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Classes & Workshops


What’s Happening Report:

Cruisers College, 2023-2024 was a big hit!

We really expanded our offerings, lengthened some courses, and received an amazing amount of good feedback.

I am currently planning the 2024-2025 courses and will be adding even more. We are in the process of modifying a few more courses to utilize the hands-on, lab activities which participants really enjoy – many of us learn better in those environments.

Another change is our registration. This website is still the primary landing page about courses and information, but we will no longer be using EventBrite for registration. Skagit Valley College has a great ‘community education’ page and registration system that we will be using. All you have to do is set up a simple account with an email and you can register and pay for classes without any fees or worry about your information being shared or sold.

We’ll have most of the Fall schedule ready to go by June 1st, so register early – most of our courses this Spring sold out and while we try and offer the most popular courses twice per year, the facility and instructors do get busy.

I’m excited to be heading out on the water again this season, as I suspect many of you will be – enjoy your time out there and be safe.

Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or ideas for courses you’d like see us offer. Just click the ‘contact’ button above.

Smooth Seas,



Professional Canvas Workshop

July 15-19 &  22-26, 2024  Daily 9:00-4:30

We are super excited about our latest canvas offering! Here is your opportunity to take your boat canvas skills to the next level. Join us for two weeks of boat canvas training aimed at those looking to pursue marine fabrication professionally. The marine industry needs more canvas professionals, many are 6+ months out and others a not accepting new clients. This is your opportunity to learn all about this wonderful industry and how you can possibly become part of it.


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Cruising the Inside Passage       to Alaska

Sat, March 15, 2025, 8:00 am  –
Sun, March 16, 2025, 4:30 pm

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This two-day seminar covers all the information you need to plan and prepare to cruise the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska; including sights, activities, and destinations throughout Northern British Columbia, as well as Southeast Alaska.

For this popular seminar, we have 5 instructors over the 2-day course, sharing decades of knowledge covering this extensive territory. This is a magical trip, and we want to help you plan the trip of a lifetime. “This class will be referencing the following publications:  2025 Waggoner Cruising Guide, 2025 Ports & Passes, Local Knowledge A Skipper’s Reference, and the Douglass guidebook Exploring Southeast Alaska.”

Mahina Expeditions

Mahina 2025 Offshore Cruising Workshop​: John Neal and others

Saturday March 08, 2025, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday March 09, 2025, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Mahina Offshore 2-day Cruising Seminar (174 presented since 1976 to 11,000 sailors) with Skagit Valley College’s Cruisers College is the event to attend if you have aspirations of sailing offshore. Learn about important topics including marine diesel engines and systems, marine electrical systems, plus sail repair, sewing, anchoring, storms, & costs of cruising. Included in the seminar cost of $595 per single or $995 per couple is one copy of the Offshore Cruising Companion, the 260-page textbook which retails for $60.

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