2024 Adult Sailing Lessons

Want to learn to sail? Register to join us this summer. 

Registration opens to members on Monday, March 4th at 9AM

Registration opens to the public on Monday, March 18th at 9AM



All classes...

Sail Lasers or Vanguard 15 dinghies
Are taught by US Sailing Level 1 Instructors
Are suitable for beginner sailors
Require basic swimming skills
Require a medium level of physical agility
Focus on fun & safety while boating.

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Vanguard 15

The Vanguard-15 (V-15) is the primary training boat at Seattle Yacht Club. This stable, double-handed boat with a main and jib is the national standard for novice and advanced sailors to master the basics and to develop teamwork.


The Olympic-Class Laser is a high performance single-handed dinghy for intermediate and advanced sailors. It is a great platform to build boat-handling and racing skills. This boat has two different sized sails, allowing us to tailor the boat to the weight of the sailor.

2024 Dates & Pricing

Registration opens March 18, 2024
Member registration opens March 4, 2024

Session 1

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday for two weeks
July 8-18, 2024
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Session 2

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday for two weeks
July 22-August 1, 2024
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Session 3

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday for two weeks
August 5-15, 2024
5:30 8:00 pm

Intermediate Fall Session 1

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two weeks
September 3-12 2024



$350 per person



Pricing, fees, and cancellations

  • 2024 prices are $350.
  • $10/week life jacket rental (optional with registration).
  • Class fees must be paid in full and accompanied by complete application forms to guarantee registration in desired class(es). $50 charge for cancellations up to one week/the Monday before class starts.
  • No refund if you cancel less than one week/the Tuesday or later before class starts.


  • Classes can and will sail in the rain. Participants should bring a jacket for those days.
  • The sailors will not go out on the water if there is thunder or lightning in the area, or if winds are dangerously strong. If weather or wind-speed prevents the students from sailing, the instructors are prepared with other on-land sailing-related games and activities to keep class fun and educational.
  • Classes will sail in smoky conditions. Students may want to bring N95 face masks on smoky days.
  • There are no refunds for adverse weather conditions, unless sailing school is canceled by the Sailing Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I'm running late?

Please contact the Sailing Office at 206-926-1009 or your Instructor ahead of time if you will be absent, are running late, or have to leave early. 

What do I wear/bring?

Suggested items to bring:
  • Life jacket - required on boats (bring your own or rent for $10 for the length of the course)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Athletic-type clothing that dries quickly and allows you to move (no jeans!)
  • Fleece or non-cotton jacket
  • Change of clothes (sometimes you will get wet)
  • Shoes that won't fall off, such as Chacos or Tevas (no flip flops; tennis shoes okay but will get wet.

Where will we sail?

All adult classes launch from Seattle Yacht Club and primarily sail in Portage Bay. 

All classes launch from Seattle Yacht Club on Portage Bay.

Seattle Yacht Club
1807 East Hamlin Street
Seattle, WA 98112

Questions? Please contact the Sailing Office at 206-926-1009.