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Island Sailing 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, the fleet has grown, and we sail out of four NW locations. We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty Northwest sailors.
- Locations: we sail on the Columbia River (Portland, Oregon), Puget Sound (Olympia and Gig Harbor, Washington) and Lake Washington (Kirkland, Washington).
- Sailboats: a diverse mix of performance, daysailing and cruising sailboats.
- Calendar: upcoming classes and events.
- Journal: our blog, pictures and playing around.
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!
Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. Provided very constructive lessons without being overly critical. We did not always have ideal wind conditions… so appreciated the extra time and attention given… we were able to cover all of the practical components in the end. Thanks Nat!
Had a great time, learned a lot, not quite as scared as I was.
Stephen is an ideal instructor. He taught us all of the basic sailing techniques and encouraged each student to take on increasing responsibility for the vessel. He has a great deal of boating experience that helped us to gain a better understanding of waterway rules, boating safety and communication skillsn necessary to Skipper a sailboat. It was a great course, and I feel confident in the foundation that we set in the Skipper course.
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.
I had my first sailing lessons here. I was joining a friend and flying in from LAX and ended up arriving much later than expected. They gave me a crash course while everyone else was out on the boats which I thought went above and beyond their job duties. The instructors are really fun, knowledgeable, and just general pleasures to be around. I was really nervous at first but they just made everything so relaxed. I didnt pass because I wasnt able to get a hold of the book until I got there. (I’m the type that needs to study). Good thing is you can retake it which I will be when I’m in Portland again soon! I would actually retake the class if I had to because it was a lot of fun! It really is like learning a new language. Oh also, they the most adorable cat mascot which made me super happy lol.
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.
It was an absolute pleasure learning to sail with Aj! He was very patient and made the whole class feel very comfortable and confident in their ability. I would definitely recommend this course!
Stephen was enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, encouraging and competent. Nothing but the best things to say about him as a teacher! He has me very excited to get out on the water!
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.