— 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. Powning, 07/19/16, 5/5 rating
The two-day course was great fun and I came away wanting to get right back on the water! Thanks!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 04/06/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 08/30/16, 5/5 rating
Stephen is a sailor’s sailor. He is kind enough to put you at total ease in the learning environment, but he is not a coddling instructor. He will tell you the truth and challenge you no matter what your skill level to step it up a notch. This was a very rewarding experience. He is very precise with instructions and I feel that has given me the experience of having done the skills correctly, even if because being instructed. That gives me the ability to know how it should look as I go out on my own. A good guy.
ISC Club Member, 09/01/15, 5/5 rating
Happy 20th Dieter: Hi Alan, I just saw that my first certification from ISC was dated 7-94. How cool is that!? It speaks a lot of the quality of ISC, and especially the excellence of the people who work there! Since the beginning it has been a huge pleasure to be part of ISC, and I have always appreciated the awesome instructions, the technical assistance, and the countless perks I had received over the years! I am very fortunate to have made so many friends among the sailing community, mostly through the Club! My heartfelt “Thank You!” to all of you!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Sammons, 08/07/16, 3.8/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 08/22/16, 4.8/5 rating
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.
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/11/16, 5/5 rating
Alan is an exceptional instructure. I learned more practical skills with him in 2 days than I had in months of sailing.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/28/16, 5/5 rating
Bareboat Course, Capt. Salinas, 08/19/16, 4.2/5 rating