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US Sailing lessons

Learn To Sail

Learning to sail and joining the sailing community can be a very rewarding life experience and sailing is a great way to spend your vacations. Learning to sail is easier than most people think and a US Sailing certification from Windworks Sailing & Powerboating is the best way feel confident out on the water.

Why Windworks & US Sailing?

Windworks offers Free US Sailing Membership and Free Basic Keelboat Graduate sail ($150 value)*.

*Requires Windworks club membership and all (3) Basic Keelboat classes completed/passed.

  • US Sailing requires more time on the water to get certified and a low student to teacher ratio.
  • US Sailing is the only sailing body recognized by Congress.
  • US Sailing provides the most comprehensive certifications available that result in the greatest student confidence.
  • Windworks Sailing & Powerboating provides the highest level of education and is the only US Sailing school in Washington that certifies other US Sailing instructors.
  • Windworks instructors are US Sailing certified, Coast Guard licensed, and professional educators.
  • Windworks school is consistently rated 5 Stars on Google by its students. Check our reviews.
  • Windworks has best newer fleet of boats to learn on than any other sailing school in Washington.  Come see our fleet in person before taking lessons.
What does it take to get certified?

US Sailing & Windworks currently offers four levels of certification:

  • Crew Level: A crew-level certification can be accomplished in one day and will provide the skills necessary to participate as a crew member on a small keelboat.
  • Basic Keelboat: Build on what you learned in Crew Level and skipper your own boat. Find out how pilot a sailboat, navigate, anchor and manage a crew. Certifies student to skipper vessels up to 27’/tiller outboard
  • Basic Cruising: Build on what you learned in Basic Keelboat by learning how to sail larger keelboats, up to 42 feet in length. You will learn basic navigation, sail theory, boat handling, anchoring, and docking.
  • Bareboat Cruising:  Build on what you learned in Basic Cruising and get certified to skipper vessels up to 42 feet in length for multi-day charters. Bareboat Cruising will provide the knowledge to confidently and safely pilot a craft in a wide variety of conditions and anywhere in the world.
Harlan Falkin
Harlan Falkin
20:32 05 Sep 17
Completed my first charter with Windworks last Friday and had an amazing experience. The staff is very helpful and the boat was exactly as promised- and recently polished! By my own doing I could not find the wrench to unlock the fuel cap, so I radioed the club and got an instant response! So glad to know they are there when I needed them!!read more
Dave Ahlers
Dave Ahlers
16:49 15 Aug 17
Chartering a boat is expensive. No way around that. But Windworks provide a top-notch experience for your money. I'm not a member, so paid the higher, non-member rates. We rented a well-maintained, nearly brand-new Catalina 27 for the day. There was a thorough Captains checklist on board, and with the assistance of the dock staff we soon felt comfortable with the boat. We spent the day sailing out on the sound, and upon our return pumped out the head, washed down the boat, and replaced all the sail covers. The dock staff was there to greet us and assist us with docking and any questions we had. There are really very few options for chartering a sailboat in the Seattle area, so Windworks is really your only choice. But they made it a joy to do so, and we will be back.read more
Erich Knaak
Erich Knaak
00:53 02 Aug 17
Attended the Bare Boat Charter course this weekend and had a great time. Patrick is an excellent instructor and full of a lifetime worth of sailing knowledge. His practical instruction style and love for sailing made the whole experience enjoyable. The boat, Bandon, was great and in fantastic shape, like the rest of the Windworks fleet. Next time, more wind. Thanks for a great weekend!read more
Todd Beahm
Todd Beahm
20:18 25 Jul 17
Love WW Sailing Club. Great vessels to charter for the day, or overnights once certified by US Sailing (and can do this thru the club). Really like the hands on approach they have; staff is always there for you when ready to sail. They will answer any questions, make sure you are at ease with the boat you are chartering. Have taken some lessons as well; instructors are knowledgeable and ensure you learn all you need to know. Recommend you go visit them and see what it's all about!read more
Diane Tchakirides
Diane Tchakirides
05:40 24 Jul 17
The class covered a lot of material. We learned the basic lines, parts of the boat and points of sail. Then we got to put what we learned into practice and spent the afternoon out in the boat sailing. Norm was a great instructor...friendly, patient and a very experienced sailor. I will definitely take another class at Windworks.read more
