We are open and in full operation.

Click here for more info and our Covid-19 policy

 
US Sailing lessons

Seattle Sailing Lessons

US Sailing lessons

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

LET’S SET SAIL!

Whether you’re a first time sailor or an experienced instructor… we have an educational opportunity for everyone..

Windworks is the only US Sailing school in Washington offering beginner Basic Keelboat lessons to advanced Passagemaking courses, on our own great vessels.

Part of US Sailing’s vision is to introduce as many people as possible to this great sport. We want to make sure you’re learning in a safe, fun, high-quality environment…because if you’re a well-trained, competent sailor you’ll love sailing as much as we do.

US Sailing at Windworks provides education and instruction in separate areas: Keelboat, Cruising, Catamaran and Powerboat.

US Sailing Certification System offers levels of certification for sailors & powerboaters

Whether you’re planning to cruise over the horizon, or sail in local waters in Seattle, we’re here to help you gain the knowledge and the skills to achieve your goals. As the National Governing Body for sailing, US Sailing  accredits only the top schools in the country, like Windworks Sailing & Powerboating Club!

When you learn to sail at a US Sailing school, you’re learning from the best.

US Sailing has developed a certification system that makes learning to sail easy and fun and supports you as you work to achieve your goals.

Ryan VanDyke
Ryan VanDyke
23:52 29 Mar 21
Edit: Just completed my Bareboat cruising cert after doing basic cruising last fall; Eulalie was a great instructor, the... gale force wind warning on the way back made the course all the more informative! The 40’ Beneteau (Le Reve) was a perfect match for the weekend.——Just completed the Basic Keelboat certification! Great experience with Rainer whose instruction was great for all three courses. Definitely intend to charter the boats in the coming months and look forward to Basic Cruising in the spring.read more
NerdTM
NerdTM
18:38 07 Feb 21
I had a fantastic experience in the sailing class. Will is an awesome teacher with a wealth of knowledge. The company is... fortunate to have him. Id recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn how to sail.read more
Mark Barrett
Mark Barrett
18:17 25 Nov 20
My first sailing lesson Keel Boat 1, in the 22' sailboat was awesome. There were 3 students and the instructor. We were... given study material to prepare which helped us understand the maneuvers we were going to learn. The instructor was excellent. I'm continuing through the entire sail training program. Highly recommend.read more
Toni Page
Toni Page
00:24 21 Nov 20
Windworks has a great fleet of vessels and fantastic instruction. As a US Sailing affiliate they offer the full suite of US... Sailing Certifications. The location is perfect and the staff is phenomenal. Schedule a lesson with Nancy, who is both patient and superiorly knowledgeable! I cannot say enough good things about the experience.read more
Bethany Glaser
Bethany Glaser
02:19 20 Nov 20
I took the basic power boating course with Brian this past weekend and had a blast! Initially, I thought he was nuts to have... boating newbies docking and doing tight turns around ridiculously expensive yachts at Shilshole. It turned out to be great practice and stellar motivation to get your angles right!Brian was calm, good humored and very knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend this class for those with little to no prior boating experience.read more
Merle Stephey
Merle Stephey
02:35 16 Nov 20
Just finished a very fun and educational weekend doing the basic powerboat and cruising 1 and 2. Our instructor was Brian. ... Very calm, informative, and a very good instructor. I would highly recommend using him for a very good boating course. Mread more
Ray Hyun
Ray Hyun
20:44 12 Nov 20
My wife and I completed the KB1 class with Nancy. We had a great time learning and being introduced into sailing. Nancy... was a good instructor, clearly communicating and giving everyone aboard ample instruction and practice. It was a wonderful introduction into the world of sailing. Thanks Nancy and Windworks!read more
max jacobs
max jacobs
17:04 09 Nov 20
Victor is always incredibly helpful with any charter question or issue. This past weekend he was particularly key helping... us handle a very tricky docking situation in high winds. He gave us expert advice, jumped into action and walked us through rapid steps perfectly - all while perfectly calm. Thanks Victor!read more
Mary Catherine
Mary Catherine
18:11 26 Oct 20
I had a great time with Gordon and Chris out on the water this weekend. They were great teachers that got our boat of... newbies comfortable with handling a boat. Their instruction was clear and the whole experience was just great.read more
Michael Steinberg
Michael Steinberg
18:03 05 Oct 20
Took the basic keel boat certificate course. Had Nancy and Will as instructors. Phenomenal teachers and would highly... recommend. Passed the certificate exam and ready to do more sailing!read more
Christopher Arnold
Christopher Arnold
20:08 24 Sep 20
I found Windworks looking for a sailing school shortly after moving to Seattle. This place is it! Great instructors and... really reasonable club memberships. I'll be back for more instruction and more time on the water.read more
Kendra Mirasol
Kendra Mirasol
19:45 20 Sep 20
I had an excellent experience taking the Basic Keel course series and walked away feeling very competent with abilities. The... instructors were very thorough in their teaching and made me feel comfortable while trying new skills. Despite their very different teaching styles, both Norm and Gordon were excellent! They prepared me well for the test, allowed me plenty of chances to hone my maneuvers and inspired me to continue learning the sport. I look forward to continuing my experience and education through Windworks and finding new sailing friends along the way.read more
Vitaly Filimonov
Vitaly Filimonov
01:51 15 Sep 20
Very professional instructors. Loads of detailed information even experienced people will appreciate. Good... instructor/student ration giving a ton of practice tine for each student.read more
Chris Doughty
Chris Doughty
16:50 02 Sep 20
Had a great time with the Basic Keel Boat 1 class. Nancy really came into her element when we were out on the water and had... a class of 4 newbies feeling like we were a hardened crew of racers by the end of the day. Looking forward to KB2!read more
Marissa Joehler
Marissa Joehler
15:17 01 Sep 20
I recently completed the Basic Keelboat course with Nancy as my instructor. The classroom instruction was very informative,... the on-the-water sailing instruction was excellent, and Nancy herself was very personable and helped make it a truly enjoyable experience. After the class I now feel very confident sailing the smaller boats, and I can't wait to take the next series of classes.read more
CHAD MARTIN
CHAD MARTIN
17:07 31 Aug 20
Barend is a great instructor who I would highly recommend! His sense of humor, knowledge of sailing, and great people... skills set the tone for a fun and informative day of sailing. I am looking forward to taking the next classes!read more
Olivier Lamotte
Olivier Lamotte
00:47 27 Aug 20
Just achieved (successfully!) my 3-day Basic Keelboat certification. The experience was great: Nancy (our instructor)... provided a good mix of theory and practical learning, she patiently took us through all the need-to-know aspects of sailing (safely handling the boat, docking, rescuing an overboard crew, basic navigation knowledge) and shared her tips and tricks with us. Recommending to everyone.read more
Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
23:36 24 Aug 20
Great day on the water as usual. Windworks accommodated our young sailors, 4 and 6 with proper personal floatation devices... and the boat was clean, ready and fun all day. I Love getting on the Sound!⛵️🏆read more
Jackson Chuang
Jackson Chuang
19:31 12 Aug 20
Nancy was our instructor and for a first time sailing class. We where on the water sailing after the in class session and... you really get a good feel for learning to sail. She communicates well and very patient with her instructions. Overall great instruction in class and on the boat . We sail in the Sound and it was a great experience to just get a feel for beginning manuvers on a sail boat. Looking forward to do learning and experiencing more. Windworks is also a top certified club so when you have certification from them you can sail anywhere. The boats are nice and clean ready to go.read more
Jaci Halen
Jaci Halen
02:24 11 Aug 20
Great 8 hours of sailing instruction! Hated for it to end. I structure was easy to follow and extremely patient with 2... newbies on his boat. Learned a lot and going for the next class!!read more
Quailynn McDaniel
Quailynn McDaniel
15:04 05 Aug 20
I am learning to sail though wind works and absolutely love it! The boats are beaucoup and well kept. The dock hands... always willing to help. The teaching staff holds a high bar and have excellent teaching techniques. At first I was overwhelmed and lacked confidence. Margaret Pommert took the time to hear me out and teach me what I needed to know to build up my confidence. I was so inspired by her knowledge and how high her bar is. I can’t wait to sail again and to continue learning. Windworks is a really great sailing community to be a part of.read more
Daniel Shotton
Daniel Shotton
21:35 04 Aug 20
Love this club! I have been a member for the better part of a decade and never had a bad experience. Always helpful,... professional, and courteous.read more
Jim Mckinney
Jim Mckinney
09:09 29 Jul 20
Always love going on this sailing adventure so close to the water compared to a bigger boat trip. Very personal and the crew... are always great.read more
Damion Nichols
Damion Nichols
00:32 22 Jul 20
Nancy was a great instructor and had me feeling in control of the boat in short order .. thank you guys for the experience!... hope to be able to catch the other classes you offer .read more
Marcus L
Marcus L
18:02 06 Jul 20
Very friendly, professional and excellent instructors (I've worked with Will and Margaret so far) with a great fleet of... boats.. They also a have a great dock crew to help with docking if needed. I highly recommend and v happy I signed up.read more
max jacobs
max jacobs
04:44 02 Jul 20
I’ve had great experiences in all my classes at Windworks. Gordon is an excellent teacher. Knowledgeable, Patient,... Thoughtful, and passionate about sailing and Good seamanship. Thank you!read more
Mike Resendiz
Mike Resendiz
02:05 29 Jun 20
Just took the Bareboat Cruising class and Brian was fantastic. He is such a great instructor with so much knowledge,... patience and experience as well as a great sense of humor. This surely was an unforgettable experience.read more
James Zimmerman
James Zimmerman
12:49 17 Jun 20
Will Rodman was and excellent instructor and our sailing experience on the basic to bareboat course was exceptional. We were... scheduled to stay on the boat the night before as we were coming from out of town but the staff mysteriously disappeared for four days and were gone on the day of our arrival so we ended up getting a hotel the night before. Laurie in the office has been very helpful in getting us going in the sailing courses over the past few months.read more
Todd Beahm
Todd Beahm
17:19 01 Jun 20
Love Windworks; staff is so helpful. It's very enjoyable to show up and get the help needed when prepping to depart. Staff... will take the time to ensure you're ready and comfortable with the boat. Always there for you on departure and arrival back to the marina. Boats are in great shape; and fleet continues to upgrade (at least the past few years we've been Members). I always recommend Windworks when friends and other sailors inquire. Thanks again for the experiences!read more
Bede Kortegast
Bede Kortegast
02:54 01 Jun 20
Had a great day out. Class was fun and filled with invaluable information. Well explained and then put into practice. Nancy... our teacher was fantastic!!read more
David lerner
David lerner
01:35 26 May 20
I purchased a Capri 22 from Windworks a few weeks ago. It was a good price and kept in very good shape. I appreciate the... attention to detail in how they take care of their boats. Mark and his team were very professional throughout the whole process and did a great job answering all of my questions. They stand behind their boats, and I know if I ever have questions, they'll happily take the time to chat with me. Once my skillset improves, I anticipate hopefully purchasing another larger one from them in the future.read more
Bede Kortegast
Bede Kortegast
16:43 10 May 20
Had a great day out. Class was fun and filled with invaluable information. Well explained and then put into practice. Nancy... our teacher was fantastic!!read more
Greg Duplessie
Greg Duplessie
16:37 04 May 20
Had a fantastic one-on-one inshore powerboating course/test with Captain Brian this past weekend. Brian was an awesome... instructor and I learned a ton. Would highly recommend this type of course if you want to learn new tricks, knock the rust off of old skills, or just want to become a better boater. Thanks !read more
Chip Barron
Chip Barron
04:44 08 Mar 20
Great experience in my first ever sailing class. Three students, half day in class then a half day in the water on a Capri... 22. We all got lots of time to sail the boat and learn what needs to be done. I understand the maneuvers like tacking and jibing like I never have been able to before and I'm excited to sail more now!read more
Chip Barron
Chip Barron
04:44 08 Mar 20
Great experience in my first ever sailing class. Three students, half day in class then a half day in the water on a Capri... 22. We all got lots of time to sail the boat and learn what needs to be done. I understand the maneuvers like tacking and jibing like I never have been able to before and I'm excited to sail more now!read more
Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman
18:41 16 Feb 20
I had another GREAT day of intersection. The winds were a bit on the high side but with an amazing instructor, it really... allowed us all to see and feel how the wind works with the boat and to have the opportunity to apply what we learned in class about high wind sailing was such a great experience.read more
Eric Greenwood
Eric Greenwood
17:04 29 Jan 20
In early November 2019, I walked into the Windworks office at the Shilshole Bay Marina, where I moored by 2000 Bavaria... Ocean 38 sailboat to discuss listing my boat for sale. I selected Windworks because they are the local Catalina dealer and had Bavaria sailboats in their local boat club and charter service. Mark and Victor understood family cruising sailboats, and were very aware of the Market for boats like mine.I had planned to list in early Spring 2020, but Mark advised me to not wait, and provided data to support the benefit of a winter listing and pricing. Following listing Victor went full speed with advice on preparing my boat for showing, and had prospects viewing within a week. Within within three weeks we had a solid offer. From that point, I just stood back and Victor took care of the sea trials, survey and final negotiations. It was a professional, and, surprisingly, fun process made possible by Mark and Victor’s customer approach.read more
Ron Fugere
Ron Fugere
00:53 10 Dec 19
As the owner/operator of NW Sailing Adventures, I can really appreciate the level of service Mark and his team offer. I... contacted Mark about possibly buying a newer boat to better serve our guests. He took an active interest in our business and fully grasps what we do and what we need. We ultimately decided not to buy a new boat, yet Mark took our decision in good grace. If and when we do decide to upgrade, his team will be the first we call.read more
James Riley
James Riley
19:36 26 Nov 19
Mark and Victor at Windworks did a great job helping me to find a buyer for my Catalina 18, getting the boat ready to show,... and taking the entire effort to a successful completion. I am now confident that the new owner will be very pleased with his purchase, and enjoy sailing the boat as much as I did. Victor is well known around Seaview Boatyard, the company that launched, hauled, and cleaned the boat once the sale was made. His ties with their workers really helped get the job done, and he is respected there as a hard working, knowledgeable individual around the docks. Thanks guys. I'll be back for some sailing next spring!read more
Thomas Franks
Thomas Franks
17:18 18 Nov 19
What a great day on Puget Sound with Blue Duet from Windworks! Blue Duet sailed easily through the wind and was... comfortable for our whole group which included 3 senior citizens. Boat was in great shape and the land crew were friendly and helpful.read more
Ryan VanDyke
Ryan VanDyke
20:59 06 Nov 19
Just completed the Basic Keelboat certification! Great experience with Rainer whose instruction was great for all three... courses. Definitely intend to charter the boats in the coming months and look forward to Basic Cruising in the spring.read more
John Brooks
John Brooks
03:29 30 Oct 19
I just had my first lesson with Windworks. I thought it was going to be much more difficult but we were actually sailing the... first day. Our instructor, Ranier, made the concepts easy to understand and was really fun. If you want to learn how to sail, don't hesitate to sign up with Windworks.read more
Beth Kelly
Beth Kelly
14:31 22 Sep 19
I do really like Frolic even though we went form a 32' to 28' (due to mechanical problems on Selkie) she was just big enough... for 6 adults and 2 boys. Victor always super helpful on the dock. We had a great day in very light winds.read more
Mark McKelvey
Mark McKelvey
00:59 09 Sep 19
In late July, I had the pleasure of sailing with Captain Brian Gross from Windworks Sailing Club to get my Bareboat Charter... certificate. We sailed to Poulsbo and spent the night anchored out. Throughout we practiced numerous emergency drills and lots of docking. In addition to getting the certificate, the class really built my confidence in being able to handle any situation that might occur. Brian has tremendous experience and he constantly shares tips that I hadn't been exposed to before. He was also great at making it a fun experience while we were learning. If you are looking to get your BBC, I highly recommend Brian.read more
Christa Shackleford
Christa Shackleford
06:35 02 Sep 19
Took BK1 with Rainer, such a passionate and fun instructor! Loved this class and learned so much on the water in one day.... Will most likely be taking BK2 & BK3 for the certification!read more
Cem Sibay
Cem Sibay
00:54 02 Sep 19
Maybe I got lucky, and ended up with a great/passionate instructor (Rainer, who I highly recommend for beginners like... myself). But sure doesn't seem that way given how many other 5-star reviews Windworks seems to have drawn. After getting my first level certification (Basic Keelboat), am hooked and see myself now getting through all the courses they have to offer...read more
Cem Sibay
Cem Sibay
00:54 02 Sep 19
Maybe I got lucky, and ended up with a great/passionate instructor (Rainer, who I highly recommend for beginners like... myself). But sure doesn't seem that way given how many other 5-star reviews Windworks seems to have drawn. After getting my first level certification (Basic Keelboat), am hooked and see myself now getting through all the courses they have to offer...read more
Jeanine Spence
Jeanine Spence
21:05 19 Aug 19
Wonderful staff provided a great learning experience. After BK1, BK2, BK3 I feel confident in my basic skills. Will and... Brian made it easy and fun to learn.read more
Jeanine Spence
Jeanine Spence
21:05 19 Aug 19
Wonderful staff provided a great learning experience. After BK1, BK2, BK3 I feel confident in my basic skills. Will and... Brian made it easy and fun to learn.read more
Kent Ta
Kent Ta
05:28 19 Aug 19
I am very impressed after finishing my BK classes with Windworks! Brian and Will are superb instructors with amazing... knowledge, teaching skills, patience and humor who went above and beyond their call of duty to help their students. Many thanks, Windworks, for introducing me to the joy of sailing!read more
Jerry Van Galder
Jerry Van Galder
16:18 16 Aug 19
Rainer was an awesome instructor! Very knowledgeable, patient and humorous which made it fun too. Great boat as well. Top... notch all around.read more
David Steere
David Steere
17:47 11 Aug 19
We've been members of Windworks for the past two years, taking classes and going on day and overnight trips. The staff,... especially the dock staff, are incredibly helpful and cheerful. And the classes are fun, very useful, and great preparation for getting you out on your own. They have a good selection of boats, and have never had a problem reserving boats. You do have to plan ahead during the summer a bit, but we've always been able to find a boat when we want one.read more
Alexis R
Alexis R
03:07 07 Aug 19
We loved every minute of the BK1 course! Will was an excellent teacher, who knew the boat and the water inside out and... explained everything clearly and with patience. Can’t wait to take the next level!read more
Carrie Dixon
Carrie Dixon
16:34 21 Jul 19
Windworks Sailing course was exciting and empowering. Their instructor was engaging and personable, articulate yet also... accessible. We were sent a predatory study guide, light enough to grouse with a beer, which introduced the vocabulary of the boat. This helped us piece together the instruction with ease as we we already familiar with terminology. The practical phase left us feeling like we could head to sea and man a ship! Lots of repetition, with small ratio of students to instructor! My husband and I had a lovely date tacking and jibing around in the Sound!! Thanks Windworks Sailing!! Rainer’s instruction and humor made for a great day!!read more
Elisa Gentile
Elisa Gentile
23:13 17 Jul 19
KB1: First rate instructors, small classes, comprehensive teaching. You can tell they love their job.No wind out there, so... we learnt about knots, docking and wires. No waste of time with them.read more
Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt
16:59 16 Jun 19
I just completed the Basic Powerboat Cruising 1 and 2 classes and learned a lot of practical skills, gained experience and... confidence. I would highly recommend Brian as an instructor. He was a great teacher who kept the class fun while sharing great tips.read more
Simon Griffith
Simon Griffith
19:47 12 Jun 19
I've enjoyed many pleasant days sailing on Puget Sound on various sized sailboats rented from Windworks. The office staff is... courteous, the boats are in great shape, the dock staff are patient and knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, Windworks is a great way to make getting out on the water more affordable.read more
Ky Calder
Ky Calder
17:20 03 Jun 19
The instruction was comprehensive. The on-water practice was invaluable. The instructors were patient. After completing the... Basic Keelboat series I felt confident to skipper a boat with the help of novices. I highly recommend.read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
01:00 21 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
13:52 20 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
13:52 20 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Michael Bowers
Michael Bowers
00:21 28 Apr 19
Just completed the U.S Sailing Basic Cruising class through Windworks. This is by far the best sailing school in the Seattle... area. All three instructors, Norm, Will, and Brian, were great with different methods of teaching. I totally recommend Windworks for sailing.read more
Dmitry Guyvoronsky
Dmitry Guyvoronsky
02:32 24 Apr 19
We took Basic Keelboat class, and had a great experience all 3 days, in no small part due to outstanding coaching by Elena,... Dave and, especially, Brian, who's cheerful and calm attitude helped my wife to overcome fear of tests 😉read more
John Sanders
John Sanders
16:26 21 Apr 19
I took the Basic Keelboat series of classes consisting of three full-day lessons from three different instructors, Phil... (don't know last name), Eric Johnson, and Brian Gross. All three instructors were absolutely first rate. They were knowledgeable, personable and fun. The lessons consisted of both classroom instruction (sailing theory, operation of the sailboat, rules of the road, etc.) and lots of time on the water. I think I have a good grounding in sailing, and now I need to get more practice. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning to sail.read more
Margaret Sanders
Margaret Sanders
03:52 21 Apr 19
All three instructors for the Basic Keelboat classes we took were terrific coaches and teachers. They knew when to teach,... when to coach and when to reassure -- and offered supportive and constructive messages. I had only wanted to learn enough to be a helpful crew member on family sails, and I accomplished that and much more. Tacking, jibing, docking and even learning how to rescue a person who has gone overboard! More practice needed, of course, but well on my way.read more
Ray Tan
Ray Tan
15:11 18 Apr 19
well maintained boats, super helpful and friendly staff at the dock (thanks Aaron and team!) I've chartered with... Windworks twice now, looking forward to the third.read more
Brendan S
Brendan S
23:16 14 Apr 19
Took the Powerboating 1 & 2 course with Margaret and Brian and had a great experience. Very knowledgeable instructors who... make it fun to learn! Thank you!read more
Jim Costakis
Jim Costakis
03:13 02 Apr 19
My wife and I chartered a Capri 22 today. It was a beautiful day with moderate wind and snow still on the Olympics. We had... never been there before, but the checkout process was seamless. They do require a resume and one should budget a bit of time for the process, but everyone was very nice and helpful. The boat was in fantastic shape. We will DEFINITELY be back.read more
Max Manndorff
Max Manndorff
23:48 17 Mar 19
Went out with Brian and Will for my Basic Cruising series and loved everything about it. Great and knowledgeable instructors.
Keith Dager
Keith Dager
23:40 17 Mar 19
Had BC3 today with Brian, learned a lot, great day of sailing. Quality experience all the way through since BK1
Beck P
Beck P
00:44 12 Dec 18
The Catamaran course was great! Our instructor Brian was calm and cool and did a great job showing me how the Catamaran... operates and handles. A great way to spend the weekend!read more
Steven Bryerton
Steven Bryerton
01:13 28 Oct 18
Took the basic powerboat cruising 1 course with Brian and he was great. He made it fun and the skills we picked up were... great - he had a great way of instilling confidence in everyone even though the majority of the class had little on water experience with those manuevers in tight space with 30’+ boats. Great course, great instructor!read more
Mona S.
Mona S.
22:28 01 Oct 18
I took the Basic Keelboat course recently and had a fantastic experience! My instructor, Phil, was really knowledgeable and... fun. I shared the experience with 2 others and he was really great about making sure everyone got equal time learning different skills sets and manning different positions on the boat. He also assessed areas we all needed more specific practice with and reinforced that by allowing for even more hands-on experience. I'm new to sailing and often notice there aren't always many women out there on the open water. In fact, on this day sail I was the only girl with the other two male students and my male instructor. Phil made me feel very comfortable and I felt like an equally contributing member of the team! I'm very appreciative of this aspect the most, especially as a new sailing student. I absolutely recommend Windworks and I highly recommend asking for Phil! I look forward to completing more courses soon to get closer to sailing certification. Keep up the great work, guys!read more
Next Reviews

