Adult & Family Sailing

Adults and families can have fun learning together on the water through our signature sailing programs. With options for private lessons, flexible scheduling, and a range of courses from beginner to intermediate, sailing at The Center for Wooden Boats is fun and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Family Sailing programs require one adult accompany youth 12-17 years OR 2 youth 12-17 be together in the boat with instructor.

Please see our Youth Programs page for opportunities like field trips, sailing, and woodworking classes tailored for youth ages 8-15.


This is the signature CWB learn-to-sail program for adults and families. Students learn basic boat handling skills that are the foundation for a lifetime of sailing. This one-month intensive team-learning program starts with shore school followed by 10-hours of practical lessons on the lake.


One-on-one Private Lessons are perfect for new sailors, experienced sailors wanting a refresher, or anyone wanting to “dip their toe” into the craft of sailing. You’ll practice one-on-one with an instructor - or feel free to bring a friend!


Expand your horizons! This add-on to SailNOW! or Private Lessons is a US Sailing accredited Basic Keelboat Conversion clinic that includes a practical and written evaluation.


This 2-hour class introduces the basics of sailing. Topics include terminology for parts of a boat, points of sail, and basic sailing theory. With this class you will receive to the CWB Sailing Primer!


Already have your CWB livery card? Want coaching and practice sailing our traditional rig and centerboard fleet? This 3-hour clinic starts with a shore school and moves quickly to the lake for hands-on learning with two different types of boats. The goal is to build confidence with our entire fleet!


Have fun learning to sail faster and race in classic wooden boats. RaceNOW! Clinics Series events are great opportunities for intermediate skippers and crew to learn the fundamentals and tactics of sailboat racing right here on Lake Union. 5-6 races are planned each evening. Bring a friend or we’ll pair you with someone!

My friend and I had our first sailing lesson at the CWB. It was great, instructor was clear and kind, we got right into sailing and got to experiment and get a feel for the boat and the wind.
— Greg – Genbook Verified Visitor
I signed up for the private lessons package and have had an excellent experience. Everyone is friendly and takes safety seriously.
— Jeff – Genbook Verified Visitor
My wife and I took a joint 2-hour lesson, and it was awesome! Derek was personable, knowledgeable, and provided skilled information to maximize our lesson.
— Sherman – Genbook Verified Visitor

A look at the serene sunset sailing in this year’s RaceNOW! series.


Future Classes >

We expect to offer these classes in 2022. Please keep checking back for availability!


We’re developing a diverse line-up of seminars to share skills and dive deeper into hands-on maritime skillbuilding. Tentative topics include: full-day in-course for obtaining the Washington Boater Education Card; transiting the ship canal and Ballard locks; marlinspike; and many others. CWB is partnering with the COHO HO HO to bring some interesting topics to the CWB Sail Loft this spring and summer. See our maritime essentials page to learn more and sign up to receive information as it becomes available HERE!