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Adult Learn to Sail


Welcome to Calgary's sailing community. Sailing is an enjoyable recreation and an exhilarating sport ... sailing offers something for everyone regardless of age, gender or physical ability. 

We recommend progressing through courses like this:

1.  Start Keelboat Sailing course (optionally) Join the Club and sign up for the Co-op Boat program as Crew
     
 2. Keelboat Skipper course (optionally) Join the Club and sign up for the Co-op Boat program as a Skipper
       
 3.
 Keelboat Cruising
 
 

  • Our instructors have extensive sailing experience and are Sail Canada certified.
  • Membership NOT required to take lessons with the Club.
  • ROCm / VHF Radio certification and PCOC are NOT required when sailing on the Glenmore Reservoir


Start Keelboat Sailing Course ($325)

  • Begin sailing with this comprehensive course
  • No prerequisite
  • Learn the basics of being both crew and skipper on a keelboat
  • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor, 15 hours of instruction
  • Course details (pdf)
  • this course is available as a Women's Only course led by a female instructor.
  • Register now


Keelboat Skipper Course ($325)


  • Expand your skills as a skipper
  • Prerequisite: Start Keelboat Sailing Course or equivalent experience
  • This course is for people wanting to join the Club's Co-op Boat Program and those who want to take the Keelboat Cruising Course to charter a sailboat.
  • Includes content specific to Glenmore Reservoir - dock protocol, launching and retrieving a trailerable sailboat, leaving and returning to the dock under sail, local conditions, wing on wing downwind sailing and more.
  • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor, 15 hours
  • Register now

  • Keelboat Cruising Course


Complete your Basic Cruising Standard with this course and start to develop the comprehensive sailing skills you need to cruise BC’s Gulf Islands. This course introduces Sail Canada competencies that are the foundations for chartering a sailboat on BC’s West Coast.

The course may be conducted as a day sailing or as a live-abroad program at the discretion of the instructor. 

Pre-requisites: Students must  have
    • Current GSC membership 
    • Successfully completed GSC’s Keelboat Skipper course
    • Completed 10 hours of sailing as the skipper of a sailboat
Course format
    • Six hours of classroom instruction prior to the practical / on-water course (classroom instruction may include participants from more than one course)
    • Three days of sailing and motoring in BC’s Gulf Islands. Three participants per practical course with one instructor
    • A two-hour exam in Calgary after the practical course on the coast to obtain your Basic Cruising Standard certification

Keelboat Spinnaker (available in 2023)

  • Learn how to rig, hoist, fly, gybe and douse a spinnaker.
  • Prerequisite: Keelboat Skipper Course or equivalent experience. Skills required for this course include strong competency with gybing a sailboat, wind direction awareness, physical ability & balance to be on the foredeck.
  • Co-op Boat Program members must take this course or have experience before flying a spinnaker on the Co-op Keelboats.
  • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor
  • Course details (pdf)


Continue sailing after your course...

  • Join the Club's Co-op Boat Program 
  • Participate in recreational and racing events with the Club.
  • Sail with experienced members and build your sailing skills through our Pickup Crew List. 
  • Join us for a social at the Club.


Club Location:
8601 24 St SW, Calgary, AB T2V 5H9
(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

Connect with us:
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Phone: (403) 238-2044

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Member of the following:

Sail Canada
Alberta Sailing Association 

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 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. 




Thank you to the Community Initiatives Program for funding to purchase boats and equipment for our youth sailing programs.

Thank you for your support



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