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BASIC KEELBOAT

The Basic Keelboat graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

PREREQUISITE: There is no US Sailing prerequisite for Basic Keelboat Certification. Check with your school to see if they have any pre-course requirements.

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Basic Keelboat Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in familiar waters with a wind range of 5 to 15 knots. Some regions may have stronger prevailing conditions, which are acceptable if the candidate can safely control the boat and be aware of his or her limitations in these conditions. The certified candidate will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length.

 

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate how to properly board a boat.
  • Perform a presail check for the boat’s flotation integrity, safety and legally required equipment, and crew indoctrination.
  • Demonstrate the proper rigging of the sails, halyards, sheets, blocks, and winches.
  • Check all other equipment specific to your boat not indicated above.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate how to put on a life jacket.
  • Demonstrate tying and use of knots: stopper knot, bowline, cleat hitch and a square knot.
  • Demonstrate the use of these sail controls: halyards, sheets, Cunningham/downhaul, and outhaul.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure suitable to the conditions: raising sails, line handling, casting off and boathandling.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN CONFINED WATERS:

  • Demonstrate in close quarters under sail: starting, stopping, speed control, tacking, jibing, steering control, sail luffing, the No-Go Zone, getting out of irons, backing the jib, and crew coordination and communication.
  • Demonstrate sailing a predetermined closed course and maneuvering around obstacles.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Point out Aids to Navigation in the harbor and local waters that you are sailing, and respond accordingly.

 

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL-INLAND:

  • Demonstrate the use of Navigation Rules while sailing.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Demonstrate proper sail trim with accurate sheet adjustment of the main and headsails. Make use of the sail telltales and identify points of sail.
  • Perform a heaving-to maneuver.
  • When appropriate, demonstrate sailing “by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate how to reef and/or depower sails.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods, which is most appropriate for your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in water.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Explain the proper procedure for using an approved distress signal.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for arrival under sail and/or power suitable to the conditions: boathandling, deploying fenders, stopping, tying up and lowering sails. Explain at least two different approach plans for other conditions.
  • Demonstrate stowing of sails, rigging, and equipment. Thoroughly clean the boat, and install any covers.
  • Check both the electrical and bilge systems for dock operation if required.
  • Check the locks on companionway, lockers, and hatches. Make a final check of docklines, spring lines, and fender placement.

Knowledge

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Describe personal preparation such as clothing and sun protection.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Be familiar with the nomenclature for basic parts of the boat, sails, battens, and rigging.
  • Describe the proper use of life jackets and throwable flotation devices.
  • Describe the use of sail controls.
  • Explain potential electrical hazards such as overhead electrical wires and lightning.

 

SAILING THEORY:

  • Describe basic sailboat design, sail theory, and boat dynamics.
  • Explain how to read the wind and determine all points of sail.
  • Understand what is meant by the term “sailing by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Understand the effects of wind, tide and currents in relation to the boat and surrounding area while preparing to get underway.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for leaving under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Be familiar with basic chart reading specific to your local waters.
  • Describe Aids to Navigation: buoys, daymarks, regulatory markers, and other markers specific to your local waters.

 

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL-INLAND:

  • Describe the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, for Stand-On and Give-Way sailboats and powerboats for collision avoidance and understand your state and local boating regulations.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Describe weather warning sources.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Understand the Quick-Stop and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods to include: constant visual contact with the person in water, communication, rescue plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting a person in water on deck.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Be familiar with the treatment of overheating, hypothermia and seasickness.
  • Describe the use and regulations for flares.
  • Be familiar with at least six different distress and emergency signals per Navigation Rule 37.
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for safety equipment.

 

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Be familiar with anchoring procedures for emergency situations such as loss of boat control, sudden storms, prevention from going aground or injured crew situations.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Describe the differences and alternatives for arrival under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

 

PRICING:

Basic Keelboat 1:

  • WWSC Members & Non-members $295
  • Book a mid-week course for a 50% discount!

Basic Keelboat 2 & 3

  • WWSC Members: $595 (includes text book, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
  • Non-Members: $995 (text book not included, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)

Pricing

Basic Keelboat 1:

  • WWSC Members & Non-members $295
  • Book a mid-week course for a 50% discount!

Basic Keelboat 2 & 3

  • WWSC Members: $595 (includes text book, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
  • Non-Members: $995 (text book not included, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
learn to sail in Seattle

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BASIC CRUISING

The Basic Cruising graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat, during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions.

PREREQUISITE: The prerequisite for Basic Cruising Certification is a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Basic Cruising Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in a wind range of 5 to 15 knots. Some regions may have stronger prevailing conditions, which are acceptable if the candidate can safely control the boat, and be aware of his or her limitations in these conditions. The certified candidate will be able to skipper a keelboat up to 32′ in length.

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions.
  • Perform an inspection of running rigging, standing rigging and hull integrity.
  • Check the inventory, location and operation of required safety equipment.
  • Check the auxiliary power systems (as applicable to your boat): location and operation of engine controls, engine mechanical and fluids check, transmission controls, ventilation system and cooling system.
  • Check the electrical system (as applicable to your boat): main battery switch, electrical control panel and battery terminals.
  • Check the bilge pump system (as applicable to your boat): operation of manual and electrical pumps, intake maintenance and bilge pump alarms.
  • Check the head systems (as applicable to your boat): location of controls, equipment operation, holding tanks and proper setting of valves.
  • Check the fresh water system (as applicable to your boat): adequate quantity, operation of manual and electrical pumps, and proper setting of valves.
  • Check the anchoring system (as applicable to your boat): anchors, shackles, rodes, chafing equipment and windlass.
  • Check all other equipment specific to your boat not indicated above.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate winch operation and the proper procedure for clearing a fouled winch.
  • Demonstrate tying and use of knots: clove hitch, sheet bend and rolling hitch. Review stopper knot, bowline, cleat hitch, round turn & two half hitches and square knot.
  • Demonstrate how to heave a line.
  • Demonstrate the use of sail controls: halyards, sheets, traveler, cunningham/downhaul, outhaul, adjustable backstay (if applicable), boom vang, leech lines, jib fairleads and boom toppinglift.
  • Demonstrate the operation of a VHF radio: operation of controls, channel usage, call sign, weather channels and simulate an emergency call.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive crew briefing and plan of responsibilities.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure under power suitable to the conditions: line handling, casting off, fending off and boathandling.
  • Demonstrate the use of docklines, including springlines, for boat control while departing.
  • Demonstrate stowing of docklines and fenders.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN CONFINED WATERS:

  • Demonstrate in close quarters under power: speed and momentum control, windage and prop walk control, and command of the crew.
  • Demonstrate ability to maneuver under sail in close quarters: short tacking and controlled jibes.
  • Demonstrate a recovery plan for an engine failure in a crowded and busy harbor.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Determine your position in open water, the position of your destination, your intended track and approximate travel time to that destination.
  • Confirm your progress along that intended track with visual observations or with visual observations and electronic confirmation. Obtain and utilize relevant tide and current information. Using a chart, verify sufficient depth for a planned cruise.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Demonstrate ability to steer a compass course with changes in course to a given destination.
  • Demonstrate helm and boat control in a variety of wind and sea conditions.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate proper reefing techniques: determining when to reef, roller furling or changing headsails, reefing the mainsail, dropping sails, shaking out a reef, and rehoisting underway.
  • Demonstrate helm and boat control while sailing under shortened sail.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods, which is most appropriate for: your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in water.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Simulate procedure and operation of VHF radio in various emergency situations.
  • Simulate failure of steering system, and demonstrate steering and boat control with sails.

 

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Select an anchorage, and demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for properly anchoring with a single anchor under power.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for retrieving your anchor under power.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for arrival under power suitable to the conditions: boathandling, deploying fenders, stopping and tying up.
  • Demonstrate correct use and deployment of docklines, including springlines.

 

SECURING THE BOAT PROPERLY:

  • Demonstrate stowing of sails, rigging and equipment. Thoroughly clean the boat, and install any covers and dock power equipment.
  • Check both the electrical and bilge systems for dock operation.
  • Check the locks on companionway, lockers and hatches. Make a final check of docklines, spring lines and fender placement.

