Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years.... Island Sailing school blends advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training by many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club enables sailors to enjoy local sailing and gain experience.

We limit our classes to max 3 students to optimize your learning experience.

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, rated 4.9/5 by students. Learn »

Join the club and sail locally in Portland, Kirkland and Gig Harbor.

The sailing club empowers sailors to gain experience, meet other sailors and have fun sailing - all without the hassle and expense of boat ownership. Sail »

Additional Programs

Line Handling on bareboat

Earn your international SLC, ICC or RYA certifications, receive private instruction, or join Island Sailing's race or cruising programs - and more.

Island Sailing offers many programs to fit the needs of modern sailors. Explore»

Basic Sailing Course · Keelboat Certification · Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'
Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you’ll wonder why you waited so long to learn!
This fun 2-day course teaches you how to sail safely and confidently
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Basic Cruising Course · Skipper Certification

basic coastal cruising course with Skipper certification
Sail further and faster with the 2-day Cruising Course.
Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including extended and heavy weather sailing on sailboats 25′ and larger. Gain your Skipper Certification.
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Island Sailing Club

Sailing school on columbia river in Portland
Portland’s Largest Sailing Club! Joining Island Sailing Club gives sailors opportunities to affordably sail, gain experience, and meet other sailors…
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Florida 5-day RYA Dayskipper and Bareboat

Rya day skipper course on catamaran
**NEW** Learn and Explore the South Florida coast on a 5-day vacation adventure.
Earn your RYA Day Skipper or ICC certification
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International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate of Competence is approved by the UN resolution 40
Earn your ICC! Assessments ongoing through 2019. The ICC is the only sailing license recognized by the United Nations.
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San Juan Cruise & Learn (Bareboat)

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islands
Explore a world-class sailing destination while sailing and training with veteran instructors. The San Juan Cruise & Learn is a premier course.
Earn your Bareboat, International SLC, Skipper or Crew certification.
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Island Sailing School & ClubIsland Sailing Club 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 Pacific Northwest. We remain inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. Learn more about Island Sailing »

Recent Posts...

Pacific Lady – Sharon Sites Adams

Pacific Lady Sharon Sites Adams
Thank you Sharon - the first woman to solo the Pacific. Since Sharon refuses to see herself as a role model, we simply want to say thank you.  We had ... more info»

Island Sailing Club’s Roof Top Gala

Island Sailing Club's Roof Top Gala
The clouds parted and the sun came out for Island Sailing's annual Rooftop Gala in the Pearl District last weekend!  Members and friends gathered to toast the summer season and ... more info»

2019 Oregon Offshore – Pics from Lilli

2019 Oregon Offshore - Pics from Lilli
ISC's Lilli Matzke shared a few pics and videos from her first Oregon Offshore race! Alongside a few past and current ISC sailors, S/V Margaret won her class.  Congrats! ... more info»

Club Members Participating In The Oregon Offshore!

Club Members Participating In The Oregon Offshore!
Island Sailing Club is proud to be represented by this special group of Monday Night Racers in the 2019 Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race!  These sailors have dedicated countless hours ... more info»

NauticEd Flagship School. The leading sailing school and sailing certification.Island Sailing Courses adhere to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. Our combination of knowledge training, practical assessment and sailing experience exceeds United States and United Nations training standards.