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Girl Guides Sailing

The Glenmore Sailing Club's Introduction to Sailing Course for Girl Guides is built on decades of youth sailing instruction. This is a three hour course (on shore instruction and sailing time) using the Optimist sailboat (photo above).

Leaders and Parents

Here's what you need to know before, and while, the kids are sailing with us.

Youth Summer Sailing Camps
For youth wanting more than this three-hour introduction to sailing course... the Club has summer sailing camps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need a membership at the sailing club to take sailing courses?
  • No
What is the ratio of youth to sailing instructors?
  • 1 instructor to 7 participants
How safe is sailing?
  • Very. The Optimist sailboats we use to teach new sailors are stable and easy to sail.
  • 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 on the Glenmore Reservoir 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?
  • No.
How many youth can go out in boats at one time?
  • 14 total
  • For smaller youth the Optimist sailboat can safely carry two youth at a time. There are two controls (rudder and main sail) and the youth take turns steering and controlling the sail.
  • After about age 8, youth would typically sail an Optimist individually.

What other sailing opportunities are there for youth?

  • Youth that want more sailing and coaching can join the Youth Race Team. The Team receives regular coaching from Sail Canada certified coaches. The Team also participates in the Wednesday Night Series and weekend regattas (locally and at other sailing clubs).

Can Youth take more than one camp in one summer?

  • Yes. Some youth take multiple camps over the summer

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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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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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