Knowledge

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Describe typical crew responsibilities and communications while aboard an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat.
  • Explain weather recognition and forecasting techniques for a day sail.
  • Explain the sequence for determining blocked engine cooling system circulation.
  • Understand the different types and operation of stoves, and fuel systems.
  • Be familiar with the use of a float plan.
  • Understand your state and local boating regulations.

SAILING THEORY:

  • Describe sailboat dynamics: Center of Effort, Center of Lateral Resistance, and effects and influences of lee and weather helm.
  • Describe real and apparent wind, and their relationship to each other.

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Understand the effects of wind, tide and currents in relation to the boat and surrounding area, while preparing to get underway.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for leaving under power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

NAVIGATION:

  • Understand the organization of a Mercator chart, including: latitude and longitude, chart scales, chart symbols (Chart No.1), title block, warnings, how to determine distance and direction, and the relationship between time/speed/distance.
  • Understand the U.S. aids to navigations (IALA System B).
  • Understand the magnetic influences that may disrupt compass readings.
  • Understand variation and describe the use of a compass rose.
  • Understand Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI).

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL & INLAND:

  • Know the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, Rules 4 through 10 for steering and sailing.
  • Describe the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, for Stand-On and Give-Way sailboats and powerboats for collision avoidance and understand your state and local boating regulations.

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Explain the dangers of a lee shore.

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Understand the Quick-Stop, Lifesling-type, and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods under sail to include: constant visual contact with the person in water, communications, rescue plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting a person in water back on deck after the vessel is stopped alongside.
  • Explain when overboard recovery should be done under power and the inherent dangers.

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Describe recovery methods after going aground.
  • Be familiar with firefighting equipment on board: regulations, types, location and operation.
  • Be familiar with the location and operation of emergency steering system and boat control during failure of the steering system.
  • Understand towing techniques: maneuvering onto a tow, handling and securing a towline, chafing protection, boat speed, dropping off a tow and communications.
  • Describe the proper function of lifelines and pulpits.
  • Explain proper fueling techniques and potential hazards.
  • Explain the purpose and use of a radar reflector.
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for auxiliary powered vessels.
  • Be familiar with at least six distress or emergency signals.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Explain different types of anchors and various bottom conditions suited for each type.
  • Explain how to determine the required scope of an anchor rode.
  • Describe accepted etiquette when anchoring in the vicinity of other boats.

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Describe the differences and alternatives for arrival under power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

Pricing

Basic Cruising 1-3 Package

  • WWSC Members: $995 (includes text book)
  • Non-members: $1,795 (text book not included)
learn to sail in Seattle

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BAREBOAT CRUISING

The Bareboat Cruising graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat within sight of land and bring it safely to anchor during daylight hours.

PREREQUISITE: The prerequisite for Bareboat Cruising Certification is a US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bareboat Cruising Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat with a wind of at least 15 knots.

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Obtain an appropriate weather forecast for your cruise and plan accordingly.
  • Check the sail inventory and select the appropriate sails for the conditions.
  • Check the location and condition or operation of all safety equipment.
  • Describe the need to be aware of and perform checks of the engine fluids and mechanical parts, manual and electric bilge pumps, and the electrical, mechanical, freshwater, marine head and holding tank systems. *updated 5.2.2019
  • Perform a complete check and demonstrate safe use of the galley stove and stove fuel system.
  • Ensure that all necessary provisions, cooking and eating utensils are aboard and properly stowed.
  • Check the security and operation of all hatches, ports and companionways.
  • Inventory and check the condition of all bimini tops, cockpit awnings and dodgers where applicable.
  • Inventory and check the condition of all tools and spare parts.
  • Check the condition of dinghy and oars (and outboard, if applicable).
    11. Inventory and check the condition of all required charts, tide tables, cruising guides, and navigation tools.
  • Perform a complete inspection of all deck gear: standing and running rigging, lifelines, stanchions, and pulpits.
  • Understand your responsibilities and liabilities as a bareboat charter customer according to your contract with your charter company.

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive crew briefing and plan of responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate the operation of the emergency steering equipment.

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate the proper lashing of a dinghy on deck or securing it for towing.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary for leaving under power in any wind condition.

NAVIGATION:

  • Demonstrate your ability to: correctly use a hand-bearing compass and a ship’s compass; maintain a proper DR plot with time/speed/distance calculations; work up an estimated position; plot a fix using lines of position and/or ranges; use depth sounder; use accepted plotting and labeling techniques; understand buoyage systems and aids to navigation; identify and correlate visual observations and landmarks with chart symbols.
  • Use a GPS chart plotter to plan and sail a multi-leg route.

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate shortening sail to depower, and explain effects on balancing the boat.
  • Demonstrate heaving-to.

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods under sail, which is most appropriate for: your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in the water.
  • Demonstrate an overboard recovery method under power which allows you to maintain visual contact with the person in the water.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Select an anchorage and demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary to anchor with two anchors under power using one of the following methods: bow and stern, two anchors off the bow at 60°, or two anchors off the bow at 180° (Bahamian Moor).
  • Pick up a mooring.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary to recover your anchor under power.

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary for returning to the dock under power in any wind direction.

SECURING THE BOAT PROPERLY:

  • Demonstrate the correct procedure for returning the charter boat in the same condition that it was chartered, and complete a charter check-in report on the condition of the boat.

Knowledge

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Understand bareboat charter procedures and responsibilities for both the charter company and the charter client.
  • Determine the vessel’s fuel capacity, fuel consumption, and cruising range under power.
  • Be familiar with the documentation required for the vessel and crew both nationally and internationally.
  • Be familiar with the legal responsibilities of a skipper and the courtesies to be observed when entering a foreign port.
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the overboard discharge of pollutants.
  • Understand all federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to your boat.
  • Be familiar with all required documentation for crew and vessel nationally and internationally.

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Be familiar with proper rafting techniques at docks and at anchor.

NAVIGATION:

  • Understand how to: use tide and tidal current; use the rule of twelfths, and apply set and drift and anticipated leeway when determining a course to steer. *updated 5.2.2019
  • Understand IALA Systems A and B, including cardinal marks.
  • Be familiar with the considerations, responsibilities and special techniques required for navigation in restricted visibility.
  • Understand the meaning of the visual observations of watercolor.
  • Be familiar with the benefits and limitations of cruising guides.
  • Understand Automatic Identification System (AIS).
  • Understand the limitations and potential dangers of electronic navigation.

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Describe the signs of an approaching squall and the actions to be taken.
  • Describe the desired orientation of the boat to the waves when heaving to.*updated 5.2.2019

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Be familiar with the equipment provided for overboard rescue.
  • Understand procedures for overboard rescue in a larger cruising boat in unfamiliar waters and with a crew that you might not sail with regularly. Understand the Quick-Stop, Lifesling-type and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods under sail to include: constant visual contact with the person in the water, communications, recovery plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach, and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting an overboard recovery person in water back on deck after the vessel is stopped alongside.
  • Explain when overboard rescue should be done under power and the inherent dangers.

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Giving due consideration to the state of the tide, describe a plan of action if you run aground in moderate conditions.
  • Describe a plan of action if your vessel has: a broken thru-hull; been holed; an engine failure; a steering failure.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Describe the procedures for anchoring with two anchors.
  • Describe the use of a tripline/anchor buoy.
  • Describe the procedures for clearing fouled anchor rodes, and for recovering an anchor from under another boat.
  • Describe the procedures for dealing with a dragging anchor.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the following anchoring methods: bow and stern, two anchors off the bow at 60°, two anchors off the bow at 180° (Bahamian Moor), and Mediterranean moor. Returning to the Dock or Mooring.
  • Describe the precautions when docking under sail.

Securing the Boat Properly:

  • Describe the responsibilities of the charter client and the charter company when returning the boat.

Pricing

Bareboat Cruising Package

  • WWSC Members: $1,295 (text book included)
  • Non-members: $1,895 (text book not included)
learn to sail in Seattle
learn to sail in Seattle

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

5-Day CRUISING TO BAREBOAT

Cruising to Bareboat combines US Sailing Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, and Windworks Navigation and Piloting into a fun-filled 5-day cruise-and-learn adventure. When complete, you’ll be ready to skipper sailboats, up to 42 feet in length for multiple day trips to destinations in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and more.

 

This course is designed for students who have completed the Basic Keelboat series (BK1, 2, and 3) and want to learn how to skipper larger cruising sailboats for multiple days.

US Sailing’s Bareboat certification is the most comprehensive certification in the market and will give you the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a cruising sailboat, up to 42 feet in length in a variety of weather conditions. The Navigation & Piloting (N & P) graduate will have demonstrated the traditional, non-electronic knowledge aids to navigation (ATONs) and the art of traditional navigation techniques using hard copy navigational charts and tools such as tide and current tables, phases of the moon, compass, dividers, and parallel plotters. Over 5 days, you will be taken through the following by a knowledgeable captain:

Successful completion prepares you to:

  • Skipper vessels up to 42 feet
  • Organize and direct crew operations
  • Plan multiple day charters
  • Extensive knowledge of boat systems including diesel engine troubleshooting and galley safety procedures
  • Demonstrate how to determine latitude and longitude; interpret aids to navigation (ATONs), interpret navigation charts, estimate tide and current, determine course to steer and trip planning
  • Limited of (4) students per boat.  WWSC has right to change student to teacher ratio

Certificates:

  • Basic Cruising Certification
  • Bareboat Cruising Certification
  • Navigation and Piloting

Prerequisites:

US Sailing Basic Keelboat Series (BK1, 2 and 3)

Pricing:

5-Day Cruising to Bareboat Package

  • WWSC Members: $2,995 (text books included)
  • Non-members: $4,995 (text books not included)
learn to sail in Seattle
Learn to sail in Seattle
learn to sail in Seattle
+ GET STARTED

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

LET’S SET SAIL!

Whether you’re a first time sailor or an experienced instructor… we have an educational opportunity for everyone..

Windworks is the only US Sailing school in Washington offering beginner Basic Keelboat lessons to advanced Passagemaking courses, on our own great vessels.

Part of US Sailing’s vision is to introduce as many people as possible to this great sport. We want to make sure you’re learning in a safe, fun, high-quality environment…because if you’re a well-trained, competent sailor you’ll love sailing as much as we do.

US Sailing at Windworks provides education and instruction in separate areas: Keelboat, Cruising, Catamaran and Powerboat.

US Sailing Certification System offers levels of certification for sailors & powerboaters

Whether you’re planning to cruise over the horizon, or sail in local waters in Seattle, we’re here to help you gain the knowledge and the skills to achieve your goals. As the National Governing Body for sailing, US Sailing  accredits only the top schools in the country, like Windworks Sailing & Powerboating Club!

