Junior Sail

SMSC Programs

Registration is open for Summer 2017!

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 in Canada. Students are taught seamanship in a friendly classroom environment with 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
  • A lunch program will be offered again this year and we are evaluating new options/choices
  • Membership isn't required for youth learn to sail programs (although we'd love to see you join)
  • There is no additional HST on top of the listed prices

The CANsail level requirements for each session has been prepared and posted online. This we hope 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

Junior Sail Membership Promotion

Lunch Form

Meet Our Coaches

Filled with passion, enthusiasm, and great sailing skills... meet our Junior Sail program coaches!

Meet our Coaches


SMSC is one of the most relaxed and welcoming environments, but at the same time they train you hard and prepare you, be it for a regatta or just basic sailing.  I look forward to going back to my helpful coaches and great friends every year.
 - Johhny, age 13

Sailing has opened so many new doors for me and been such a wonderful experience, it’s led me to compete in international competitions, make new friends and learn from local Olympic class sailors.
 - Liam, age 16

Growing up in SMSC's junior sail program has provided me with sailing skills, confidence, friendships, and experiences that I would not trade for the world. I would recommend it to youth of all ages that have passions for sports, friends, and the outdoors.
 - Laura, age 19

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 for delivery in a two-week session/period for the kids to get the benefit of the session. The first week of every session has the essential skills and instruction being taught, discussed and executed with application and practice continuing in the following week to work on becoming proficient in a skill. We hire and pay our coaches based on this two-week model so our goal is to fill these sessions with priority. Single weeks may be requested although placement is not a guarantee. Two weeks prior to the session start date is the earliest a sailor may be confirmed if space is available in the requested sailing level and the Head Coach approves the placement. If this is of interest to you please email learntosail@smsc.ca with the dates and class level and I will log and track for placement purposes. A one-week session is only applicable to the first week of any program at a cost of $250.

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 refunded 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 megjharris@hotmail.com

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.  Parents also have the opportunity to sign up for "Early Drop off and Late Pick Up" which extends these hours to 8:00 am for drop off and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at a cost of $90 per week.  Anyone found to be abusing this service would be automatically charged.

Message from the Director

Hi everyone, my name is Megan Harris, and I am your Junior Sail Director. I have volunteered on the SMSC board for several year now but am not a sailor. I ask lots of questions to better understand the program and sailing or at least try to! Let me tell you a little about me and my enthusiasm for this course your child has registered to take.

SMSC and sailing: I have taken the adult set sail program offered at the club and highly recommend it to any parent wanting to understand what your children do during their sailing lessons. The course is held on "keel boats", meaning bigger boats and no tipping, with a "skipper" who knows what she/he are doing on board. A great way to start to learn...  

My two children have gown up around the club and what better place to spend your summer than in the sun and on the water. I tried my old body at the adult learn to sail in 420s, (the smaller dinghy that does tip) with a very patient instructor and we had many a laughs while I was sailing circles. I also had the pleasure of racing with my eldest in a parent/child evening race. I must say it is pretty cool hanging out the side of the boat (crewing) so I can understand how any child would love the experience and sport. The pleasure of watching your child grow within this sport to the point of attending local and far away regattas, parent truly comes to appreciate the skills and training that the kids learn during their summer programs.

The Junior Sail course teaches teamwork, organization, strategy, pure physical strength, weather watching, tides to name only a few of the skills tha the kids learn but the love and appreication of our beautiful bay area and waters is pretty cool. Our bay is recognized as a world sailing contender and we have hosted many national sailing events and had the pleasure of hosting the Worlds Laser Regatta in 2009. The experienced sailors that our kids have the opportunity to witness is amazing and the experience they receive sailing gives them the skills to sail anywhere in the world. Our Junior Sailing program provided the basic sailing skills for two of our Canadian National Sailors.

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!