The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is committed to providing students a quality education in traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding and marine systems. We impart sound, practical knowledge in traditional and contemporary maritime skills through an emphasis on hands-on learning.
Degree and Diploma Programs
NWSWB offers a 12-month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in:
NWSWB also offers a 6-month Diploma program in:
The School’s AOS Degree program and diploma program follow an intensive instructional schedule. Classes are held 9am – 5pm on Mondays, 8am – 5pm on Tuesdays – Fridays.
Core Subjects at a Glance
All students take these introductory classes for the first quarter.
- 110 Classic Woodworking
- 120 Drafting
- 125 Lofting
- 130 Skiff Construction
- Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding, Part I-140 and Part II-240
- Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding, Part I-160 and Part II-260
- Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding, Part III-340
- Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding, Part III-360
Note: An additional 4 general education or applied general education quarter-credits are required to complete the AOS degree. These credits may be transferred in from another approved post-secondary school or students may take the evening course described below that is provided free for students at the Boat School.
Marine Systems Program
Fall or Spring Start: 1st Quarter
Marine Systems, 170 – Part 1
- Marine Systems Introduction
- Marine Electircal
- Marine Pumps
- Diesel Engines
- Corrosion I
- Marine Plumbing I
- Marine Propulsion I
- Steering & Controls
Winter/Summer: 2nd Quarter
Marine Systems, 270 – Part II
- Marine Plumbing II
- Marine Electrical II
- Corrosion II
- Inboard Gasoline Engines
- Outboard Gasoline Engines
- Marine Propulsion II
- Marine Hydraulics
- Marine Heating, Refrigeration, AC, and LPG
- Marine Systems Safety and Regulations
American Maritime Heritage
- 180 American Maritime Heritage
We offer American Maritime Heritage as an evening 4-credit applied general education course during Spring Quarter. Our 12-month students may attend this optional course FREE to satisfy the general education requirements for their associate degree. Transfer credits from other colleges may also be applied to the applied general education or general education requirement.
Our optional noncredit, non-clock hour workshops include evening and weekend workshops varying in length from one day to several weeks or months. Students must pay additional fees to attend these workshops.
The classes are led by experts in related maritime trades and are prioritized to meet the interests and needs of students at the school. The workshops are not required, but they are designed to enhance the school’s programs. Topics may include boat design, diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting, carving, sail making, and rigging.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.