The Sailing Foundation

The Sailing Foundation serves as a resource and information center for the boating community in the Pacific Northwest and acts as a liaison between various organizations and individuals. The Foundation provides grants, fellowships and scholarships and conducts educational, safety and informational seminars. It is a recognized public organization and is supported by tax-deductible dues and donations.

The Sailing Foundation
2635 151st Place NE
Redmond WA 98052-5522

the Coast Guard's Aton Course - Boating Skills and Seamanship Course, Boating Safety Tips

Sailing associations from the US

 Sailing associations, contacts and descriptions

 listing of Sailing associations from the US and the world

American Sailing Association

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The American Sailing Association (ASA) consists of sailors and sailing related businesses organized to promote safety on the water and to stimulate growth within the sport of sailing. The ASA is not a chartering company nor a sailing school, but they do have a network of some 150 sailing schools and charter companies across the U.S. who are affiliated with them. The sailing schools teach to ASA nationally recognized standards and the charter companies use these same standards when checking out prospective charterers. As these are affiliated, however, the prices and lesson formats may vary with each company.

American Sailing Association
5301 Beethoven Street, Suite #265
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Southern California Marine Association

Southern California Association

An Association of thousands of people and over eight hundred fifty member firms, the SCMA is dedicated to the promotion and benefits of the boating industry, its members and the boating public, to the maintenance of committees in the fields of boat shows, legislation, education, safety and promotion, and to working closely with local, state and national marine organizations in efforts to increase the industry's effectiveness. Other activities make the SCMA a dedicated and successful organization for companies engaged in manufacturing, supplying sales and servicing of recreational marine products.

Orange, CA 92866
Email [email protected]

United States Sailing Association (USSA formerly USYRU)

In a move meant to underline their involvement across a hroad spectrum of the sport, the United States Yacht Racing Union (USYRU) changed their formal name in late 1991 to the United States Sailing Association, to he known as "US SAILING". US SAILING is a membership organization of 28,000 active sailors and sailing groups and the national governing body for sailboat racing. They train and certify racing officials, coordinate the handicapping of offshore yachts, manage a national system of Learn-to-Sail and Learn to-Race programs, and field the international sailing teams that represent the U. S., including the Olympic Sailing Team. Membership benefits include the "Racing Rulebook", a yearly Directory of members and services, discounts on sailing publications and merchandise, and a subscription to the monthly magazine, "American Sailor". Safety at sea seminars are conducted several times a year in conjunction with Cruising World Magazine.

Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Seven Seas Cruising Association, Inc.

The Seven Seas Cruising Association was formed in 1952 by a group of persons living aboard six seagoing sailboats, l heir purpose was to share cruising experiences and information through the medium of their informative monthly Commodores Bulletin. SSCA is today a worldwide association of approximately 4500 members, many of whom act as sources of local information for such things as entry requirements, money exchange, best anchorages, repairs and haulouts, sights to see and hazards to avoid, and where to provision and do laundry. Boating safety, protection of the environment, and camaraderie are emphasized. Of special interest is an Equipment Survey periodically culled from members which serves as both a guide to prospective purchasers and a lobbying tool with manufacturers. Other offerings are chart and crew exchanges, and seminars.

2501 East Commercial Blvd, Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 USA
Phone: (954) 771-5660
Fax: (954) 771-5662

Water Quality Association (WQA)

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is the international trade association representing more than 3000 dealers, retailers and manufacturers of residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal water quality improvement products. While their standards are not closely geared to the problems of the cruising boater or water storage tanks, and WQA certified installers are not necessarily familiar with boats or boat construction, we still feel some readers might want their contact for reference. The mission of WQA is to assure the right of users to modify or enhance the quality of water to meet a specific need. The focus is on industry issues, education and idea exchange.

4151 Naperville Road
Lisle, IL 60532-3696, USA
Telephone: 630 505 0160
Fax: 630 505 9637

Sea Education Association, Inc.

Sea Education Association is a non profit organization thai offers academic programs in ocean study. SEA runs courses at its Woods Hole, MA. campus and on hoard (he Sailing School Vessels WESTWARD , equipped for oceanographic research. The recognized leader in offshore undergraduate marine programs, SEA recently celebrated its 20th year of combining theoretical and hands-on learning in oceanography, nautical science, and marine history, literature and related issues. SEA's programs are designed for high school and college students, teachers, and adults.

