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School sailing programs

We offer sailing lessons for junior and senior high school students (grades 7 to 12) in May, June and September on the Glenmore Reservoir. These quality learn to sail classes can be catered to the specific needs of your students.

Benefits of taking our sailing lessons


Sailing is great strength and cardiovascular workout that helps improve concentration and awareness of your surroundings. Sailing lessons build confidence, patience, leadership and improves sailing skills in a team environment.

Students learn basic boat knowledge and water safety while developing the skills to become comfortable in a sailing environment.

School sailing program availability


Spring session May - June Fall session Sept. - Oct.

Maximum per time slot

60 students

40 students

Session hours

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Days available

Monday - Friday Monday - Friday

School sailing program timeline


Date Action/Activity

March 5, 2024

Applications accepted starting March 5

April 2, 2024

Spring & Fall Sailing permits emailed

April 2, 2024

Ongoing applications processed based on availability

Spring Lessons

Spring Session (maximum 60 students) Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. May 6 to Jun. 21

August

Fall lessons confirmed, based on instructor availability

Fall Lessons

Fall Session (maximum 40 students) Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sep. 3 to Oct. 4

School sailing program registration


Cost: Varies by program

Special Requirements: Call 403-268-3800, option 2

About our sailing instructors


All staff at the Glenmore Sailing School are trained in First Aid and CPR. They are Sail Canada certified, knowledgeable, and active members of the sailing community . They are enthusiastic about making sure the next generation of sailors are just as passionate as they are.

What are sailing lessons like?


Expect teamwork, fun, and a safe learning experience. Personal Flotation Devices are worn at all times, both on and near the water. Additionally, Glenmore Boat Patrol is always on duty, ready to help during lessons.

Our sailing lessons involve a minimum one hour of theory and the balance on practical lessons in the water. All areas of basic sailing skills are taught:

  • Boat components
  • Terminology
  • Knots
  • Rigging
  • Sail hoisting
  • Steering
  • Boat balance
  • Sail adjustment
  • Sailing upwind (tacking)
  • Capsize procedures (simulation on dry land)

Come prepared


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

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

Interested in other program options? Check out our programs for schools​ or visit calgary.ca/register to learn how to register for individual programs.

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