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Youth Sailing Camps

Accessible, affordable sailing camps help youth develop skills including:

  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Self-reliance
  • Mechanics
  • Coping with Adversity
  • Water Safety
  • Math and Science
  • Balance
  • The Power of Possibility

Our week-long sailing camps include land-based and on-the-water education using Club-provided Optimist sailboats. These boats are used globally as youth training sailboats for even the youngest of children.

All youth sailing camps are taught by Sail Canada accredited instructors.

Please read the Sailing Camp Package as it contains everything you need to know about youth sailing lessons.

The Glenmore Sailing Club is a proud Community Sport Partner with KidSport Calgary. Read more about accessing financial assistance for your kid(s) to get or stay involved in sailing.

WetFeet (ages 5-7)

is a half-day, week-long introduction class with either morning and afternoon sessions. This camp focuses on getting a fun and safe introduction to the sport of sailing with age appropriate learning for this age group.

CANSail 1 (ages 8-13)

is a full day, week long introduction class. The primary focus of this course is to provide a fun and safe introduction to the sport of sailing. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Mobile Sailing School
We're excited about the partnerships the Club has with Calgary's lake communities to bring our Mobile Sailing School to kids in their home communities. Same great fun experiencing the joy of sailing... at home! 

Auburn Bay


CANSail 2 (ages 8-13)

We are offering one -  2 week camp and one  - 1 week camp. It is a full day, intermediate class. The prerequisite for this course is completion of CANSail 1.

CANSail 3+ (ages 9-14) is a full day, two week long advanced course. The prerequisite for this course is completion of CANSail 1 & 2.

During this course, content will be taken from CANSail 3 through CANSail 6. Lessons will be tailored to the sailors in the group.

Double-Handed CANSail 2+ is perfect for teenagers wanting to learn to sail in a double handed dinghy.

Our five day learn to sail and learn to race program teaches youth how to sail a double handed sailboat (the 420), and uses friendly / social racing to build and hone sailing skills.   (Ages 12 - 17)

After this course, youth could join the Youth Race Team. The Team sails in the full range of the Club’s boats… Lasers, 420s and 29ers (the 29er is the double-handed boat of the Canada Summer Games).

Kids in Keelboats
 is a five day introductory sailing program to keelboat sailing. Building on previous sailing knowledge, this course introduces youth to the skills required to sail a 21' keelboat and how to sail it as a team. Completion of CANSail 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

(note: apologies, this photo is of kids from our youth team sailing a SanJuan 21... we don't have a photo from the course with an instructor onboard with the kids, but we promise you an instructor is onboard during the course)

Each boat has an instructor onboard with only three kids, youth receive a lot of coaching time as they rotate through learning and becoming proficient on the tiller, mainsail and jib.

The SanJuan 21 is a smaller, stable keelboat ideal for teaching youth how to sail. Keelboats have inherent stability which allows sailors to focus on learning and practicing sail trim, steering and teamwork. 

Youth of all ages and experience levels wanting more sailing time, education and the thrill of racing sailboats might consider joining our Youth Team.

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

Phone: (403) 238-2044

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Racing fleets at the club:
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Fireballs (Fireball Alberta)

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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. 

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

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Alberta Sailing Association 

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