Phone: (508) 540-3954 x770
Fax: (800) 977-8516
[email protected]

Annapolis Sailing School

7001 Bembe Beach Road
Annapolis MD 21403


BOAT/US, Boat Owners Association of the United States, operates both as an association and as a mail order company, offering thousands of marine products to their over 450,000 registered members. Members are entitled to discounts and benefits such as insurance and financial services. Their goal is to provide boaters with information on boating equipment and safety gear to help them make informed purchasing decisions. They also publish a series of consumer education articles related to boating safety, and maintain a database with listings of boating safety courses available coast-to-coast.There are BOAT/US marine centers in major boating areas across the nation. Their catalogue is fully illustrated and has excellent descriptions of each item offered. The Foundation for Boating Safety tests and compares models of marine safety equipment.

Phone: 800-395-2628
Address: 880 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, VA 22304

Center for Marine Conservation

The Center for Marine Conservation CMC is a non profit environmental organization dedicated to worldwide protection of endangered marine wildlife and their habitats. The Center is organized into four programs: Species Recovery/Fisheries, Marine Pollution, Habitat. Conservation and Marine Biological Diversity. More than 100,000 members nationwide support their efforts to maintain the health of the ocean. Their view is that permanent changes in attitudes and policies can best be achieved through education, cooperation, and understanding. Books, reports, newsletters, slide shows, posters, fact sheets and videos can be ordered. 'Coastal Connection" is a free newsletter produced by CMC to promote beach cleanup events, "Citizen Pollution Patrols", and other efforts to eliminate marine debris, fouls our beaches and threatens boater safety. "Marine Conservation News" is their newsletter published for members four times a year, to update them on the activities of the Center. Friends of the Coral Reef is a very active club for children interested in marine biology, sponsored by CMC's Habitat Conservation program. It represents an ongoing effort to make young people more aware of our national maritime sanctuaries and the resources they protect. "Sanctuary Currents", a free quarterly newsletter, gives updates and reports on the Habitat Conservation Program and tells citizens what they can do to help get particular sanctuaries designated. The program has been instrumental in the designation of eight of the current ten national marine sanctuaries.


Chesapeake Sailing Association - (see CSA Charter Fleet)

For a dozen years Chesapeake Sailing School has provided thousands of students with the joys of sailing. Lessons cover from basic sailing on its fleet of Tanzer 22's to advanced offshore courses to Bermuda and around the Delmarva Peninsula. The school also manages a full size charter fleet of sailboats ranging from 12' to 43' as well as a sailing club and children's programs. Group and corporate discounts are available.


Clean Ocean Action

This group focuses on educating recreational boaters in their area how to inadvertently contributing to the pollution problem, especially in back bays and rivers.

18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 2
Highlands, NJ 07732
Phone: (732) 872-0111
Fax: (732) 872-8041

GPSA - Global Positioning System Association

The GPSA, started in 1991, is the only world-wide association of end-users and manufacturers of GPS. GPSA seeks to educate, promote and support the users and uses of GPS; to keep track of legislation affecting GPS use; and to provide benefits to GPSA members.


International Oceanographic Foundation/Nature America

The IOF - International Oceanographic Foundation was chartered in 1953 to provide the general public with authoritative unbiased information about our oceans. It is their mission to encourage scientific investigation of the sea and to promote awareness of its importance to the human race. They accomplish these goals primarily by disseminating information in their bimonthly magazine, SFA FRONTIERS, sent to all members. It reports - in nontechnical language - advancements in marine-science research accompanied by striking color photography, and also features natural history, travel destinations, and ocean curiosities.


National Boat Owners Association - NBOA

NBOA members receive many member benefits such as: 25% discount on transient dockage at affiliated marinas on a space available basis, on water towing and assistance through a toll free central dispatch system, offshore charts updated annually, discounts at marine related retailers, preferential group insurance rates and group rates on boat financing.

Phone: 941-360-6777
Fax: 941-360-6888
Mail: 4404 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-3864

National Marine Electronics Association

The group which overseas manufacturers of electronics for the maritime trade and distributes the annual Guide to Marine Electronics published by World Publications.