When you learn to sail at a US Sailing school, you’re learning from the best.

US Sailing has developed a certification system that makes learning to sail easy and fun and supports you as you work to achieve your goals.

Ryan VanDyke
Ryan VanDyke
23:52 29 Mar 21
Edit: Just completed my Bareboat cruising cert after doing basic cruising last fall; Eulalie was a great instructor, the... gale force wind warning on the way back made the course all the more informative! The 40’ Beneteau (Le Reve) was a perfect match for the weekend.——Just completed the Basic Keelboat certification! Great experience with Rainer whose instruction was great for all three courses. Definitely intend to charter the boats in the coming months and look forward to Basic Cruising in the spring.read more
NerdTM
NerdTM
18:38 07 Feb 21
I had a fantastic experience in the sailing class. Will is an awesome teacher with a wealth of knowledge. The company is... fortunate to have him. Id recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn how to sail.read more
Mark Barrett
Mark Barrett
18:17 25 Nov 20
My first sailing lesson Keel Boat 1, in the 22' sailboat was awesome. There were 3 students and the instructor. We were... given study material to prepare which helped us understand the maneuvers we were going to learn. The instructor was excellent. I'm continuing through the entire sail training program. Highly recommend.read more
Toni Page
Toni Page
00:24 21 Nov 20
Windworks has a great fleet of vessels and fantastic instruction. As a US Sailing affiliate they offer the full suite of US... Sailing Certifications. The location is perfect and the staff is phenomenal. Schedule a lesson with Nancy, who is both patient and superiorly knowledgeable! I cannot say enough good things about the experience.read more
Bethany Glaser
Bethany Glaser
02:19 20 Nov 20
I took the basic power boating course with Brian this past weekend and had a blast! Initially, I thought he was nuts to have... boating newbies docking and doing tight turns around ridiculously expensive yachts at Shilshole. It turned out to be great practice and stellar motivation to get your angles right!Brian was calm, good humored and very knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend this class for those with little to no prior boating experience.read more
Merle Stephey
Merle Stephey
02:35 16 Nov 20
Just finished a very fun and educational weekend doing the basic powerboat and cruising 1 and 2. Our instructor was Brian. ... Very calm, informative, and a very good instructor. I would highly recommend using him for a very good boating course. Mread more
Ray Hyun
Ray Hyun
20:44 12 Nov 20
My wife and I completed the KB1 class with Nancy. We had a great time learning and being introduced into sailing. Nancy... was a good instructor, clearly communicating and giving everyone aboard ample instruction and practice. It was a wonderful introduction into the world of sailing. Thanks Nancy and Windworks!read more
max jacobs
max jacobs
17:04 09 Nov 20
Victor is always incredibly helpful with any charter question or issue. This past weekend he was particularly key helping... us handle a very tricky docking situation in high winds. He gave us expert advice, jumped into action and walked us through rapid steps perfectly - all while perfectly calm. Thanks Victor!read more
Mary Catherine
Mary Catherine
18:11 26 Oct 20
I had a great time with Gordon and Chris out on the water this weekend. They were great teachers that got our boat of... newbies comfortable with handling a boat. Their instruction was clear and the whole experience was just great.read more
Michael Steinberg
Michael Steinberg
18:03 05 Oct 20
Took the basic keel boat certificate course. Had Nancy and Will as instructors. Phenomenal teachers and would highly... recommend. Passed the certificate exam and ready to do more sailing!read more
Christopher Arnold
Christopher Arnold
20:08 24 Sep 20
I found Windworks looking for a sailing school shortly after moving to Seattle. This place is it! Great instructors and... really reasonable club memberships. I'll be back for more instruction and more time on the water.read more
Kendra Mirasol
Kendra Mirasol
19:45 20 Sep 20
I had an excellent experience taking the Basic Keel course series and walked away feeling very competent with abilities. The... instructors were very thorough in their teaching and made me feel comfortable while trying new skills. Despite their very different teaching styles, both Norm and Gordon were excellent! They prepared me well for the test, allowed me plenty of chances to hone my maneuvers and inspired me to continue learning the sport. I look forward to continuing my experience and education through Windworks and finding new sailing friends along the way.read more
Vitaly Filimonov
Vitaly Filimonov
01:51 15 Sep 20
Very professional instructors. Loads of detailed information even experienced people will appreciate. Good... instructor/student ration giving a ton of practice tine for each student.read more
Chris Doughty
Chris Doughty
16:50 02 Sep 20
Had a great time with the Basic Keel Boat 1 class. Nancy really came into her element when we were out on the water and had... a class of 4 newbies feeling like we were a hardened crew of racers by the end of the day. Looking forward to KB2!read more
Marissa Joehler
Marissa Joehler
15:17 01 Sep 20
I recently completed the Basic Keelboat course with Nancy as my instructor. The classroom instruction was very informative,... the on-the-water sailing instruction was excellent, and Nancy herself was very personable and helped make it a truly enjoyable experience. After the class I now feel very confident sailing the smaller boats, and I can't wait to take the next series of classes.read more
CHAD MARTIN
CHAD MARTIN
17:07 31 Aug 20
Barend is a great instructor who I would highly recommend! His sense of humor, knowledge of sailing, and great people... skills set the tone for a fun and informative day of sailing. I am looking forward to taking the next classes!read more
Olivier Lamotte
Olivier Lamotte
00:47 27 Aug 20
Just achieved (successfully!) my 3-day Basic Keelboat certification. The experience was great: Nancy (our instructor)... provided a good mix of theory and practical learning, she patiently took us through all the need-to-know aspects of sailing (safely handling the boat, docking, rescuing an overboard crew, basic navigation knowledge) and shared her tips and tricks with us. Recommending to everyone.read more
Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson
23:36 24 Aug 20
Great day on the water as usual. Windworks accommodated our young sailors, 4 and 6 with proper personal floatation devices... and the boat was clean, ready and fun all day. I Love getting on the Sound!⛵️🏆read more
Jackson Chuang
Jackson Chuang
19:31 12 Aug 20
Nancy was our instructor and for a first time sailing class. We where on the water sailing after the in class session and... you really get a good feel for learning to sail. She communicates well and very patient with her instructions. Overall great instruction in class and on the boat . We sail in the Sound and it was a great experience to just get a feel for beginning manuvers on a sail boat. Looking forward to do learning and experiencing more. Windworks is also a top certified club so when you have certification from them you can sail anywhere. The boats are nice and clean ready to go.read more
Jaci Halen
Jaci Halen
02:24 11 Aug 20
Great 8 hours of sailing instruction! Hated for it to end. I structure was easy to follow and extremely patient with 2... newbies on his boat. Learned a lot and going for the next class!!read more
Quailynn McDaniel
Quailynn McDaniel
15:04 05 Aug 20
I am learning to sail though wind works and absolutely love it! The boats are beaucoup and well kept. The dock hands... always willing to help. The teaching staff holds a high bar and have excellent teaching techniques. At first I was overwhelmed and lacked confidence. Margaret Pommert took the time to hear me out and teach me what I needed to know to build up my confidence. I was so inspired by her knowledge and how high her bar is. I can’t wait to sail again and to continue learning. Windworks is a really great sailing community to be a part of.read more
Daniel Shotton
Daniel Shotton
21:35 04 Aug 20
Love this club! I have been a member for the better part of a decade and never had a bad experience. Always helpful,... professional, and courteous.read more
Jim Mckinney
Jim Mckinney
09:09 29 Jul 20
Always love going on this sailing adventure so close to the water compared to a bigger boat trip. Very personal and the crew... are always great.read more
Damion Nichols
Damion Nichols
00:32 22 Jul 20
Nancy was a great instructor and had me feeling in control of the boat in short order .. thank you guys for the experience!... hope to be able to catch the other classes you offer .read more
Marcus L
Marcus L
18:02 06 Jul 20
Very friendly, professional and excellent instructors (I've worked with Will and Margaret so far) with a great fleet of... boats.. They also a have a great dock crew to help with docking if needed. I highly recommend and v happy I signed up.read more
max jacobs
max jacobs
04:44 02 Jul 20
I’ve had great experiences in all my classes at Windworks. Gordon is an excellent teacher. Knowledgeable, Patient,... Thoughtful, and passionate about sailing and Good seamanship. Thank you!read more
Mike Resendiz
Mike Resendiz
02:05 29 Jun 20
Just took the Bareboat Cruising class and Brian was fantastic. He is such a great instructor with so much knowledge,... patience and experience as well as a great sense of humor. This surely was an unforgettable experience.read more
James Zimmerman
James Zimmerman
12:49 17 Jun 20
Will Rodman was and excellent instructor and our sailing experience on the basic to bareboat course was exceptional. We were... scheduled to stay on the boat the night before as we were coming from out of town but the staff mysteriously disappeared for four days and were gone on the day of our arrival so we ended up getting a hotel the night before. Laurie in the office has been very helpful in getting us going in the sailing courses over the past few months.read more
Todd Beahm
Todd Beahm
17:19 01 Jun 20
Love Windworks; staff is so helpful. It's very enjoyable to show up and get the help needed when prepping to depart. Staff... will take the time to ensure you're ready and comfortable with the boat. Always there for you on departure and arrival back to the marina. Boats are in great shape; and fleet continues to upgrade (at least the past few years we've been Members). I always recommend Windworks when friends and other sailors inquire. Thanks again for the experiences!read more
Bede Kortegast
Bede Kortegast
02:54 01 Jun 20
Had a great day out. Class was fun and filled with invaluable information. Well explained and then put into practice. Nancy... our teacher was fantastic!!read more
David lerner
David lerner
01:35 26 May 20
I purchased a Capri 22 from Windworks a few weeks ago. It was a good price and kept in very good shape. I appreciate the... attention to detail in how they take care of their boats. Mark and his team were very professional throughout the whole process and did a great job answering all of my questions. They stand behind their boats, and I know if I ever have questions, they'll happily take the time to chat with me. Once my skillset improves, I anticipate hopefully purchasing another larger one from them in the future.read more
Bede Kortegast
Bede Kortegast
16:43 10 May 20
Had a great day out. Class was fun and filled with invaluable information. Well explained and then put into practice. Nancy... our teacher was fantastic!!read more
Greg Duplessie
Greg Duplessie
16:37 04 May 20
Had a fantastic one-on-one inshore powerboating course/test with Captain Brian this past weekend. Brian was an awesome... instructor and I learned a ton. Would highly recommend this type of course if you want to learn new tricks, knock the rust off of old skills, or just want to become a better boater. Thanks !read more
Chip Barron
Chip Barron
04:44 08 Mar 20
Great experience in my first ever sailing class. Three students, half day in class then a half day in the water on a Capri... 22. We all got lots of time to sail the boat and learn what needs to be done. I understand the maneuvers like tacking and jibing like I never have been able to before and I'm excited to sail more now!read more
Chip Barron
Chip Barron
04:44 08 Mar 20
Great experience in my first ever sailing class. Three students, half day in class then a half day in the water on a Capri... 22. We all got lots of time to sail the boat and learn what needs to be done. I understand the maneuvers like tacking and jibing like I never have been able to before and I'm excited to sail more now!read more
Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman
18:41 16 Feb 20
I had another GREAT day of intersection. The winds were a bit on the high side but with an amazing instructor, it really... allowed us all to see and feel how the wind works with the boat and to have the opportunity to apply what we learned in class about high wind sailing was such a great experience.read more
Eric Greenwood
Eric Greenwood
17:04 29 Jan 20
