Island Sailing School & Club

- Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years -

Island Sailing is the most comprehensive sailing program in the Pacific Northwest. We blend the latest advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training with many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club empowers sailors to sail, gain experience and enjoy local sailing beyond classes. The adventure vacations offer opportunities for advanced training and sailing well beyond local horizons.

Learn to Sail

Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you'll wonder why you waited so long to learn!
This fun 2-day Basic Sailing Course teaches you how to independently skipper a sailboat safely and confidently.
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Sailing Courses

Island Sailing courses, cruising and bareboat
Sailing Courses for every experience and skill level from learning to sail to advanced and offshore sailing.
Our programs and instructors exceed the highest national training standards.
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Sailing Club

Island Sailing Club

Join the club and sail locally in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia. The sailing club empowers sailors to gain experience, meet other sailors and have fun sailing - all without the hassle and expense of boat ownership.
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Vacation Sailing

adventure vacation sailing, advanced sailing and bareboat charter

Take training to the next level and meanwhile enjoy the fun, sun and exploration of exotic locations.
These adventure and training vacations have it all!
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— New & Special —

• Coastal Navigation Clinics Hands-on Practical Navigation Clinics, Feb & March 2018, more info»

• Tall Ships Pursuit Join Capt. Mark Thompson aboard a Salina 48 Catamaran to follow and pursue the Gulf Coast Tall Ships Challenge. April 2018. more info»

• Florida 5-day Bareboat Explore and sail the "Emerald Coast", Bareboat or RYA Day Skipper certification. more info»

• Membership Special Sign-up with the club with dues of $125/month* Savings of over $900! more info»

• ICC Assessments Pensacola, FL - ongoing through 2018. The ICC is the only sailing license recognized by the United Nations.... more info»


Island Sailing adheres to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. Our combination of quality training, sailing experience exceeds American and international standards.

ANS - American National Standard for On-Water Recreational Boating Skills

Island Sailing training and assessment complies with On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – Sail, the American National Standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation.

NauticEd Flagship School. The leading sailing school and sailing certification.

NauticEd is the world's most progressive, innovative and advanced international sail training and certification system.
ICC - International Certificate of CompetenceThe International Certificate of Competence is the United Nations recreational sail standard. Island Sailing offers ICC options as well as includes ICC standards in training.


- Inspired to Learn, Explore and Sail -

Island Sailing School was founded in 1979 by Northwest sailors inspired to learn, explore and have fun sailing. They taught others to sail, more sailors joined and humble inspiration became a passion to create the Northwest’s best sailing school and club. What worked then still works today: experienced instructors train students to the highest standards, sailors join our Club to sail affordably, and the fleet has grown across the PNW.  We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. About Island Sailing »


Student Feedback

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Oren T. on 9/9/2017

Stephen was not just a great teacher, he really was concerned that each student understood and was competent in executing each of the skills required for the class. It was obvious within the first hour that this class was about practical application, and an introduction to proper seamanship. I will absolutely be requesting Stephen for all of my sailing classes. Thank you Stephen for a great introduction to sailing.

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