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  • This comprehensive class gets you to skipper level where you will be capable of taking command of our boats. No additional classes required and typically lower overall cost than other local options. Limited class size means you have the best student/instructor ratio available.
  • We teach the FULL syllabus, missing nothing out and adding a few extras. We work with our students to help them not just walk away with a piece of paper but ensure they can actually sail the boat. This includes docking, close quarters maneuvering under motor and even sailing on and off a dock. We'll give you additional tuition at no extra cost if you need more time to certify.
  • All our instructors are FULLY qualified (not in-training) with US SAILING. They also hold FULL USCG Captain's licenses (not limited), meaning they have many years of verified sea-time experience to share with you. No exceptions.
  • KSC gives you the most training hours per class.  Basic keelboat classes are limited to just 3 students and the course is spread over 3 full days, providing many more hours of 'tiller-time'. 
  • We teach the US SAILING curriculum for many reasons. It is the National Governing Body of Sailing and the only sailing organization recognized by US Congress. It works with World Sailing to develop international sailing and the Olympics. It also has learning paths for both cruising and racing- giving you many growth options

Learn to Sail

Basic Keelboat Course

Learn to Cruise
Basic Cruising Course

Learn Bareboat
Bareboat Course

Learn Passage Making

Coastal Passage Making

Learning the basics of sailing is easy, and once sailing you'll wonder why you waited so long to learn!

This fun 3-day Basic Sailing Course teaches you how to sail a keelboat safely and confidently

Sail further and faster with the 3-day Basic Cruising Course.

Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including heavier weather sailing and sailing on sailboats 25' and larger

Sail big boats and charter in exotic locations.

The 2-day Bareboat Charter Certification allows you to demonstrate a complete understanding of vessel systems, planning, and large boat handling

Sail further and experience night sailing.

This 4 day class will prepare you to make multi-day passages including night sailing on a larger boat.

Sign up with NauticEd now and start your 2 FREE courses.  Learn the basics and gain access to free online sailing resources with this instructive and interactive system.

We highly recommend you use NauticEd to start building your sailing resume. Add your practical certifications, licenses and sea miles  to demonstrate your achievements online in an internationally recognized format. Great for presenting your credentials to charter companies, yacht clubs and boat owners.


Like most of our students, we are parents and professionals pressed for time in today's busy world. So, we construct our classes to make best use of the time available: interactive online training and testing is often more efficient than books as well as frees class time. The extra class time is spent training on the water, giving students more meaningful practical instruction. And, we're flexible in that if weather doesn't cooperate or additional training is needed, we'll work with your schedule in continuing the training.


What has changed is technology, and we make knowledge training easier by utilizing the latest/greatest online training systems available. NauticEd's advanced online training gives students the most up-to-date and advanced training available while increasing your practical on-the-water instruction time.


Since the dawn of time when humans first took to the seas to 'learn the ropes', much of this training was passed down from sailor-to-sailor. That part hasn't changed much in sailing's 7,000+ year history, and in our small-group instruction you're trained by a highly experienced sailor. Our on-the-water courses include licensed instructors, Small Group low student-to-instructor ratios and well maintained equipment.


Kirkland Sailing Club's practical courses with US Sailing are of the highest standards and issued by the governing body of sailing in the US. Our affiliation with NauticEd offers advanced online learning as well as international certification through the SLC program.


We work to fulfill each sailor's goals and needs. If you're not sure or have questions, please use our web-form to contact us or call us on (425) 595-3440

(425) 595 3440

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