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Adult US Sailing Classes

Why Learn to sail with Kirkland Sailing Club?

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 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 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.

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.

Additional course dates are available on request. Please contact us if you don’t see the courses or dates you are looking for!

Basic Keelboat

Designed to get non-sailors started and those returning to sailing a refresher. Graduates are certified to sail tiller-steered vessels up to 27 feet.

This highly comprehensive class gives you everything you need to join KSC and sail our boats as skipper.

3 full days of on-water learning.

PRICE: Members $995; Non-Members $1,395 (includes $400 credit towards membership initiation fee valid for 30 days following course completion)

DATES: Running every weekend, Friday-Sunday March- November. Check the schedule in ‘BOOK NOW’ and Contact Us if these dates don’t work for you. We may be able to schedule another class for you.

Basic Keelboat Private Lesson

A great option if you find it difficult to take three full days as part of a group class. This private class can accommodate 1-2 students. Pre-class online learning by NauticEd is included followed by two 4-hour practical sailing lessons for a single student and three four-hour lessons for two students.

PRICE: $1,795 one student; $2,795 two students

DATES: Scheduled on a custom basis. Please call (425) 595-3440 or inquire to book lessons.

Basic Cruising

Build on Basic Keelboat with this 3-day course and learn how to handle larger boats- up to 42 feet in length with wheel steering and inboard engines. Learn the essentials of navigation, anchoring, docking and more.

PRICE: Members $995; Non-Members $1,395

Bareboat Cruising

Get certified as a skipper for multi-day charters. Build the knowledge and confidence to safely charter a vessel anywhere in the world on this 2-day overnight course.

PRICE: Members $995; Non-Members $1,395

Coastal Navigation

5 evening classes spread throughout the month where students learn in-depth navigation and chartwork.

PRICE: Members $495; Non-Members $695

Coastal Passage Making

4 days aboard one of our larger vessels, cruising coastal waters in a variety of weather conditions both during the day and at night.

PRICE: Members $1,995; Non-Members $2,695

US SAILING Performance Sailing + Spinnaker 

Designed for both cruisers and racers, this 3-day class helps you get the most out of your sailing. Learn both symmetric and asymmetric spinnaker handling aboard our J/80’s and J/22’s

PRICE: Members $995; Non-Members $1195

Private Lesson

Available with a 2-hour minimum.

PRICE: Members $125/hour; Non-Members $145/hour

DATES: Scheduled on a custom basis. Please call (425) 595-3440 or inquire to book lessons.

Check out KSC In-House Classes to help you continue your learning!

Already know how to sail but want to get your US Sailing Certificate?

Take the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Challenge!