Junior Sail




Junior Sail Fundraising Events


Monetary Donations 

It is official!  We have been approved by SportNS for a special fundraising project benefiting our junior sail program.  This process allows monetary donations to receive a tax receipt for anything in excess of $25.  For any donation amount the below NSTF donor form needs to be completed for each cheque as it references our project number and allows us to track all funds and taxable receipts.  Cheques are made payable directly to the National Sport Trust Fund which in turn will forward funds to the junior sail program of SMSC.

Please fill out this Form  and submit with a cheque payable to the National Sport Trust Fund.  The Fund is our agent and they have assigned a specific project number to SMSC for us to use in communicating and facilitating taxable receipts.  In essence funds go to the National Sport Trust Fund and they in turn issue tax receipts and then funds are transferred to SMSC.

If you would prefer, please drop by the club with your cheque , we can complete the form with you and  submit on your behalf 

Thanks very much for your support !!



SMSC Programs

Registration is opening soon for Summer 2019!

The St. Margaret Sailing Club Junior Sail program provides kids ages 5-18 the opportunity to learn basic and advanced sailing skills. We offer 2 week and full month courses for students looking to spend their summers out on the water. Our lessons are held at the beautiful St. Margaret Sailing Club in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia.  

We strive to provide our young sailors with the latest equipment and professional instructors to make their sailing experience one of the best. Students are taught seamanship in a friendly classroom environment plus on the water sailing where they can practice their newly learned skills.

Youth Sailing

St. Margaret Sailing Club's Junior Sail programs are a great way to stay active and have fun this summer. Our programs allow young sailors to spend their summer days enjoying life on the water while developing sailing skills and lifelong friendships. Our courses are taught by Sail Canada (formerly Canadian Yachting Association) certified instructors who allow students to experience sailing in a fun-filled, challenging and safe manner.  All learn to sail classes run weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

  • All learn to sail classes run weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Membership isn't required for youth learn to sail programs (although we'd love to see you join)

The CANsail level requirements for each session have been prepared and posted online. We hope this will help the children understand the requirements at each level and what they need for each category to successfully pass and show proficiency with their instructor.


Programs Offered

CANSail Checklist

SMSC Junior Sail Parent Guide Book


Meet Our Coaches

Laura - Head Coach

“My name is Laura and I am so excited to be returning for my second year as the SMSC Head Coach! I grew up learning how to sail at SMSC and fell in love with both the incredible sport and our beautiful sailing club on the bay. I spent my years on the race team racing 420s and one year racing Lasers, and I have been fortunate enough to experience dinghy racing opportunities both provincially and nationally. 

Aside from sailing, I recently graduated from Mount Allison University with an Honours Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Geography, and I am planning to move to Ontario this fall to pursue a diploma in Outdoor Adventure Naturalism. I love spending time outside and, on the water, and I hope that we are able to instill that same love through our junior sail program! If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to send me an email at lmanuge.smsc@gmail.com, or drop in to come speak with me in person. I’m looking forward to another fun summer on the Bay!”


Soph - WetFeet

Hi sailors! My name is Soph and I am so excited to be back for another summer at SMSC teaching the WetFeet learn to sail program! I just finished my second year at Dalhousie University where I am pursuing architectural studies. I caught the sailing bug 12 years ago at St Margaret Sailing club when I first started in the Opti learn to sail program.  I have fallen even more in love with the sport since.  The coaches I have had at SMSC from when I first started sailing, through until my last 3 years on the SMSC race team have been the main reason I wanted to become a coach myself.  I am so excited to share my love of sailing on St. Margaret's Bay with all of my young sailors this summer.


Peter - CanSail 1

My name is Peter, and I will be returning as the CanSail 1 coach this summer. As a child, I was fortunate enough to spend 10 years in the junior sail program and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summers.  My last 3 years in the junior sail program were spent on the race team where I had the opportunity to compete in many provincial and national regattas around the province.  Aside from sailing, I played curling at a competitive level for several years and I recently finished my first year studying astrophysics at Saint Mary’s University.  I’m very excited to be retuning this summer and look forward to seeing you all!


Rebecca - CanSail 2

My name is Rebecca Swan and I am very excited to be returning to the St. Margaret sailing club for my third summer of coaching and having the opportunity to work with the CANSail 2 class. I have been a part of SMSC for the past 11 years and was on the race team for 5 of those years. In the past, I have raced 420’s followed by lasers and am currently partaking in senior fleet racing at SMSC. I will be entering my third year at Acadia University this September and am majoring in kinesiology. I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces this summer and cannot wait for the sailing season to begin!


