Business Number: 119265924RR0001

Our Mission

TBI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building character in youth through sail training. This is accomplished through the peer-to-peer delivery of challenging programs aboard our traditionally-rigged vessel.  Focused on safety and the creation of positive and memorable experiences for trainees, TBI endeavours to foster learning and the development of practical skills, the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices, and an appreciation of the rich marine heritage of the Great Lakes.


We offer unique sail-training adventures for teens aged 12-18, delivered aboard our Tall Ship, the TS Playfair.

Youth who have a strong affinity for our program continue on in the winter session to gain further training, skills, and certification, working towards promotion into the officer core. These youth officers are then responsible for training the next group of youth who join us on board for the regular summer programming the following year.

This unique youth-to-youth chain of command helps our teens develop strong leadership skills while maintaining a level of professionalism and responsibility that is rarely earned at such a young age. This program builds character and develops leaders of tomorrow.

What People Are Saying

" Not only would I not be who I am today without the program, I wouldn't have met some of the best people in my life. If you are considering going on a course or sending your child do not hesitate. It will be one of the best experiences anyone can have."

— Jonah Charny - Alumni

"Sailing on a Brigantine changes you for the better. It builds character, confidence and teaches you the importance of camaraderie. On the first day you are sailing with strangers; by the last day, you are sailing with family. "

— Sarice Kent- Grebeski - Alumni

"Sailing on the Brigs was probably the most important development in my life, as it helped me understand responsibility and adventure. I still use everything I have learned. I miss the Brigs, but it was the people that made it special. "

— Ryan Mugford - Alumni

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