On-the-Water Training



Our highly experienced US Sailing instructors, a year-round windy bay, and a beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s Basic Keelboat Program one of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level! All Basic Keelboat classes are taught on our 26′ Thunderbird sailboats. 1 instructor and no more than 4 students per class. At least 80% of each course is taught on the boat!

The Northwest Maritime Center has received accreditation through US Sailing to teach US Sailing Certified Basic Keelboat Classes. Each student graduating from the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification Class will receive a US Sailing Membership, a Logbook and Certification Sticker that can be used around the country to rent or charter sailboats. US Sailing is the national governing association for sailing and accredits only the top schools in the country.


US Sailing: Learn to Sail

Introduction to Sailing

Jul 13, Jul 20, Jul 27, Aug 3, Aug 10, Aug 17, Aug 24  |  4:00 – 7:00 PM  |  $70 Non-member  |  $60 Member
Spend 3 hours with an experienced US Sailing Instructor on a 26’ Keelboat sailing on Port Townsend Bay.  This class gives you the opportunity to discover what sailing is all about without committing to an entire course.

Basic Keelboat “Crew”

May 12–13, May 26–27, Jun 9–10, Jul 7–8, Jul 21–22, Aug 4–5, Aug 18–19, Sept 15–16  |  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $350 Non-member  |  $315 Member
Learn parts of the boat, points of sail, sail theory, sailing upwind and downwind, steering, basic knots, safety on the water and practice crew overboard drills.  Step 1 toward your US Sailing Certification. 15 hours over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  No prerequisite.

Basic Keelboat “Skipper”

May 19–20, Jun 23–24, Jul 14–15, Jul 28–29, Aug 11–12, Aug 25–26, Sept 22–23  |  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $425 Non-member  |  $380 Member
Learn advanced sail trim, tacking, gibing, rules of the road, basic navigation, knots, reefing, heavy weather sailing tactics, line handling, outboard engine basics, docking. 15 hours over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  Receive your US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification!

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Crew or Beginner class with NWMC.
Includes: Basic Keelboat books & exam, and US Sailing Membership for 1 year.

Basic Keelboat Full Course

Jun 18–22, Jul 16–20, Jul 23–27, Aug 6–10, Aug 13–17  |  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  $750 Non-member  |  $675 Member 
These classes combine the “Crew” and “Skipper” classes in one 30-hour week.  Receive your US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.  See “Crew” and “Skipper” descriptions for information on course content.  No prerequisite.

Includes: Basic Keelboat textbook, training, Basic Keelboat exam, Skippers Logbook, US Sailing Certification, Keelboat Certification Standards, and US Sailing Membership for 1 year.

**NWSWBB special Keelboat Class:  Jun 25–29  |  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM **

Women’s Only Basic Keelboat “Crew”

Jun 30–Jul 1  |  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  $350 Non-member  |  $315 Member
With a female instructor and all female students, learn parts of the boat, points of sail, sail theory, sailing upwind and downwind, steering, basic knots, safety on the water and practice crew overboard drills.  Step 1 toward your US Sailing Certification. 15 hours over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  No prerequisite.

Women’s Only Basic Keelboat Full Course

Jul 9–13, Jul 30–Aug 3, Aug 20–24  |  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  $750 Non-member  |  $675 Member 
These classes combine the “Crew” and “Skipper” classes in one 30-hour week, with a female Sailing Instructor and all female students.  Receive your US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.  See “Crew” and “Skipper” descriptions for information on course content. No prerequisite.

Includes: Basic Keelboat textbook, training, Basic Keelboat exam, Skippers Logbook, US Sailing Certification, Keelboat Certification Standards, and US Sailing Membership for 1 year.

Customized Sailing Classes & Charters: Youth, Adults and Families

$60/hr for 1 or 2 people | $70/hr for 3 people | $80/hr for 4 people | $90/hr for 5 people
Perfect for students that want to learn to sail but don’t require a US Sailing Certification. Learn from our highly experienced instructors who will customize your lesson based on what you personally would like to learn! Or head out on the water and let our captain take you for a ride on the beautiful Port Townsend Bay. No age limits—bring your entire family! There is a 2-hour minimum.