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Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years.... Island Sailing programs blend advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training by many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club enables sailors to enjoy local sailing and gain experience. Adventure vacations offer opportunities for advanced training and sailing well beyond Northwest horizons.

Sailing Courses

sailing courses from basic sailing, learn to sail to 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

Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation, Helia

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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Basic Sailing Course · Keelboat Certification

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'
Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you’ll wonder why you waited so long to learn!
This fun 2-day course teaches you how to sail safely and confidently
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Island Sailing Club

Island Sailing club members sailing
Membership Special!
Sign-up with the Club with dues of $150/month* Savings of over $400!
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Spinnaker Clinic

Spinnaker Class. Learn how to sail with the spinnaker sail.
NEW for 2018! Learn to harness the power of the Spinnaker for performance and light wind sailing. Hands-on training and practice…
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San Juan Cruise & Learn

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islands
Explore a world-class sailing destination while sailing and training with local and veteran instructors.
Earn your Bareboat, Skipper or Crew certification
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Florida 5-day Bareboat

Island Sailing Adventure Vacations
Explore Florida’s “Emerald Coast” on a 5-day vacation adventure.
Earn your Bareboat, RYA Day Skipper or ICC certification
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International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate of Competence is approved by the UN resolution 40
Earn your ICC! Assessments ongoing through 2018. The ICC is the only sailing license recognized by the United Nations.
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Register Online

Book sailing classes online. The sailing calendar allows sailors to choose sailing classes and courses.
Sailing Calendar: sign-up for upcoming courses and events.
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island sailing school and clubIsland Sailing Club 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 Pacific Northwest. We remain inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. Learn more about Island Sailing »


NauticEd Flagship School. The leading sailing school and sailing certification.Island Sailing Courses adhere to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. Our combination of knowledge training, practical assessment and sailing experience exceeds United States and United Nations training standards.