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Start Keelboat Sailing
Sailing is a great activity for everyone 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.

  • Start Keelboat Sailing - learn the basics of of crewing and skippering on a keelboat
  • Keelboat Skipper - learn more about skippering a boat with crew.
    * After this course you can join the Club's Co-op Boat Program.
  • Keelboat Cruising - navigation, tides, charts, current, day beacons, lights, etc for sailing larger bodies of water. Prerequisite for this course: 10 hours of skippering a keelboat and the completion of the Keelboat Skipper course.
    ** upon the successful completion of this course, you will also have the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard.

No membership required to take lessons.

You will learn through both ashore and on-the-water instruction on our SanJuan 21 keelboats (the local SanJuan 21 fleet is the largest and most active in North America).

Our instructors are 
Sail Canada accredited
with extensive sailing experience. You will have a memorable learning experience which will set you up for success to continue sailing.

Start Keelboat Sailing 
  • Begin your sailing education with this comprehensive course where you'll start crewing and helming a keelboat
  • No prerequisite
  • 15 hours of instruction
  • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor
  • Course details (pdf)

    Women's Only Start Keelboat Sailing 

    • The Start Keelboat Sailing Course with a female instructor for female participants.

    Keelboat Skipper 

    • Continue your education with the goal of skippering the Club's Co-op Keelboats for recreation or racing.
    • Prerequisite: Start Keelboat Sailing Course or equivalent experience (experience validated through written and sailing skills tests)
    • This course builds on the fundamental skills developed during your Start Keelboat Sailing course and covers all sailing skills needed for local lake sailing. 
    • Includes content specific to lake sailing at Glenmore - dock protocol, launching and retreiving a trailerable sailboat, leaving and returning to a dock under sail, local conditions, wing on wing downwind sailing and more.
    • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor, 15 hours
    • Note: Participants successfully completing this course are eligible to take the Keelboat Cruising course (sailing safety, navigation charts, tide and current tables, manoeuvering under power and more.)

    Keelboat Cruising 

    • Develop the comprehensive sailing skills most sailboat charter companies require to enjoy cruising the Gulf Islands.  
    • Prerequisite: Keelboat Skipper course and minimum of 10 hours of sailing, primarily as a skipper helming a boat.
    • 14 hours of instruction
    • 3 participants per course with 1 instructor
    • (note: after successful completion of this course, students will receive their Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard certification)

    Keelboat Spinnaker 

    • Learn how to rig, hoist, gybe and douse a spinnaker.
    • Prerequisite: Start Keelboat Sailing Course or equivalent experience
    • This is a mandatory course for all Co-op Boat users intending to fly a spinnaker.
    • 3 participants per course / 1 instructor
    • This course is offered based on demand
    • Course details (pdf)

      After your courses...

      Join the Club and sail the Club's Co-op Keelboats (as crew or skipper based on your experience).

      • Participate in recreational and racing events with the Club.
      • We add all participants to the Club's Pickup Crew List, go sailing with experienced sailors and build on your sailing experience.
      • Come to any social at the Club, meet other sailors, some may be looking for crew.

      No events available

      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

      Connect with us:
      Contact the Board

      Phone: (403) 238-2044

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      Community Sport Partner

      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 for your support

      McKenzie Towne

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