The Seattle area is surrounded by water, and it’s a perfect place to learn how to sail. If you are up for the challenge, there are lots of great places where you can learn. Here are some of our favorites.
Seattle Sailing Club
7001 Seaview Avenue NW Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98117
Located on beautiful Puget Sound, the Seattle Sailing Club provides students the highest level of instruction with the best fleet available. Whether you’ve never sailed before, need some more advanced training or just want a refresher, their Shileshole Bay Marina location offers easy access to open water and wind. Only an hour from many favorite Puget Sound cruising destinations and a day sail away from the San Juan Islands, there isn’t a better place to learn from top-notch instructors. With an unlimited number of weather conditions and infamous Puget Sound tides, you’ll be ready to tackle local sailing trips and worldwide sailing endeavors alike. From coastal sailing to basic keelboat instruction, they have you covered. Classes start at $395.
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109
The Center offers learn-to-sail program for adults and families. Students will learn the basic boat handling skills that are the foundation for a lifetime of sailing. Each session starts with Shore School, a two hour classroom where sail theory and terminology are explained. Following Shore School is a series of six On the Water lessons which give you the opportunity develop your skills towards sailing solo. Lessons are taught by dedicated and trained volunteer instructors in CWB’s fleet of Blanchard Jr. Knockabouts, built on Lake Union between 1935-1955. Lessons are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Prices start at $375. Also offered are sailboat racing classes, intermediate lessons, one-on-one instruction and kids’ sailing classes. See the website for more details.
Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
3800 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98118
Located on Lake Washington at Stan Sayres Park, the Center is about midway between Seward Park and the I-90 floating bridge in south east Seattle. Mt. Baker currently offers programs for ages 8 – 100 in rowing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing for all ability levels. Financial Aid is Available for all classes. The Boating Advisory Council, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, wants to ensure that all their activities, classes and sports are available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Council will chose to waive some or all fees, offer activities on a sliding scale, allow for an exchange of activities for volunteer service, or offer scholarships. They even offer Summer Sailing Camps for youth! Check online or call for more details.
Puget Sound Sailing
2203 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
With locations at Tacoma’s Tyee Marina and Seattle’s Bell Harbor, Puget Sound Sailing has been offering classes for over 25 years for people of all skill and confidence levels. From basic keelboat classes to coastal cruising, navigation and even more advanced courses and racing instruction, you’ll feel ready to tackle your own boat and take family and friends on short or long excursions. Classes start at $600. Discounts and packages are available. See the website for details.
Gig Harbor Sailing School
3226 Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Gig Harbor Sailing Club’s award-winning school offers US SAILING certification in its Basic Keelboat curriculum. Their instructors are tested and licensed U.S. Coast Guard captains with years of experience making learning to sail safe, easy and enjoyable. They offer sailing courses appropriate for ages fifteen and up. Whether you are a beginner or serious sailor, Gig Harbor Sailing Club and School has a program for you. Their goal is to provide a club membership program that offers low-cost sailing.