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).
Sailing Skills 1 - Introduction to Sailing
(competencies taught during course)
This 3-hour course, during May and June, is offered six times per week and includes safety and sailing 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)
3 hour course ($30 + GST)
Sailing Skills 2 - a lot more sailing
(competencies taught during course)
This 12 hour course over two days on a weekend during May and June is available on demand. This course expands the knowledge and independence of the participant through ashore instruction and eight hours of sailing.
Prerequisite - completion of Sailing Skills 1
Saturday and Sunday (same weekend) 9am - noon and 1 - 4 pm
12 hour course ($100 + GST)
Register your group now
Frequently Asked Questions
Has the Glenmore Sailing Club signed the Scouts Canada Indemnification Agreement?
What ages of kids can participate in the Scouts Sailing program?
- Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers
- In the fall of 2019, Scouts Canada made changes to several Standards which now precludes Beavers from participating in sailing programs.
- From Scouts Canada "there are many exciting adventures for the younger youth to look forward to in Cub Scouts and older sections."
Do we need a membership at the sailing club to take sailing courses?
What is the ratio of youth to sailing instructors?
How safe is sailing?
Does my child need to be able to swim to go sailing?
- Very. The Optimist sailboats we use to teach new sailors are stable and easy to sail.
- We have two sizes of sails for the Optimist sailboats so youth can safely enjoy sailing across a wider range of weather conditions. The smaller sails are used when there is a bit more wind to ensure the kids have a great experience sailing.
- 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.
Are there any required prerequisites before going sailing?
- No. Lifejackets or PFD's are mandatory (City of Calgary Bylaw) when anyone is on the Glenmore Reservoir.
How many youth can participate at one time?
- Not for the Level 1 course.
- Youth have two skills which need to be achieved in a pool or other body of water as there is no swimming in the Glenmore Reservoir. These skills are (1) jump in chest-deep water while wearing a PFD and (2) blow bubbles in the water for 10 seconds .
- up to 26 (we have 26 boats for Scouts to sail)
- For younger / smaller youth, the Optimist sailboat can be sailed with two youth aboard. There are two controls in the boat (rudder and mainsail) and the youth take turns steering and controlling the sail.
- Typically after age 8 or 9, youth would sail an Optimist individually.
What if the youth want yet more sailing?
The Club has week-long summer sailing camps and Scouts Canada youth receive a 10% discount off sailing camp registration fee.