— 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 »


Adventure Vacations

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


— What are your sailing goals? —

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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.

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.

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.

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»


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»


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. 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»


— 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.


— Our 2017 Sailing Programs —

Sailing Courses

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, Cruise, Bareboat Charter and Offshore. The Northwest's Most Comprehensive Sailing Program


Clinics & Seminars

Sailing clinics and sailing seminars. Contined Sailing Education.

Learning in sailing never ends.  Our experts host clinics on Navigation, Electronics, Spinnakers, and more....


Adventure Vacations

Island Sailing Adventure Vacations

Sailing Adventure Vacations and advanced training around the World. Sail beyond charter boundaries and earn your ICC.


Offshore Training

advanced and offshore training

An offshore sailing program to receive advanced "Blue Water" training while sailing vessels between exotic ports. 


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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5 / 5 rating: Club Member
By Colin B. on 4/30/2017

For serious and low key, recreational sailors alike, Island Sailing Club can't be beat. At a fraction of what it would cost to register, maintain, insure and moor a boat, and a lot less expensive than other clubs, Island Sailing has a great selection of well maintained boats in various rigs and lengths. Probably the best part of the club are the other members - a fun, easy going group. Racing maniacs and casual puff-chasers, beginners and trans-ocean Captains, the members are great fun to spend time with on deck or in the clubhouse. The classes are taught by experienced, approachable sailors at a deep discount for members which makes Island Sailing Club a perfect opportunity for sailors trying - as I am - to get as much experience and education as possible, as quickly as possible and as economically as possible. Take a class, meet Josh, Alan, Dave and Mr. Mittens. You will be glad that you did.

5 / 5 rating: Club Member
By Chi N. on 4/29/2017

I had an opportunity to be on my friend's sailing boat and it made me want to know about sailing. Until then, I wasn't interested in any water sports and I was even scared of water. So I decided to take the first sailing and the weekend basic sailing class at the Island Sailing. The instructor Stephen has great knowledge and lots of experience. He was willing to share it and teaching me patiently with encouragement! I learned from him so much! The Program Director Josh has been so supportive since I sent my first email to ask about classes. To start learning about sailing from O (sailing terminology was foreign to me at the beginning!) has been challenging. But I've started getting on a boat with a mentor and I learn every time and am more comfortable to be on a boat. That makes me happy. My decision to learn sailing was right. Josh and the instructors provide warm-welcoming atmosphere and support. Without them, I didn't think that way. Thank you so much!

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Lynn V. on 4/19/2017

Stephen was great - he quickly and clearly explained concepts before we tried them out. His advice during maneuvers built instant confidence in each student. It was an amazing experience!

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Somervell
By Jim T. on 4/17/2017

Alan is a good instructor who could be great if he paid a bit more attention to clear (non-mistakable words/colloquialisms)commands. He's a great sailing resource and has an infectious joy of the sport.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Sailing Course with Capt. Frankland
By Kim G. on 4/15/2017

calm and supportive, created a low stress environment

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