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Glenmore Sailing School Adult sailing lessons

Glenmore Sailing School adult sailing lessons range from complete beginner to advanced. Adult evening lessons run two nights a week for a month, from May to September. Weekend lessons run two days a week for two weeks.

Benefits of taking our adult sailing lessons

Sailing is great strength and cardiovascular workout that helps improve concentration and awareness of your surroundings. Sailing is a relaxing pastime. Learning to sail builds confidence while providing a great sense of accomplishment.

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

2024 spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps:

  • Summer day camp registration is open
  • Program and class registration is open
  • Certification registration registration is open

Ensure your Live and Play account is ready on registration day by logging in and verifying your information is up to date. Get ready to register.

Registration will open:

  • 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.).
  • 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
  • During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.

Upcoming facility closures

Programs, classes and swimming lessons will not be offered at the following facilities while they undergo repairs:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this spring and summer.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this summer.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre: closed this summer.

Types of adult sailing lessons

Which course should I take?

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.


About our sailing instructors

All staff at the Glenmore Sailing School are trained in Intermediate First Aid and CPR. They are Sail Canada certified, knowledgeable, and active members of the sailing community who are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for sailing.

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.

All CANSail programs are run in dinghies (small one-person to three-person boats).  The best way to learn is to get on the water as soon as possible, so expect to begin sailing right away. Students will spend some time at the helm and some time as crew.

Evening classes are available for adult students who have completed CANSail 2 and wish to continue improving by enrolling in our CANSail 3&4 program. This combined class is open to a variety of advanced skill levels.

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 medal/snacks or go offsite to purchase food

More sailing lessons

Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.