Griffin Bay is an educational resource for yacht owners and others new to the boating world. We offer practical, interactive sailing and powerboat handling instruction on your boat or ours. We also offer skippered charters through out the San Juans, Gulf Islands, and beyond our local waters. Our captains also delivery yachts all over the world and are often looking for experienced hands to help crew these often exotic vessels in exotic waters. These opportunities are offered first to the most qualified Griffin Bay Alumni and then shared through our mailing list. If you are interested and have the experience necessary to join our crew please fill out an application.

"Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

Upcoming Events

If a class you are interested in isn’t scheduled, contact us and we will find a time to offer it. Our classes are student dependent so if we don’t meet minimum number of candidates the cost will increase to make up for it or the class will be rescheduled. Ask about discounts if you fill the boat yourself.


If you have a life-long yearning to experience deep-water cruising, join us for a delivery or an offshore race. Griffin Bay Adventures (GBA) offers an educational program designed toward preparing people for bluewater and coastal passagemaking.

Our captains and instructors are often contracted to join the owner of a yacht to provide support and instruction on maiden passages and deliveries If the vessel is eligible, prequalified students seeking experience and qualifying sea-time may join as crew. In this way, the delivery costs can often be fully covered by the student educational program