— Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years —

Sailing Courses

Sailing classes & training for beginners learning to sail to advanced sailors training offshore. GO »


Sailing Club

Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club. Membership includes access to the fleet at all locations. GO »


Sailing Vacations

We partner with many of the best charter Captains on providing sailing vacations and training across the world. GO »


— Our Programs —

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Learning to sail is easy and fun! We'll show you the ropes (there are 4 on a boat) while training you to sail competently, confidently and safely...read more

Learning to sail requires 3 steps: knowledge, practical and experience. Knowledge is offered through NauticEd online and multimedia courses. Practical is on the water training with a USCG licensed instructor. Experience is an extra 2 free days of sailing on your own, practicing your new skills while they're still fresh....

To start, you can take FREE online courses, contact us for an introductory sail, sign-up for our Basic Sailing course or join the club.


Basic Sailing Course

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'... GO»


Sailing Club

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with sailboats 25' and larger

As an Island Sailing member, you and your family sail as often as you’d like in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia... GO»


NauticEd Free Courses

Nautic-Ed two free courses

Sign-up with NauticEd, receive 2 FREE online courses and learn the basics of Navigation and Sail Trim... GO»


Introduction to Sailing

introduction to sailing

Island Sailing offers a variety of options to introduce you to sailing and give it a try... GO»


In sailing, the learning never stops....Sailors are always expanding their skills, knowledge and experience. Each added course or day on the water increases confidence while broadening the "visible horizon" of the size of boats, type of sailing and destinations.read more

After mastering the fundamentals of Basic Sailing, the next step is learning Basic Coastal Cruising. From there, we offer a full range of sailing courses including Bareboat and Advanced sailing, as well as skill and knowledge building clinic & seminars.


Basic Cruising Course

learn to cruise sailing with this basic coastal cruising course

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with... GO»


Bareboat Charter Course

bareboat chartering class. Learn to bareboat charter, coastal navigation and sail around the world.

The Bareboat course teaches you a complete understanding of vessel systems, trip planning, and large boat handling so you can... GO»


Advanced & Offshore Training

advanced and offshore training

An offshore sailing program for individuals and couples alike to receive advanced "Blue Water" training while sailing vessels between exotic... GO»


Continued Sailing Education

Sailing clinics and sailing seminars. Contined Sailing Education.

In sailing, the learning never stops - sailors are always expanding their skills, knowledge and experience. These sailing seminars and... GO»


Skipper Big Boats, charter sailing vacations...  Skippering a large sailboat for multiple days requires a diverse range of knowledge and skills: you're the Skipper, Navigator, Weatherman, Engineer, Cook, Plumber and all while responsible for the proper care, feeding and planning of your crew.read more

Chartering a sailing vacation requires that you not only possess these skills, but that you can demonstrate experience. If chartering internationally, you may be required to have the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) license.

We off a variety of training options, beginning with weekend a mini-charter bareboat course, week long Adventure Vacation charter and training, and ICC licensing.


Bareboat Chartering Course

bareboat chartering class. Learn to bareboat charter, coastal navigation and sail around the world.

The Bareboat course teaches you a complete understanding of vessel systems, trip planning, and large boat handling so you can... GO»


Adventure Vacations

sailing vacation to the BVIs

Training and sun & fun: a sailing program for individuals and couples alike to receive advanced charter and near coastal... GO»


International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Sailing Internationally? The ICC is the only sailing license accepted by European Countries and the International Standard for chartering abroad.

Sailing Internationally? The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is the only sailing license accepted... GO»


We love just playing on the water (wherever, whenever)! As a Sailing Club, our sailors have the advantage of sailing, cruising and chartering beyond the classes.read more

These are great opportunities to gain experience, meet other sailors and just have fun sailing with family and friends.

If you just want to go sailing, join Island Sailing Club. We maintain a fleet of over 30 the boats in 4 locations across the Northwest. Call, make a reservation, and go sailing! Additionally, our vacation trips aren't all training. Just go have fun in the sun, or train while you friends and family have fun. Or, just rent a boat from us....


Introduction to Sailing

introduction to sailing

Island Sailing offers a variety of options to introduce you to sailing and give it a try... GO»


Sailing Club

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with sailboats 25' and larger

As an Island Sailing member, you and your family sail as often as you’d like in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia... GO»


San Juan Cruise & Learn

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islands

Go cruising in the San Juan Islands and earn certifications with seasoned skippers Capt. John and Kathleen Salinas on Alethea... GO»


Adventure Vacations

sailing vacation to the BVIs

Training and sun & fun: a sailing program for individuals and couples alike to receive advanced charter and near coastal... GO»


island sailing boat show specials **For Sailing Students - August Intro Membership Special**

Sign-up with the club, receive a free month and dues of $125/month* Savings of over $900!
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— 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.....

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

NauticEd is the World's Most Advanced sailing education and certification.


Island Sailing ClubIsland Sailing club offers Northwest sailors affordable access to sailing.

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.

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Student Feedback

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Brannan
By J. Keith on 6/14/2017

AJ did a great job, really enjoyed the time with him. He let us learn, had us doing the work, and coached us well. The only suggestion I would have for improvement is to teach more of how to get the boat prepped from the time we walk on the dock. There WERE a lot of us in the class, which limited our time. However, as I head towards my first solo use of the vessel, I'm a little bit concerned that I know all the dockside items I need to do.

5 / 5 rating: Bareboat Course with Capt. Salinas
By John D. on 6/13/2017

A great teacher. Maybe because he was in the educational field as his profession. He had a great manner at putting you at ease. His instructions were also very clear. His wife was great at teaching and helping also. They made the learning experience great plus making it a fun time on the water. I would recommend them and their boat the Althea to anyone.

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By John B. on 6/11/2017

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Ashley H. on 6/2/2017

Stephen is the best instructor I have ever had. His ability to teach to many different levels of learning and ability spoke volumes. When you learn to sail Stephen is the man to teach you.

4 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Brannan
By Dale C. on 5/28/2017

5 / 5 rating: Bareboat Course with Capt. Somervell
By Anders H. on 5/25/2017

Alan does a great job as an instructor. He did his utmost to make the class fun and informative, even while fighting a bad cold. I learned a lot and had a good time.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Robert L. on 5/23/2017

It's clear that Stephen has a wealth of sailing knowledge and experience. But he's also very good at teaching to the level of the student. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone that is interested in sailing!

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Ed A. on 5/23/2017

I came to ISC with no knowledge about sailing but I have extensive knowledge in instructing Law Enforcement in Defensive Tactics. I was impressed by Stephen's ability to patiently teach us Sailor language and still instructing us in a language and cadence that calmed the Newbie Butterflies yet commanded the response necessary for safe sailing. Taking us in under sail when our boat motor died convinced me that I can only hope my future instructors will be as qualified.

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