In early November 2019, I walked into the Windworks office at the Shilshole Bay Marina, where I moored by 2000 Bavaria... Ocean 38 sailboat to discuss listing my boat for sale. I selected Windworks because they are the local Catalina dealer and had Bavaria sailboats in their local boat club and charter service. Mark and Victor understood family cruising sailboats, and were very aware of the Market for boats like mine.I had planned to list in early Spring 2020, but Mark advised me to not wait, and provided data to support the benefit of a winter listing and pricing. Following listing Victor went full speed with advice on preparing my boat for showing, and had prospects viewing within a week. Within within three weeks we had a solid offer. From that point, I just stood back and Victor took care of the sea trials, survey and final negotiations. It was a professional, and, surprisingly, fun process made possible by Mark and Victor’s customer approach.read more
Ron Fugere
Ron Fugere
00:53 10 Dec 19
As the owner/operator of NW Sailing Adventures, I can really appreciate the level of service Mark and his team offer. I... contacted Mark about possibly buying a newer boat to better serve our guests. He took an active interest in our business and fully grasps what we do and what we need. We ultimately decided not to buy a new boat, yet Mark took our decision in good grace. If and when we do decide to upgrade, his team will be the first we call.read more
James Riley
James Riley
19:36 26 Nov 19
Mark and Victor at Windworks did a great job helping me to find a buyer for my Catalina 18, getting the boat ready to show,... and taking the entire effort to a successful completion. I am now confident that the new owner will be very pleased with his purchase, and enjoy sailing the boat as much as I did. Victor is well known around Seaview Boatyard, the company that launched, hauled, and cleaned the boat once the sale was made. His ties with their workers really helped get the job done, and he is respected there as a hard working, knowledgeable individual around the docks. Thanks guys. I'll be back for some sailing next spring!read more
Thomas Franks
Thomas Franks
17:18 18 Nov 19
What a great day on Puget Sound with Blue Duet from Windworks! Blue Duet sailed easily through the wind and was... comfortable for our whole group which included 3 senior citizens. Boat was in great shape and the land crew were friendly and helpful.read more
Ryan VanDyke
Ryan VanDyke
20:59 06 Nov 19
Just completed the Basic Keelboat certification! Great experience with Rainer whose instruction was great for all three... courses. Definitely intend to charter the boats in the coming months and look forward to Basic Cruising in the spring.read more
John Brooks
John Brooks
03:29 30 Oct 19
I just had my first lesson with Windworks. I thought it was going to be much more difficult but we were actually sailing the... first day. Our instructor, Ranier, made the concepts easy to understand and was really fun. If you want to learn how to sail, don't hesitate to sign up with Windworks.read more
Beth Kelly
Beth Kelly
14:31 22 Sep 19
I do really like Frolic even though we went form a 32' to 28' (due to mechanical problems on Selkie) she was just big enough... for 6 adults and 2 boys. Victor always super helpful on the dock. We had a great day in very light winds.read more
Mark McKelvey
Mark McKelvey
00:59 09 Sep 19
In late July, I had the pleasure of sailing with Captain Brian Gross from Windworks Sailing Club to get my Bareboat Charter... certificate. We sailed to Poulsbo and spent the night anchored out. Throughout we practiced numerous emergency drills and lots of docking. In addition to getting the certificate, the class really built my confidence in being able to handle any situation that might occur. Brian has tremendous experience and he constantly shares tips that I hadn't been exposed to before. He was also great at making it a fun experience while we were learning. If you are looking to get your BBC, I highly recommend Brian.read more
Christa Shackleford
Christa Shackleford
06:35 02 Sep 19
Took BK1 with Rainer, such a passionate and fun instructor! Loved this class and learned so much on the water in one day.... Will most likely be taking BK2 & BK3 for the certification!read more
Cem Sibay
Cem Sibay
00:54 02 Sep 19
Maybe I got lucky, and ended up with a great/passionate instructor (Rainer, who I highly recommend for beginners like... myself). But sure doesn't seem that way given how many other 5-star reviews Windworks seems to have drawn. After getting my first level certification (Basic Keelboat), am hooked and see myself now getting through all the courses they have to offer...read more
Cem Sibay
Cem Sibay
00:54 02 Sep 19
Maybe I got lucky, and ended up with a great/passionate instructor (Rainer, who I highly recommend for beginners like... myself). But sure doesn't seem that way given how many other 5-star reviews Windworks seems to have drawn. After getting my first level certification (Basic Keelboat), am hooked and see myself now getting through all the courses they have to offer...read more
Jeanine Spence
Jeanine Spence
21:05 19 Aug 19
Wonderful staff provided a great learning experience. After BK1, BK2, BK3 I feel confident in my basic skills. Will and... Brian made it easy and fun to learn.read more
Jeanine Spence
Jeanine Spence
21:05 19 Aug 19
Wonderful staff provided a great learning experience. After BK1, BK2, BK3 I feel confident in my basic skills. Will and... Brian made it easy and fun to learn.read more
Kent Ta
Kent Ta
05:28 19 Aug 19
I am very impressed after finishing my BK classes with Windworks! Brian and Will are superb instructors with amazing... knowledge, teaching skills, patience and humor who went above and beyond their call of duty to help their students. Many thanks, Windworks, for introducing me to the joy of sailing!read more
Jerry Van Galder
Jerry Van Galder
16:18 16 Aug 19
Rainer was an awesome instructor! Very knowledgeable, patient and humorous which made it fun too. Great boat as well. Top... notch all around.read more
David Steere
David Steere
17:47 11 Aug 19
We've been members of Windworks for the past two years, taking classes and going on day and overnight trips. The staff,... especially the dock staff, are incredibly helpful and cheerful. And the classes are fun, very useful, and great preparation for getting you out on your own. They have a good selection of boats, and have never had a problem reserving boats. You do have to plan ahead during the summer a bit, but we've always been able to find a boat when we want one.read more
Alexis R
Alexis R
03:07 07 Aug 19
We loved every minute of the BK1 course! Will was an excellent teacher, who knew the boat and the water inside out and... explained everything clearly and with patience. Can’t wait to take the next level!read more
Carrie Dixon
Carrie Dixon
16:34 21 Jul 19
Windworks Sailing course was exciting and empowering. Their instructor was engaging and personable, articulate yet also... accessible. We were sent a predatory study guide, light enough to grouse with a beer, which introduced the vocabulary of the boat. This helped us piece together the instruction with ease as we we already familiar with terminology. The practical phase left us feeling like we could head to sea and man a ship! Lots of repetition, with small ratio of students to instructor! My husband and I had a lovely date tacking and jibing around in the Sound!! Thanks Windworks Sailing!! Rainer’s instruction and humor made for a great day!!read more
Elisa Gentile
Elisa Gentile
23:13 17 Jul 19
KB1: First rate instructors, small classes, comprehensive teaching. You can tell they love their job.No wind out there, so... we learnt about knots, docking and wires. No waste of time with them.read more
Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt
16:59 16 Jun 19
I just completed the Basic Powerboat Cruising 1 and 2 classes and learned a lot of practical skills, gained experience and... confidence. I would highly recommend Brian as an instructor. He was a great teacher who kept the class fun while sharing great tips.read more
Simon Griffith
Simon Griffith
19:47 12 Jun 19
I've enjoyed many pleasant days sailing on Puget Sound on various sized sailboats rented from Windworks. The office staff is... courteous, the boats are in great shape, the dock staff are patient and knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, Windworks is a great way to make getting out on the water more affordable.read more
Ky Calder
Ky Calder
17:20 03 Jun 19
The instruction was comprehensive. The on-water practice was invaluable. The instructors were patient. After completing the... Basic Keelboat series I felt confident to skipper a boat with the help of novices. I highly recommend.read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
01:00 21 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
13:52 20 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Sarah Zayic
Sarah Zayic
13:52 20 May 19
I just finished my bareboat cruising course with captain Brian and it was an absolute hoot! I've taken a few classes through... windworks, but this was my favorite. We did a ton of practice and emergency drills, which made every sailor on the trip walk away feeling more confident of their skills in every type of situation. The added bonus to learning and practicing so much was the event was fun! We laughed, drank beers (after parking of course), and enjoyed 2 days of sailing!read more
Michael Bowers
Michael Bowers
00:21 28 Apr 19
Just completed the U.S Sailing Basic Cruising class through Windworks. This is by far the best sailing school in the Seattle... area. All three instructors, Norm, Will, and Brian, were great with different methods of teaching. I totally recommend Windworks for sailing.read more
Dmitry Guyvoronsky
Dmitry Guyvoronsky
02:32 24 Apr 19
We took Basic Keelboat class, and had a great experience all 3 days, in no small part due to outstanding coaching by Elena,... Dave and, especially, Brian, who's cheerful and calm attitude helped my wife to overcome fear of tests 😉read more
John Sanders
John Sanders
16:26 21 Apr 19
I took the Basic Keelboat series of classes consisting of three full-day lessons from three different instructors, Phil... (don't know last name), Eric Johnson, and Brian Gross. All three instructors were absolutely first rate. They were knowledgeable, personable and fun. The lessons consisted of both classroom instruction (sailing theory, operation of the sailboat, rules of the road, etc.) and lots of time on the water. I think I have a good grounding in sailing, and now I need to get more practice. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning to sail.read more
Margaret Sanders
Margaret Sanders
03:52 21 Apr 19
All three instructors for the Basic Keelboat classes we took were terrific coaches and teachers. They knew when to teach,... when to coach and when to reassure -- and offered supportive and constructive messages. I had only wanted to learn enough to be a helpful crew member on family sails, and I accomplished that and much more. Tacking, jibing, docking and even learning how to rescue a person who has gone overboard! More practice needed, of course, but well on my way.read more
Ray Tan
Ray Tan
15:11 18 Apr 19
well maintained boats, super helpful and friendly staff at the dock (thanks Aaron and team!) I've chartered with... Windworks twice now, looking forward to the third.read more
Brendan S
Brendan S
23:16 14 Apr 19
Took the Powerboating 1 & 2 course with Margaret and Brian and had a great experience. Very knowledgeable instructors who... make it fun to learn! Thank you!read more
Jim Costakis
Jim Costakis
03:13 02 Apr 19
My wife and I chartered a Capri 22 today. It was a beautiful day with moderate wind and snow still on the Olympics. We had... never been there before, but the checkout process was seamless. They do require a resume and one should budget a bit of time for the process, but everyone was very nice and helpful. The boat was in fantastic shape. We will DEFINITELY be back.read more
Max Manndorff
Max Manndorff
23:48 17 Mar 19
Went out with Brian and Will for my Basic Cruising series and loved everything about it. Great and knowledgeable instructors.
Keith Dager
Keith Dager
23:40 17 Mar 19
Had BC3 today with Brian, learned a lot, great day of sailing. Quality experience all the way through since BK1
Beck P
Beck P
00:44 12 Dec 18
The Catamaran course was great! Our instructor Brian was calm and cool and did a great job showing me how the Catamaran... operates and handles. A great way to spend the weekend!read more
Steven Bryerton
Steven Bryerton
01:13 28 Oct 18
Took the basic powerboat cruising 1 course with Brian and he was great. He made it fun and the skills we picked up were... great - he had a great way of instilling confidence in everyone even though the majority of the class had little on water experience with those manuevers in tight space with 30’+ boats. Great course, great instructor!read more
Mona S.
Mona S.
22:28 01 Oct 18
I took the Basic Keelboat course recently and had a fantastic experience! My instructor, Phil, was really knowledgeable and... fun. I shared the experience with 2 others and he was really great about making sure everyone got equal time learning different skills sets and manning different positions on the boat. He also assessed areas we all needed more specific practice with and reinforced that by allowing for even more hands-on experience. I'm new to sailing and often notice there aren't always many women out there on the open water. In fact, on this day sail I was the only girl with the other two male students and my male instructor. Phil made me feel very comfortable and I felt like an equally contributing member of the team! I'm very appreciative of this aspect the most, especially as a new sailing student. I absolutely recommend Windworks and I highly recommend asking for Phil! I look forward to completing more courses soon to get closer to sailing certification. Keep up the great work, guys!read more
Next Reviews
+ BASIC KEELBOAT

