This summer we are adding to our roster of instructors and will have a total of 7, with five returning from last summer, and two new instructors. All of our instructors this year are products of the SLSC.
Kate Thomas (Co-Head Instructor)
Kate is very excited for what she is sure will be an amazing fourth summer instructing and 14th summer sailing at SLSC! This summer Kate will be one of the Co-Head Instructors while overseeing all of the different levels, helping out where needed. She is really excited to have the opportunity to work closely with all of the levels this summer! This year Kate finished her third year of studying Global Development at Queen’s University in Kingston. While at school Kate keeps her sailing skills fresh by sailing for the Queen’s University Sailing Team. This year Kate played an active role on the Queen’s Sailing Team Executive acting as the Vice President. Also during the year Kate teaches adult sailing for the Queen’s Sailing Club and lifeguards at the Queen’s pool. After a busy year of studying Kate is excited for two months of dancing, movie watching, swimming, flag raising and of course sailing!!
Favourite Fun Day: Definitely the Fruit Olympics, I can’t get enough of those delicious bananas!
Childhood TV Show: Arthur
Keira Webster (Co-Head Instructor & CanSail 4)
I am very excited to teach for my third summer at SLSC! This summer, I will be Co-Head Instructor teaching CANSail 4. The past two years I have taught the Wet Feet program for young children new to sailing. I had a lot of fun teaching beginner sailors and watching them progress throughout the summer from timid and indifferent to enthusiastic and confident in a sailboat. As much as I will miss teaching the Wet Feet program, I am looking forward to teaching a new level this year and having the chance to work with more experienced sailors. I have been a sailor at SLSC since I was 10 years old and love its welcoming and contagious atmosphere. In my opinion, teaching sailing is the best job in the world. SLSC instructors get to spend 8 weeks outdoors working with energetic children who are thrilled to learn about sailing and have fun!
I am currently studying Urban Systems at McGill University and have just completed my 2nd year. I can’t wait to spend a summer on the water without any tests and books to worry about. I am also a member of the sailing team at McGill. Thanks to sailing, I have had the opportunity to meet many new people and compete across Canada and the United States. It has definitely contributed to my positive university experience. Some of my other interests include singing, acting, running and yoga. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Favourite Morning Game: Prom Date
Favourite Fun Day: Balloon Day
Favourite Dance: Hawaiian
Team Justin Bieber or One Direction: One Direction
Favourite Tim Horton’s Donut: Chocolate Dip
Coke VS. Pepsi: Coke
Tea VS. Coffee: Tea
One Place you’re dying to visit: Thailand
Childhood TV Show: Arthur
Celebrity Crush: Matt Damon
Amy DesBrisay (Race Coach & CANSail 5/6)
Hello again, Sturgeon! After having spent the last five and a half months studying abroad (and absolutely loving it), I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to be returning home to the best place in the world: SLSC! I can’t wait for another fun-filled, sail-packed summer as SLSC’s Race Coach & CanSail 5/6 Instructor. I know it’s going to be a fantastic season and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Favourite Morning Game: Capture the Flag
Favourite Fun Day: Balloon Day
Favourite Dance: Pyjama dance! In an ideal world, everyone would wear pyjamas on an everyday basis. They’re just so cozy!
Justin Bieber or One Direction: It’s always going to be ONE DIRECTION. I have to admit, I’ve got an incurable One Direction infection. Warning: extremely contagious. Occurs quickly, without much warning. Look out, fellow instructors. Especially those of you who answered the Biebs to this one (not to point fingers…ahem).
Favourite Tim’s Donut: Double chocolate dip. Hint hint kiddies!
Coke or Pepsi: Coke because it’s a classic, and it has creative advertisements.
Tea vs Coffee: TEA. ALWAYS.
Place I’m Dying to Visit: ICELAND, because I’m insanely excited to be going there before the summer kicks off!
Childhood Tv Show: Oooh this is a tough one. I’ll go with Scooby Doo!
