Sail Sand Point

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Sail Sand Point’s mission is to bring the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.


Sail Sand Point is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to making sailing and paddling accessible to everyone – regardless of age, income, or ability. We accomplish this by nurturing self-confidence, cultivating leadership skills, and inspiring an appreciation for our aquatic environment. Sail Sand Point offers a wide range of camps for youth and classes for adults, as well as boat rentals through our open boating program.

Ever since our start in 1998, the teaching model has been based on a US Sailing’s motto of: “Safety, Fun, and Learning.” We focus on providing a welcoming environment where participants feel empowered to learn and succeed. This model has made us a national leader in sailing education while ensuring that sailor’s have positive experiences at Sail Sand Point. Our programs not only teach people how to sail but help them discover a lifelong love for water activities.

Since our incorporation in 1998, Sail Sand Point has transformed from a small neighborhood program into a flourishing boating community, serving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities from around King County. Beyond the camps and classes, race team coaching, rentals, group programs, and boat storage, Sail Sand Point offers a robust outreach program that awards thousands of scholarship dollars and is building out a comprehensive STEM curriculum which will be incorporated in all our youth camps and classes. In addition, SSP is developing an adaptive sailing program where boaters with physical disabilities can come sail or paddle.

In the past 20+ years, we are proud to be serving over 16,000 members of the community each year and look forward to serving many more.5

Teaching Model

“Safety, Fun, and Learning”


  • Be an Inclusive and Welcoming Community
  • Teach Life Skills
  • Set Safety as a Top Priority
  • Foster Youth Learning
  • Provide Affordable Access to the Water
  • Reach Out to the Disadvantaged
  • Seek to Protect the Environment

Our Values

Be an Inclusive and Welcoming Community

SSP seeks to provide a vibrant sailing and small boat community where people come together and enjoy the benefits of being on the water.


Teach Life Skills

We believe that sailing and small boats provide a fun opportunity to teach life skills including nurturing self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and lifelong learning.


Set Safety as a Top Priority

Safety will always be of highest priority in all we do including training our staff, maintaining our equipment and teaching participants in our programs.


Foster Youth Learning

SSP will strive to excite youth to become skilled and independent early in life, giving them a chance to develop confidence and leadership skills, become involved in the community and experience the joy of being on the water for years to come.


Provide Affordable Access to the Water

We seek to keep our programs affordable and strive to not turn anyone away for lack of financial resources.


Reach Out to the Disadvantaged

Our goal is to provide access to boating for all and we place particular emphasis on reaching out to serve adults and youth of various physical and mental abilities and cultural backgrounds.


Seek to Protect the Environment

We highly value a healthy aquatic environment and seek to minimize the environmental impact of our programs and embed awareness of the need to continually improve and protect the environment in our program.

Land and Labor Acknowledgement

SSP acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region’s land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations. While the majority of our work takes place on Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) and Muckleshoot (buklshuhls) lands and waters, we also conduct programs, on occasion, on the land of the Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) , Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples. Let us also acknowledge the robust Indigenous communities made up of tribal diversity that originate from around the country, and whose journeys have brought them here and to other locations by ways of forced displacement or seeking opportunities. Today these same communities celebrate their heritage, showing resilience and tenacity that would be greatly admired by their ancestors. Further, we respectfully acknowledge the enslaved people, primarily of African descent who provided exploited labor on which this country was built, with little to no recognition. Today, we are indebted to their labor and the labor of many black and brown bodies that continue to work in the shadows for our collective benefit.