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The Glenmore Sailing Club is open and running sailing programs while the City of Calgary is working on the dam.

Register now for Youth Summer Sailing Camps.

The sailing area will be impacted by the lower water level (map).

For more information about the project, visit the City of Calgary’s Glenmore Dam Infrastructure Improvement

Sailing for Scouts

The Glenmore Sailing Club is excited to partner with Scouts Canada to help youth earn sailing badges as part of The Canadian Path.

Experience Sailing.
Experience not necessary.

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

There are two ways Scouts can go sailing:

  1. Youth Introduction to Sailing
    3 hour course ($30)
  2. Youth Summer Sailing Camps
    Week long camps, half-day ($235) or full-day ($385)

Scouts Sailing Program 2018

Youth Introduction to Sailing
Youth Introduction to Sailing
    Youth Summer Sailing Camps
Youth Summer Sailing Camps    
      Scouting Coastal Sailing Trip
        Scouting Regatta

Youth Introduction to Sailing

This 3 hour course, during May and June, is a good place to start. This course is offered four times per week and includes theory and a minimum of 1 hour of sailing.

  • Tuesday evening, or
  • Thursday evening, or
  • Saturday morning, or
  • Saturday afternoon
Youth Summer Sailing Camps
The sailing camps (Monday to Friday, every week during July and August) teach fundamental sailing skills on land and water in a fun, safe week-long camp.

Scouting Coastal Sailing Trip (advanced)
Venturers and Rovers who have taken sailing courses through the Glenmore Sailing Club; participated on the youth race team; and/or regularly participated in the Wednesday Night Racing; or have sailing experience can participate in a Scouting Coastal Sailing Trip to sail in/around the Gulf Islands in British Columbia. (fees applicable)

Scouting Regatta
Scouts having participated in a Youth Summer Sailing Camp can finish their season with a one-day regatta on Saturday September 8, 2018. The regatta would be a round-robin style event with sailors taking turns in the boats throughout the day. On-the-water sailing would be supplemented by on-shore events to keep youth engaged during the day. (fees applicable)

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Youth Summer Sailing Camps (detail)
The nine Scouting sailing badges are based on Sail Canada's sailing education program. The Glenmore Sailing Club has taught these courses for decades with Sail Canada certified instructors.
Scout Sailing Badge Achieve this badge through the Glenmore Sailing Club
 Sail Canada equivalent
Stage 1 Youth Introduction to Sailing (all ages)
(3-hour course)
I CAN Sail
Stage 2
Youth Summer Sailing Camp (ages 5-7)
(half-day course from Monday - Friday, offered in both the mornings and afternoons)
Wetfeet 1
Stage 3
Youth Summer Sailing Camp (ages 5-7)
(half-day course from Monday - Friday, offered in both the mornings and afternoons)
Wetfeet 2
Stage 4
Youth Summer Sailing Camp (ages 8-13)
(full days Monday - Friday)
CANSail 1
Stage 5
Youth Summer Sailing Camp (ages 8-13)
(full days Monday - Friday builds on the skills of CANSail 1)
CANSail 2
Stage 6
Youth Summer Sailing Camp (ages 9-14)
(full days Monday - Friday builds on the skills of CANSail 2)
CANSail 3
Stage 7
Youth Summer Sailing Camp CANSail 4
Stage 8

CANSail 1-2 Fundamental Sailing Instructor course
Stage 9

CANSail 3-4 Sailing instructor course and CANSail 5

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Frequently Asked Questions
Has the Glenmore Sailing Club signed the Scouts Canada Indemnification Agreement?
  • Yes
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 is out on the Glenmore Reservoir and 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.
  • To achieve the Level 1 sailing badge, youth have two in-the-water skills - jump in chest-deep water wearing a PFD and blow bubbles in the water for 10 seconds. These need to be achieved in a pool or other body of water, there is no swimming in the Glenmore Reservoir.
How many youth can go out in boats at one time?
  • Typically 18, but up to 36.
  • 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

Does every participant achieve the level of youth sailing camp they are registered in?

  • Achieving the sailing levels is based on skill achievement. Sometimes youth will take a course again to master a few of the skills at that level.

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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.

Register now!

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.

Wall of Fame

GSC members sailing and winning regattas. 

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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:
P.O. Box 72107, Glenmore Landing PO
Calgary, Alberta T2V 5H9

Phone: (403) 238-2044

Building and  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)
Member of:
Sail Canada and the Alberta Sailing Association

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

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