Justin Schuchat
Justin Schuchat
21:40 23 Jun 17
One World is a great boat! We had 9 people on board for 7 days of cruising the San Juans & Victoria and it never felt too crowded. The boat handles really well and it's super stable even in less than optimal conditions. She has great amenities including zoned cabin heating that made the chilly mornings very comfy. I'd highly recommend One World & Windworks for your family sailing vacation charter needs!read more
Rick Worden
Rick Worden
17:34 19 Jun 17
Professional and friendly staff are in the office as well as along the dock. They really know their business. I was visiting from Chicago for Father's Day and enjoyed a day of sailing and lunch in Eagle Harbor (Bainbridge Island). The sailboat was extremely clean and well maintained for operation; it was a joy to hoist the sails. I will definitely be back next time I am in town.read more
Dean Foster
Dean Foster
12:47 19 Jun 17
Organized. Nice people. We rented a well maintained boat. It all was fun and smooth.
Richard Douglas
Richard Douglas
20:19 14 Jun 17
My family and I had an absolutely great experience sailing with Windworks in Seattle! The staff was helpful and friendly. Our boat was super well maintained. The experience could not have been better. We will definitely be back to charter from them again!!read more
Jeremiah Spradlin
Jeremiah Spradlin
20:01 12 Jun 17
I am a returning member, who dropped off 10 years ago and just returned to the club. I am thoroughly impressed at how tightly they run their ship. 🙂 For example, there were a few "issues" with the boat on a previous charter, but communication with the staff was easy and pleasant. And they took the time to meet me at the boat to review my issues, to make sure they didn't affect future charters. My subsequent charter was trouble free! But honestly, it was their responsiveness and helpfulness during that first charter that earned them five stars and why I will continue chartering with them.read more
Paul Becker
Paul Becker
17:15 21 May 17
We love being members of Windworks, they have a large fleet of sailboats and the members are all qualified to use them before they can rent the boats, safety, convenience, and quality. Our favorite boat is Zuriblue, the Hunter 33, easy to sail, has central heat and enclosed cockpit keeps us warm and dry in the PNW.read more
Alex Applebaum
Alex Applebaum
04:15 25 Apr 17
Have taken Basic Keelboat and Cruising so far and ALL the instructors have been excellent. They've been extremely patient and most of all keep learning sailing fun. Highly recommended.
Christina J Holman
Christina J Holman
16:47 23 Apr 17
My husband and I had our first sailing class yesterday (4/22/17 - BK1). It was definitely out of my comfort zone, and we had higher winds in the afternoon than expected, but Eric was an amazing instructor and I learned a lot. It was a rush! My husband loved it so much he wants to go back for more; what a great experience!read more
PierreM Geurts
PierreM Geurts
17:05 16 Apr 17
Great BC2 class on a light sailing day aboard Chester. Bill carefully reviewed pre-departure checklist, trimming sails, heaving to, and many Crew Overboard Maneuvers. Always fun to learn from a seasoned expert.read more
REY ALLAN BONUS
REY ALLAN BONUS
03:03 11 Apr 17
Great class and instructor. I'm even more confident to safely take a boat out and back. Wished they had a class about docking with just the sails.
Mike Griswold
Mike Griswold
02:38 07 Apr 17
Reservation system is a little difficult but the boats are always in good shape, the deck crew is always fantastic, and the office folks are always easy to deal with. It all makes getting out on the water nothing but fun and enjoyment.read more
Dave Tempero
Dave Tempero
05:47 08 Mar 17
Great lessons. The instructors really guide you through the details of sailing without ever feeling "teachy". Will and Keith bring different styles, but great teaching and fun to hang with for the day.read more
Douglas Baughman
Douglas Baughman
16:47 24 Feb 17
Windworks has very thorough teaching, small class sizes which means lots of individual attention, and boats kept in pristine condition. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I feel safe and competent out on the water with this club.read more
Trevor McGill
Trevor McGill
15:32 12 Feb 17
I had another great experience with Windworks! Spent the day practicing docking and close quarters maneuvers with a couple of other members. Great tips from my fellow club members and got to try out a boat that I've never sailed before. Joining the club is the best way to get into the world of sailing. Now I can take my family on multi-day trips or join other members for a Windshare any time I want to get out on the water.read more
Tony Haftel
Tony Haftel
14:15 07 Oct 16