7 Riggs Avenue
Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: 410-975-9425

National Marine Manufacturers Association

NMMA is a partnership of three manufacturing groups: - The National Association of Boat Manufacturers, representing all boat-manufacturing members. - The Association of Marine Engine Manufacturers, representing manufacturers of outboard motors, inboard engines, and engines. - The National Association of Marine Products Services, representing accessory, equipment, trailer and raw material manufacturers. The NMMA provides members with the best available information on the U.S. boating market.

Major research projects are undertaken regularly to help members better understand the boating marketplace. Demographic studies on boat buyers, research into the reasons for buying (or not buying) and analysis of consumer trends are prepared regularly for the members to help them market their products more efficiently and to develop new products to fit the ever changing demographics of this specialized market. The statistics department provides informational support to the Government Relations Department to help legislators and regulators understand the economic impact of boating in the U.S. Summaries of the market are prepared for general distribution to the industry and the media, charting the growth of the industry and the marketplace by product type and usage, all leading to better understanding of the important place boating holds in the American family and economic scene. The NMMA offers general publications as well as marketing and statistics, marine financing, technical handbooks and legislative guides, management education and special interest journals, as well as videos and mailing lists, some of which are available to NMMA members only.

231 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60604

Professional Association of Diving Instructors - PADI

Those who love sailing and powerboating also love swimming and diving. A good instructor is necessary to get certified, and you can locate one in your area of boating activities through this PADI Association.

PADI elearning

PADI Americas
30151 Tomas
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-2125
Ph: 800 729 7234 (US and Canada)
Ph: +1 949 858 7234
Fax: +1 949 267 1267

Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA)

MBIA & BAM: Charting new courses


by president of MBIA

Please allow me to introduce myself as the new president of MBIA. Most recently, I was executive director for a United Way near my hometown of Concord, MI. My experience in the recreational sports industry comes from 14 years in the ski industry. Based out of Denver, CO, I ran the eastern division for the American Ski Association, the largest ski association in the country with more than 300,000 members, from offices in New York City and Annapolis, MD. I later became the executive director for the U.S. Ski Team Passport, a national membership of industry resorts and recreational skiers started to provide proceeds to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team.

I am very excited about the initiatives that are under way at Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA). The Clean Marina Program promotes environmental practices among our state's marinas. Currently, 38 are certified Clean Marinas in Michigan. Boaters' Association of Michigan, or BAM as we like to call it, is a membership for recreational watercraft enthusiasts that will be packed full of benefits and savings (more details on pg. 25) throughout the state in the coming year, and also serves as the voice for Michigan boaters protecting your right to enjoy boating and access to waterways. Your BAM membership not only provides you with substantial savings on everything to do with your favorite recreational pastime, but also shows your support for the stewardship of Michigan's waters and the boating industry as a whole!

Our MBIA team also administers educational programming that we look to expand under the Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC) umbrella, which is subsidized by MBIA and is a partner effort between MBIA, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan DNRE and the Michigan Harbormasters. Another program under the MBIA umbrella is the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF), which provides scholarships to students looking to make a career in the vibrant Michigan boating industry -an industry that provides $3.9 billion to the Michigan economy annually.

MBIA also produces three boat shows each year, and as a boater you have likely attended one or more held in southeast Michigan. These shows are known throughout the state as the premier boat shows, bringing people from all corners of Michigan as well as other states and Canada through their doors. I, along with our entire team at MBIA, look forward to working with all who are fans of the boating industry to grow our association, protect your interests, and to maintain MBIA's position as the leader of state marine associations in the country. If we can be of any help, please do not hesitate to contact any of us here at the MBIA office.

Thank you for your commitment to the boating industry. And may you have manywonderful experiences on the water!


Visit us at or call MBIA/BAM at (800) 932-2628.

NH Marine Trades Association


promote boating

-a new initiative that focuses on individual memberships.

The program, GoBoatingNH ( helps to promote boating through a comprehensive website geared to answer questions and make boating more enjoyable in New Hampshire.

The organization change its bylaws to allow individual memberships and, with that change, they will be able to bring in new voices to address the issues facing the boating industry.

Its an industry organization comprising marina operators, boat dealerships, and support firms such as dock companies and financial institutions. The GoBoatingNH program was introduced last year to expand what the organization does to the general public.

