Thoughts on Choosing a Sailing School

Learn from the Best

These are among the best recreational boating/sailing programs in the area. I recommend them not because I work with some; I work with them because they are the best and I know them well enough to recommend them! Organized below into "On the Water" or "Classroom" training.

On the water

Waggoner Inside Passage Flotilla to Alaska

 "The holy grail of Pacific Northwest cruising" For adventurous sail and power cruisers. 750 mile 3 week flotilla with experienced instructors. 

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Seattle Sailing Club: Shilshole Marina

 American Sailing Association certification courses. Active women's sailing program. High performance J/boats, spinnakers, racing program. 

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Windworks Sail & Power Boating: Shilshole Marina

 US Sailing and US Powerboating certifications courses. Cruising Catamaran and Cruising Powerboat courses offered year-round. 

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San Juan Sailing/Yachting: Bellingham

American Sailing Assn & Recreational Power Boating Assn courses. Live aboard classes in San Juan Islands. Offer women-only classes. 

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Center for Wooden Boats Maritime Essentials: Seattle

 CWB’s Maritime Essentials Series covers a variety of topics that every  smart boater should know. These short classes include topics such as basic navigation, weather, knots and line handling, skills for First Mate. 

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Seattle Maritime Academy: Ballard

Evening Recreational Boater classes. Basic Navigation and Safety, San Juan Cruising, Knots and Line Handling, Transiting the Ballard Locks (on the water training). State of the art maritime training facility. Non profit.

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Seattle Boat Show: Women's University

 Full day course taught by respected local professional sail and powerboat instructors. Diesel engines, Navionics navigation, Crew Overboard, Docking.  Coming again at the Seattle Boat Show in 2019.

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Shore School at Windworks Sail & Powerboating

The most ask-for advanced training topics, offered in series of evening classes over the winter. Classroom and dockside. Open to non-members. Look for these classes again in 2019

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Other Schools, Instructors

 Women only training? On line training? Hands on workshops? Here are some other options, below. 

 We have some GREAT non-profit community sailing programs in Seattle, like the Center for Wooden Boats and Sail Sand Point that are inexpensive ways to learn to sail. They are listed in the "Community" page. 

Other Boating Instructors, Schools, Training

Other woman boating instuctors

Some women sail and power boating instructors from around the Puget Sound area

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Waggoner Cruisers' College

Seminars are held in Seattle area and at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes. 

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Private Instruction on Your Own Powerboat

For private instruction on your own powerboat, I highly recommend Captain Linda Lewis at

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On-line Navigation, Marine Weather, Radar, and Navigation Rules training. Rigorous, high quality training, used by both professional and recreational mariners.

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Popular on-line education, with netowrk of affiliated instructors/schools. Not affiliated with US Sailing, American Sailing association, or other US certification organizations shown here.

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Boater Education List

Many more options listed here. From 48 North, which also publishes a current, detailed list annually in their magazine.

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