Meet the Instructors

Our SISC Summer Sailing School Instructors are well-qualified sailors who love to teach. The Sailing School is supervised by our volunteer Club Sailing School Coordinator under the direction of our Fleet Captain Dinghy.


Matti Troyer

Sailing School Coordinator

Sailing & Instructional Credentials
• Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Offshore(Master of Yachts 200gt)
• Royal Yachting Association Powerboat Level II
• Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator License (PCOC)
• The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design- Composite Boatbuilding
• Commercial Helicopter Pilot
• PADI Rescue Diver

About Matti
Matti learned to sail at SISC and has been volunteering with the junior program for a number of years. After learning to sail in 2008, he has sailed a variety of boats ranging from Lasers to 60ft yachts in the Strait of Gibraltar.  In addition to his sailing experience he is a trained composite boat builder and commercial helicopter pilot.


LehLeh Smallshaw 

Head Instructor

Sailing & Instructional Credentials
• CANSail 1-2 Certified
• CANSail 3-4 Certified
• Coach Boat Safety Course
• PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card)
• First Aid & CPR
• Restricted Radio Operator Licence (VHF)
• Coast Guard Auxiliary Member

Experience
• Fourth year of instructing at SISC
• 13 years sailing experience (and counting)
• Currently racing with University of Victoria Sailing Race Team

About Leh
Leh is a GISS graduate who has been sailing from a young age at Saltspring Island Sailing Club. He is currently in his third year of studies at the University of Victoria in Geography. Leh is a member of the UVic Sailing Race Team and competes in collegiate regattas during the fall, winter and spring. Teaching sailing is Leh’s passion because he’s able to pass on his enthusiasm for the sport to his students and colleagues.


hayleyHayley Ray Harkema

Sailing & Instructional Credentials
• CANSail 1-2 Certified
• CANSail 3-4 Certified
• Completed up to CANSail 5
• Basic First Aid
• Coach Boat Safety Course

Experience
• One season volunteering experience at SISC, 2011
• Three seasons SISC Instructor, 2012-2014
• Two seasons coaching GISS league (2012-2013)
• Coaching SIMS Sailing Team, 2013

About Hayley
Hayley grew up on Salt Spring and is a GISS graduate. A Carleton alumnus, she is currently studying Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University with a split-focus on graphic design and game development. Besides sailing, her interests include technology, art and literature. Hayley is excited to teach at SISC again this summer, especially the Opti advanced course.


oliver-cannonOliver Cannon

Sailing & Instructional Credentials
• CANSail Fundamental Course
• CANSail 1-2 Instructor Course
• Completed up to CANSail 4
• Coach Boat Safety Course
• Emergency First Aid & CPR
• PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card)
• Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons – Boating Essentials Course

Experience
• Two seasons SISC Instructor
• Moderate keelboat sailing and racing experience, including Round Saltspring 2014

About Oliver
Oliver was born and raised on Salt Spring and started sailing at SISC at age 11. He quickly found a passion for it, and later continued on to become an instructor at the SISC Summer Sailing School. Oliver graduated from GISS and is currently a student at the University of Victoria. Besides sailing, he enjoys swimming, snorkeling and other casual sporting activities.


dylan-shaverDylan Shaver

Sailing & Instructional Credentials
• CANSail Fundamental Course
• CANSail 1-2 Instructor Course
• Completed up to CANSail 5
• Coach Boat Safety Course
• Emergency First Aid Course
• PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card)
• Restricted Radio Operator Licence (VHF)

Experience
• Three seasons SISC Sailing School Volunteer instructor
• SISC Junior Race Team
• GISS Race Team
• Keel boat racing experience aboard several SISC boats, including Round Saltspring 2013 and 2014

About Dylan
Dylan graduates from GISS this year and has been sailing since the age of 9 at SISC. He was a member of the GISS Sailing Team that won both the high school regattas they participated in, and the following year Dylan raced 420’s placing second in the Maple Bay Regatta. Along with many years of dinghy sailing, he has also crewed on many SISC keel boat races, including Round Saltspring. Besides his passion for sailing and racing, Dylan also enjoys soccer.