Women Boat Courses | NW Explorations



“Paulette was outstanding: competent, knowledgeable and most of all, patient. She easily conveyed concepts and gave ‘gentle guidance’ (without jeopardizing safety considerations) to a student crew of varied experience. I’d come back for a course just to spend more time with her!”

Sharon P., Austin TX

A recent survey by BoatUS found that many women believe there aren’t enough educational boating opportunities tailored to them. Let’s put that to an end! We offer a special, women’s-only training course that encourages women to develop their yacht skills, build confidence, and meet new friendsall in a welcoming and relaxed environment. Go on a 3-day mini-vacation around Bellingham Bay and get hands-on trainingall in one.

What You’ll Learn

Learn the ins and outs of skippering your own yacht from some of the most knowledgeable and friendly instructors in the business!

During this course, you’ll learn:

  • Docking best practices
  • Twin engine maneuvering
  • Picking up a mooring buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Basic navigation and route planning
  • Emergency procedures and VHF communication
  • Diesel engine basics
  • Power management and ship’s systems

When you’re not in class, enjoy some free time exploring the restaurants and shops around the marina and then turn in for the night in your luxury stateroom.

Check out the full itinerary to see everything you’ll learn and do.

Choose a Date

Your trip begins Friday night at 5pm with a fun meet-and-greet with your instructors and fellow students. Training kicks-off Saturday morning at 8am and concludes Monday afternoon at 2pm.

2023 Class Dates

  • April 15 – 17
  • May 6 – 8
  • May 20 – 22

Price: $1995/person (Registration includes all course materials, lodging on training vessel for three nights, three breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner, and a certificate of course completion. 

Please note, accommodations are double occupancy cabins (a couple or shared with same sex student) with a shared head. Course Schedule is flexible and based upon boat availability.

Each class has very limited room, so book your course today! If the dates you would like are full, contact us about setting up a second training or a private class. To register, fill out the form on this page or give us a call! 1-(800)-826-1430

**At this time, we ask that all powerboat training participants provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID Test (PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to boarding or a Rapid Antigen Test taken no more than a day prior). Please be sure to contact us prior to your training dates if you need information on testing sites here in Bellingham. As we are living in a dynamic environment where COVID regulations are concerned, we will adhere to all federal, state, and local guidelines in terms of social distancing, group size restrictions and mask wearing if these mandates fall back into place. **