The lyrics to a tra­di­tional Newfoundland folk song be­gins; “I’s the b’y that builds the boat, And I’s the b’y that sails her.”

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Whether you want to be ‘the per­son that builds the boat’ and/or ‘the per­son that sails her’, Washington has a mar­itime train­ing course to en­hance your skills.

Lo­cated in the heart of more than 100 mar­itime busi­nesses on Port Townsend Bay, the North­west School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) was founded 35 years ago to teach crafts­man­ship through boatbuilding. To­day, the school con­tin­ues to fuel the mar­itime trades and pro­fes­sions serv­ing the wooden boat com­mu­nity through­out the coun­try.

While you are cruis­ing, stop by and en­joy a school tour at 3:30pm on the first Fri­day of each month. Ad­ja­cent to the school is a small dock for tran­sient moor­age that is man­aged by the Port of Port Townsend.

The school of­fers a 12-month As­so­ciate of Oc­cu­pa­tional Stud­ies de­gree in three spe­cialty ar­eas: Tra­di­tional Large Craft, Tra­di­tional Small Craft, and Con­tem­po­rary Wood Com­pos­ites. Stu­dents have ac­cess to on-the-wa­ter pro­grams and non-credit mar­itime work­shops such as sail-mak­ing, rig­ging, carv­ing, and boat de­sign.

Grad­u­ates es­tab­lish them­selves in a host of marine trades and re­lated ca­reers. These in­clude ca­reers in wooden boat re­pair and restora­tion, yacht con­struc­tion, mar­itime mu­se­ums, and fine fur­ni­ture mak­ing.

Do you know some­one who wants to be­come a boat­builder? Do you want to com­mis­sion the con­struc­tion of a wooden boat? Do you know a boat­yard look­ing to hire trained boat­builders? Con­tact the school at info@nwswb.edu. Make a liv­ing, craft a life.

Com­pass Courses Mar­itime Train­ing is pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional and recre­ational mar­itime train­ing in Ed­monds. They are a reg­is­tered Vo­ca­tional School with the State of Washington, and lo­cated only 20 min­utes from Seattle. Com­pass Courses of­fers nu­mer­ous Coast Guard ap­proved cur­ric­ula rang­ing from Fire­fight­ing to Per­sonal Sur­vival to Nav­i­ga­tion to Rules of the Road.

The Cap­tain’s Li­cens­ing pro­gram is a great course for any­one who owns a boat or makes a liv­ing on the wa­ter. Com­pass Courses is com­mit­ted to help­ing you nav­i­gate the com­pli­cated waters of Coast Guard reg­u­la­tions and in­ter­pre­ta­tions. Since its in­cep­tion in 2001, they have trained over 9000 stu­dents in their new quar­ters with three large class­rooms, full­sized lifeboat, grav­ity davit plus a RADAR sim­u­la­tor lab and gal­ley.

Owner Julie Keim founded Com­pass Courses in 2001. She sailed on her li­cence in the small pas­sen­ger ves­sel in­dus­try, just long enough to rec­og­nize her pas­sion for safety and de­sire to help mariners nav­i­gate the abyss of reg­u­la­tions im­pact­ing their mar­itime ca­reers. Whether you are new to the in­dus­try or a sea­soned pro­fes­sional, Com­pass Courses of­fers af­ford­able and qual­ity train­ing to meet your needs.

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