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Northwest Sailing - (Ages 16-18)

Course Details

    Location: Washington
    Activities: Sailing
    Tuition & Fees: $3295
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

The Northwest Sailing course explores the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Longboats are replicas of the boats used by the European and American explorers of the Pacific Northwest during the 18th and 19th centuries.Our sailing courses focus on maritime and wilderness skills including navigation, natural history, setting and trimming sails, and basic living aboard a Longboat.  

Available Courses

How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course paricipant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404 option 3)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: 
All applicants must adhere to the due dates listed in their Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.

Youth Application

Teen and College Application

Physician Exam Form

Admissions & Enrollment Policies

Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.

This section contain details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen. Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Gear List
 Travel Information

Course Description

Attending Outward Bound

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Information on Completing & Returning Forms

Supplemental Forms & Scholarship

Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.
The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.

Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

Historically, Longboats are smaller, sea-worthy boats carried on larger sailing vessels. Longboats can be outfitted with a sail and also have space for six to ten rowers. We will adapt to the tidal rhythms, moving with the currents sometimes at night. When there is no wind we will row.Using charts, compass, and navigational tools students will plot their position and course of travel. They will learn a number of knots and their uses aboard the boat and ashore. Part of the richness of maritime life is interacting with other sailors. At times the students will be visiting islands with other people. 
 In addition to technical skills, Outward Bound instructors will teach and facilitate the interpersonal skills that will allow the group to function effectively as a team to accomplish set goals. Outward Bound courses are team environments where students work closely together to travel, cook and navigate every day. Throughout Outward Bound’s 50-year history, we strive to deliver new perspective on compassion and being of service to others.

As the last days of the course draw near, students will be able to maximize their independence and decision making as instructors empower them to use their newly acquired confidence and skills to make the decisions that will see them through the final days of their expedition.

Each Outward Bound course in Washington includes a solo experience. Instructors thoughtfully manage a solo so that it is a time where students can relax from the physical and mental rigors of the course and spend some time reflecting upon the experience. While students will be largely alone during this time, they will be close to the instructor basecamp and instructors will check on students regularly. Our courses also include a service component. Service projects range widely depending on the course, but may include projects such as trail repair, removal of invasive species, assisting at our local food bank farm or engaging with organizations in the island communities we visit.

Successful completion of this course demands mastery of skills, trust, fitness, confidence, tenacity, leadership, initiative and compassion. The promotion of these qualities and the discovery of what strength lies within is the purpose of Outward Bound.

Course Area

The San Juan Islands –These islands are known for their beauty, wildlife, and accessibility with many parks and anchorages. The San Juans are drier than the surrounding region as they rest in a rain shadow tucked between glaciated mountains on the Olympic peninsula, Vancouver Island, and the Cascades of mainland Washington and British Columbia. The views from the islands to the mountains are spectacular. The islands include a wide range of ecosystems which leads to a unique mix of plant life ranging from brittle prickly pear cactus and Indian paintbrush to enormous cedar and Douglas fir. The ocean is teaming with life including giant kelp beds, marine invertebrates, salmon, seals, porpoises, and orca whales. The rich marine ecosystem also attracts many birds including great blue herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles.

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