Thoughts on Choosing a Sailing School

Sailing/Boating Schools I Work With...

...and can recommend!


I think these are among the best recreational boating/sailing programs in the area.
Recommend them not because I work with them; work with them because they are the best and I know them well enough to recommend them!
This is not a complete list; for other schools and instructors, see the page titled "Local Boating Schools" under "Boating Ed".
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.

My On-the-water Training

Waggoner Cruising Guide Flotilla: Inside Passage to Alaska


"The holy grail of Pacific Northwest cruising" For adventurous (sail and power) cruisers. 750 mile, 3-week group flotilla with experienced leaders/instructors. Expand your cruising skills, confidence.. and fun!

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San Juan Sailing/Yachting: Bellingham


American Sailing Association & Recreational Power Boating Assn courses. Live aboard classes in San Juan Islands. Women-only classes available.

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Seattle Sailing Club: Shilshole


American Sailing Association certification courses. Active women's & racing programs. High performance sailboats including J/boats, spinnakers.

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Windworks Sail & Power Boating: Shilshole


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

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My In-Person Classroom Training

Seattle Maritime Academy: Ballard


Evening Recreational Boater classes. Basic Navigation and Safety, San Juan Cruising, Knots and Line Handling and more.  

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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 winter of 2018/2019

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Seattle Boat Show University: Century Link


 In-depth full day classroom sessions taught by respected professional boating instructors. Offerings include: Women's Boat Show University (Woman-only boating skills training), Marine weather, Marine diesel engines, and more. Look for us again at the Seattle Baot Show in 2019.

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Vancouver International Boat Show: Women's Day


Our first Women's Day, held January 2018 was a great success! A full day of seminars for women boaters. Check out this nice write-up from the March 2018 issue of Pacific Yachting.  Look for us again at the Vancouver Boat Show in 2019.

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