Boating Education


North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron offer a number of educational courses and clinics.

These courses offer a natural progression, from beginner to advanced. Also offered, are focused two-hour Seminars and Clinics for new and experienced boaters. The purpose is to promote safety, enjoyment and confidence on our North Pacific waters by advancing your know-how of seamanship & boat handling, piloting & navigation, boat systems maintenance, weather, sailing, cruise planning, and other related topics.



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Paul Areida

Squadron Education Officer

Ken Barnaby 2021/2022


 Assistant Education Officer

    Carmel & Dwight Campbell, Susy Webb, Don Stem receive Cruise & Cruise Planning
    The Campbells, Suzy Webb, Bob Stem receive Cruise & Cruise Planning Certificates


    ABC Course

    ABC Course is designed for the beginning boater, personal watercraft operator, hunter or fisher operating an outboard boat, skipper of a power cruiser, sail boater and those to receive the Washington State Boater Education Card. Safety, weather, waves, nautical rules, regulations, courtesies of the sea & more are covered. Open to everyone.


    Advanced & Elective Courses

    Advanced Courses & Electives are generally held once a week and vary according to the course over a 4 - 12 week period with one additional week period including Exam.  Exams are optional but encouraged. Most classes are typically 2 hours long.  Students are expected to complete homework assignments between classes.


    Clinics & Seminars

    Seminars & Clinics are offered in 2-4 hour blocks on the first Saturday morning of each month
    (September - May).
    These Clinics provide an enjoyable way to learn about specific marine topics. Seminars include theory along with local knowledge & experience in the Pacific Northwest waters.
    Open to everyone.