging.

Inspiring Youth Through Sailing Since 1998

Canada’s youth face a host of brutal obstacles.  None more-so than potentially vulnerable kids like newcomers, kids from socioeconomically disadvantaged families, and oppressed minorities. 

The marine sector and sailing community have traditionally been inaccessible to youth of low socio-economic status. Broad Reach Canada is committed to fostering greater equity and inclusion within these communities, and positively influencing the personal growth of youth from various backgrounds.

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Spark Confidence

Use the transformative power of sail to spark confidence in the next generation of leaders — across Canada and from vulnerable and at-risk backgrounds.

Workforce Development

Give kids the skills and tools they need to get good jobs on boats so they don't starve and die homeless in the impending climate apocalypse

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Getting Along

Being a crew-member aboard a sailing ship is the ultimate training to become a collaborative team player

Boats are Cool

Seriously. They've got these huge sails and they go fast when the wind blows. This speaks to kids.

Make a Change.

Featured Programs

Ships 2 Shores

A youth-led discovery of Canadian waters and the ships that sail them.

Share your views and experiences with thousands of youth across the country and act on our collective responsibility to our oceans, lakes and rivers. Participate in arts projects, social media challenges and online events.

Summer A-Float

Each of our sailboats offers a different level of operational complexities providing youth with continuity of challenges to learn, to apply new knowledge and skills, and to embrace unique opportunities for development.

Winter A-Shore

Classroom based activities that include S.T.E.A.M. related subjects: sailing and navigational theory workshops; understanding of all aspects of vessel maintenance; study & examination for the Pleasure Craft Operators Card with professional certification, following the successful completion of the examination; exploration of marine art and history; the design, construction, and sailing of a cardboard sailboat in the school’s swimming pool: the first one to stay afloat and reach the end of the swimming pool wins!
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How We're Making a Difference

Broad Reach Canada introduces vulnerable youth to sailing and marine sector activities, which support their intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development. It is our purpose that through our experiential education, youth gain new skills, and learn to think critically, communicate, collaborate and be creative. Broad Reach Canada remains the only registered charity in Canada to offer year-round free impactful and lasting programming. Our activities engage upwards of 3,000 youth ages 12-24/29 in sailing and related activities, both ashore and afloat. These include introductory keel boat sail training, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, lessons on environmental protection and awareness, introductions to marine sector education, training and employment, and tall ship sail training. The marine sector and sailing community has traditionally been inaccessible to youth of low socio-economic status. Broad Reach Canada is committed to fostering greater equity and inclusion within these communities, and positively influencing the personal growth of youth from various backgrounds.