Continued Education

Already been through the basics with us or another club? Jump right into our continued education lessons.  Whether you wish to cruise downwind with a spinnaker flying or safely and confidently dock boats 22ft-40ft, we have a course that fits your needs.

ASA 118 Docking Endorsement

Shilshole Marina SunsetDocking is one of the most stressful aspects of sailing because you are coming within inches of a solid and unforgiving obstruction, very capable of damaging your vessel. We believe docking should be as relaxing as sailing itself, thus we offer the Docking Endorsement, to help make docking your vessel as second nature as parking your car.

  • Learn to dock confidently in various weather conditions
  • Boat dynamics such as pivot points, rudder friction, and throttle kick
  • Create a plan considering course, speed and always having a secondary plan
  • Appropriate line handling
  • Skipper and crew responsibilities while docking
  • Boat tie up and docking knots
  • Maneuvering in tight quarters

Saturday and Sunday from 10-4pm. Other days available based on interest

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
Purchase ASA 118 Textbook Here

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Docking Techniques by Tom Tursi and ASA 118 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  4. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website provides up-to-date weather forecasts for the Puget Sound area. At the bottom of the page, you will find the forecast for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 118 written endorsement exam.
  3. Pay $30 ASA 118 endorsement exam fee.
  4. Upon completing this course you will have acquired the skills to confidently skipper inboard and outboard engine charter boats in tight quarters. You will gain hands-on experience maneuvering and securing boats in various weather conditions and increase your competence with techniques applicable to 20ft-50ft single engine sailboats. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing your certification exam. 
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: Member $295; Non-Member $395- Buy Now

ASA 120 Radar Endorsement

Andre20090522 The goal of this course is to provide sailors with safe, efficient use of radar for small-craft navigation in all visibility conditions.

  • Radar operation
  • Piloting, chart navigation, and collision avoidance in low visibility
  • Learn how to interpret the display
  • Adjust your radar’s controls to match the conditions
  • Use a realistic PC based simulator to illustrate radar measurements
  • Use radar to avoid squalls and maneuver around competitors in a regatta

The course schedule for this lesson is based on demand. If you are interested in taking it, please contact us and we will provide you with further information.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Radar for Mariners by David Burch and workbook are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 120 written endorsement exam.
  3. Pay $30 ASA 120 endorsement exam fee.
  4. Upon completing this course you will have acquired the skills to confidently use radar to pilot and navigate using radar in low visibility. Your competency will help you navigate safely and efficiently through a variety of conditions. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing your certification exam. 
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Member $295; Non-Member $395

Spinnaker Handling Course

Spinnakers are the colorful, balloon shaped sails that increase a boat’s speed while sailing downwind in a sailing regatta. Learn the fundamentals of sailboat racing and how to safely and efficiently pack, jibe, trim, and douse symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.

  • Fundamentals of sailboat racing
  • Starts and race tactics
  • Use of spinnakers for racing and cruising
  • Advanced sail trim
  • How to safely round markings
  • Equipment and rigging
  • Packing, jibing, trimming, and dousing
  • Symmetrical & asymmetrical spinnakers
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

The course schedule for this lesson is based on demand. If you are interested in taking it, please contact us and we will provide you with further information.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my course?
  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Suggested materials for this lesson include: The International Marine Book of Sailing by Robby Robinson, Spinnaker Handling Course syllabus and checking out a few J/24, J/80, and J/105 spinnaker videos on YouTube.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the suggested course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Member $295; Non-Member $395- Buy Now

Private Sailing Instruction

 

Made your way through the basic and advanced ASA courses but looking for more time practicing skills? We can organize time with one of our instructors and design a curriculum to fit your goals. Want to practice jibes, reefing, or spend some time docking? We can make it happen, just give us a ring we’ll get you on the water!

Under 30ft SSC boat: $75/hour

30ft and over SSC boats: $75/hour + additional big boat cost (depending on which boat)

On Personal Boat: $75/hour

To schedule your private sailing lesson, please provide us with days and times you are available and we will find an instructor that will best fit your needs at the time that works best for you. 

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

My instructor Roger is wonderful, very knowledgeable, kind, patient, and helpful…   Becky D. -- SSC member since 2011

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.