Sailing Instructor Course
Work in NOLS’ sailing program begins at NOLS Mexico. The 22-foot Drascombe Longboat will be your vessel for this course, and experienced sailors will find it an ideal boat for teaching novices. You’ll become well-versed in desert camping practices as you move from beach to beach along the coast of the Gulf of California. You will likely see a good amount of the area’s wildlife, from pelicans and dolphins to scorpions and tarantulas.
Sail theory, weather assessment, boat repair, and fleet communication are all components of the curriculum on this course, and you will be evaluated on your ability to skipper a boat with students. Your instructors will also give you a thorough example of the expected classes taught on any NOLS course. But you’ll have the chance to do some teaching as well, as you and your peers take on both basic and advanced classes throughout the course. Work in our keelboat sailing programs will typically take more training, but we expect graduates of our Sailing Instructor Course to be able to work any of our Mexico sailing courses.
When you choose to sail with NOLS, you'll learn how to read tidal charts, the finer points of coastal navigation and all the expedition skills you'll need in this dynamic environment.
Imagine a land of stark contrasts: ocean and desert, cactus and pine, teeming seas and sparse shores.
This is the Baja Peninsula, a land of unique wilderness opportunity. NOLS Mexico is the home of our ocean-based programs where you can learn how to sea kayak and sail as well as backpack.
You’ll learn about the rich diversity of this marine ecosystem, about the whales and sea birds and fish that call this place home. There will also be occasion to interact with the people of Baja California. We provide educational opportunities for local educators, students, and land managers, as well as financial aid and scholarships for NOLS courses in both Spanish and English.
We have a long-standing partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, collaborating with their departments of marine biology, geology, and alternative tourism.
We have been off the grid in Coyote Bay near Mulegé in central Baja for over 30 years, and our high-tech, low-impact facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of our students.