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Girl Guides Sailing Program
Details for Leaders and Parents

The Glenmore Sailing Club has been teaching youth sailing skills for decades. Our courses are taught using the Optimist sailboat.

What should the kids bring

  • PFD - Please ask the kids to bring theirs if they have one. 
  • Clothes / shoes that can get wet.
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle


The Introduction to Sailing course will likely go more than 100m from shore... this requires that the Girl Guides of Canada Third Party Service Provider Interview Checklist (SG.&) be completed and submitted at least three weeks before your scheduled lesson. 



  • The On-Shore instruction will be done inside the sailing club.
  • The Youth Sailing Area is just north / below the Club.


We suggest arriving 10 minutes or so prior to your group's start time.. we might still be rigging boats and getting ready for you but we plan to start your group on time.

  • The first hour and a half or so will be on-shore instruction about safety, sailing fitness and age-appropriate sailing theory.
  • The balance of the lesson will be getting ready to sail and then out for an hour on the water.
  • Morning sessions are 9 am to noon
  • Afternoon sessions are 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Evening sessions are 6 pm - 9 pm

Watching the kids sail

  • There are two pathways around the south side of the reservoir, both will provide you unobstructed viewing of the kids while they are sailing, the lower path is substantially closer to the water.


  • The kids will sail if the wind is between 2 and 20 km/hr (we have new "Reduced Area Sails" for the Optimists we will use when the wind is up).
  • For smaller / younger kids we will happily pair them up with another kid to sail together (having a buddy can be better for some kids)
  • Our emergency protocols document are available in the office
  • Lightening immediately ends all on the water activity


  • Unless we phone to cancel / reschedule... come ready to go sailing.
  • We will call the group leader's cell number we have at the office to cancel anytime before the start of the lesson. 
  • It is possible for the wind to build or diminish during the on-shore component to the point where going out on the water is not possible. If this happens, the session will end after the theory and we will work with your group to reschedule. No payment is required until after the sailing component is completed.
  • Lessons are scheduled months in advance. It is possible there may not be an available time in the calendar that works for your group to reschedule. We apologize in advance if this happens.

What can the kids do next?

  • Youth who have taken a Summer Sailing Camp can come sail for free at our Family Friday evenings. Friday evenings provide a fun and interactive sailing environment and an atmosphere for the family to enjoy a night together. Coaches are available to provide supervision for youth that would like to go out in our Optimist sailboats. Burgers and beverages are available for purchase up at the Club.
  • Any youth participant who registers for sailing lessons will receive a discount equal to their most recent Sailing Program fee.
  • Youth that want more sailing and coaching can join the Youth Race Team. The Team receives regular coaching from Sail Canada certified coaches. The Team also participates in the Wednesday Night Series and weekend regattas (locally and at other sailing clubs).

Adult program

  • The Club has keelboats for adults who would like to experience sailing while the kids are learning and sailing. The adult program is 2 hours of sailing.
  • $30 per person.

Fees and Payment

  • The Level 1 course is $30 per youth and can be paid by cheque when your group arrives to go sailing. 
  • The adult sailing experience is $30 per person.
  • For groups with multiple days scheduled, please bring a cheque on the last scheduled day.
  • GST will be charged on the program fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need a membership at the sailing club to take sailing courses?
  • No
How safe is sailing?
  • Very.

Youth Sailing Camps

Fun, safe and affordable sailing lessons. 
We offer CANSail courses taught by Sail Canada accredited instructors.

The Club's CANSail programs are a “Recognized Training Program” by World Sailing. Read more

Register now

Adult Sailing Lessons
Start Keelboat Sailing
Experience Sailing. No experience necessary.

Register now

Women, Wind and Wine

Info and Register


Club Location:
8601 24 St SW
(South Glenmore Park) - view map

The Club is fully wheelchair accessible.

Mailing Address:
Box 72107, Glenmore Landing PO
Calgary, Alberta T2V 5H9

Phone: (403) 238-2044

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Racing fleets at the club:
SanJuan 21s (website and Facebook)
Fireballs (Fireball Alberta)

GST #88037 2875 RT0001

Donate to Youth Sailing

Our youth sailing program  charitable donations are generously managed by
Parks Foundation Calgary.

Learn more and donate online

Our thanks for their support!

Thank you for your support

McKenzie Towne

Thank you for the grant to purchase boats and equipment for our youth sailing programs.

Thank you for the Amateur Sport Grant to purchase boats and equipment for our youth sailing programs. 

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Alberta Sailing Association 

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