John Sezer

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Kirkland, Washington USA

Level V Captain Rank Qualified Sailing Instructor / Assessor

Great sailing instructors must be good sailors but more importantly they must be great teachers. Not only have I taught a variety of topics ranging from computer science to ballroom dancing and paragliding, but I have also been a student of many others, like springboard diving, motorcycle racing and eventually sailing. With such a wide range of experiences and a background in engineering, I feel uniquely qualified to teach sailing no matter the level or learning style of the student. As for my sailing credentials, I picked up sailing in my 30s. I have been racing for nearly a decade, have sailed the Pacific coast, and crossed to Hawaii racking up more than 5000 offshore miles and have chartered boats in the BVIs and the Mediterranean. I am also a US Sailing Instructor and have been teaching at the Kirkland Sailing Club since 2022.


NauticEd Credentials

  • Level V Captain Rank Qualified Instructor/Assessor
  • American National Standards Instructor/Assessor
  • SLC Instructor/Assessor

Other Credentials

USCG Captain w/ towing and aux sailing endorsements US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor US Sailing Cruising Instructor US Sailing Coastal Navigation Instructor  

Associated practical schools


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All Locations

Kirkland Downtown

This convenient downtown location is a great way to get on the water quickly and then enjoy what downtown Kirkland has to offer afterwards, with access to Capri 22's, J/22's and the Catalina 30.

Kirkland Carillon Point

This is where Kirkland Sailing Club conducts the majority of its US Sailing classes. Carillon Kitchen is a great meet up spot as well as the American Bistro for post-lesson snacks and drinks. Access to Capri 22's and J/80 is available.


Home to the J/80's and the Beneteau First 36.7, this location offers immediate access to the Sound with great breeze and many day sailing opportunities.

Training and assessment

International License Training/Assessment

Notes: Kirkland Sailing Club offers a variety of boats and convenient locations to choose from Small keelboat include Capri 22's, J/22's and J/80's whereas the Catalina 30 and the Beneteau First 36.7 make for excellent large keelboats.


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