Welcome to the Shearwater University School of Sailing.  We provide classes from beginner to advanced, as well as custom lessons to help you meet your individual goals.  

As a US Sailing School, we offer four internationally recognized sailing certifications, plus the Coastal Navigation Certification available in our School of Navigation.

Browse to find the best class that fits you, or call and let us help you plan your sailing education.  

2017 Class Offerings

Sailing Essentials

This thorough introduction will launch you into the spectacular sport of sailing. A thorough introduction offered in several formats to fit your schedule and needs, it will prepare you to skipper and/or crew for daysailing a keelboat on your own.

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Learn to sail and earn your US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certificate. Enter here for full description, format & scheduling options, and registration.

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First Sail

Always wanted to try sailing? Not sure if you'd like it or not? Want a taste of learning to sail? Just interested in a relaxing afternoon or evening on the water? Let's go out for an experience tailored to your interests.


Class Schedule: Call or email to Schedule
Times: 2 hours
Location: Anacortes
Tuition: $45

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Cruising Classes

Learn to skipper and crew a cruising sailboat with inboard engine and equipment for extended sailing excursions. Systems, navigation and maneuvering to prepare you for longer sails, anchoring and docking in harbors near and far.


US Sailing Certification in:
Basic Cruising for beginners
Bareboat Cruising for extended trips and chartering
IPC for International certification

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Skill Development Clinics

Spend a focused half-day building critical skills and gaining confidence that will make you a more competent sailor. Choose from these areas:

Four Clinics

Each clinic is 4 hours on weekend days. Custom scheduling for your needs - on your boat or ours.

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Graduate Rentals

Rent Shearwater University fleet boats at affordable rates after graduating with your certification. Enjoy and practice your new skills on the Salish Sea.

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Rent Fleet Boats

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