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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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Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation

Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation, Helia
*New* Sail in Guadeloupe, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”.
Just relax and explore, or train and earn sailing certifications.
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International Sailing License & Credentials (SLC)

Approved SLC school. The international sailing license and credentials.
*New* International Licensing.
Earn your SLC, the recreational sailing license valid for yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe.
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Portland Race Group

The Racing Group are Island Sailing members who enjoy sailing and racing together locally and beyond. Joining racing events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, perfect skills, and simply have fun sailing!
Join Portland’s Races!
Island Sailing members race weekly – a great opportunity to gain skills and meet fellow sailors.
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San Juan Cruise & Learn

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islands
Only 1 spot left for 2018!
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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Sail2Change

Sail2change fresh wind of opportunity for youth
Support Sail2Change
Sail2Change offers multi-year and outdoor recreation oriented programs for troubled youth that includes wilderness and sail training and a year at sea.
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2 FREE sailing courses and free online sailing logbook with NauticEd

Sign-up with NauticEd > receive 2 FREE online courses, learn the basics and gain access to free online sailing resources. If new to sailing, this is an instructive and interactive introduction.

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Island Sailing School & 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.