Seattle Maritime Academy Classes For Recreational Boaters (Knot Tying & Line Handling Tonight)

Here are a list of classes, register now to assure a place. (LINK TO MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION)

Tonight, 10-12-17, Margaret Pommert teaches Knot Tying and Line Handling

Upcoming classes are:

10/17 – 11/21 Basic Marine Electric Fundamentals for the Recreational Boater

10/18 Basic Navigation and Safety

10/18 – 11/22 Introduction to Marine Diesel Engines for the Recreational Boater

11/16/17 & 12/14/17 Knots and Brews (Learn to tye knots while sharing a brew!)

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Interested in giving a seminar at the January Seattle Boat Show? – Here’s an Application – Due Tomorrow

If you are interested in speaking at the Seattle Boat Show as part of the ‘Free Boating Seminars’ – kindly fill out this online application as soon as possible.

Contact person:  Alashia Wartelle


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Do You Know Of Any East Coast Women Boating Groups?

Hi Gals,

We received an email (below) from a gal on the East Coast who thinks we are lucky to have a group like ours and wonders if we know of any groups in the Virginia area for women who boat.

I thought I’d put this out to all of you. Please let us know if you are aware of any groups back there and we’ll pass on the information.

Thanks, Vivian and Marilyn


I hope I have the right person in your organization.  I’ve been on the Northwest Women in Boating website and am so glad to see that there is a group like this! Unfortunately for me, I live and work in Virginia.  Do you know of any groups on the East Coast?


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October 16th NWWB Meeting: Jennifer Ott, An Environmental Historian, Shares The History of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Ship Canal

Seattle has a plethora of resources for boaters that enable the activity we love. One of the most fascinating is the Hiram Chittenden Locks, 100 years old in 2017. Come join us for a relaxed evening journeying back into the history of the Locks and the Ship Canal.

In celebration of the Ballard Locks Centennial,  Jennifer Ott, who is assistant direct of and an environmental historian, will speak on the book she co-authored, Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Along with historians Paul Dorpat and David Williams she created a book that tells the captivating story of the building of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard Locks) and Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Opened on July 4th 1917, the Locks and Ship Canal were built by Seattle and the Corps of Engineers as a commercial navigation route to develop the City of Seattle. Today the Ballard Locks are the Nation’s busiest with over 40K vessels per year. Boats “lock thru’ 24 hours a day, except during maintenance.

Jennifer Ott has explored how people have shaped and been shaped by, landscapes across the Northwest, for the Oregon Historical Quarterly and Seattle Magazine.

Note from Marilyn: I’ve been fascinated by for a long time. It offers a unique avenue to the history of the Northwest. Check it out. I’m looking forward to learning more about this online historical resource and about the work of an environmental historian.

Date: Monday, October 19th 2017

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left. (Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

Future programs:

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.

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Desire to Crew or Need Crew? We have a list you can join.

NWWB is pleased to provide a place for women to connect with other women who wish to be crew on a vessel or women who wish to find crew for their vessel or a vessel they share. Here is a a link to the page. You can leave your information in the “Comment” area.

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Margaret Pommert Teaching Affordable Classes For Recreational Boaters at the Seattle Maritime Academy

If you haven’t signed up for our meeting at the Seattle Maritime Academy Mon. Sept. 18th at 6pm there is room left but you must RSVP to   Here’s a link to program info

On the subject of the Seattle Maritime Academy, member Margaret Pommert will be teaching two affordable classes there this fall for recreational mariners. She is also working with the folks at the academy to develop some “women-only” classes.

Note from Margaret:

“I’m working with Sarah Scherer, the new Director/Associate Dean, to get some women-only courses going there too. So it would be great if she could hear some encouragement for the idea while you’re there.”

Info on Margaret’s classes, and sign up here:

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Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm NWWB Meeting: Seattle Maritime Academy Bridge & Engine Room Simulator Demos and Much More

Note: Sept. meeting only time change 6pm to 8pm – you’ll be glad if you’ve kept our meeting night open, don’t miss this interactive on-site program and PLEASE RSVP limited to 35.  Snacks great but no wine this time. Directions to the program location are below.

NWWB Meeting Mon. Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm: Seattle Maritime Academy

Join us at the Seattle Maritime Academy to hear Director Sarah Scherer as she shares her maritime background and presents her vision and goals for the SMA. After Sarah’s presentation, you’ll be treated to a Bridge and Engine Room simulator experience and tours of the facility not to be missed!


Because of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and other water resources, the maritime industry has a rich history in the Northwest. The demand for mariners has steadily increased and updated training facilities have become necessary.  The Washington State Legislature recently allocated $20 million to design and build a new Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) building as a hands-on professional/technical maritime center for training and education. The new building boasts seven lab spaces including an engine room simulator, a bridge simulator, an 18-station simulation computer lab, a hydraulics and refrigeration lab, and a diesel lab with full machine shop with specially designed ventilation that will allow for students to work on and run the diesel engines inside the building. The new facility also boasts a student computer lab with 20 computers. The increase in capacity allows the school to increase enrollment in the two certificate programs to 22 students each as per USCG standards.

The Seattle Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, fishing and seafood processing, international trade, military operations and other maritime sub-sectors. At the Seattle Maritime Academy, students…

Gain knowledge and insights from experienced faculty—all of whom are active or retired merchant mariners.

Get practice on simulators and other equipment used on vessels in a safe environment.

Engage in an at-sea internship to get real-world experience and acquire the required sea time for your U.S. Coast Guard upgrade.

Train in the only program of its kind serving Washington and Alaska that is fully accredited by the U.S. Coast Guard.


Sarah Scherer has been at the helm of the Seattle Maritime Academy as its Director since February 2016.  Sarah’s maritime career started in 1989 as a Cadet at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) which is also the Texas Maritime Academy. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Sciences and an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License from the US Coast Guard, she enjoyed working in various parts of the Maritime Community. Her sailing endeavors included work on supply boats, tugs, landing crafts, high speed catamarans, seismic and fisheries research vessels from the South Pacific Ocean to the Bering Sea. One of her shoreside adventures included being the Assistant Scientific Support Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Oceania with NOAA HAZMAT providing scientific support during Oil or Hazardous Material Spill Incidents to the USCG or US EPA. Her introduction to commercial shoreside operations began with Foss Maritime Company in the Health & Safety Department.  In Dec 2007, she earned a Master’s Degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in Leadership and Organizational Development. She continued her career as a Regulatory Training Manager for Crowley Maritime Corporation on the Gulf and East Coasts. Sarah stepped away from the maritime industry for a couple of years doing leadership and organizational development. She moved back to Seattle and into the fishing industry as a Safety Manager for Coastal Villages Region Fund.

Date: Monday, September 18th 2017

Time: 6:00pm – till 8:00 pm (Sept. only)

Location: Seattle Maritime Academy 4455 Shilshole Avenue NW, Seattle WA 98107

(In Ballard west of Fred Meyer and South of Trader Joe’s Here’s  a link to Google Maps 

Please RSVP to Vivian at or Marilyn at

Snacks will be appreciated but no wine for this meeting.

Upcoming Programs of Northwest Women in Boating

October 16th, 2017
Jennifer Ott, assistant director of and an environmental historian, will speak on the pubication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.


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