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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, 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).
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- Sailboats: a diverse mix of performance, daysailing and cruising sailboats.
His focus on safety was especially great. I think he taught us many things that others might have glossed over, such as repeated practice on Man Overboard, how to “heave to”, anchoring, taking us out to observe a channel marker.
Awesome class. I look forward to more of them.
Had a great time, learned a lot, not quite as scared as I was.
Stephen was a very knowledge, patient and excellent instructor. I recommend him highly.
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!
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.
We’ve been members of the Island Sailing Club for several years. The staff are great, the boats are pretty good and the price is cheap. $184 a month, to take out a boat that you don’t have to do any upkeep on. Their classes are a good deal too. We sail most weekends and also go to their semi-annual formals and their dock parties are terrific too. The boats are pretty basic, but they work well.
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.
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!