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Girl Guides

The Glenmore Sailing Club is excited to offer an
Introduction to Sailing course for Girl Guides.

The Glenmore Sailing Club has been teaching youth sailing skills for decades. These introduction courses are taught using the Optimist sailboat (above photo) and the Laser sailboat (for older youth).

Girl Guides Introduction to Sailing

This 3-hour course, during May and June, is a good place to start. This course is offered weekday evenings and weekend mornings and afternoons and includes theory and a minimum of 1 hour of sailing.

Leaders and Parents
Here's what you need to know before, and while, the kids are sailing with us.

Youth Summer Sailing Camps
Some youth might want more than a three-hour introduction to sailing... for these youth, we have summer sailing camps. Details about these week-long summer camps here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need a membership at the sailing club to take sailing courses?
  • No
What is the ratio of youth to sailing instructors?
  • 1 instructor to 8 participants
How safe is sailing?
  • Very. The Optimist sailboats we use to teach new sailors are stable and easy to sail.
  • The Sailing Club has a coach / safety boat providing instruction and ensuring youth are safe while on the water.
  • The City of Calgary Boat Patrol on the Glenmore Reservoir can provide safety assistance if required.
  • Statement of Risk and Waiver for sailing.
Does my child need to be able to swim to go sailing?
  • No. PFD's are mandatory (City of Calgary Bylaw) when anyone is on the Glenmore Reservoir. Comfort around the water is helpful.
Are there any required prerequisites before going sailing?
  • No.
How many youth can go out in boats at one time?
  • Typically 18, but for smaller kids the Optimist sailboat can safely carry two youth at a time. There are two controls (rudder and main sail) and the youth take turns steering and controlling the sail.
  • After about age 8, youth would typically go out in the Optimists individually.

What other sailing opportunities are there for youth?

  • Youth that 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 on the deck!
  • 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).

Can Youth take more than one camp in one summer?

  • Yes. Some youth take multiple camps over the summer

Contact us about this program

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Youth Sailing Camps

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

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Sailing for Scouts
Details and Registration.

Register your group for a three-hour "Introduction to Sailing" course. Scouts earn their Level 1 sailing badge through this course.

Warrior Sailing

Register now for a free three-day learn to sail camp. Open to Active Military and Veterans.

Collegiate Sailing
GSC is actively supporting university students building student sailing clubs. Join other students in establishing Post-Secondary Sailing Clubs in Calgary.

Upcoming events

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

Our facility is fully wheelchair accessible, including showers in the change rooms.

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

Phone: (403) 238-2044

Building / Maintenance Issues:
Call (403) 803-8201 or email us

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

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

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Alberta Sailing Association