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BASIC KEELBOAT

The Basic Keelboat graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

PREREQUISITE: There is no US Sailing prerequisite for Basic Keelboat Certification. Check with your school to see if they have any pre-course requirements.

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Basic Keelboat Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in familiar waters with a wind range of 5 to 15 knots. Some regions may have stronger prevailing conditions, which are acceptable if the candidate can safely control the boat and be aware of his or her limitations in these conditions. The certified candidate will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length.

 

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate how to properly board a boat.
  • Perform a presail check for the boat’s flotation integrity, safety and legally required equipment, and crew indoctrination.
  • Demonstrate the proper rigging of the sails, halyards, sheets, blocks, and winches.
  • Check all other equipment specific to your boat not indicated above.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate how to put on a life jacket.
  • Demonstrate tying and use of knots: stopper knot, bowline, cleat hitch and a square knot.
  • Demonstrate the use of these sail controls: halyards, sheets, Cunningham/downhaul, and outhaul.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure suitable to the conditions: raising sails, line handling, casting off and boathandling.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN CONFINED WATERS:

  • Demonstrate in close quarters under sail: starting, stopping, speed control, tacking, jibing, steering control, sail luffing, the No-Go Zone, getting out of irons, backing the jib, and crew coordination and communication.
  • Demonstrate sailing a predetermined closed course and maneuvering around obstacles.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Point out Aids to Navigation in the harbor and local waters that you are sailing, and respond accordingly.

 

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL-INLAND:

  • Demonstrate the use of Navigation Rules while sailing.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Demonstrate proper sail trim with accurate sheet adjustment of the main and headsails. Make use of the sail telltales and identify points of sail.
  • Perform a heaving-to maneuver.
  • When appropriate, demonstrate sailing “by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate how to reef and/or depower sails.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods, which is most appropriate for your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in water.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Explain the proper procedure for using an approved distress signal.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for arrival under sail and/or power suitable to the conditions: boathandling, deploying fenders, stopping, tying up and lowering sails. Explain at least two different approach plans for other conditions.
  • Demonstrate stowing of sails, rigging, and equipment. Thoroughly clean the boat, and install any covers.
  • Check both the electrical and bilge systems for dock operation if required.
  • Check the locks on companionway, lockers, and hatches. Make a final check of docklines, spring lines, and fender placement.

Knowledge

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Describe personal preparation such as clothing and sun protection.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Be familiar with the nomenclature for basic parts of the boat, sails, battens, and rigging.
  • Describe the proper use of life jackets and throwable flotation devices.
  • Describe the use of sail controls.
  • Explain potential electrical hazards such as overhead electrical wires and lightning.

 

SAILING THEORY:

  • Describe basic sailboat design, sail theory, and boat dynamics.
  • Explain how to read the wind and determine all points of sail.
  • Understand what is meant by the term “sailing by the lee” and explain the inherent dangers involved.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Understand the effects of wind, tide and currents in relation to the boat and surrounding area while preparing to get underway.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for leaving under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Be familiar with basic chart reading specific to your local waters.
  • Describe Aids to Navigation: buoys, daymarks, regulatory markers, and other markers specific to your local waters.

 

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL-INLAND:

  • Describe the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, for Stand-On and Give-Way sailboats and powerboats for collision avoidance and understand your state and local boating regulations.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Describe weather warning sources.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Understand the Quick-Stop and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods to include: constant visual contact with the person in water, communication, rescue plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting a person in water on deck.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Be familiar with the treatment of overheating, hypothermia and seasickness.
  • Describe the use and regulations for flares.
  • Be familiar with at least six different distress and emergency signals per Navigation Rule 37.
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for safety equipment.

 

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Be familiar with anchoring procedures for emergency situations such as loss of boat control, sudden storms, prevention from going aground or injured crew situations.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Describe the differences and alternatives for arrival under sail and/or power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

 

PRICING:

Basic Keelboat 1:

  • WWSC Members & Non-members $295
  • Book a mid-week course for a 50% discount!

Basic Keelboat 2 & 3

  • WWSC Members: $595 (includes text book, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
  • Non-Members: $995 (text book not included, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)

Pricing

Basic Keelboat 1:

  • WWSC Members & Non-members $295
  • Book a mid-week course for a 50% discount!

Basic Keelboat 2 & 3

  • WWSC Members: $595 (includes text book, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
  • Non-Members: $995 (text book not included, US Sailing Log Book, 1 year membership to US Sailing)
learn to sail in Seattle
+ BASIC CRUISING

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BASIC CRUISING

The Basic Cruising graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat, during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions.

PREREQUISITE: The prerequisite for Basic Cruising Certification is a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Basic Cruising Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat in a wind range of 5 to 15 knots. Some regions may have stronger prevailing conditions, which are acceptable if the candidate can safely control the boat, and be aware of his or her limitations in these conditions. The certified candidate will be able to skipper a keelboat up to 32′ in length.

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions.
  • Perform an inspection of running rigging, standing rigging and hull integrity.
  • Check the inventory, location and operation of required safety equipment.
  • Check the auxiliary power systems (as applicable to your boat): location and operation of engine controls, engine mechanical and fluids check, transmission controls, ventilation system and cooling system.
  • Check the electrical system (as applicable to your boat): main battery switch, electrical control panel and battery terminals.
  • Check the bilge pump system (as applicable to your boat): operation of manual and electrical pumps, intake maintenance and bilge pump alarms.
  • Check the head systems (as applicable to your boat): location of controls, equipment operation, holding tanks and proper setting of valves.
  • Check the fresh water system (as applicable to your boat): adequate quantity, operation of manual and electrical pumps, and proper setting of valves.
  • Check the anchoring system (as applicable to your boat): anchors, shackles, rodes, chafing equipment and windlass.
  • Check all other equipment specific to your boat not indicated above.

 

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate winch operation and the proper procedure for clearing a fouled winch.
  • Demonstrate tying and use of knots: clove hitch, sheet bend and rolling hitch. Review stopper knot, bowline, cleat hitch, round turn & two half hitches and square knot.
  • Demonstrate how to heave a line.
  • Demonstrate the use of sail controls: halyards, sheets, traveler, cunningham/downhaul, outhaul, adjustable backstay (if applicable), boom vang, leech lines, jib fairleads and boom toppinglift.
  • Demonstrate the operation of a VHF radio: operation of controls, channel usage, call sign, weather channels and simulate an emergency call.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive crew briefing and plan of responsibilities.

 

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure under power suitable to the conditions: line handling, casting off, fending off and boathandling.
  • Demonstrate the use of docklines, including springlines, for boat control while departing.
  • Demonstrate stowing of docklines and fenders.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN CONFINED WATERS:

  • Demonstrate in close quarters under power: speed and momentum control, windage and prop walk control, and command of the crew.
  • Demonstrate ability to maneuver under sail in close quarters: short tacking and controlled jibes.
  • Demonstrate a recovery plan for an engine failure in a crowded and busy harbor.

 

NAVIGATION:

  • Determine your position in open water, the position of your destination, your intended track and approximate travel time to that destination.
  • Confirm your progress along that intended track with visual observations or with visual observations and electronic confirmation. Obtain and utilize relevant tide and current information. Using a chart, verify sufficient depth for a planned cruise.

 

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Demonstrate ability to steer a compass course with changes in course to a given destination.
  • Demonstrate helm and boat control in a variety of wind and sea conditions.

 

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate proper reefing techniques: determining when to reef, roller furling or changing headsails, reefing the mainsail, dropping sails, shaking out a reef, and rehoisting underway.
  • Demonstrate helm and boat control while sailing under shortened sail.

 

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods, which is most appropriate for: your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in water.

 

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Simulate procedure and operation of VHF radio in various emergency situations.
  • Simulate failure of steering system, and demonstrate steering and boat control with sails.

 

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Select an anchorage, and demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for properly anchoring with a single anchor under power.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for retrieving your anchor under power.

 

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for arrival under power suitable to the conditions: boathandling, deploying fenders, stopping and tying up.
  • Demonstrate correct use and deployment of docklines, including springlines.

 

SECURING THE BOAT PROPERLY:

  • Demonstrate stowing of sails, rigging and equipment. Thoroughly clean the boat, and install any covers and dock power equipment.
  • Check both the electrical and bilge systems for dock operation.
  • Check the locks on companionway, lockers and hatches. Make a final check of docklines, spring lines and fender placement.

