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Meet Our 2021 PYC Learn To Sail Instructor / Coach Team

All Learn To Sail Instructors are certified and registered through the national governing body Sail Canada. This certification includes both practical and theoretical training as well as ongoing assessments throughout their coaching careers. Instructors are also recognized first aid responders and are trained in water and boat rescue & safety.

Our 2021 instructors will bring experiences from sailing many types of boats in various yacht clubs as students, competitors, and instructors. They bring enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge as a team, and we look forward to incorporating their ideas as our program continues to grow.

Marius Miller

Senior Instructor 2021   CanSail Level 1 - 4 Instructor

Marius is returning to us as a Senior Instructor. He has been an instructor with us during the summers of 2019 and 2020, and was an Instructor-in-Training at PYC during the summers of 2017 and 2018.

Marius learned to sail dinghies at Petpeswick Yacht Club, where he completed CANSail levels 1, 2, 3 & 4.  He has experience sailing Echos, Optis, L2s, Lasers, O'Pen Bic and Lightnings.

Outside of sailing, Marius enjoys playing music and sports. He loves sea kayaking with his family and he plays recreational hockey.

This year, Marius studied classical interpretation in double-bass program is at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec. He is also interested in electro-acoustics (recording arts, audio production and the science behind sound manipulation and audio).

Marius is fluent in English, French, and Swedish.

Nina Thurber

Sailing Instructor 2021 CANSail 1 & 2 Instructor 

Nina joins our instructor team following 2 years as in Instructor-in-Training at PYC during the summers of 2019 and 2020. This will be her first year as a certified CANSail level 1 and 2 instructor.

She learned to sail dinghies at Petpeswick Yacht Club, where she completed CANSail levels 1, 2, 3 & 4. Nina has experience sailing Echos, Optis, L2s, 420s,  and Lightnings. 

Outside of sailing, Nina plays soccer and is a competitive figure skater. 

Nina is a french immersion student at Eastern Shore District High where she will complete grade 10 this year and enter grade 11 next fall. Her favourite subjects are band and math. 

Gavin Coolidge

Sailing Instructor 2021 CANSail 1 & 2 Instructor 

Gavin joins our instructor team following 2 years as in Instructor-in-Training at PYC during the summers of 2019 and 2020. This will be his first year as a certified CANSail level 1 and 2 instructor.

Gavin learned to sail at the Petpeswick Yacht Club, completing CANSail levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. He has experience in Lazer, L2s, 420, Echo and Lightning.

Gavin completed the REC youth leadership program in Musquodoboit Harbour in 2018.

Outside of sailing, Gavin likes to make wooden sculptures, crochet, and he is learning to play the guitar. He has his second dan black belt in taekwondo.

Gavin is currently attending Eastern Shore District High and will finish grade 11 this year and enter grade 12 in the fall.

Lukas Miller

Sailing Instructor 2021 CANSail 3 & 4 Instructor 

Lukas joins our instructor team following 2 years as in Instructor-in-Training at PYC during the summers of 2019 and 2020. This will be his first year as a certified CANSail level 3 and 4 instructor.

Lukas learned to sail at the Petpeswick Yacht Club, completing CANSail levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. He has experience in Lazer, L2s, 420, O’Pen Bic, Echo and Lightning.

Lukas completed the REC youth leadership program in Musquodoboit Harbour in 2019.

Outside of sailing, Lukas enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking his dog on walks, jogging and boxing.

He is currently attending Lisgar High School and will complete grade 10 this year and return to grade 11 next fall.

Lukas is fluent in English and French.