— Training Northwest Sailors for over 35 years —
Sailing classes & training for beginners learning to sail to advanced sailors training offshore.
Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club. Membership includes access to the fleet at all locations.
— New to Sailing? No Experience Required —
— Our 2017 Sailing Programs —
Learn to Sail, Cruise, Bareboat Charter and Offshore. The Northwest's Most Comprehensive Sailing Program
Learning in sailing never ends. Our experts host clinics on Navigation, Electronics, Spinnakers, and more....
As an Island Sailing member, you and your family sail as often as you’d like in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia. We connect and empower sailors with sailing opportunities - learn, race, cruise, charter - the opportunities are endless, and the sailing experiences are yours to discover, explore and create with fellow sailors.
— SAILING SCHOOL & CLUB —
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 to four NW locations. We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors.
• About Island Sailing: we're a team of professional instructors and sailing operators with a passion for training sailors and messing with sailboats.
• Our Locations: we sail on the Columbia River (Portland OR), Puget Sound (Olympia and Gig Harbor WA) and Lake Washington (Kirkland WA).
• Our Staff and Instructors: we're not a school driven by the past accomplishments of a single sailor, but instead we build upon the tradition, spirit and experience of Northwest Sailors.
• Ship's Blog: useful info, pictures, and often just messing around with boats.....
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 04/05/16, 4.8/5 rating
Bareboat Course, Capt. Salinas, 07/22/16, 5/5 rating
I had a great experience with John as my Bareboat instructor. His boat, Alethea, was the perfect yacht to learn on, as well as gain knowledge and confidence.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/08/16, 5/5 rating
Stephen was an amazing instructor — so patient with us newbies, very nicely detail-oriented, enthusiastic and passionate about the sport, and diligent about issues of safety and practice. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Brannan, 04/21/16, 5/5 rating
AJ is easy-going with tremendous sailing experience. I had a great time learning sailing. AJ was friendly and set-up the a great learning atmosphere for everyone.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/19/16, 5/5 rating
Bareboat Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/17/16, 5/5 rating
Alan enjoys teaching and has an incredible knowledge base. He set a good pace and a good tone– “let’s just try this and see what happens.” We spent a couple of hours docking in a tight marina with 12 knots of wind in the marina. He had the patience to let me try multiple approaches when trying to dock sideways upwind, and exuded confidence that we can do it. No vessels or egos were harmed in the attempt. And now I feel very confident that I can handle a bareboat charter.
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/13/16, 5/5 rating
I feel confidant I will be able to reach my goals, which may be many foreign shores
ISC Club Member, 06/01/15, 5/5 rating
Island Sailing has done a great job training us with an emphasis on safety and seamanship. Through our membership, we have been able to sail on the Columbia River, the Willamette River, and the Puget Sound…. A friendly and knowledgeable staff combined with a nice selection of boats in the Puget Sound and Portland locations makes Island Sailing the ideal place to gain or maintain your sailing skills…. The foundational sailing skills obtained have given us the ability to sail, charter, teach and ultimately gave us the confidence to purchase our own boat.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 05/08/16, 5/5 rating
While taking the lessons Stephen explained the situation and showed the results if done correctly or incorrectly. He encouraged you to work towards being the best that you can be and he didn’t get impatient when you didn’t quite achieve what he wanted you to accomplish. In his teaching he showed both visually and verbally how to sail and to manage the crew to keep them and yourself safe. He didn’t mind showing it more than once and answered questions showing all of the knowledge he has had in past experiences in his sailing life. He made sure that all of the students had equal time to make the best of the lesson time out on the water and in the classroom. You could tell that he wanted to teach so that sailing would be fun and not stressful. I would take lessons from him again and also tell others what a good instructor he is. Thank you.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Brannan, 06/16/16, 4.8/5 rating
AJ is a great instructor and very pleasant individual. He takes time as an instructor to ensure the topics taught are understood by the students and that you have plenty of hand on experience to practice what you’ve learned in theory. Fantastic weekend sailing with him! The boats are in fact very well maintained, but some could use a hull cleaning below the waterline.