Now offering virtual classes in the summer of 2020! Due to COVID-19 limitations, we have paused registration for our in-person classes, but have opened up registration for virtual learning this summer. Stay up to date by signing up for our email list.

Now offering virtual navigation & seamanship classes in 2020!

Our virtual classes are designed to make you a better, safer, and more confident mariner, all while learning from home. Read class descriptions on this page, then register online via the button below.

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Second household registration is half price!

If two people from the same household are taking the same class, take half off the second registration.


No Impact Docking – Virtual Class

Jun 1–2, Jul 13–14, Aug 17–18 | 6:30–8:00 PM | $75
How to dock without fear (or damages)! No yelling! No leaping! We’ll see slides, handouts, and tips for successful docking strategies for keelboats and trawlers, and how to practice them. We’ll learn how to use prop walk, winds, and spring lines to your advantage…the finer points of docking without bow thrusters or twin screws. This class is offered via Zoom.

Charts and Dead Reckoning – Virtual Class

Jun 8–9, Jul 20–21 | 6:30–8:00 PM | $75
Navigation without a GPS! You’ll learn to use latitude, longitude, compass bearings, transits, and your paper charts to know where you are. This is an introduction to the traditional art of dead reckoning. This class is offered via Zoom.

Tides & Currents in the Salish Sea – Virtual Class

Jun 15–16, Jul 27–28 | 6:30–8:00 PM | $75
Tides and currents are a huge part of boating in the Salish Sea. Knowing the forces at work, the resources available and the boat skills needed to safely operate is paramount to a successful on-the-water adventure. Kayak, inflatable, sailboat, or powerboat—all are affected by the rise and fall of the tide. Whether a day trip on Port Townsend Bay or a trip up the Inside Passage, this class will help you with safe boat-trip planning. This class is offered via Zoom.

Rules of the Road & Aids to Navigation – Virtual Class

Jun 22–23, Aug 3–4 | 6:30–8:00 PM | $75
Lights, sounds, right of way: know the rules!

Who has right of way? Where’s the channel? By the end of this class, you’ll understand the maneuvering rules, lights, sound signals, and buoys that allow us to navigate safely around hazards and other vessels. This class is offered via Zoom.

Electronic Navigation & VHF: What are my electronic instruments and what are they telling me? (Virtual Class)

Jul 6–7, Aug 10–11 | 6:30–8:00 PM | $75
This is an introduction to the many electronic tools and instruments that can help us navigate safely: Depth Sounders, GPS, Chart Plotters, AIS, Radar and VHF radios. The class features a discussion of the common errors associated with each system and what they can and can not tell you. Includes video from our Simulator, and a chance to practice mayday calls. This class is offered via Zoom.

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NWMC Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing (email to

  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the first day of the program will be refunded the program cost less an administrative fee of $40 per program.
  • Cancellations 7 days to 29 days prior to the first day of the program will be refunded 70% of the program cost.
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the first day of the program will not be refunded.
  • Please ask about options to reschedule.
  • If NWMC, WBF, & SSE cancels a program, 100% of fees will be refunded or a reschedule option may be arranged.