Baja Coastal Sailing

Baja Coastal Sailing


  • Travel in 22-foot Drascombe longboats
  • Camp beneath the stars on beaches along a mountainous coastline and take day hikes in the coastal desert
  • Learn wind and wave theory, meteorology, and sailing rescue techniques
  • See marine life unique to the Sea of Cortez
  • Snorkel in unique reef ecosystems
A NOLS sailing course will get you well on your way to sailing on your own and being a competent crewmember. You'll be aboard a unique yawl-rigged open boat, the Drascombe longboat, which is a light, maneuverable craft perfect for learning sailing basics, exploring shallow coves, or hauling onto desert beaches. You'll learn coastal navigation on waters rich with marine life, from intricate sea fans to raucous sea lions.

This course follows nature's rhythms, so you may find yourself up before dawn or sailing until dusk to take advantage of a favorable breeze.

There are bound to be some long, challenging days on the water, but there should also be time to wonder at the night sky or at the sea stars in a tidal pool. You'll learn to read winds and waves with confidence, work as a crew with your course mates, and, on windless days, practice rowing and towing.

The boat will be your home on the water, but you'll also practice Leave No Trace camping on shore in this unique desert that greets the sea.


Location NOLS Mexico
Tuition $4,470 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $225
Minimum Age 16
Duration 22 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Mulege, BCS, Mexico
College Credit
  • 4 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
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High School Credit
  • 1 Carnegie Unit
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 0.5 CUs Leadership
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“I came in here with little to no leadership experience and NOLS has given me the chance to step out of that shell and become a leader.”

-Cooper J.

Semester in Baja Grad