Sailing Lessons in Downtown Seattle

SheSails Seattle offers sailing lessons in a fun, supportive environment.

Sailing Lessons For Women, By Women

We have suspended lessons at this time.  If you have an outstanding gift certificate, please contact us at [email protected] as we will be offering a few classes to honor them.  Otherwise we recommend Sail Sand Point, The Center for Wooden Boats, or Seattle Sailing Club. Thank you for many years of amazing sailing!  


Located in the heart of Seattle on beautiful Lake Union, SheSails is Seattle’s only female-owned and operated sailing company. SheSails Seattle offers a fun, supportive environment that inspires confidence and creates community among women who want to learn to sail. Don’t worry guys, we’ll teach you too! SheSails offers a variety of sailing lesson packages, including women-only and co-ed offerings. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to expand your sailing skillset, SheSails Seattle provides a sailing experience like you’ve never had before.

We are not offering classes. Thank you for your interest.

Intro to Sailing

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Per Month
Sailing is fun! Learn to trim sails and experience the thrill of steering the boat yourself.
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Sailing Basics

$ N/A

Per Month
Learn the basics of sailing up and downwind, practice tacks and gybes and how to team with helmsman and crew members.
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Beyond the Basics

$ N/A

Per Month
Want to learn more than the basics? In addition to skills learned during Sailing Basics, this class will go on to learn more advanced techniques and skills.
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Custom Lessons

$ N/A

Per Month
Need a refresher or want to focus on something specific? From docking to sail trim, helmsmanship to bow work, let’s work together to design a class just for you. Custom lessons will be taught on our vessels.
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Gift Certificates

N/A Not available at this time

Due to unexpectedly shortened seasons and the number of outstanding gift certificates, we are not selling gift certificates at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience.We are not selling gift certificates at this time.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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SheSails Seattle is a safe, fun, and supportive learning environment where every student can feel comfortable learning to sail. Our backgrounds in training and education mean we can adapt to different learning styles and use a customized approach to ensure every student can learn to sail successfully.


Learning to sail is intellectual, physical, and emotional. Successful sailors understand their surroundings, respond physically, and feel confident in themselves and their relationship with Mother Nature. Whether our students have fears to overcome or want to feel empowered by developing a new skill, SheSails provides a safe environment for development.


At SheSails Seattle we are committed to strengthening the Seattle sailing community — with a particular focus on the female sailing community. Our social events and seminars are designed to give female sailors, or anyone interested in becoming a sailors, the opportunity to connect, practice new skills, and have fun.

Reviews of SheSails Seattle

Sailing with Lisa was like being with an old friend. It was a calm day with tricky, shifting light winds and I learned a ton about momentum, balance and Seattle! I also love that she supports the female sailing community. As soon as I heard about SheSails I knew they were the ones I wanted to sail with!

Stephanie Wheat

I went on my first sailing lesson with Captain Lisa and after a short safety lesson at the dock we were sailing within minutes! It did not take long to realize Lisa’s passion for sailing and teaching sailing. Her easy going demeanor made it stress free and easy to learn. I am signing up for more lessons!

Erik D., Seattle

My one docking lesson from SheSails took me from a confidence level of minus zero to 6 out of 10! WOW, I know who I am going to hire to teach me how to dock my dream boat I plan to own some day.

Karla C., Seattle

Meet Our Captain


Lisa Cole

Lisa hails from CA and a large family of sailors, but her real passion developed when she started skippering her own boat as an adult. Combining her fondness for travel and her desire to gain more sailing experience, Lisa cruised in the US and Canadian San Juan Islands and traveled to the Mediterranean and Caribbean to take RYA practical courses before getting her USCG license. She has sailed extensively in the Puget Sound and on Seattle’s lakes, cruised and delivered boats in the Mediterranean and up and down the west Coast of the USA, and in 2018 sailed 4,000 nm to deliver a boat from Spain to Puerto Rico, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Lisa is also an avid racer, and from 2019 – 2021, Lisa has been a member of Team Sail Like a Girl, participating in numerous races with them, including the Race to Alaska, 750 miles up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK, and the WA360, 360 miles within WA state.

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Washington and received her Master’s degree in education from Seattle University. She has a USCG Master license with a Sailing Endorsement and an RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate.  She loves to introduce newcomers to the joy of sailing and is delighted to share her passion for adventures on the water.  Lisa balances running SheSails Seattle with a day job in Organizational Development.  When she isn’t working at her day job or teaching sailing, Lisa can often be found racing sailboats in the Puget Sound, skiing, or enjoying live music.

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[email protected]

1059 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

7721 24th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115