Just completed the Basic to Bareboat cert on the Lucy Jane What a great experience Beautiful Bavarian 37 Amazing winds and scenery in the San Juans for five days. Instructed by Chris Yoho an excellent teacher with skill, patience and just the right personalty and knowledge to make all that learning fun read more
Lorraine Palmer
Lorraine Palmer
17:22 12 Sep 16
We just completed our US Keelboat Sailing Certification with instructor Mike Mullins. He was a great instructor providing lots of working scenarios out on the water to get us ready to sail on our own. Nice people, nice culture, fun place to learn.read more
Gregory Hastings
Gregory Hastings
18:39 07 Aug 16
Confidence, satisfaction, safety, value - FUN. Completing cruising classes now, after keelboats, sailing with other Windshare club members...; delivered on my research. Looked at clubs/classes/instructors from Seattle, Gig Harbor, Everett. Clear first choice, best boats, 3-4 students per instructor. Ask for Patrick Najou! Highest recommendation. Ahead, sailing anywhere in the world we travel. New friends, great adventures.read more
Christopher Drasbek
Christopher Drasbek
15:28 24 Jul 16
My private sailing lesson with Patrick Najou was amazing! You must be thrilled to have him on your staff. His years of sailing experience and teaching skills are the perfect combination. I learned so much! I enjoy the club and will continue my sailing education with Windworks.read more
Anita Lamberti
Anita Lamberti
14:02 30 Jun 16
When trust, integrity and professionalism are a must, Anita Lamberti is the one to contact! Amazing person! Exceptional Realtor!
David Lester
David Lester
23:01 28 Jun 16
I recently hired Mark Evans of Windworks to broker my 30 ft sailboat. Within one week of the start of the listing I had an offer which I accepted. Mark was great in guiding the whole process and within about 3 weeks the boat had closed and I got my original asking price!read more
Chris .Nichols
Chris .Nichols
13:07 14 May 16
My family has been using Windworks for the last 18 months and it's been a great experience. The boats are new, well maintained and the rates are competitive. I would highly recommend Windworks.
George M
George M
16:52 04 May 16
I took a couple of private lessons with Patrick Najou at Windworks. Not only did I pass qualification for the Windworks basic keel boat class, I received some really excellent critical feedback about transitioning my sailing skills from dinghy sailing to larger boats. Patrick has a remarkable sailing resume and a great outgoing personality. So I am looking forward to sailing with him again next summer.read more
Aaron R Robinson
Aaron R Robinson
06:14 30 Apr 16
Been a Windworks member for several years now. Great place to learn to sail. They are a US Sailing club and have some amazing instructors with years of experience.
Emre Can Sezer
Emre Can Sezer
21:18 18 Apr 16
I've been a member of Windworks Sailing club for a year an a half. I've taken the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Navigation and Piloting, Bareboat Cruising and Basic Keelboat Instructor certification classes. Both the US Sail curriculum and the instructors at Windworks Sailing are top notch. I cannot stress this enough. You get excellent instruction from excellent teachers and boat load of water time. The club has a fleet of Capri 22's which are great for day sailing with friends, but also offer plenty of adjustments lacking in other keelboats designed for basic instructions (traveler, adjustable back stay, fairlead tracks, etc.). These come handy during the Thursday night Capri races the club organizes. If you're into cruising, the club offers a great array of bigger boats, perfect for evening sails or a getaway to the islands. The fleet has been growing steadily over the past year. The club routinely organizes events like the upcoming Spring Tides event where multiple cruisers will head up to Deception pass over a long weekend. Thursday nights is Capri racing, open to all, sailor and non-sailors. It is a great way to experience another side of the sport and meet other club members. It is also a great learning experience for most. Finally, the people who work there are people pleasers. They go out of their way to make sure you get a great experience. If you're looking into getting some lessons, or for a club to charter boats from, check out Windworks Sailing. It has a lot to offer.read more
Doug Bostrom
Doug Bostrom
20:00 18 Apr 16
We've been members of Windworks for for several years. There's no other outfit in Seattle making it quite so immediately possible to grab a professionally maintained boat and go, whether it be just for the day on an agile keelboat or for a few days in a full-up cruising sailboat. Was inspired to write today's review after taking a WW Capri 22 out yesterday, our first WW outing of the year. The Capri fleet is extra-spiffy; all-new sails, lots of renewed running rigging and the boats generally in better-than-ever health. We had a fine day for about the equivalent money of a couple of lift tickets and Windworks deserves a hearty thanks for making possible such a rewarding time. Also thumbs up to Justin on the dock. Super helpful but neither patronizing nor pushy. Excellent.read more
