I have an upcoming lesson; where should I go?
We are located in Fremont Marina at 1059 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, directly across a street and a parking lot from Fremont Brewery. Wait at the gate that says 1059 over it, and Captain Lisa will meet you there. If you are early or are running late, call or text (206) 972-0310.
Where should I park?
There is free two-hour parking on the south (water facing) side of the lot. If all of those spots are taken, there is plenty of paid parking in the middle and at the north end of the lot.
What should I wear?
It can feel cooler on the water, so bring layers. Wear closed-toed shoes with good grip and non-marking soles. Avoid pants with any metal grommets or buttons on the back pockets. There is always the possibility of rain, so think waterproof – if you have rain pants for hiking, they will be great. Otherwise, think synthetics – nothing is less comfortable than wet jeans.
Should I bring anything else?
It is always a good idea to bring water, and if the weather is nice, sunglasses and sunscreen.
How can I prepare?
If you have time, review the Resources Page of this website.
What if the weather is bad?
Sailors often say there is no bad weather, only bad gear. We typically sail rain or shine. If you ski or hike in the PNW, then hopefully you have some waterproof pants and a coat with a hood. We do have some extra layers we can loan you.
If there is a strong chance of thunder/lightning, or the wind predictions exceed 15 knots sustained, we reserve the right to reschedule for safety. We watch the weather constantly, and hopefully we will be in touch with you prior to classes that may be affected by weather.
I have a gift certificate; how do I redeem it?
Send us an email at [email protected], and we will work with you to schedule your class(es).
Do I need to take Intro to Sailing before I take Sailing Basics?
Beginners can start with Sailing Basics. The first of the three classes covers the same content as the Intro to Sailing class. Many students take the Intro class, and then decide they want to take more. Having the first class of Sailing Basics repeat what was learned in Intro has never been a problem. Many students find the reinforcement to be helpful.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that things come up, and sometimes you will need to cancel or reschedule. If you cancel within 7 days of a standalone class or within 7 days of the first in a multi-class series, we will issue a full refund. If you cancel less than a week before a standalone class or the first in a series, we will issue you a 50% refund, unless we fill the spot, in which case we will issue you a full refund. There are no refunds once a multi-class series has begun.
I am interested in a multi-class series, but I will have to miss a class. Can I make it up?
We cannot guarantee there will be an opportunity for you to mke up a missed class. Occasionally, we have an opening in a different multi-class series that we can slot a student into, but since most of our classes are full, it doesn’t happen often. If it does, it is not necessarily going to be the same class in the series that was missed, so the content may be different. At best, it gives you another day on the water to practice basics.
Do you have classes for kids?
We recommend that kids learn on smaller boats, so that they can fully participate. The Center for Wooden Boats, Sail Sand Point, and Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle, all have great programs for kids.
Why aren’t there more frequent classes?
Captain Lisa loves to teach sailing, but she also has a full-time job in Organizational Development, and that limits the number of classes she can teach in a week.
Do you offer certifications?
We do not offer certifications, but there are some great Seattle sailing schools that do. Check out The Seattle Sailing Club or Windworks.
Do you have a fleet of boats to check out?
SheSails is not a club, so you cannot check out our boats. There are a number of options in Seattle for joining clubs with boats you can take out. Check out The Center for Wooden Boats, Sail Sand Point, The Seattle Sailing Club and Windworks.