San Juan Sailing
Bellingham, Washington
| (360) 671-8339 |

One of the most well-respected sailing schools in the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Sailing has been offering sailing training for over 35 years! You won’t find a better value anywhere, as we’re the only School that provides an “All Inclusive” experience – each a fully provisioned, live aboard, sleep aboard course – not just on our weeklong Learn-n-Cruises, but even on our 2-day ASA 101, 103 and 104 Weekender classes! This allows you to fully experience not just sailing and sail education, but a bit of the cruising lifestyle as well.

Your “campus” is the San Juan Islands and your “classroom” is a beautiful well-equipped 34′-46′ cruising sailboat. Our instructors are top-notch professionals, experienced and easy-going, eager to share their love of the San Juan Islands with you! All courses start in Bellingham Bay, just a short 90-minute drive from Seattle. And the San Juan Islands are just a short “bay sail” away. What makes this area so special? The San Juan Islands are the #1 charter destination in the continental US! And, because of the variety of conditions here – tides, currents, wind – it’s the ideal place to learn. Coupled with the magnificent wildlife, from orca whales to bald eagles, the islands are simply spectacular, with hundreds of anchorages, coves, scenic wonders as well as lively marina resorts and ports-of-call.

San Juan Sailing offers ASA courses from Basic Sailing through Advanced Coastal Cruising, including an offshore advanced option, women-only courses, catamaran training, and even courses in the Caribbean! With a limit of 4 students per class, you’ll get plenty of helm time. And hands-on learning is what it takes to provide you with the skills and confidence you’ll need to enjoy sailing to the fullest. You’ll find that your ASA sailing education, combined with our patient instructors, beautiful boats and spectacular cruising grounds, will not only prepare you to skipper a boat, you’ll also experience the passion and excitement of a sailing adventure!

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Vacation Charters
  • Flotillas


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. San Juan Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • San Juan Sailing provides an excellent overall experience. The best instructor I’ve ever had period, in anything I’ve ever taken, including college. This experience was life changing for me. Thank you so much!

    Joanne R - Seattle, WA - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • The class was excellent. The instructor was most knowledgeable and showed a true desire to make sure the students understand. He did so with patience and confidence. He was a joy to sail with and a tremendous representative of your organization.

    Bob B - Anacortes, WA - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Instructor and staff very flexible in working with me. Boat was immaculate. Course well organized and taught well. Instructor did an excellent job.

    David R - Scottsdale, AZ - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • We just finished our overnight ASA 101 class on Sundance. What an amazing trip!!!! Larry, Sarah and I are novice boaters/sailors and learned so much from our instructor Mike Anderson! Looking forward to our next 2 classes!!! Thank you!!!

    Andrea H - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

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San Juan Sailing

Address 2615 S. Harbor Loop, Suite 1BellinghamWA98225United States
Phone (360) 671-8339
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