Adult Sailing Classes

Our highly experienced US Sailing instructors, a year-round windy bay, and a breathtaking waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s sailing classes some of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level!

We offer three levels of sailing courses:

  • Intro to Sailing – For those who are new to sailing and aren’t quite ready to jump into the Basic Keelboat Certification course.
  • Learn to Sail – For those who want to take the next step and earn their Basic Keelboat Certification. NWMC has received accreditation through US Sailing, the national governing association for sailing, to teach US Sailing Certified Basic Keelboat Classes. 
  • Beyond Basic Keelboat – For those who have already earned their Basic Keelboat Certification and want to further develop their skills.

You can dive into the course that aligns with your current skill level, or begin at the introductory level and progress through the classes step by step.

All sailing classes are taught with one instructor and no more than four students per boat. In order to further maximize your sailing time, the majority of each course is taught on the boat! 

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Classes are listed in alphabetical order.


NWMC is proud to offer scholarships to those facing financial barriers so everyone can have the opportunity to learn with us, regardless of financial circumstances.

To apply for a scholarship for adult programs, please complete our scholarship application form during the registration process.

If you are in a position to pay more than the suggested price for a program, additional funds will contribute directly to making programs more widely accessible. Please contact our registrar directly at or 360.385.3628 x1.