Eva - CanSail 3/4 and 5/6

Eva Sheppard-Dixon has been sailing all her life, beginning her journey in her home country of Bermuda and spending the summers training and competing since she immigrated to Lunenburg as a young girl. She’s excited to begin coaching at SMSC this summer with the CANSail 3/4 & 5/6 Club 420 group and looks forward to bringing her competitive spirit and love of the sport to her students. Eva has been an avid Laser sailor since 2015 who has trained at LYC and RNSYS, competing in the Laser 4.7 class at the Canadian championships in 2018. She also has 2 years of competitive experience in Club 420s and more than 6 years of keelboat experience. She studies Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University, where she is a member of the collegiate C420 team. Eva wants to help her athletes grow by pushing them to their limits while also teaching them to love the sport as much as she does, because she believes that sailing can teach important life skills and foster personal resilience as well as technical skill.


Evan - Coach Assitant

“My name is Evan Logan and I am very excited to be helping with the sailing program this summer. I’ve been part of junior sail at SMSC for 5 years and spent last summer on the race team. I have 3 younger brothers who have all been apart of the junior sail program. I started out sailing echos my first summer then moved to Optis and competed in regattas. I finished sailing and racing in 420s and now have the opportunity to help out with the junior sail program. Outside of sailing I love to play rugby and I am a grade 12 student at King’s-Edgehill School. I can’t wait for sailing to start this summer and I’m looking forward to help out.”


Mya - Coach Assistant

“My name is Mya Snarr and I am super excited to assist with WetFeet and the Cansail 1 class this summer! I got into sailing from my brother and ever since I’ve loved it. I’ve been sailing at SMSC now for 9 years and have raced in Optis and 420s. I was on race team for 3 years competing in 420s. I also work as race committee for the senior fleet and in the SMSC kitchen. I will be starting grade 12 at King’s - Edgehill School in September.  I’m very excited to share my love of sailing with everyone this summer!! Can’t wait for the season to begin!”




Sailing at SMSC has been the highlight of my summer for as long as I can remember, the welcoming environment and the supportive coaches made it easy to have fun while learning plenty of useful new skills.  Anyone who's considering sailing should definiately check it out.


Sailing has taught me the importance of teamwork.  I have gained self confidence in my abilities on the water and on land.  The positive energy around sailing is what brings me back each summer!


CANSail Checklists

The CANSail level requirements for each session are provided to help the children understand the requirements at each level and what they need for each category to successfully pass and show proficiency with their instructor.

Check out full details of each CANSail level requirements

CANSail Checklists

Single Week Sailing Policy

Each CANSail program is designed as a two-week session/period to allow the kids to get the full benefit. The first week teaches the essential skills, which are discussed and executed with application and practice continuing in the second week to build proficiency in each skill. As we hire and pay our coaches based on this two-week model, our priorty is to fill these sessions first.  Single weeks may be requested although placement is not a guarantee.  One week prior to the session start date is the earliest a sailor may be confirmed if space is available for a one week session in the requested sailing level and approval of the placement. If this is of interest to you please email learntosail@smsc.ca with the dates and class level and we will log and track for placement purposes.  A one-week session maybe possible although the first week of any program is preferred at a cost of $350.

Member Discounts

You can easily become a full or social member of SMSC and enjoy our facility and social programs that we offer on a weekly basis year round. To find out more about becoming a club member and to find out about our services see Members tab:

Social Family Membership discount:  10%

Family Membership discount:  25%

Discounts are provided at the end of the summer and after confirmation of a valid current membership.

Note that family memberships apply to one or two parents and their immediate children only.  Nieces, nephews, grandchildren are not included in a family membership.  

Junior Sail Refund Policy

Due to the costs associated with training staff, maintaining equipment and administrative costs SMSC will not offer refunds on any registration fees for any of our Learn to Sail camps. Refunds may be considered in the event of an active waiting list for the camp in question or in the case of physical injury or illness in which case a doctor's note will be required.  

For further information regarding the program, please contact:
Megan Harris - Director of Junior Sail at learntosail@smsc.ca

Drop Off and Pick Up

The Junior Sail Program starts everyday with drop off between 8:30 am and 9:00 am and pick up is from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. 

Message from the Director

Hi everyone, my name is Megan Harris, and I am your volunteer Junior Sail Director. I have been involved with the SMSC board for multiple years now but am not a sailor.  

The Junior Sail course teaches teamwork, organization, strategy, pure physical strength, weather watching, tides to name only a few of the skills that the kids learn but the love and appreciation of our beautiful bay area and waters is pretty cool. Our bay is recognized as a world sailing contender. 

If you are wondering about age, size or experience for your children don't worry as we have programs and boats that will suit their needs, to have an enjoyable and memorable summer experience. Children of all ages and abilities have enjoyed SMSC and have returned summer after summer gaining skills at each level. I should say that we do offer private lessons for any adult or child wanting to develop their skills more or just to gain better confidence in a one on one environment.

Please don't hesitate to contact me by email at learntosail@smsc.ca. I will do my best to answer any question that you may have.  

St Margaret's Bay Sailing Club's Junior Sail programs are a great way to stay active and have fun this summer!