Casey Cady
Casey Cady
14:27 16 Feb 16
I've been with Windworks since last summer and have had a great experience. The staff is super helpful and the boats are immaculate. I'd recommend Windworks to anyone wanting to get out on the water!
Adam Tischler
Adam Tischler
16:14 05 Sep 15
I joined a few years ago. I knew how to sail small boats but wanted to get into cruising. Their courses are great; small classes, good instructors and good facilities. The dream is reality, I recently took my family on an overnight cruise, totally confident in my skills, thanks to Windworks. They have a great fleet of boats and friendly staff. I recommend them to my friends, if you are curious, check them out. read more
Jon Fritzberg
Jon Fritzberg
21:09 02 Sep 15
I've been back and forth about buying a boat for years. Windworks was a great find - a place where I could both learn more about sailing and actually test our a variety of boats.; Mark the new owner has brought several great boats into the fleet, from fast daysailers to cushy cruisers and they keep them in great condition. It's been easy for me to find others to share for afternoon or day trips through their Capri racing or Windshare program. i just wish I had more time to spend at Windworks! read more
Suzanne Marston
Suzanne Marston
15:20 01 Sep 15
I joined Windworks in March because I love the water and wanted to master the skill of sailing. In the last 5 months I have achieved my dream and have the skills I need to confidently sail. The club has a top notch fleet of boats to learn on and/or charter as well as fun club activities. I have also met great people here with the same desire to sail which makes it all that more fun! This club offers everything!read more
Zach Bahill
Zach Bahill
05:09 01 Sep 15
I joined Windworks this spring to take the basic keel boat class and had a great time. The three day class really taught me a lot and I liked having a different instructor on each of the days to get different perspectives and ways of teaching. As a sailing club, it is excellent. All of the boats are in great condition and well cared for. The dock staff is super friendly and always there to help if you need a hand coming or going from the docks, and the office staff are very friendly and helpful as well. And the actual club members seem like a great group of people, splitting charters with other members is a great way to keep costs down. Overall I would highly recommend Windworks.read more
Brian Lund
Brian Lund
01:50 01 Sep 15
Having had no prior experience on a boat, joining Windworks was a simple way for my wife and I to learn to sail and meet others with similar interests. Classes are not required to get out on the water with other members. After completing a few classes and getting certified, we are able to take friends out on boats ranging from 25' to 49'. The certifications also enabled us to charter boats in other areas such as the islands North of Cabo, Mexico and the Windward Islands around St. Lucia. Next on our list is the Virgin Islands. Very happy we have joined and all of the staff we met have made the learning experience easy and enjoyable. read more
Camille von Eberstein
Camille von Eberstein
01:43 01 Sep 15
I loved my Windworks Basic Keelboat Sailing class! The instructors were super patient with my landlubbery errors. I really liked the fact that women were well-represented. Another local club seemed very guy-oriented, so I was happy to see that Windworks was very welcoming to women. I can't wait to go sailing some more, as soon as my parents move here (they were my inspiration for learning to sail!)read more
Paul Kent
Paul Kent
01:42 01 Sep 15
Been a member since 2001. What I really enjoy are the Club Sails or Windshare. You sail with competent people who are eager to help. We all learn and share our experience. No cheaper way to go than split the expenses on a Club Sail.read more
Stan Diddams
Stan Diddams
01:27 01 Sep 15
You've heard the saying that a boat is "a hole in the water that you throw money into." Windworks offers a nice solution! I've been a member for 3 years. My wife and I have enjoyed the lessons, and the sailing. We particularly like the "Mindshare" list which allows sailors in the club to share a charter with others, significantly reducing the cost and allowing us to sail some very nice larger boats. read more
Tony Perucca
Tony Perucca
01:17 01 Sep 15
My kids and I have taken two sets of classes and find sailing together very bonding and fun. The Windworks instructors are top-notch, very experienced, and passionate about sailing and doing safely and with skill. The Windworks club is a worthwhile investment, giving access both to ongoing, fun club events and a variety of well-maintained boats.read more
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Basic Keelboat

