The Shipmates program provides groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds the unique opportunity to get out on the water and explore our marine environment in a safe and supportive atmosphere. We partner with organizations and groups in the greater Seattle area to bring a wide range of participants down to explore the lake and experience their city from an entirely new perspective. The goal of Shipmates is to break down the traditional barriers to sailing and on-the-water recreation activities, so that anyone can experience the sense of freedom, responsibility, and passion for sailing that come from working together as shipmates to handle a boat.

Customize your Shipmates Experience

Your Shipmates experience is highly customizable. We offer half-day and full-day scheduling options to cater to a variety of programs, near and far. Your half- or full-day program can include sailing on Hobie Waves, paddling on stand up paddleboards or kayaks, or marine science activities that relate to the water, wind, and our environment – or a combination of all three!

A half-day (3 hour) program is a great way to get a taste of what the lake has to offer, and to inspire a passion for water activities. Participants will learn basic sailing or paddling knowledge and skills as well as on-the-water safety, and then use their newly discovered ability to sail or paddle to explore the lake and chart new waters.

A full-day (6 hour) program is perfect for groups hoping to gain a more thorough foundation in sailing or paddling, or for those hoping to get a taste of both activities. Participants will be able to learn more advanced skills, such as how to balance and control the board or kayak, and adventure farther, their new-found confidence guiding the way.

Shipmates is also designed to incorporate our marine science activities to offer hands-on learning opportunities and different ways to connect real-world concepts to the importance of science, math, and the environment. Please contact us for a full list of science activities available.


To learn more, please contact the office at (206) 525-8782 or email

Sail Sand Point is also happy to accommodate private or corporate group events. Please visit the Private Lessons and Groups page to learn more.