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Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding – Teaching Boatbuilding and Marine Systems

(360) 385-4948 | | | 42 N. Water Street, Port Hadlock, WA
Make a Living – Craft a Life


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB), located in Port Hadlock, WA, is an educational institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (ACCSC), and attracts students from around the world. We are committed to providing students a quality education and strive to impart sound, practical knowledge in maritime skills and foster the next generation of problem solvers and skilled craftspeople. Our mission is to teach and preserve boatbuilding and marine systems skills while developing the individual as a craftsperson.

Founded in 1981, the school has taught traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills to more than 1,700 students. We offer a full-time 12-month Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in Boatbuilding, a full-time 9-month diploma program in Marine Systems, and week-long Marine Systems Intensive courses for individuals already in the industry. Our 12-month AOS degree program and 6-9 month diploma program are approved for federal financial aid and veterans benefits for those who qualify.

As a team, our instructors share a devotion to the highest levels of craftsmanship. They are inspiring professionals with years of experience before becoming teachers. This experience helps them support the success of their students in their personal career goals and aspirations.

Settled on eight acres of waterfront property, the school’s Port Hadlock Heritage Campus is located near the heart of more than 100 maritime businesses on Port Townsend Bay. School facilities include 28,000 square feet of covered space including historic and modern buildings.

The school is a private post-secondary vocational school and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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