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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).

There are two ways Scouts can go sailing:

  1. Youth Introduction to Sailing
    3 hour course ($30 + GST)
  2. Youth Summer Sailing Camps
    Week long camps, half-day ($235) or full-day ($385)
    All Scouts who have participated in an Introduction to Sailing course receive a $30 discount off summer sailing camp registration

Scouts Sailing Program 2019

Youth Introduction to Sailing
Youth Introduction to Sailing
    Youth Introduction to Sailing  
    Youth Summer Sailing Camps
Youth Summer Sailing Camps    
      Scouting Coastal Sailing Trip
        Scouts Sailing Games

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Youth Introduction to Sailing - Spring

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)

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.

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. (fee applicable)

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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 to 9 participants
      How safe is sailing?
      • Very. The Optimist sailboats we use to teach new sailors are stable and easy to sail.
      • Specifically for the Scouts Sailing program, the Club has purchased a Reduced Area Design sails for the Optimists. These sails will be used when there is a bit more wind because we want to ensure the kids have a great experience sailing. In this picture, the RAD sail is the one on the left, the regular sail is the one on the right. They are great sails.
      • 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?
      • Not for the Level 1 course.
      • Youth have two in-the-water skills - jump in chest-deep water wearing a PFD and blow bubbles in the water for 10 seconds which need to be achieved in a pool or other body of water as there is no swimming in the Glenmore Reservoir.
      How many youth can participate in one Scouting lesson session at a time?
      • 18
      • After about 8 or 9 years old, youth would typically go out in the Optimists individually.
      • For younger / smaller youth, the Optimist sailboat can very safely be sailed by two youth at a time. There are two controls in the boat (rudder and mainsail) and the youth take turns steering and controlling the sail.

      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. 

      Community Sport Partner

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      Sail Canada
      Alberta Sailing Association 

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