"It's to give voice to the boaters," Crawford said. "It's to make boating more enjoyable in New Hampshire. You can go to the website at and find information on rentals, buying, insurance, launching, and repairs." The individual membership component was just introduced this year after the groundwork had been laid out with the website over the course of the past year. Crawford said the website has served to attract more dealers and they have been gaining more content as the economy improves. "It's not just one marina; it's all of them together."

While the cruiser market is still way down nationally after the industry collapsed because of the poor economy, the opposite is the case for pontoon boats. "That market has really grown, they're so versatile," said Crawford - president of the NH Marine Trades Association.

"People are looking for versatility, and this is one boat that is useful whether you want to fish, ski, cruise, or party one boat that does it all. That cuts dowrn on maintenance costs because you don't need a different boat for each thing you do."

"We're regaining our strength after a slow economic situation and it's good to be able to do this stuff again."

The NH Marine Trades Association fought House Bill 548 which would have prevented children under 12 from operating any motorized vessel, including a row- boat or canoe equipped with an electric motor.

The bill also would have prevented tourists with boats and rental agencies from using or renting boats of less than 25 hp.

The New Hampshire is rated one of the safest states to boat in. Other legislation of interest to boaters includes bills to provide funding for milfoil eradication or access to the state's waterways.

The NH marine organization also is looking at arranging some member discounts at local marinas and providing other reasons for individuals to join Go Boating in NH.

"It's great to have a local show again, right here, right next to all the marinas," Crawford said. "The feedback from a bunch of people was that they were tired of driving all that way to attend to other boat shows. And what we did will have an impact on other boat shows.

The NH Marine Trades Association website, still under development, breaks down information into Buying a Boat, with a listing of dealerships, Owning and Operating, Boat & Yachts brands, and boat shows; which covers Insurance with future links to Towing and Trailoring, NH Boating Laws, Insurance, Launching Tips, Canvas, Boat Maintenance and Repair Shops, and the Marine Fuel Tax Refund; Rental Agencies; Membership Information; and the Lakes Areas Community College Marine Technology Program.

SC Maritime Heritage Foundation - offer a unique educational platform

The Spirit of South Carolina

The Spirit of South Carolina measures (43m) - 140' in length overall, 90' (27.4m) on deck, 88' (26.8m) on the waterline, 24'(7.3m) at the beam, and has a draft of 10'4"(3m). Displacement is 148 tons. She has accommodations for 30 passengers and crew. The ship is classified as a Sailing School Vessel under Title 46, Subchapter R of the Code of Federal Regulations. Ship Construction is plank on frame longleaf pine and live oak. Other woods include angelique, Douglas-fir, purpleheart and sapele.

The South Carolina Maritime Heritage Foundation launched the beautiful wooden ship 140' (43m) schooner Spirit of South-Carolina. Built by Sea Island Boat Builders, it was the culmination of many months of work by Mark Bayne and his crew.

The unique vessel made her maiden voyage on May 21. The SCMF was founded in 2000 for the purpose of building a Tall Ship that would represent the state at various events, and fulfill the organization's stated mission: "To offer a unique educational platform for students in the Palmetto State, encouraging responsibility, teamwork, and other attributes necessary to become future leaders, while unearthing South Carolina's maritime past."

Amplifying those good ideas, the organization hopes the ship will provide educational opportunities for young people "to experience the sea while participating in a variety of educational and youth development programs," and also serve as an ambassador for the skills and resourcefulness of US-SC. Almost as an afterthought, the SCMF admits that a beautiful wooden ship is just plain nice to look at.

The project was a true community affair, with many individuals and businesses kicking in to make the real dream a reality.

More than $450,000 was raised for design and construction. Inspiration for the design was the Frances Elizabeth, a pilot schooner built in Charleston in 1879 by Samuel J. Pregnall & Bros. Shipyard. The Smithsonian Institution had a set of plans for the Frances Elizabeth, which were turned over to Peter Boudreau and Andrew Davis of TriCoastal Marine, whose Richmond, California-based firm specializes in engineering and "Tall Ship design". Among their credits: Amistad, Schooner Virginia, and the USS Constellation.



The Northwest Maritime Center is an economic engine for tourism, and the critical byproduct is that young people have the opportunity to get on the water and to live it, cherish it and to protect it, and maybe think being a sailmaker or a rigger or a boatbuilder.