Sailing for Scouts
Scouters and Parents
Here's what you need to know before, and while, the kids are sailing with us.
The Glenmore Sailing Club is excited to partner with Scouts Canada to help youth experience sailing and earn sailing badges as part of The Canadian Path.
The Glenmore Sailing Club has been teaching youth sailing skills for decades. Courses are taught using the Optimist sailboat (photo above).
Youth Introduction to Sailing
This 3-hour course, during May and June, is a good place to start. This course is offered six times per week and includes theory and a minimum of 1 hour of sailing.
- Thursday evening (6-9pm), or
- Friday evening (6-9pm), or
- Saturday morning (9am-noon), or
- Saturday afternoon (1-4pm), or
- Sunday morning (9am-noon), or
- Sunday afternoon (1-4pm)
3 hour course ($30 + GST)
Youth Summer Sailing Camps
The Club's summer sailing camps teach fundamental sailing skills on land and water in a fun, safe week-long camp.
Week long camps, half-day ($235) or full-day ($385)
(Scouts Canada youth receive a 10% discount off sailing camp registration)
Register your group now
Frequently Asked Questions
Has the Glenmore Sailing Club signed the Scouts Canada Indemnification Agreement?
What ages of kids can participate in the Scouts Sailing program?
- Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers
- In the fall of 2019, Scouts Canada made changes to several Standards which now precludes Beavers from participating in sailing programs.
- Per Scouts Canada, there are many exciting adventures for the younger youth to look forward to in Cub Scouts and older sections.
Do we need a membership at the sailing club to take sailing courses?
What is the ratio of youth to sailing instructors?
How safe is sailing?
Does my child need to be able to swim to go sailing?
- Very. The Optimist sailboats we use to teach new sailors are stable and easy to sail.
- We have two sizes of sails for the Optimist sailboats so youth can safely enjoy sailing across a wider range of weather conditions. The smaller sails are used when there is a bit more wind to ensure the kids have a great experience sailing.
- 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.
Are there any required prerequisites before going sailing?
- No. PFD's are mandatory (City of Calgary Bylaw) when anyone is on the Glenmore Reservoir. Comfort around the water is helpful.
How many youth can participate at one time?
- Not for the Level 1 course.
- Youth have two in-the-water skills which need to be achieved in a pool or other body of water as there is no swimming in the Glenmore Reservoir. These skills are jump in chest-deep water while wearing a PFD and blow bubbles in the water for 10 seconds .
- up to 26 (we have 26 boats for Scouts to sail)
- For younger / smaller youth, the Optimist sailboat can be sailed with two youth aboard. There are two controls in the boat (rudder and mainsail) and the youth take turns steering and controlling the sail.
- Typically after age 8 or 9, youth would sail an Optimist individually.