Continued Sailing Education

In sailing, the learning never stops - sailors are always expanding their skills, knowledge and experience.  These sailing seminars and continued sailing education classes are designed and taught by experts in their fields - giving sailors the opportunity to go in depth with many of the best instructors in the Northwest.

We continually update scheduled seminars and classes across our locations, and contact us if you see a course that's not currently scheduled (it may be in the works).


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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Private Sailing Instruction

private sailing instruction, sailing certification challenge
Work one-on-one with an instructor to focus on improving skills, experience and techniques.  Island Sailing works with many of the top instructors and experts in the country, and we offer many services beyond the classroom…
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International Sailing License & Credentials (SLC)

Approved SLC school. The international sailing license and credentials.
*New* International Licensing.
Earn your SLC, the recreational sailing license valid for yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe.
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Cruising Group

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with sailboats 25' and larger

Joining cruising events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, explore destinations, and simply have fun sailing!

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Portland Race Group

The Racing Group are Island Sailing members who enjoy sailing and racing together locally and beyond. Joining racing events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, perfect skills, and simply have fun sailing!
Join Portland’s Races!
Island Sailing members race weekly – a great opportunity to gain skills and meet fellow sailors.
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Additional Classes & Seminars

Contact us for scheduling - while not currently scheduled, we run these throughout the year.

Coastal Navigation

Practical Navigation Clinics teach the physical art of navigation while incorporating veteran navigators' tricks and techniques. Navigation is fairly easy to learn, but often more difficult to really plan and do while sailing - these clinics blend online knowledge training with practical clinics that include knowledge Q&A, practical instruction and hands-on practice. Coastal Navigation teaches you how to plan a trip, plot highly efficient courses, and avoid the multitude of hazards using a variety of tools and knowledge. When sailors learn to use currents, tides and weather to their advantage then cruising truly becomes an art. "Wind and Waves favor the ablest navigator..."
Coastal Navigation teaches you how to plan a trip, plot highly efficient courses, and avoid the multitude of hazards using a variety of tools and knowledge.
Learn practical navigation from the pros in this 3-clinic Navigation course.
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Spinnaker Clinic

Island Sailing racers flying spinnakers
Learn to harness the power of the Spinnaker. Progress into performance sailing, or just improve your light wind skills on the gentle summer afternoons.
Hands-on spinnaker training and practice in 3-4 hr on water sessions.
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Sailing Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected! Students gain the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
Prepare for the unexpected! Students gain the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations…
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Marine Weather Courses

Marine Weather Courses for Sailors and sailing.
Learn how to plan sailing by using weather data and on-board observations. Develop your skills to predict winds, hazardous conditions…
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Sail Coaching

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'
Sail with fellow sailors with the guidance of an Instructor. Practice skills, boat handling and maneuvering – really, whatever the…
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Sailing Locks Clinic

Learn what you need to know about locks from an instructor and while aboard an Island Sailing sailboat passing through Seattle's Ballard locks.
Learn what you need to know about locks from an instructor and while aboard an Island Sailing sailboat passing through…
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Marine Electronics

Includes computer voyage planning, GPS, modern chartplotters and databases, VHF and DSC basics, AIS, and everybody’s favorite slave - the autopilot.
Includes computer voyage planning, GPS, modern chartplotters and databases, VHF and DSC basics, AIS, and everybody’s favorite…
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Marine Radar

Introduce radar concepts and operations, using radar for navigation, active radar watch at sea, collision avoidance, and Radar Navigation Rules.
Introduces radar concepts and operations, using radar for navigation, active radar watch at sea, collision avoidance, and Radar…
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Rigging Seminar

Island Sailing Rigging Seminar
Learn the basic terms and concepts of sailboat masts and rigging. The group will then…
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Northwest Ocean Passagemaking

The course will cover elements of planning and carrying out a first ocean trip from the Columbia River to the Salish Sea: important risks and their potential mitigations will be reviewed.
Explores the elements of planning and carrying out a first ocean trip from the Columbia River to the…
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