Celebrity Crush: At the moment it’s the 1D boys, Leo DiCaprio, and Nina Dobrev.
Owen Thomas (CANSail 3)
Favourite Fun Day: Fruit Olympics, mmmmmm… Bananas
Favourite Dance: Disco.
Team Justin Bieber or One Direction: Been a J-Beibs fan for years, 1D aint’ changing nothing!
Favourite Tim Horton’s Donut: Old Fashion Glazed… The one and only
Coke VS. Pepsi: Coke, has a more sharp taste, pepsi always tastes flat
Tea VS. Coffee: CoffeeOne Place you’re dying to visit: Area 51
Childhood TV Show: Zoom, if you don’t know it, google it… right now!
Celebrity Crush: Emma Watson
Claire Lourie (CANSail 2)
Hi! My name is Claire Lourie and I am a graduate of the SLCS – having started when I was six years old (back in the day when they used to have a program for really young kids). This will be my second full summer instructing at SLSC and I am so excited! I especially look forward to everyone arriving for their first day, getting on the water, exploring the new building, morning games, Tuesday fun nights, Wednesday night races and bonfire, Friday dances and pizza lunch. I guess I’m looking forward to everything! Although I do have some favourites:
Favourite Morning Game: Capture the flag
Favourite Fun Day: Fruit Olympics
Favourite Dance: Boy/Girl
Team Justin Bieber or One Direction: Im team Justin Bieber (obviously)
Favourite tims donut: Old fashioned glaze
Coke VS. Pepsi: I prefer coke over pepsi
Tea VS. Coffee: I’m more of a coffee person but i love tea
Place you’d visit before dying: Greece
Childhood TV Show: Even Stevens
Celeb Crush: Leonardo Dicaprio
John Gilchrist (CANSail 1 and WetFeet)
I’m so psyched to start up my first summer of instructing, and I can’t wait for the first day of club! I’ve always wanted to teach at Sturgeon, so this is really awesome for me. I’ve spent all my summers at SLSC, and along the way I’ve had some awesome instructors, all of whom I’ve learned different things from on how to be a great coach. Hopefully I can bring all of my experiences to SLSC’s instructing team.
I’m in grade 11 in Toronto at Upper Canada College, and I’m definitely looking forward to a few months away from the classroom and the textbooks. Some of my hobbies include hockey, frisbee, tennis, going to the gym (I like to think so), and singing in the shower!
Favourite morning game: British Bulldog
Favourite fun day: Fruit Olympics
Favourite dance: Pajama Dance
Team J Biebs or One Direction: Team One Direction—Amy would kill me if I was a Belieber
Favourite Tims donut: Maple Dip
Coke or Pepsi: Coke 100%
Tea vs Coffee: Tea
Place you’d visit before dying: New Zealand
Childhood TV show: Looney Tunes
Celeb Crush: Emma Watson (honourable mention to Phil Kessel)
Erik Nyhuus (CanSail 1 and WetFeet)
Erik is thrilled to be joining the SLSC crew after an adventurous summer coaching with the Mobile Sailing School with BC Sailing. Having spent his childhood summers in Sturgeon, he’s delighted to have the chance to give back to the community that showed him the sailing world. He’ll be coaching Wet Feet and White Sail and couldn’t be more excited for the summer to arrive!
Favourite morning game: British (of course)
Favourite Fun Day: Fruit Olympics, as long as I’m not eating the bananas
J-biebs vs. 1direction: I guess I’m a Belieber, but never heard a One Direction tune. Don’t tell Amy though, or she’ll freak out.
Tim’s Donut: Cinnamon bun
Coke vs. Pepsi: There’s no difference, and I don’t believe people who claim that there is one
Tea vs. coffee: Coffee, or else I’m a grouch in the morning
Place I’m dying to visit: Paris, France
Childhood tv show: The Magic School Bus!
Celebrity crush: Daniel Alfredsson