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Frequently Asked Questions about Glenmore Sailing School

Facility Information

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Facility Information

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Glenmore Sailing School is located at 8415 24 St. S.W.

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Yes. For inquiries about renting the school building, please contact us at (403) 268-3800.
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Yes. Rentals are available during the Glenmore Reservoir’s normal operating season (May to October). Visit our rentals page for more information and rental rates.

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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.

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Boat rack, stall, or mooring rentals are available at the Glenmore Reservoir from May 1 until October 31. For information on locations, pricing, and how to book, please visit the Booking a Boat Stall page.

General Sailing Information

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General Sailing Information

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Programs are designed with safety in mind. PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) must be worn at all times, both on and near the water. All staff at the Glenmore Sailing School are trained in First Aid and CPR, and are qualified under Sail Canada. Additionally, Glenmore Boat Patrol is always on duty monitoring reservoir activity, so are always ready to help during lessons.

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Generally, the Glenmore Reservoir is quite shallow, but the depth is controlled by the City of Calgary based on a variety of factors, so cannot be predicted. The water level is normally lowered in the spring (June) and raised later in the season. During sailing classes, the instructor will ensure that you are aware of any geographic features that may be relevant.

Sailing Program Information

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Sailing Lessons Information

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All CANSail programs are run in dinghies (small one-person to three-person boats) that are launched daily from the boatyard. Beginner’s programs generally use our 420s, which are most commonly sailed with two people.

We also run Learn to Cruise lessons in our 22-foot Catalina.

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Skill development courses differ in their age requirements, depending on the boat. Most evening and weekend courses are geared toward adults (17+), but some are also open to youth ages 14 and up. Optimist sailors must be between the ages of 9 and 14, and Laser sailors must be 14 or older. Please see the Youth Evening CANsail Registration Chart for more information.

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Programs are taught to Sail Canada CANSail standards. Participants 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 speed and balance.

Summer Camps

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Summer Camps

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Wet Feet camps are four to five days long, depending on the week offered. CANSail camps run for nine days over a two week period.  For more information, check out our program guide.

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Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. every day. Pre- and post-care are available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. For more information, check out our program guide.

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Camps are for ages seven to 17.

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Children age of 11 and/or under 100 pounds sail Optimists, in summer camp. After the Opti program, the boat class is determined by CANSail level. CANSail 1 and 2 use the 420s. CANSail 3 and 4 sail either Laser or race-rigged 420.

Racing

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Racing

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Yes. Glenmore Sailing School has three race teams: a youth Opti team, a youth Laser team, and an adult and Master’s Laser team.

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At the moment, the race teams do not travel; they train and race on Glenmore Reservoir. Along with the Glenmore Sailing Club, Glenmore Sailing School has built a strong racing community on the reservoir, including the Wednesday Night series, and multiple regattas over the season.

Registration Information

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Registration Information

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The entrance point for sailors with previous experience will depend on individual skill level. If it has been a 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 might 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 being offered by the class. All changes are dependent on instructor availability. Please see the Adult CANsail Registration Chart for more information.

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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. Please see the Youth Evening CANsail Registration Chart or the Youth Daycamp CANsail Registration Chart for more information.

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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 a 420. Please see the Youth Evening CANsail Registration Chart or the Youth Daycamp CANsail Registration Chart for more information.

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Just because your child has already participated in a CANSail program at a particular level, it does not necessarily mean that they are 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 program. The checklist should include a recommendation from their previous instructors that details which level would be best suited for your child’s skill level and sailing development.