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Join SCOW and improve your sailing skills with special training offered only to members.
Please note disclaimer at the bottom of this page. Below is the training schedule for 2017.


SCOW has training opportunities both for old salts and for folks who haven't put foot on a sailboat yet but who want to learn to sail. We offer our classes to [SCOW members only*]

For more information on how to become a SCOW member visit the Join SCOW section of the Website. 

No prior sailing experience is needed to take the basic sailing course. Significant prior sailing experience is required to take the cruiser course - e.g. taking the basic sailing course and then skippering the Flying Scots for a year, or significant cruiser experience, etc. Applicants applying for the cruiser course must submit a brief summary of sailing experience for review.

SCOW's training courses include:

Basic Sailing

Our Basic Sailing training is taught on 19' Flying Scots. The Basic Sailing  training  offers 4 nights of classroom training and 6 mornings or afternoons of on-the-water Basic Sailinghands-on-training. Once students have passed their written test, they are also eligible for on-the-water tutoring to improve their skills. These Flying Scots are the same boats that SCOW members use to race on on Wednesday nights during the season and that we use for Thursday night social sails. Once SCOW members earn their Flying Scot skippership they also may reserve these boats online for personal use.

Basic Sailing     
Land Sessions Water Sessions

Basic Sailing - Spring
Class size 12

April 12, 19, 26 & May 3
Wed 6:30 - 8:30pm

April 22, 23, 29, 30; May 6 & 7

Sat & Sun 8:00am-12:00 or
(Makeup* May 20 & 21)

Basic Sailing - Summer
Class size 12

June 7, 14, 21 & 28

Wed 6:30 - 8:30pm

June 10, 11, 24, 25; July 1 & 2 
Sat & Sun 8:00am-12:00 or
(Makeup* July 8 & 9)

Basic Sailing - Fall
Class size 15

September 6, 13, 20 & 27

Wed 6:30 - 8:30pm

Sept. 11,17,18,24,25; & Oct. 1
Sat & Sun 8:00am-12:00 or
12:00-4:00 pm
(Makeup* Oct 1 & 8)

       *Makeup dates are only used for rescheduling classes canceled due to inclement weather. 

Cruising Boat
Our Cruising Sailing  training is taught on 25' Catalina Cruisers. The boats are big enough to overnight and cook on. The offering includes 2 evenings of land training, 3 days of on-the-water hands-on-training and one evening of hands-on on-the-water night sailing. Once students have passed their written test, they are also eligible for  on-the-water tutoring on the cruisers to improve their skills. SCOW members who are racing certified often race these boats on Tuesday nights and weekends.  Other SCOW members can join as crew. Once SCOW members earn their Cruiser skippership they also may reserve these cruising boats online for personal use. New sailors should get a year of Basic Sailing under their belt, before graduating to the Cruising Boat class.

Cruising Sailing      Land Sessions Water Sessions

Cruising - Spring
Class size 5

April 13 & 20
Thursday 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

April 22, 23, 29 & 30 
Sat & Sun 8:00am-4:00pm
(Makeup* May 6 & 7)

Cruising - Fall
Class size 5

Sept. 14 & 21 
Thursday 6:30pm-8:30 pm

September 16, 17, 23 & 24
Sat & Sun 8:00am-4:00pm
(Makeup* Oct. 1 & 8)

         *Makeup dates are only used for rescheduling classes canceled due to inclement weather. 

SCOW Capsize Class

Our Capsize  training is taught on our 19' Flying Scots, sometimes with the help of our 25' cruisers. Members learn how to capsize and how to right a capsized Flying Scot. The  training  is conducted on the water during a morning and afternoon.


Capsize      Land Sessions Water Sessions
Capsize - July
Class size 10
Saturday July 15
9 am - 5 pm
Capsize - August
Class size 10
 N/A Saturday August 12
9 am - 5 pm

 Introduction to Spinnaker
Introduction to SpinnakerSpend 4 hours with a SCOW trainer going over the basics of spinnaker sailing on our fleet of Flying Scots. A spinnaker is a large, thin (usually colorful) "kite-like" sail used when sailing down wind. This  training  wil include an electronic ahead-of-class packet of reading materials to familiarize yourself with spinnaker terms and basic theory. The  training  itself will be heavily weighed to getting out on the water and practicing safely raising and dousing a Spinnaker. Conditions need to be just right for spinnaker training, however, so keep the next day (Sunday) open in case the instructors needs to wait for better conditions.  Please Email training@scow.org if you're interested in our Spinnaker class. Dates and instructors are being finalized and we'll offer the  training  if there's enough interest


All of the  training  is held at the Washington Sailing Marina.  Please contact our volunteer Training Director training@scow.org for more information and availability of room in the training offerings and visit our "member only" training page.

SCOW Training is conducted in accordance with the SCOW Training Policy.

* SCOW is not affiliated with the National Park Service or Guest Services, Inc. SCOW offers training to its members as part of our overall sailing program. GSI is the official NPS concessionaire to offer sailing lessons to the general public at the Washington Sailing Marina. For information on GSI's training, visit WSM Sailing Lessons page. For general information regarding the marina visit the Washington Sailing Marina website.  

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