Junior Sail

COVID-19 - Interim Policy

Dear Visitors:

The Board of Directors has decided to update our COVID-19 Interim Policy to primarily suspend all activities at our club. The following policy is effective immediately:

COVID-19 - Interim Policy Version 2

  1. All committee meetings and social activities at the clubhouse are suspended until April 1st, 2020

  2. In-person meetings with SMSC staff are by appointment only.

  3. SMSC staff will decide whether a specific in-person meeting is necessary.

  4. Members should use mail or electronic forms of payment for fees if they have the capability.

  5. For business continuity, our administrative meetings will continue using telephone or video conferencing to ensure we are prepared for the start of the sailing season. Contact our Director of I.T. if your comittee needs this service.

  6. The marina and mooring preparations will continue as scheduled.

  7. Junior Sail Registrations will continue as normal; however, full refunds will be issued for cancelled programs.

  8. All members, employees and visitors to our facility are expected to monitor and follow the guidelines published by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellnesshttps://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank-you for your continued support and feedback while we try to prepare our community for the new sailing season during these difficult times.

Best Regards,
Matthew Hilchie, Commodore
St. Margaret Sailing Club


SMSC Programs

Registration is opening soon for Summer 2020!

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


Safe Sport

The St. Margaret Junior Sail program is a “Safe Sport” program for all participants.


Safe Sport

Meet Our Coaches

Max Page is the head instructor for the 2020 sailing season. Max is an experienced head coach and program director that will bring a wealth of experience to our club.


We will have a full team of certified instructors for the 2020 season that are committed to providing an enjoyable and learning experience for our sailors.




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 $375.

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:
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