Sailing courses open a world of possibilities that includes many unexpected challenges. To sail competently, students need knowledge and experience to safely operate sailboats, and the skills and confidence to handle whatever unexpected weather or equipment issues may happen. After 35 years, thousands of students and over 12,000 club sails we've learned what makes a great sailing program! Learn more about our courses >
Learning the basics of sailing 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 sail safely and confidently.
Includes 2 extra free days of sailing. Why? The post-class confidence sails and experience is critical to learning sailing - and fun!
Sail further and faster with the 2-day Basic Cruising Course. Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including heavier weather sailing and sailing on sailboats 25' and larger.
We make no excuses for challenging students in this course - learning to sail is easy, but we want you learn to sail well.
Sail big boats and charter in exotic locations. The 3-day charter Bareboat Cruising Course teaches a complete understanding of vessel systems, planning, and large boat handling.
We train to higher UN International (ICC) licensing standards - so, we include clinics like Coastal Navigation in our Bareboat.
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A Great sailing opportunity for people looking to cruise the San Juans while learning skills and gaining certifications: relax and enjoy a captained charter, gain NauticEd certifications, and explore and discover a world-class sailing destination >
WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME
Like most of our students, we are parents and professionals pressed for time in today's busy world. So, we construct our classes to make best use of the time available: interactive online training and testing is often more efficient than books as well as frees class time. The extra class time is spent training on the water, giving students more meaningful practical instruction. And, we're flexible in that if weather doesn't cooperate or additional training is needed, we'll work with your schedule in continuing the training.
WE TEACH ON THE WATER
Since the dawn of time when humans first took to the seas to 'learn the ropes', much of this training was passed down from sailor-to-sailor. That part hasn't changed much in sailing's 7,000+ year history, and in our small-group instruction you're trained by a highly experienced sailor. Our on-the-water courses include licensed instructors, Small Group low student-to-instructor ratios, proper equipment and no "time limit" on course length (i.e., we guarantee competency, regardless of time - hey you pay us for training, not stickers...). Choosing a Sailing School >
ADVANCED ONLINE TRAINING
What has changed is technology, and we make knowledge training easier by utilizing the latest/greatest online training systems available. NauticEd's advanced online training gives students the most up-to-date and advanced training available while increasing your practical on-the-water instruction time. For continued training - Navigation, Radar, Weather and Celestial - we offer Starpath Navigation materials and home study courses. Learn about NauticEd >
THE HIGHEST CERTIFICATION STANDARDS
Island Sailing's practical courses exceed the standards of US based certification systems. Our affiliation with NauticEd offers paths to RYA, ICC and international certification, and with knowledge courses such as Navigation we work with the Starpath School of Navigation - which, surpasses any certification standard. Learn about certification >
GUARANTEED PRACTICAL COMPETENCY
Simply, you're paying us to learn to sail at a certain level (not for a certain number of hours). We guarantee that in practical courses your instructor will verify your practical competency, regardless if it requires additional training time. And, if you're not satisfied with your class or instructor, then you can retake the course at no additional charge.