— Training Northwest Sailors for over 35 years —
Sailing classes & training for beginners learning to sail to advanced sailors training offshore.
Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club. Membership includes access to the fleet at all locations.
— New to Sailing? No Experience Required —
— Our 2017 Sailing Programs —
Learn to Sail, Cruise, Bareboat Charter and Offshore. The Northwest's Most Comprehensive Sailing Program
Learning in sailing never ends. Our experts host clinics on Navigation, Electronics, Spinnakers, and more....
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.
— 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.....
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 08/29/16, 5/5 rating
Overall one of the best educational experiences of my life. I do not rate things highly very often. I like to think there is always room to improve. In this case, Stephen did such a superb job I cannot in good conscience rate him a 4 star on anything. Stephen was fund and engaging. He kept us working continually. Though we had fun, we rarely had time to kick back and relax and just enjoy the sailing. There was always something to learn at every moment. What a blast. I love the spirit he taught with. We weren’t learning to pass a test. We were learning what would help us have joy in sailing. Thanks Stephen!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 05/25/16, 4.8/5 rating
Stephen was a very knowledge, patient and excellent instructor. I recommend him highly.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Powning, 05/30/16, 4.8/5 rating
Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. Provided very constructive lessons without being overly critical. We did not always have ideal wind conditions… so appreciated the extra time and attention given… we were able to cover all of the practical components in the end. Thanks Nat!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Cahen, 07/26/16, 5/5 rating
Just wanted to say that Darroch Cohan is an outstanding instructor. 3rd generation sailor, good stories, knowledgeable and fun to learn from. Reignited my interest. Can’t say enough about this guy.
Qualified Crew, Capt. Frankland, 03/16/16, 5/5 rating
Had a great time, learned a lot, not quite as scared as I was.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Powning, 07/25/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 05/31/16, 5/5 rating
Alan Somervell was an excellent instructor that was able to break down difficult concepts for beginners like myself. He was patient and taught us what we needed to learn to be safe on the water. I am confident to go out on my own.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/28/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Sammons, 08/15/16, 4.9/5 rating
Thank you Island Sailing Club, and especially Paul Sammons, my first ASA sailing course was such a success! Clearly passionate about sailing and infinitely patient, Paul was an excellent instructor. He was eloquent in his descriptions and took time to answer all my questions. I would gladly sail with Paul and Island Sailing Club again!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 08/29/16, 4.8/5 rating
Stephen seemed slightly intimidating for the first two minutes, but I discovered quickly that he was very friendly. He obviously knew what he was doing, and was confident, calm, and collected in the couple close incidents we had on the water. Stephen is very good at teaching concepts, such as the letting the mainsheet out in gusts. He gets the point across with clarity and good humor. Many thanks to him for teaching me in the Skipper Small Keelboat Course.