Knowledge

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Describe typical crew responsibilities and communications while aboard an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat.
  • Explain weather recognition and forecasting techniques for a day sail.
  • Explain the sequence for determining blocked engine cooling system circulation.
  • Understand the different types and operation of stoves, and fuel systems.
  • Be familiar with the use of a float plan.
  • Understand your state and local boating regulations.

SAILING THEORY:

  • Describe sailboat dynamics: Center of Effort, Center of Lateral Resistance, and effects and influences of lee and weather helm.
  • Describe real and apparent wind, and their relationship to each other.

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Understand the effects of wind, tide and currents in relation to the boat and surrounding area, while preparing to get underway.
  • Describe the differences and alternatives for leaving under power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

NAVIGATION:

  • Understand the organization of a Mercator chart, including: latitude and longitude, chart scales, chart symbols (Chart No.1), title block, warnings, how to determine distance and direction, and the relationship between time/speed/distance.
  • Understand the U.S. aids to navigations (IALA System B).
  • Understand the magnetic influences that may disrupt compass readings.
  • Understand variation and describe the use of a compass rose.
  • Understand Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI).

NAVIGATION RULES, INTERNATIONAL & INLAND:

  • Know the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, Rules 4 through 10 for steering and sailing.
  • Describe the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, for Stand-On and Give-Way sailboats and powerboats for collision avoidance and understand your state and local boating regulations.

BOAT CONTROL IN OPEN WATER:

  • Explain the dangers of a lee shore.

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Understand the Quick-Stop, Lifesling-type, and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods under sail to include: constant visual contact with the person in water, communications, rescue plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting a person in water back on deck after the vessel is stopped alongside.
  • Explain when overboard recovery should be done under power and the inherent dangers.

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Describe recovery methods after going aground.
  • Be familiar with firefighting equipment on board: regulations, types, location and operation.
  • Be familiar with the location and operation of emergency steering system and boat control during failure of the steering system.
  • Understand towing techniques: maneuvering onto a tow, handling and securing a towline, chafing protection, boat speed, dropping off a tow and communications.
  • Describe the proper function of lifelines and pulpits.
  • Explain proper fueling techniques and potential hazards.
  • Explain the purpose and use of a radar reflector.
  • Be familiar with the U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for auxiliary powered vessels.
  • Be familiar with at least six distress or emergency signals.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Explain different types of anchors and various bottom conditions suited for each type.
  • Explain how to determine the required scope of an anchor rode.
  • Describe accepted etiquette when anchoring in the vicinity of other boats.

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Describe the differences and alternatives for arrival under power in upwind, crosswind and downwind situations.

Pricing

Basic Cruising 1-3 Package

  • WWSC Members: $995 (includes text book)
  • Non-members: $1,795 (text book not included)
learn to sail in Seattle
+ BAREBOAT CRUISING

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

BAREBOAT CRUISING

The Bareboat Cruising graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat within sight of land and bring it safely to anchor during daylight hours.

PREREQUISITE: The prerequisite for Bareboat Cruising Certification is a US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bareboat Cruising Certification requires the successful completion of the following knowledge and skill requirements. These requirements are expected to be able to be performed safely with confident command of the boat with a wind of at least 15 knots.

Practical Skills

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Obtain an appropriate weather forecast for your cruise and plan accordingly.
  • Check the sail inventory and select the appropriate sails for the conditions.
  • Check the location and condition or operation of all safety equipment.
  • Describe the need to be aware of and perform checks of the engine fluids and mechanical parts, manual and electric bilge pumps, and the electrical, mechanical, freshwater, marine head and holding tank systems. *updated 5.2.2019
  • Perform a complete check and demonstrate safe use of the galley stove and stove fuel system.
  • Ensure that all necessary provisions, cooking and eating utensils are aboard and properly stowed.
  • Check the security and operation of all hatches, ports and companionways.
  • Inventory and check the condition of all bimini tops, cockpit awnings and dodgers where applicable.
  • Inventory and check the condition of all tools and spare parts.
  • Check the condition of dinghy and oars (and outboard, if applicable).
    11. Inventory and check the condition of all required charts, tide tables, cruising guides, and navigation tools.
  • Perform a complete inspection of all deck gear: standing and running rigging, lifelines, stanchions, and pulpits.
  • Understand your responsibilities and liabilities as a bareboat charter customer according to your contract with your charter company.

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive crew briefing and plan of responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate the operation of the emergency steering equipment.

LEAVING THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate the proper lashing of a dinghy on deck or securing it for towing.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary for leaving under power in any wind condition.

NAVIGATION:

  • Demonstrate your ability to: correctly use a hand-bearing compass and a ship’s compass; maintain a proper DR plot with time/speed/distance calculations; work up an estimated position; plot a fix using lines of position and/or ranges; use depth sounder; use accepted plotting and labeling techniques; understand buoyage systems and aids to navigation; identify and correlate visual observations and landmarks with chart symbols.
  • Use a GPS chart plotter to plan and sail a multi-leg route.

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Demonstrate shortening sail to depower, and explain effects on balancing the boat.
  • Demonstrate heaving-to.

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Properly demonstrate one of the overboard rescue methods under sail, which is most appropriate for: your sailing ability, boat type, crew experience, wind and sea conditions, and maintaining constant visual contact with the person in the water.
  • Demonstrate an overboard recovery method under power which allows you to maintain visual contact with the person in the water.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Select an anchorage and demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary to anchor with two anchors under power using one of the following methods: bow and stern, two anchors off the bow at 60°, or two anchors off the bow at 180° (Bahamian Moor).
  • Pick up a mooring.
  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary to recover your anchor under power.

RETURNING TO THE DOCK OR MOORING:

  • Demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and the skills necessary for returning to the dock under power in any wind direction.

SECURING THE BOAT PROPERLY:

  • Demonstrate the correct procedure for returning the charter boat in the same condition that it was chartered, and complete a charter check-in report on the condition of the boat.

Knowledge

PREPARATION TO SAIL:

  • Understand bareboat charter procedures and responsibilities for both the charter company and the charter client.
  • Determine the vessel’s fuel capacity, fuel consumption, and cruising range under power.
  • Be familiar with the documentation required for the vessel and crew both nationally and internationally.
  • Be familiar with the legal responsibilities of a skipper and the courtesies to be observed when entering a foreign port.
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the overboard discharge of pollutants.
  • Understand all federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to your boat.
  • Be familiar with all required documentation for crew and vessel nationally and internationally.

CREW OPERATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • Be familiar with proper rafting techniques at docks and at anchor.

NAVIGATION:

  • Understand how to: use tide and tidal current; use the rule of twelfths, and apply set and drift and anticipated leeway when determining a course to steer. *updated 5.2.2019
  • Understand IALA Systems A and B, including cardinal marks.
  • Be familiar with the considerations, responsibilities and special techniques required for navigation in restricted visibility.
  • Understand the meaning of the visual observations of watercolor.
  • Be familiar with the benefits and limitations of cruising guides.
  • Understand Automatic Identification System (AIS).
  • Understand the limitations and potential dangers of electronic navigation.

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING:

  • Describe the signs of an approaching squall and the actions to be taken.
  • Describe the desired orientation of the boat to the waves when heaving to.*updated 5.2.2019

OVERBOARD RESCUE METHODS:

  • Be familiar with the equipment provided for overboard rescue.
  • Understand procedures for overboard rescue in a larger cruising boat in unfamiliar waters and with a crew that you might not sail with regularly. Understand the Quick-Stop, Lifesling-type and Figure-8 overboard rescue methods under sail to include: constant visual contact with the person in the water, communications, recovery plan, sequence of maneuvers, boathandling, course sailed, pickup approach, and coming alongside the person in water (or simulated object).
  • Describe methods of getting an overboard recovery person in water back on deck after the vessel is stopped alongside.
  • Explain when overboard rescue should be done under power and the inherent dangers.

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

  • Giving due consideration to the state of the tide, describe a plan of action if you run aground in moderate conditions.
  • Describe a plan of action if your vessel has: a broken thru-hull; been holed; an engine failure; a steering failure.

ANCHORING TECHNIQUES:

  • Describe the procedures for anchoring with two anchors.
  • Describe the use of a tripline/anchor buoy.
  • Describe the procedures for clearing fouled anchor rodes, and for recovering an anchor from under another boat.
  • Describe the procedures for dealing with a dragging anchor.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the following anchoring methods: bow and stern, two anchors off the bow at 60°, two anchors off the bow at 180° (Bahamian Moor), and Mediterranean moor. Returning to the Dock or Mooring.
  • Describe the precautions when docking under sail.

Securing the Boat Properly:

  • Describe the responsibilities of the charter client and the charter company when returning the boat.

Pricing

Bareboat Cruising Package

  • WWSC Members: $1,295 (text book included)
  • Non-members: $1,895 (text book not included)
learn to sail in Seattle
learn to sail in Seattle
+ 5-DAY CRUISING TO BAREBOAT

US SAILING CERTIFICATION COURSES & ENDORSEMENTS

5-Day CRUISING TO BAREBOAT

Cruising to Bareboat combines US Sailing Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, and Windworks Navigation and Piloting into a fun-filled 5-day cruise-and-learn adventure. When complete, you’ll be ready to skipper sailboats, up to 42 feet in length for multiple day trips to destinations in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and more.

 

This course is designed for students who have completed the Basic Keelboat series (BK1, 2, and 3) and want to learn how to skipper larger cruising sailboats for multiple days.

US Sailing’s Bareboat certification is the most comprehensive certification in the market and will give you the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a cruising sailboat, up to 42 feet in length in a variety of weather conditions. The Navigation & Piloting (N & P) graduate will have demonstrated the traditional, non-electronic knowledge aids to navigation (ATONs) and the art of traditional navigation techniques using hard copy navigational charts and tools such as tide and current tables, phases of the moon, compass, dividers, and parallel plotters. Over 5 days, you will be taken through the following by a knowledgeable captain:

Successful completion prepares you to:

  • Skipper vessels up to 42 feet
  • Organize and direct crew operations
  • Plan multiple day charters
  • Extensive knowledge of boat systems including diesel engine troubleshooting and galley safety procedures
  • Demonstrate how to determine latitude and longitude; interpret aids to navigation (ATONs), interpret navigation charts, estimate tide and current, determine course to steer and trip planning
  • Limited of (4) students per boat.  WWSC has right to change student to teacher ratio

Certificates:

  • Basic Cruising Certification
  • Bareboat Cruising Certification
  • Navigation and Piloting

Prerequisites:

US Sailing Basic Keelboat Series (BK1, 2 and 3)

Pricing:

5-Day Cruising to Bareboat Package

  • WWSC Members: $2,995 (text books included)
  • Non-members: $4,995 (text books not included)
learn to sail in Seattle
Learn to sail in Seattle
learn to sail in Seattle