Glenmore Sailing School is located at 8415 24 St. SW, Calgary, in South Glenmore Park.
Parking is available in the south lot by Variety Park. Upon entering South Glenmore Park, turn left at the T-intersection. Please note this is the only public parking. Please do not park along the road within the park, in a boat stall, or in the cul-de-sac. Observe signs.
Yes. For inquiries about renting the school building, please contact us at (403)-221-3689.
Sailboats are available to rent during the spring and summer. To rent a boat, please talk to Boat Patrol in the office by the boat ramp. For more information about rentals, please go to the Rentals page.
No, the City of Calgary does do not rent kayaks or canoes on the reservoir. The only boats available to rent are sailboats. All the other boats you see in our boatyard are privately owned. Canoes can be rented across the reservoir, at the Calgary Canoe Club in North Glenmore Park.
Yes. Sailing is not the kind of activity that you can pick up on your own without any instruction, and for your safety, you need some previous sailing experience and knowledge if you would like to rent a boat.
Boat rentals for the public cost $30/hour, to a maximum of $90/day. If you have taken one of our sailing programs this season, you should have received a pass which will let you rent a boat for $45/day. This pass will also allow you to rent a boat for $15 on a Wednesday evening, to participate in Wednesday Night Racing at the Glenmore Sailing Club. For more information on rentals please see our Rentals page.
Boat stall rentals are available at the Glenmore Reservoir from May 1 until October 31. Boat stalls rented after May 1 are prorated to reflect the date booked. For information on pricing, and to book a boat stall in either the South Glenmore boatyard or at Heritage Docks, please visit the City of Calgary page on Booking a Boat Stall.
General Sailing Information
Programs are designed with safety in mind at all times. You will always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) when on or near the water. All staff at the Glenmore Sailing School are trained in First Aid and CPR. They are all qualified sailing coaches under Sail Canada requirements. Additionally, at all times during classes, Boat Patrol is on duty. Glenmore Boat Patrol monitors reservoir activity and is always ready to help.
Generally, Glenmore Reservoir is quite shallow, and the depth varies depending on the needs of the Waterworks department. The water level is normally lowered in the spring (June) and raised later. In sailing classes the instructor will ensure that you are aware of any geographic features that may be relevant.
There are specialized sailing stores in Calgary: Sailwest Sailboats is on Haysboro Crescent just across 14th Street, and Glenmore Sailboats is on Barlow Trail just off 16th Avenue NE. Both sell boats, gear, PFDs and apparel.
Mountain Equipment Co-op also has a range of equipment and apparel - generally for rowing but also appropriate for sailing.
Canadian Tire is also a good place to find boating equipment, PFDs and apparel.
Sailing Lessons Information
All CANSail lessons are run in dinghies, small one-person to three-person boats which are launched daily from the boatyard. Beginner’s lessons generally use our 420s or CJs, which are most commonly sailed with two people.
We also run Learn to Cruise lessons, which use our 22-foot Catalina.
Most evening and weekend courses are for adults, aged 17 and up. Some are also open to youth, age 14 and up. Skill development courses differ in their age requirements, depending on the boat. Optimist sailors must be between 9 and 14, and Laser sailors must be 14 and up.
Programs are taught to the Sail Canada CANSail standards. You will learn how to start and stop a boat, sail to a point, sail by the sails, tack, gybe, head up, bear away, and adjust your speed and balance.
No. CANSail levels are large, with a significant amount of skill development required in each. It cannot be guaranteed that you will become certified in a CANSail level with just one series of lessons. Based on skill level, progression, and other variables like weather conditions, it may take multiple sessions to complete the level. However, if you do need to take a level again, you’re not starting from the ground up. If you have it, please bring back your checklist from your last course, and give it to the instructor in your new course. They will be able to use this information to help you develop the remaining skills on your checklist. They will also be able to work on building your existing skills to a higher CANSail level. It is not uncommon for one sailor to have different skills spanning two or even three CANSail levels, depending on their abilities and experience.
Wet Feet camps for ages seven and eight are one week long. Camps for ages nine to 17 run for nine days over two weeks.
Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. every day. Pre-care and post-care are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in pre-care or post-care, please check online or at Southland pool to register.
Camps are for ages seven to 17.
Children under the age of 11, and children under 100 pounds, sail Optimists in summer camp. After the Opti program, the boat class is determined by the CANSail level. CANSail 1 and 2 use the 420s and the CJs. CANSail 3 and 4 sail either Laser or race-rigged 420.
Yes. Glenmore Sailing School has three race teams: a youth Opti team, a youth Laser team, and an adult and Master’s Laser team.
At the moment, the race teams do not travel. They train and race on Glenmore Reservoir. Along with the Glenmore Sailing Club, there is a strong racing community on the reservoir, including the Wednesday Night series, and multiple regattas over the season.
The entrance point for sailors with previous experience will depend on individual skill level. If it has been a very long time since you sailed, or if you only received a small amount of sailing instruction, you may wish to start at the beginning, in our entry point for adult sailors. If you have sailed more recently, or are confident in your sailing ability, you may wish to register in CANSail 1&2. It may be possible to change levels after the first session, if you are found to be at a higher or lower skill level than what is offered by the class. This is dependent on instructor availability.
The best level for returning Optimist sailors depends on the child’s age and size. Check your child’s previous CANSail checklist for the instructor’s recommendation.
If your child is new to sailing, but is too big or too old for an Optimist camp, they can begin at the CANSail 1 level. These classes are taught in either a 420 or a CJ.
Just because your child has taken a CANSail camp does not mean they are necessarily ready for the next CANSail level. Often it takes multiple sessions at the same level to advance. Please check your child’s previous CANSail checklist before registering them for a more advanced camp. The checklist should include a recommendation from their previous instructors, detailing which level will be best suited for your child’s skill level and sailing development.