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Youth Sailing Programs

Glenmore Sailing School youth programs are geared towards sailors aged seven and up. The programs range from complete beginner to advanced. All staff are Sail Canada certified, knowledgeable, and active members of the sailing community, and are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for sailing.

Youth Day Camps

The day camps have been running for the past 50 years, and they are one of the most popular programs. Camps are friendly and fun. Campers sail every day, weather permitting, and also take part in daily games, morning Flag Circle, a field trip, and the much-beloved tradition of Pirates Day. Day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with optional pre-care and post-care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The school provides boats, lifejackets, and all safety equipment. Students are required to bring:

  • closed-toed non-slip footwear
  • a change of clothes, including underwear
  • rain gear such as a rain jacket or rain pants, according to weather
  • packed lunch or a letter from a parent giving them permission to go offsite to purchase lunch

Day camps are available for ages seven to 17. Campers aged seven and eight attend the one-week Wet Feet 7/8 camp, where they learn the basics of sailing, boat handling, and water safety in the Optimist sailboat.

All camps for ages nine and above are nine days long over the course of two weeks. Summer CANSail camps are for levels 1 through 5 and above. The school also offer skill-specific advanced camps such as Spinnaker and Trapeze.

Beginners under 100 pounds enter the sailing program at Wet Feet 9+. Beginners over 100 pounds start in CANSail 1. From there, students move through the levels based upon their individual skill development and instructor recommendation.

Advanced CANSail camps run for nine days over two weeks in July and August. Students registered in CANSail 3 and above attend Wednesday Night Racing with Glenmore Sailing Club. On the two Wednesdays during their camp session, these students arrive at the sailing school at 1 p.m. and stay until approximately 9 p.m. On these days, students should bring a packed dinner, or a note from their parents giving permission to go offsite to purchase dinner.

View our Youth Day camp CanSail Registration chart.

Youth Evening Classes

Youth evening classes are available for sailors aged nine and up. These classes run in the evening twice a week for four weeks. The material covered in the evening classes is the same as in our day camps. Evening classes are offered from beginner to advanced, so no sailing experience is necessary.

Boats, lifejackets, and all safety equipment are provided by the school. Students are required to bring:

  • closed-toe non-slip footwear
  • change of clothes, including underwear
  • rain gear such as a rain jacket or rain pants, depending on weather

The Wet Feet 9+ class is for students who are new to sailing and under 100 pounds. In the Optimist sailboat, they will be introduced to the basics of boating and boat handling in a safe and fun environment.

Youth CANSail 1 class is for students who are new to sailing and over 100 pounds. This class is run in either the 420 or the CJ boats, with two sailors working together in each boat to learn the basics and have fun. Students in this class are working towards their CANSail 1 certification.

View our Youth Evening CanSail Registeration chart.

Advanced Youth Programs

For students who have completed their CANSail 2 level and are looking to continue as a sailor, the school has a number of options. These include Advanced CANSail summer camps and Junior Sailing Club.

Junior Sailing Club is a racing program designed for students who have taken CANSail 2 at least once. The club trains twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is a great way to build skills and make friends. Junior Sailing Club sailors are welcome to compete in Wednesday Night Racing, and they can also attend regattas hosted by Glenmore Sailing School or Glenmore Sailing Club.

Students who have completed their CANSail 3 level may be interested in becoming a volunteer and working as a Junior Instructor.​​