This course is designed for students who have never sailed before and want to learn how to skipper a small keelboat. The skills learned in this class can be built upon with our Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising and will eventually certify the student to take larger boats for multi-day charters.

US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat certification is the most comprehensive certification in the market and will give you the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions. The certification is broken into three classes that must be taken in order:

  • Basic Keelboat 1 (BK1): Learn about safety, getting on and off the dock, how to raise the sails and more. Certifies student to sail as a crew member.
  • Basic Keelboat 2 (BK2): Build on Basic Keelboat 1 with more sailing theory, boat handling, docking and practical experience.
  • Basic Keelboat 3 (BK3): Build on Basic Keelboat 2 with more sailing theory, basic navigation, and other skills necessary to skipper a boat.
Successful completion prepares you to:
  • Certification that allows you sail up to 25′ tiller steered sailboat.
  • Crew operations and skills
  • Leaving the dock or mooring
  • Boat control in open and confined waters
  • Heavy weather sailing
  • Basic navigation skills
  • Overboard rescue methods
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Anchoring techniques
Prerequisites

No Experience required

Pricing

Basic Keelboat 1:

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

Basic Keelboat 2 & 3:

  • Members: $440
  • Non-Members: $500

Basic Cruising

Learn to sail a cruising keelboat. Cruising keelboats generally have inboard diesel engines, a steering wheel, are set up for multiple day trips and, also, most cruising vessels and include hot and cold water, cooking facilities, sleeping quarters, and private bathrooms with showers. The larger size of the vessel is more comfortable for day sailing, as they can accommodate more passengers.

US Sailing’s Basic Cruising certification is the most comprehensive certification in the market and will give you the confidence to safely sail anywhere in the world and in a variety of weather conditions. The certification is broken into three classes that must be taken in order:

  • Basic Cruising Part 1 (BC1)
  • Basic Cruising Part 2 (BC2)
  • Basic Cruising Part 3 (BC3)
Successful completion prepares you to:
  • Certification that allows you sail up to 42′ sailboat.
  • Organize and direct crew operations.
  • Day-trip planning.
  • Basic charts and navigation.
  • Sail trim, heaving-to.
  • Heavy weather sailing techniques.
  • Inboard engine techniques.
  • Docking techniques.
  • Anchoring techniques.
  • Safety and emergency procedures.
Prerequisites

Basic Keelboat Part 3 (BK3) or equivalent

Pricing

BC1, BC2, BC3 Package

  • Members: $740
  • Non-members: $850
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Bareboat Cruising

You finally made it, gone through all the classes, had sufficient time on the water, and now you are ready to get through the next level. Taking the cruisers out for more than a day sail, that’s what real sailors want, to take her where the wind blows you, and stay aboard anchored in a far away harbor.

