Happy at the helm: On your NOLS sailing course you'll follow nature's rhythms.
Photo: Brian Weiderman
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 coursemates, 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.
Fundamental Sailing Skills
Sail and line handling
Anchoring techniques and strategies
Wind awareness and points of sail
Sail theory and helming
Elements of sail and vessel trim
Ocean Travel Skills
Seamanship, including all of the following:
Interpretation of tides and currents
Ocean hazard assessment
An understanding of wind and wave dynamics
Coastal navigation techniques, chart reading, and compass use
General Expeditioning Skills
Vessel outfitting, care, and packing
Route selection and expedition planning
Vessel design and repair
Use of signal devices, including flares and VHF radio
Baja Coastal Sailing
16 and Over (Average Age: 23)
January 3-January 24, 2013
October 23-November 13, 2013
"You'll camp on Baja's most pristine,
remote beaches; travel in the ultimate sea-worthy small
craft on the Sea of Cortez; live by the tides, winds and
currents; learn about this fabulous desert/ocean environment
both above and below the surface; and become a weathered
NOLS Baja Sailing Instructor, NOLS Annual Fund Manager
EXPLORE NOLS MEXICO...
More than 95% of NOLS students
said they learned leadership and interpersonal skills that will be useful
in other aspects of their lives.