Junior Sail

SMSC under Full Sail 

With the revision of the gathering size guidelines and go ahead from Provincial government we are pleased to be able to offer a modified Junior Sail program. We are also pleased to announce the start of adult private lessons along with the adult dinghy set sail course. Details of these new courses can be found below.

Learn to Sail - Dinghy

Private Lessons - Dinghy

All of our programs can be booked by clicking on the button below.

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At SMSC we are taking the necessary precautions to operate the Junior Sail program and provide a safe environment for your sailor.

  • New Sailors welcome.
  • Opti’s, Pico’s and 420’s in use.
  • Wet Feet program running.
  • Wet Feet and Fundamentals ½ day sessions for the remainder of this year.
  • Out of province sailors are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior participation in a program.
  • Club dingy race nights. Starting Thursday July 16th at 1700.
  • Private and Family lessons available.
  • Staggered drop off and pick up times in order to minimize the number of people on site at any given time.


Best Regards,
Ian Swan
St. Margaret Sailing Club


SMSC Programs

The St. Margaret Sailing Club Junior Sail program provides kids ages 7-18 the opportunity to learn basic and advanced sailing skills. 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.  

A St. Margaret Sailing Club membership isn't required for the 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

Thursday Night Dinghy Fun Races

We will be starting our Thursday night fun dinghy races on July 16th. Come on out and sail with or against your junior sailor or friends!

A great opportunity to have fun – get wet and enjoy a great evening on the water!

We are offering both single handed racing in opti’s (sailors must be less than 120lbs) and double handed in club 420’s. Please note that at this time only white sails will be used in the 420’s.

  • Junior sail members and families welcome
  • All sailors must have previous sailing experience with the person in charge being a competent sailor
  • All participants must provide their own PFD
  • Closed toe footwear required by all sailors
  • A release of liability waiver and damage agreement to be signed prior to racing

Arrive anytime after 1700 and get ready to start off the breakwater for 1800

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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