Island Sailing School & Club

- Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years -

Island Sailing is the most comprehensive sailing program in the Pacific Northwest. We blend the latest advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training with many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club empowers sailors to sail, gain experience and enjoy local sailing beyond classes. The adventure vacations offer opportunities for advanced training and sailing well beyond local horizons.

Learn to Sail

Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you'll wonder why you waited so long to learn!

This fun 2-day Basic Sailing Course teaches you how to independently skipper a sailboat safely and confidently.

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Sailing Courses

Island Sailing courses, cruising and 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

adventure vacation sailing, advanced sailing and bareboat charter

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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Island Sailing Club Membership SpecialMembership Special

For Sailing Students

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

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Island Sailing adheres to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. Our combination of quality training, sailing experience exceeds American and international standards.

ANS - American National Standard for On-Water Recreational Boating Skills
Island Sailing exceeds the American National Standards for sailing and on-water training - established in 2017, ANS is the Official US sailing standard.

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

NauticEd is the world's most progressive, innovative and advanced international sail training and certification system.

ICC - International Certificate of CompetenceThe International Certificate of Competence is the United Nations recreational sail standard. Island Sailing offers ICC options as well as includes ICC standards in training.


- 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 across the PNW.  We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. About Island Sailing »


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.

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