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 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising

Sail for 30 consecutive hours (including overnight) on this hands-on 3-day, 2-night cruising course with four students and two instructors.  The skills gained in this course will prepare you to cruise the world, but will prove useful for local cruising as well.

SSC Member Price

$995

Non-Member Price

$1205

3 days, 2 nights; first 30-hours continuous sailing with practice rotating watches; 1 night docked or anchored

  • Use of barometer and thermometer independently and concurrently
  • Learn about the weather: the types of clouds and what weather to expect from each, thermal and prevailing winds, and the weather sources available in the U.S.
  • Sail selection in various weather conditions
  • Learn a variety of heavy-weather precautionary safety checks/changes
  • Learn how to use a secondary anchor to prevent swinging
  • Covers specific emergencies and how to handle each on board
  • Gain hands-on experience reading tides/currents, plotting courses, determining set/drift, three-point fixes, running fixes, compass correction
  • GPS, weather sources, latitude/longitude, charts, local destinations and hazards in the Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca
  • Learn night navigation, lights, buoys, and how to handle after dark traffic
  • Practical application of ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
  • 18+ years old
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
  • ASA 104: Bareboat Charter Certification
  • ASA 105: Coastal Navigation Certification

Class Size:

Minimum to run a lesson: 4 students/lesson

Maximum in each lesson: 6 students/lesson

Friday – Sunday

Friday starting at 9:00am thru Sunday at 5:00pm

Lessons become available based on student interest.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
Purchase ASA 106 Text Here

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson. While scheduling this lesson, please make sure to notify SSC of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  2. Pick up the course materials. The International Marine Book of Sailing by Robby Robinson and ASA 106 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 outer shell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chapstick. Use the ASA 104 packing list as a guide while you pack for your weekend adventure. 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 106 written certification exam.
  3. Pay the $30 ASA certification exam fee.
  4. Get on the water! After passing your ASA 106 exam, you have officially completed your certification. You are now able to safely skipper vessels 30ft-50ft in coastal and inland waters both day and night.  If you’ve joined one of Seattle Sailing Club’s memberships, you are now certified to skipper all boats within our fleet. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing the exam. For more information on ASA’s International Proficiency Certification, click here.
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.
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My favorite SSC memory is seeing the Northern lights during the night sail component of my 106 course with instructor, Beth. Michael S. -- SSC member since 2008

ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran

Seattle Sailing Club is excited to be offering ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran certifications. In this class, students will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran- Catana 47 Moon & Stars – on a multi-day (Saturday – Sunday) overnight cruise in the Puget Sound. The course will cover knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship, safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.

SSC Member Price

$695

Non-Member Price

$795

  • Learn the differences in operating and chartering a catamaran versus a monohull of similar length
  • Deck structures and how they affect visibility
  • Stability differences
  • Load-carrying characteristics and weight distribution
  • Shoal draft keels
  • Maneuverability under power of a twin-engine catamaran
  • Effects of windage on sailing performance and close quarter maneuvering
  • Using the jib to counteract the weather-vane effect on a catamaran’s mainsail when tacking
  • When and how to reef catamaran’s sails
  • 18+ years old
  • ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
  • ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising
  • ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering

This course is very new to the sailing club (as of September 2017). If you do not see any availability on the schedule – don’t worry – we will be adding more lessons in the near future. There are waitlists available for the weekends we have a scheduled 114 lesson. Please check the calendar at the bottom of this page for the most up-to-date availability.

Class Size:

Minimum to run a lesson: 3 students/lesson

Maximum in each lesson: 4 students/lesson

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. Pick up the course materials. Cruising Catamarans Made Easy by ASA. 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 outer shell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chapstick. 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 114 written endorsement exam.
  3. Pay $30 ASA 114 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.


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.

SSC Member Price

$310

Non-Member Price

$435

  • 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
  • 18+ years old

This course runs on a demand basis. If you would like to be notified of course availability, please join the ASA 118 Interest List below.

Class Size:

Minimum to run a lesson: 3 students/lesson

Maximum in each lesson: 4 students/lesson

Saturday + Sunday – 10am to 4pm

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.
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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.

SSC Member Price

$310

Non-Member Price

$435

12 hours; 2-3 hours of in classroom instruction; 10-11 hours on the water hands-on instruction on keelboats 22′ to 40′

  • 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
  • 18+ years old
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

This course is run on a demand basis. If you would like to be notified when there is availability, please sign up for the Spinnaker Handling Interest group below.

Saturday + Sunday – 10am to 4pm

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.
Book Now!

ASA 119 Weather Endorsement

Understanding marine weather is one of the most important skills of a good sailor. When to sail, where to sail, even if you should cast off at all are decisions that rely upon a sailor’s ability to predict the wind. Temperature, wind and precipitation contribute to the ‘fun factor’ of sailing whether you prefer warm and dry or wet and wild.

Marine weather impacts many safety considerations: skipper and crew experience, vessel stability, what equipment to use, clothes to wear, potential navigational hazards, and a respect that accidents and equipment failures are more likely in adverse weather.

SSC Member Price

$310

Non-Member Price

$435

13 hours in classroom instruction

  • Pressure and Winds
  • Global Circulation: Winds and Currents
  • Using satellite data to improve observations, forecasts, & visualizing circulations.
  • Strong Wind Systems (Storms)
  • Clouds, Fog, Seas
  • Coastal Winds
  • Weather Charts
  • Sources of weather data
  • On-board weather sources
  • Southern Hemisphere Weather

18+ years old

This course is run on a demand basis. If you would like to be notified when the course becomes available, please sign up for the 119 Interest List below.

Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am – 4pm. 

Class Size:

Minimum to run a lesson: 10 students/lesson

Maximum in each lesson: 12 students/lesson

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

Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.

Pickup the course materials. Modern Marine Weather by David Burch and ASA Introduction to Weather 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.

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.

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?

Complete the lesson.

Pass the ASA 119 written endorsement exam.

Pay $30 ASA 119 endorsement exam fee.

Upon completing this course you will understand and demonstrate the proper use of weather information in planning and adapting navigation during local and passage-making voyages. Demonstrate the ability to use both the latest technological tools as well as traditional maritime skills to forecast weather 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:

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.

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.

Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.

There are no refunds for missed lessons.

Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

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Private 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!

Private lessons on SSC boats under 30ft:

$75/hour (up to 2 students)

$100/hour (up to 3 students)

$25/hour for additional students, family, or friends

Private lessons on SSC boats 30ft and over:

$75/hour (includes up to 2 students) + additional big boat cost (cost depends on the boat, please refer to our Olympic Club Rates)

$25/hour for additional students, family, or friends

Private Lessons On Your Own Boat:

$75/hour (it is required that SSC and the SSC instructor are put onto your personal boat’s insurance policy before the scheduled lesson)

April thru September: 

Please plan to schedule 3-4 weeks ahead for private lessons

3-hour minimum

Available Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm

October thru March:

Please plan to schedule 1-2 weeks ahead for private lessons

3-hour minimum

Available everyday except Wednesdays 9am to 5pm.

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