Sailing courses open a world of possibilities that includes many unexpected challenges. To sail competently, sailors need knowledge, practical training and experience to safely operate sailboats - three components of all Island Sailing programs. After 36 years, thousands of students and over 12,000 club sails we've learned what makes a great sailing program!
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The Northwest's most Comprehensive Sailing Program
"Learn the Ropes", improve skills, learn Bareboat and lose sight of shore. We offer a progressive program that continually builds upon the principles of Knowledge + Training + Experience.
Learn, Cruise & Vacation
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 Vacations" charter and training, and ICC licensing.
Starting Sailing is easy and fun!
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.