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Sailing is a great activity for anyone who enjoys water sports or outdoor recreation. As both a recreational pastime and an exhilarating sport, sailing offers something for everyone... regardless of age, gender or physical ability.

Keelboat lessons are taught in the SanJuan 21 keelboat. The local fleet of SanJuan 21s is the largest and most active in North America. 

Keelboat Learning Pathway (click image to enlarge)

Club membership not required to take lessons with us (members get discounts on lessons and can use the Club's Co-op Boats).

Participants learn through both on-land instruction and on-boat time in a keelboat with a Sail Canada accredited instructor with, in some cases, decades of sailing experience. They distill their knowledge down to the essential elements you need to know to have a memorable learning experience and set you up for success with your sailing.

Start Keelboat Sailing course

  • For people wanting to crew on a keelboat
  • 15 hours of instruction
  • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor
  • Course details (pdf)

Basic Cruising Skills Book
New 2019 revised edition. 208 pages. Illustrated.

This book covers all skills for Sail Canada's introductory Learn to Cruise program. Guides a novice sailor through the language of sailing, rigging sails and lines, and safely operating the sailboat under power or sail. Also covers basic navigation, the Canadian buoyage system, tides and currents, reefing in heavy winds, heaving to, and recovering a person overboard.

This book can be purchased direct from the Club and it is available at a discount for all Keelboat sailing lesson participants (order when registering for a course).

Skipper Course

  • For people wanting to skipper the Club's Co-op Keelboats
  • This course builds on the Start Keelboat Sailing Course and uses content from the Basic Cruising Standard Course you'll need to sail locally (departing and returning to the dock under sail, additional understanding and experience with being the boat's skipper, seamanship, sail reefing sails, additional weather skills)
  • Good refresher course if you sailed or took lessons a while ago and want to get back into sailing.

Keelboat Spinnaker Course

  • This course is required for those wanting to fly a spinnaker as either crew or skipper on the Club's keelboats. Without this course, it is always an option to sail a keelboat downwind "wing on wing" (with the main and jib).
  • 3 participants per course with 1 instructor
  • This course offered based on demand
  • Course details (pdf)

    Basic Cruising Standard Course

    • Participants will get the most out of this course if they have had some sailing experience. This course or the Helm Course (or comparable experience) are required to skipper the Club's Co-op Keelboats.
    • Participants develop the sailing skills required to charter sailboats (Note: most all sailboat charter companies require a PCOC, Coastal Navigation course completion, VHF radio certification and sailing experience).
    • 28 hours of instruction
    • 3 participants per course with 1 instructor
    • Basic Cruising Standard courses are full for 2019. If you would like to be on the wait list for this course, please email us.
    • Course details (pdf)

      After your lessons...

      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


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      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

      GST #88037 2875 RT0001

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      Phone: (403) 238-2044

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      Sail Canada
      Alberta Sailing Association 

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

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      Our thanks for their support!

      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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