The first night you will charter your destination and get provisions for the trip, feel free to stay the night in the marina on your vessel. The group will set sail in the am at the designated time, and be anchored or moored by sunset. The next morning you will set sail again, and take the test on the boat before arriving back to the dock before sunset.

Successful completion prepares you to:
  • Certification allows you to skipper vessels up to 42 feet.
  • Organize and direct crew operations.
  • Plan multiple day charters.
  • Advanced seamanship.
  • Advanced sailing techniques.
  • Advanced heavy weather sailing techniques.
  • Advanced docking techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of boat systems including diesel engine troubleshooting and galley safety procedures.
Prerequisites

Basic Cruising (BC3)

Bareboat cruising also requires Navigation & Piloting Part 1 & 2 for a separate fee $475 for members and $550 for non-members.

Pricing
  • WWSC Members: $795
  • Non-members: $895
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Basic to Bareboat

Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising on one of our larger vessels. Have fun while learning in an actual hands on environment. At the end of this trip you will be a certified US Sailing Bare Boat skipper. The 5 day, 4 night, course will follow the same curriculum as separate courses in less time as you will be learning day and night. During each day sailing and navigating, and at night spent in different harbors, and at anchor, on your very own sailing adventure.

Successful completion prepares you to:
  • Certification allows you to skipper vessels up to 42 feet.
  • Organize and direct crew operations.
  • Plan multiple day charters.
  • Advanced charting & navigation
  • Advanced seamanship.
  • Advanced sailing techniques.
  • Advanced heavy weather sailing techniques.
  • Advanced docking techniques.
  • Advanced anchoring techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of boat systems including diesel engine troubleshooting and galley safety procedures.
Prerequisites

Basic Keelboat Part 1 (BK1)

Note: If you are coming from out-of-State, we will set up a BK1 class the Sunday prior to your departure, and can stay the night on the larger vessel used in the cruise. There will be 3 written tests, BK, BC, BBC, plus the OTW practical. Please study prior to boarding, by picking up the text booklets at WWSC, or if you are out-of-State we will arrange to have the booklets sent to you.

Pricing
  • WWSC Members: $1,500
  • Non-members: $2,000
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Passagemaking

You finally made it, gone through all the classes, had sufficient time on the water, and now you are ready to get through the next level. Taking cruisers out for more than a day sail, that’s what real sailors want, to take her where the wind blows you, and stay aboard anchored in a far away harbor.

You will learn, and practice, the skills required for safe coastal passages as a skipper or crew aboard an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.

Successful completion prepares you to:
Preparation to Sail
  • Prepare a plan for an open ocean passage of at least 600 nautical miles.
  • Develop a comprehensive provisioning and galley duty plan.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive check of the vessel, her rig and equipment.
Crew Operations and Skills
  • Develop a primary and alternative watch schedule and duty roster for the skipper, navigator, crew, galley and ship’s maintenance for the passage.
  • Demonstrate a plan of advanced weather forecasting: global weather patterns, high and low pressure systems, fronts, storms, squalls, gales, hurricanes and various fog conditions.
  • Leaving the Dock or Mooring:
  • Develop a departure plan for the vessel and crew, and demonstrate appropriate helmsman and crew coordination and skills for leaving a dock in adverse (actual or simulated) conditions.
Navigation
  • Demonstrate competency in proper offshore navigation techniques.
  • Maintain a continuous ship’s log in a timely manner to include significant events, navigation entries and weather records.
Communications
  • Be familiar with the operation of the SSB radio as well as other modern means of long range communications.
Boat Control In Open Water
  • Demonstrate decision making and boathandling skills for boat control in any wind and sea conditions.
Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Demonstrate boat control in adverse conditions (actual or simulated) using a sea anchor or drogue.
  • Demonstrate boat control in adverse conditions (actual or simulated) using storm sails, and heaving-to or running off.
Prerequisites

Bareboat Cruising (BBC)

US Costal Navigation

Pricing
  • WWSC Members: $1,750
  • Non-members: $2,200

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